Biden addresses the nation after the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan
President Joe Biden said he would address Americans On the United States completing its military withdrawal from Afghanistan Tuesday afternoon, he praised the military for carrying out the “largest airlift in US history” on Monday. “They did so with unparalleled courage, professionalism and determination,” Biden said in a statement. “Now, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan is over.” Twenty years after George W. Bush ordered the first B-52s to bomb al-Qaeda strongholds in Afghanistan, The last C-17 cargo plane carrying soldiers and equipment took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Monday., met the August 31 deadline to drive the US military out of the country. Major General Christopher Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, 18th Airborne Corps, headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was The last American soldier to leave Afghanistan, The Pentagon said Monday.
Ida weakens as she moves northeast; Leave the Gulf Coast to assess the damage
The National Hurricane Center said Monday night that Ida has weakened into a tropical depression. But the storm is expected to dump significant amounts of rain in the valleys of the Tennessee and Ohio rivers on Tuesday as it continues to move northeast. The Hurricane Center reported that “significant” flash floods in those areas, central and southern Appalachians and in the mid-Atlantic are possible this week. Meanwhile, millions in Louisiana and Mississippi were left to deal with the devastation left by the devastating Ida path. Fleets of boats and helicopters rescued hundreds of people trapped in southern Louisiana on Monday and repair crews rushed to fix the power grid. More than a million homes and businesses in Louisiana and 90,000 others in Mississippi have lost power. Two deaths have been confirmed, but Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards warned that the death toll was likely to rise as search and rescue efforts expanded.
Most of South Lake Tahoe ordered to evacuate, as Kaldor Fire spread
Flames from the Kaldor Fire are expected to continue to rush east toward the resort of South Lake Tahoe, California, Tuesday, A day after the city was placed under an extraordinary eviction order. The holiday haven usually popular with summer tourists was evacuated on Monday as vehicles laden with bicycles, camping gear and tug boats got stuck in busy traffic. Conditions worsened, and a red flag warning was in effect across the northern Sierra. The evacuation order covers nearly the entire city of South Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area where the fire containment line was approximately 10 miles south of the lake. The Kaldor Fire began on August 14, and burned over 290 square miles. According to Cal Fire, it was only 15% contained and more than 600 buildings were destroyed.
The European Union recommends tighter travel restrictions for Americans
International travelers and the travel industry on Tuesday will continue to feel the ripple effect of the EU’s decision It no longer recommends its members ease restrictions on non-essential travel for Americans. The European Union reversed its guidance on the United States as the nation faces a fourth wave of COVID-19 driven by a highly contagious delta variant, removing the United States from its safe travel list on Monday. However, the EU recommendation is non-binding and does not mean the termination of European travel for US travelers. Vaccinated tourists must still be allowed to visit member states that allow visitors to be vaccinated. Also, individual EU members can decide to allow non-vaccinated visitors. To qualify for the Safe Travel List again, the US would need, among other requirements, to have a “stable or declining trend of new COVID cases” over the past two weeks, according to the European Council.
The day of the NFL roster downsizing has arrived
It’s the end of the streak for many rookies and veterans, as all 32 NFL teams must reduce their rosters to 53 players by 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday. The deadline could leave up to 27 players per team looking for work ahead of the regular season, which officially begins Thursday, September 9. And while the teams are sure to keep changing their roster in the coming days, opportunities will be scarce as coaches. And general managers set their expectations for the first week and beyond. Many teams have already started cutting or releasing players, with The Detroit Lions have split from wide receiver Prishad Berryman Among the most prominent movements.
Contributing: The Associated Press