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President Biden meets with governors in Louisiana, Mississippi to launch coordinated Ida response

President Joe Biden told state and local officials in Mississippi and Louisiana on Monday that the federal government ‘will do everything in its power to help areas impacted by Hurricane Ida to recover quickly.’

Biden met with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and others during a virtual briefing, saying that his administration is “there to help you get back on your feet” in the aftermath of flooding and destruction caused by the storm. Ida made landfall in Louisiana Sunday morning, with wind gusts of 172 mph at its peak. The Category 4 hurricane cut power to all of New Orleans, and the city issued a flash flood emergency. Ida also caused flooding in neighboring Mississippi.

The president said he has activated 5,000 National Guard troops to help with rescue and recovery efforts and joined local officials in urging those in affected areas to stay put in their homes for their safety until help arrives. Biden assured, “We’re doing all we can to minimize the amount of time it’s going to take to get power back up for everyone in the region. People in Louisiana and Mississippi are resilient, but it is in moments like these that we can see the power of government to meet the needs of people and respond to people, if government is prepared to respond — that is our job.”

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Pentagon confirms evacuation of Afghanistan is completed, officially ending 20-year war

The Pentagon announced on Monday that the United States has completed its evacuation mission at the international airport in Afghanistan, officially bringing an end to the longest war in American history. Coalition forces were racing to meet the Aug. 31 deadline imposed by the Taliban to withdraw U.S. troops following a conflict that has spanned over four presidencies.

U.S. Central Command leader Gen. Kenneth McKenzie announced that the last C-17 military transport aircraft carrying U.S. citizens and eligible Afghans who assisted the country during the two-decade war had left Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul at 3:29 p.m. EDT. He added that Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ross Wilson were aboard the final flight. The departure of the last C-17 signals “the end of the nearly 20-year mission that began in Afghanistan shortly after Sept. 11, 2001,” McKenzie said.

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Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo to rejoin Los Angeles Lakers in 1-year, $2.6M deal

Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal to rejoin the Los Angeles Lakers After clearing waivers Monday, the deal is expected to be finalized Tuesday.

Rondo agreed to a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies over the weekend, but will still earn his full $7.5 million salary this season between the buyout and his pending contract with the Lakers. Rondo, a two-time NBA champion and four-time All-Star selection, played for the Lakers for two seasons from 2018-20.

The 35-year-old Rondo averaged 5.4 points and 4.4 assists over 45 games for the Atlanta Hawks and Clippers last season.

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Cleveland Indians catcher Wilson Ramos out for season due to knee injury

The Cleveland Indians announced on Monday that catcher Wilson Ramos will be out for the remainder of the 2021 season because of a significant left knee injury. The team confirmed that Ramos suffered a torn ACL and sprained MCL in Sunday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, and the veteran catcher will require season-ending surgery to repair the knee injury

The 34-year-old Ramos played in 44 games this season — nine with the Indians and 35 with the Detroit Tigers. He had a .226 batting average with two home runs and seven RBIs for the Indians, who have been playing without Gold Glove catcher Roberto Perez for most of the season.

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Ida weakens to a tropical storm over Mississippi after barreling through Louisiana as a Cat 4 hurricane, causing widespread damage, power outages

Ida weakened to a tropical storm early Monday over southwestern Mississippi, after battering southern Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 storm with winds of 150 miles per hour. In a 4 a.m. CDT update, the National Hurricane Center (“NHC”) said Ida had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, and was located 90 miles south-southwest of Jackson, Miss., and 50 miles north-northeast of Baton Rouge, La. Ida was moving north at 13 mph.

Ida strengthened from a Category 2 to a Category 4 within two hours on Sunday morning. By late Sunday, it was back to a Category 2. Despite the drop in strength, however, the NHC said portions of southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi will continue to experience a “dangerous storm surge, damaging winds and flash flooding.” A storm surge warning was in effect from Grand Isle, La., to the Alabama-Florida border while a tropical storm warning was active for the same region including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Metropolitan New Orleans.Ida is forecast to travel inland over portions of Louisiana and western Mississippi on Monday and Monday night. The highest rainfall total was recorded in LaPlace, Louisiana, which received 15 inches. 16 states from Mississippi to New Jersey are on alert for flash flooding, from the Gulf Coast to New Jersey. Ida is forecast to weaken more over the next day or so, becoming a tropical depression by Monday evening.

As of early Monday, more than 1 million Louisiana utility customers are without power, according to PowerOutage.us. On Sunday evening, New Orleans said the entire city lost power after “catastrophic transmission damage.” Ida made landfall on Sunday on the anniversary of Katrina, the Category 3 storm that devastated Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years ago.

