Fiona dumps more rain on Puerto Rico; troops save hundreds
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Fiona is dumping more rain on Puerto Rico. The flooding came a day after a storm knocked out power and water to most of the island. The soldiers of the National Guard rescued hundreds of people who were trapped in the curtain. The governor warned that it could take several days to restore power. Fiona’s blow was all the more devastating because Puerto Rico has yet to recover from Hurricane Maria, which killed nearly 3,000 people and knocked out the power grid in 2017. Five years later, more than 3,000 homes on the island are still covered in blue tarps.
Britain and the whole world mourned Queen Elizabeth II at the funeral
LONDON (AP) — Britain and the world bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II with pomp and pageantry. Crowds lined the streets of London and Windsor Castle to honor the monarch whose 70-year reign defined an era. The first state funeral since Winston Churchill attracted world leaders and other members of the royal family. Before the service, the bell rang 96 times for each year of Elizabeth’s life. Royal Navy sailors pulled the carriage carrying her flag-draped coffin into Westminster Abbey before pallbearers carried her inside. On the coffin was a handwritten note from King Charles III. After the service in the chapel of Windsor Castle, the coffin was lowered into the royal vault.
“Serial” case: Adnan Syed released, criminal record dismissed
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge has ordered the release of Adnan Syed after overturning Syed’s conviction for a 1999 murder that was chronicled on the popular podcast “Serial.” District Court Judge Melissa Finn on Monday ordered Syed’s conviction overturned and approved the release of the now 41-year-old man, who has spent more than two decades behind bars. Syed has always maintained that he never killed his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. The case was widely publicized in 2014 when “Serial” focused on Lee’s murder and cast doubt on some of the evidence used by prosecutors. Last week, prosecutors filed a motion saying the ongoing investigation turned up new evidence that could undermine Sayed’s conviction.
Ukraine warns of “nuclear terrorism” after strike near plant
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian missile blasted a crater near a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, damaging nearby industrial equipment but leaving three reactors untouched. Ukrainian authorities condemned Monday’s attack as an act of “nuclear terrorism.” A Ukrainian nuclear operator said the missile came within 300 meters (328 yards) of the reactors at the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant. The strike came after warnings from Russian President Vladimir Putin about possible step damage. attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure after its forces suffered humiliating battlefield setbacks. It also renewed fears of a possible radioactive disaster in the coming seven-month war. One Western analyst said the Russian military was clearly trying to disable Ukraine’s nuclear plants before the onset of winter.
On the sidelines of the UN, they are demanding punishment for abuses by China
NEW YORK (AP) — Diplomats and human rights activists, speaking on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, are calling for forceful action against alleged persecution of ethnic minorities in China. Abuses in the far western region of Xinjiang have been exposed for years by observers and journalists, but have been given new prominence in a report released by the UN human rights office last month detailing a ruthless campaign of torture and ethnic cleansing. Fernand de Varennes, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on minority rights, said on Monday that “inaction is no longer possible” and “if we allow this to go unpunished, what kind of message is being spread?” China called the report a “gossip of false information”.
A strong earthquake shook the Pacific coast of Mexico; 1 killed
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A 7.6-magnitude earthquake has struck Mexico’s central Pacific coast, killing at least one person and triggering earthquake alarms in the capital. The earthquake occurred at 13:05 local time, according to the US Geological Survey. And it caused at least some damage near the epicenter. The new earthquake alert came less than an hour after a nationwide earthquake simulation alert sounded, marking strong earthquakes that struck on the same day in 1985 and 2017. President Andrés Manuel López Abrador said the Navy secretary told him that one person had been killed in the port city of Manzanillo, Calima.
US contractor released by Taliban in exchange for drug trafficker
WASHINGTON (AP) — An American contractor held hostage in Afghanistan by the Taliban for more than two years has been freed. The White House and family members said his release on Monday was in exchange for a convicted Taliban drug lord who is in prison in the United States. Mark Frerichs, a Navy veteran who spent more than a decade in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor, was kidnapped in January 2020 and is believed to have been held by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network since then. Negotiations for his release centered on a deal that also included the release of Bashir Nurzai, a notorious drug lord and member of the Taliban.
Witnesses: 13 people, including 7 children, were killed in an airstrike in Myanmar
BANGKOK (AP) — A school administrator says government helicopters have attacked a school and village in Myanmar, killing at least 13 people, including seven children. The number of children killed in last Friday’s government attack in the Sagaing region appears to be the highest since the army seized power in February 2021. The army’s takeover sparked massive nonviolent protests across the country. The military and police responded with lethal force, leading to the spread of armed resistance in cities and the countryside. Fighting has been particularly fierce in Sagaing, where several military offensives have displaced more than half a million people, according to UNICEF.
The ‘out of control’ STD situation needs change
NEW YORK (AP) — A sharp rise in cases of some sexually transmitted diseases is prompting U.S. health officials to call for new prevention and treatment efforts. Rates of some STDs, including gonorrhea and syphilis, have been rising for years. But recently released statistics show that the rate of infectious syphilis last year reached its highest level since 1991, and the total number of cases rose by 26% to the highest level since 1948. Experts call for reducing stigma, expanding screening and treatment, and supporting the development and availability of home testing
Diggs scores 3 TDs for Bills in Titans 41-7 rout
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Josh Allen threw four touchdown passes, including three to Stefon Diggs, and the Buffalo Bills beat Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans 41-7 in the opening game at home. The Bills followed that up with a season-opening 31-10 rout of the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams by suffocating an opponent that had been their nemesis in each of the past two seasons. Fullback Reggie Gilliam and linebacker Matt Milano, with a 43-yard interception return, also scored touchdowns for Buffalo. Buffalo’s defense limited Tennessee to 182 yards of offense and 12 first downs while registering two sacks and forcing four turnovers. The Titans went 0-2 for the first time since 2012.
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