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Updated September 8, 2021 at 2:33 PM ET

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Elizabeth Cascio, an emergency medical technician with the New York City Fire Department, was in Queens directing a first responder training program, when the team got a call to mobilize to the World Trade Center. Her team arrived in a caravan of buses and ambulances just as the second tower collapsed.

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Ida has left behind a path of death and destruction from the Gulf Coast all the way into New England, and the death toll continues to rise.

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The remnants of Hurricane Ida have made it to the Northeast, dumping record-breaking amounts of rain throughout the region.

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The Supreme Court says Texas can go ahead and implement a new law making most abortions illegal in that state.

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Last night, the Pentagon tweeted out a picture, a night vision image of the last U.S. soldier to leave Afghanistan.

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Ida has weakened into a tropical storm as it moves up Louisiana and into Mississippi.

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Updated August 30, 2021 at 12:41 PM ET

It will take at least six weeks to return power to a large section of Louisiana's coast because of the damage wrought by Hurricane Ida, Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Director Joe Valiente told NPR on Monday.

"Damage is incredible" from what was a Category 4 storm, Valiente said, describing hundreds of trees that crashed onto power lines, houses and streets after being uprooted by Ida's strong winds.

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Having claimed control of Afghanistan, it falls to the Taliban to govern amid signs of resistance to their rule.

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Updated August 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM ET

Khaled Hosseini is all too familiar with the heartbreak of Afghanistan's history. His epic novels, like The Kite Runner, richly portray the ups and downs of a country shattered by decades of war, tribal feuds, coups and corruption.

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In his early months as president, Joe Biden has only rarely sat down for an interview.

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What do the Taliban want in Afghanistan?

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Of all debates over responding to the pandemic's latest surge, the most dramatic may be in Florida.

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The drive to vaccinate the world against coronavirus looks very different depending on which country you're in.

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Gwynne Hogan of our member station WNYC joins us. Good morning.

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INSKEEP: So how much evidence backs up these accusations by the state attorney general?

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Soccer star Abby Wambach retired from professional play in 2015. She's a two-time Olympic gold medalist and she's a vocal activist on behalf of women in sports.

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The Delta variant is driving up the number of COVID-19 cases across the country. And in a handful of states, such as Florida, they're surging at an alarming rate.

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All the recent news of the latest covid surge raises a question - how much trouble are we in this time?

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Plans for a House select committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol are moving ahead.

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Just about a month ago, President Biden and a bipartisan group of senators stood outside of the White House...

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