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President Biden attends dignified transfer of 13 service members killed in Kabul

On Sunday, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden attended the dignified transfer of the 13 American service members killed in a pair of explosions near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. The president and first lady flew in Air Force One to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware where they met with some of the families of the 13 service members killed in the attack. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Cheifs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley were also present for the transfer.

Biden said in a written statement: “The 13 service members that we lost were heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our highest American ideals and while saving the lives of others. Their bravery and selflessness has enabled more than 117,000 people at risk to reach safety thus far. May God protect our troops and all those standing watch in these dangerous days.”

The families of 11 of the service members killed in the attack by the terror group known as Islamic State-Khorasan Province allowed media to document the event while the remains of the other two service members were transferred out of public view. The 13 service members killed included 11 Marines, one Army soldier and one Navy corpsman, ranging in age from 20 to 31.

On Sunday, the United States launched a defensive drone strike on a suspected car bomb. Biden said in a statement that the strike wouldn’t be the last and U.S. forces “will continue to hunt down any person involved in that heinous attack and make them pay.”

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NY Jets acquire linebacker Shaq Lawson from Houston Texans for future sixth-round pick

The NY Jets have acquired linebacker Shaq Lawson from the the Houston Texans for a future sixth-round pick. Lawson will leave without playing a single regular game for Houston after joining the team in March; Lawson was traded to Houston from the Dolphins in exchange for linebacker Benardrick McKinney and a seventh-round pick.

Lawson, a former Clemson All-American, was a first-round pick for the Bills in the 2016 NFL draft before he joined the Dolphins in 2020 on a three-year deal worth $30 million. Lawson recorded 32 combined tackles and four sacks last season for Miami.

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NY Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard tests positive for COVID-19

Just after making his first rehab outing last week, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was scratched from his second rehab start on Sunday due to testing positive for COVID-19. Manager Luis Rojas shared that Syndergaard was dealing with a “non-baseball related injury,” but that’s all the information he was willing to provide. It was later reported that Syndergaard tested positive for Covid. Syndergaard is vaccinated, per Rojas, and no other Brooklyn Cyclones members were deemed as close contacts.

The plan was that Syndergaard would continue rehab in order to return to the Mets as a relief pitcher; however, it is now uncertain of when he can get back on the mound after contracting COVID-19. Syndergaard has not pitched since September 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2020, and then suffered a setback with right elbow inflammation on his initial rehab assignment back in May.

Syndergaard will become a free agent for the first time in his career this winter.

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President Biden pledges retaliation after 12 U.S. service members and dozens others are killed in Kabul attack

President Joe Biden pledged retaliation after a pair of explosions near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday killed 12 U.S. service members and dozens others. The Islamic State-Khorasan Province, a self-proclaimed offshoot of the IS which has denied affiliation with the Afghan-based militant group, has claimed responsibility for the attack. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed the service members’ deaths, and said another 15 Americans were injured.  He added that Afghan civilians also “fell victim to this heinous attack.”

Biden spoke in the East Room of the White House hours after the attack at the Abbey Gate and a hotel near the airport where the United States and other countries are working to evacuate foreign nationals and Afghan civilians. The United States, Britain and Australia had warned citizens to stay away from the airport due to “credible threats” warning of an impending terrorist attack.

Biden said he has ordered commanders to develop operational plans to strike the IS-K’s assets leadership and facilities, adding that the United States has “some reason to believe” they know the leaders behind the attack and that the United States will find means to “get them wherever they are” without a large military operation.” Biden then warned: “To those who carried out this attack as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive, we will not forget, we will hunt you down and make you pay.”

Biden also said he would grant any additional forces needed to respond to the attack and protect Americans seeking to evacuated, but that military officials remained committed to carrying out the mission as planned. Said the President: “We must complete this mission and we will. And that’s what I’ve ordered them to do. We will not be deterred by terrorists, we will not let them stop our mission, we will continue the evacuations.”

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CDC warns against use of animal de-wormer to treat COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out an advisory on Thursday against the use of a drug prescribed to fight parasites in animals, which some believe can also treat those diagnosed with COVID-19. The CDC said it is seeing an alarming number of prescriptions for the drug ivermectin, due to false claims that it can be used to treat COVID-19. Ivermectin is primarily used by veterinarians to deworm large animals like horses and cows, and can be used for lice or parasites in humans. The US Food and Drug Administration had previously cautioned against using ivermectin to treat Covid-19, tweeting over the weekend: “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.”

Doctors investigated the possibility of using the anti-parasitic drug to fight COVID, but clinical trials yielded insufficient evidence. The use of Ivermectin is now prompting a huge increase in calls to poison control centers and visits to understaffed emergency rooms and overdoses of the drug can cause stomach problems, nerve damage, seizures, disorientation, coma and even death.

The CDC advisory reiterated that vaccination rather than treatment “is the safest and most effective way to prevent getting sick and protect against severe disease and death” from Covid-19.