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US House to approve $6.3B for Afghan refugee resettlement

US House to approve $6.3B for Afghan refugee resettlement

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Funding will bolster US government agencies’ Afghan refugee resettlement efforts after Kabul evacuation in August.The US House of Representatives is moving to approve $6.3bn in emergency assistance to help resettle Afghan refugees in the United States after the country’s evacuation operation from Kabul last month. The funds are part of a larger $28.6bn disaster relief and stopgap government funding bill expected to be passed in the House on Tuesday evening – but could face an uphill battle in the US Senate. “This funding will ensure the government agencies involved in the resettlement process have the capacity necessary to help our Afghan allies build new lives in safety in the United States,” said Representative Deborah Ross, a House Democrat. House Democratic leaders attached the emergen...
An attorney representing Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie and his parents tells Insider: ‘May Gabby Rest In Peace’

An attorney representing Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie and his parents tells Insider: ‘May Gabby Rest In Peace’

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This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. The couple was pulled over while they were having an emotional fight. Petito was reported missing by her family a month later and is now the subject of a nationwide search. The Moab Police Department via APAn attorney representing Brian Laundrie said "May Gabby Rest In Peace" after Gabby Petito's death was ruled a homicide.The statement by Steven Bertolino to Insider followed the news that the body found was identified as Petito.Authorities found human remains near Grand Teton National Park Sunday that they thought belong...
UK power firm stops taking new customers amid escalating crisis

UK power firm stops taking new customers amid escalating crisis

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The British government held an emergency meeting with small power suppliers on Tuesday, and by the late afternoon Igloo, Green, Ampower, Utilita and NEO Energy had posted notices on their websites saying they were closed to new business.By Rachel Morison, William Mathis and Todd Gillespie and Isis AlmeidaBloomberg21 Sep 2021A raft of small U.K. gas and power suppliers stopped accepting new customers in a dramatic escalation of the country’s energy crisis. The British government held an emergency meeting with small power suppliers on Tuesday, and by the late afternoon Igloo, Green, Ampower, Utilita and NEO Energy had posted notices on their websites saying they were closed to new business. Hours later, the regulator demanded five small companies pay overdue levies owed t...
Here’s who will be able to get into the US more easily — and whose trip just got harder

Here’s who will be able to get into the US more easily — and whose trip just got harder

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The plans both loosen and tighten existing rules, depending on the country an international traveler is arriving from and their vaccination status.Here's what we know so far about what the new policy will mean:The door is finally opening for people in countries affected by travel bansTravel bans put in place early in the pandemic by presidential proclamations have barred foreign nationals arriving from China, Iran, Europe's Schengen area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India.For the first time in more than a year in many cases, vaccinated foreign nationals who have been in those countries in the 14 days before entering the United States will soon be allowed in with proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of their flig...
Texas doctor who defied state’s new abortion ban is sued

Texas doctor who defied state’s new abortion ban is sued

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A doctor in the United States who performed an abortion in defiance of a new Texas state law has been hit with a pair of lawsuits following his public admission during the weekend he had violated the new law.Former lawyers in Arkansas and Illinois filed separate state lawsuits Monday against Dr Alan Braid, who in a weekend Washington Post opinion column became the first Texas abortion provider to publicly reveal he had performed an abortion since the Texas law took effect on September 1. Dr Braid, of San Antonio, all but dared supporters of the state’s near-total ban on the procedure to try making an early example of him by filing a lawsuit. “I fully understood that there could be legal consequences — but I wanted to make sure that Texas didn’t get away with its bid to prevent this blatant...
Sheriff: No charges after twin boys die from heat in car

Sheriff: No charges after twin boys die from heat in car

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff said no charges will be filed against a South Carolina father whose 20-month-old boys died from heat after he forgot to drop them off at daycare and left them in his vehicle because he was under intense pressure at work.Watching investigators interview the father was one of the most heartbreaking things Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said he has seen in his 46 years in law enforcement.“He didn’t mean to do it. God, he didn’t mean to do it. He’s got to live with that the rest of his life," Lott said at a Tuesday news conference.The father found his sons dead still strapped in their car seats late in the afternoon Sept. 1 after he went into the daycare in Blythewood and was told the children were not there, investigators said.Brycen and Brayden McDaniel die...

Wear Designer Clothes Without Buyer’s Remorse

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CNN —   It’s been a really long time since any of us had to look our best for (or commit to) anything. If your wardrobe has slowly but surely been overtaken by less-than-exciting ensembles, like leggings coupled with your favorite sweatshirt, you’re not alone. While those outfits might have worked for a casual Zoom date with the rando you met on a dating app, they’re probably not the best pick for weddings, parties or fancy brunches. Luckily, Rent the Runway has the solution — and it doesn’t involve any buyer’s remorse whatsoever. If you haven’t heard of it, this site gives you access to over 1,000 designer styles, including Jason Wu dresses, Ulla Johnson jumpsuits, Tory Burch handbags and Madewell jeans (not to mention everything you need to accessorize them, from jewelry to s...
Hundreds more evacuated as lava spews from Canary Islands volcano

Hundreds more evacuated as lava spews from Canary Islands volcano

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New fissure opens up on Cumbre Vieja’s slope after earthquake rocks La Palma late on Monday.A river of lava gushing from an erupting volcano in Spain’s Canary Islands has forced authorities to evacuate hundreds more people on the crisis-hit island of La Palma. About 500 people were evacuated from the El Paso municipality late Monday and early Tuesday after a new stream of lava started flowing from another crack on the slope of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, according to local officials. The new fissure opened after what the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute said was a 3.8-magnitude earthquake late on Monday. The volcano first erupted on Sunday after a week of thousands of small tremors, shooting lava hundreds of metres into the air and sending molten rock tumbling downhill across the island’...
India’s aim to tighten e-com rules faces internal gov’t dissent

India’s aim to tighten e-com rules faces internal gov’t dissent

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India’s plan to tighten rules on its fast-growing e-commerce market has run into internal government dissent, memos reviewed by Reuters news agency show, with the Ministry of Finance describing some proposals as “excessive” and “without economic rationale”.The memos offer a rare glimpse of high-stakes policy-making governing a market already featuring global retail heavyweights from Amazon to Walmart, plus domestic players like Reliance Industries and Tata Group. The sector is forecast by Grant Thornton to be worth $188bn by 2025. It is not clear how the objections from the finance ministry – a dozen in total – will ultimately be reflected in the proposed rule changes, first floated in June. But watchers of the influential government arm say its complaints will not fall on deaf ears in the...
Pair with trunk ‘full of KFC’ arrested while trying to enter locked-down Auckland, where restaurants are shut

Pair with trunk ‘full of KFC’ arrested while trying to enter locked-down Auckland, where restaurants are shut

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(CNN) — Two alleged gang associates found with a car trunk "full of KFC" takeout were arrested as they tried to enter New Zealand's largest city on Sunday in breach of strict coronavirus lockdown rules, according to police.Under Auckland's Alert Level 4 lockdown measures -- the strictest in the country -- restaurants, including takeout services, remain closed. Everyone must stay home and only essential services are open.The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2, with restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs open, and residents permitted to leave their homes.Police were patrolling back roads near the outskirts of Auckland when they noticed a suspicious looking vehicle, a New Zealand Police spokesperson said in a statement Monday.Upon seeing the officers, the vehicle did a U-turn and sped off bef...