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Today might be the day that determines the future of COVID-19 booster shots in this country.

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Here are the numbers on COVID 18 months in. About 150,000 new cases are still being reported every single day in the U.S.

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As Gavin Newsom defeated the effort to unseat him as governor of California, last night, his main opponent in that race, Republican Larry Elder, did something that is no longer a given. He conceded.

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Californians have until 8 p.m. tonight local time to vote yes or no on recalling Governor Gavin Newsom.

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

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President Biden has resolutely defended his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. In an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Biden says the chaos surrounding the exit is not surprising.

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

GWYNNE HOGAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.

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

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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