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No quick relief in sight for Louisiana

By KEVIN MCGILL, CHEVEL JOHNSON and MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana residents still reeling from flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Ida scrambled for food, gas, water and relief from the sweltering heat as thousands of line workers toiled to restore electricity and officials vowed to set up more sites where…

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Biden defends departure from ‘forever war’

By AAMER MADHANI and KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A defensive President Joe Biden called the U.S. airlift to extract more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and other allies from Afghanistan to end a 20-year war an “extraordinary success,” though more than 100 Americans and thousands of others were left behind.

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Last troops exit Afghanistan

By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war and closing a chapter in military history likely to be remembered for colossal failures, unfulfilled promises and a frantic final exit that cost the lives of more than 180 Afghans…

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Thousands face weeks without power

BY REBECCA SANTANA and JAY REEVES Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana communities beginning the huge task of clearing debris and repairing the damage inflicted by Hurricane Ida are facing the depressing prospect of weeks without electricity in the stifling, late-summer heat.

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Commissioners discus burn ban

By KEN MILAM POTEAU – Following several rainless days and drying heat, a burn ban may be in the offing for LeFlore County, county commissioners said at their Monday meeting.

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US has capacity to evacuate remaining Americans

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has the capacity to evacuate the approximately 300 U.S. citizens remaining in Afghanistan who want to leave before President Joe Biden’s Tuesday deadline, senior administration officials said, as rocket fire in Kabul and another U.S. drone strike against suspected Islamic State militants underscored…

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New Orleans blacked out

By REBECCA SANTANA, KEVIN McGILL and JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Ida became a tropical storm as its top winds slowed over Mississippi on Monday, 16 hours after blowing ashore in Louisiana as one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to strike the U.S. mainland. Ida pushed so much water into…

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Hurricane Ida rapidly intensifies into dangerous Category 4

By KEVIN MCGILL and JAY REEVES Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Ida was rapidly intensifying early Sunday, becoming a dangerous Category 4 hurricane on track for a potentially devastating landfall on the Louisiana coast while emergency officials in the region grappled with opening shelters for displaced evacuees despite the risks of spreading the…

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US presses on with evacuations

By SAYED ZIARMAL HASHEMI, TAMEEM AKHGAR, KATHY GANNON and CARA ANNA Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States pressed on into the final days of the chaotic airlift from Afghanistan on Friday amid tighter security measures and fears of more bloodshed, a day after the suicide attack at the Kabul airport that killed…

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