U.S. President Joe Biden and other officials attend the dignified transfer of the remains of fallen service members at the Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, Aug. 29, 2021, after 13 members of the U.S. military were killed in Afghanistan last week. U.S. troops officially left Afghanistan Aug. 30, ending their participation in a 20-year-long war. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images/TNS, Photo Courtesy

Taliban guard says last US planes have flown out of Kabul

A Taliban guard at Kabul’s airport said the last U.S. planes have flown out of Afghanistan and celebratory gunfire erupted across the Afghan capital, marking the symbolic end of 20 years of war. In Washington, the U.S. confirmed the withdrawal of its last troops, which faced a self-imposed deadline of Aug. 31 from President Joe Biden.


6 local women to be honored in Women's Equality Day celebration

The Coalition of Women’s Organizations will host its 29th annual Women’s Equality Day program at 5 p.m. Aug. 25, 2021 in the Muncie City Hall auditorium to honor the achievements of women who fought for the right to vote and the successes of today's community leaders. Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Prepared doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine sit on a table April 7, 2021, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Jaden Whiteman, DN File

FDA issues full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Aug. 23, moving it up from it's emergency-use authorization the vaccine has had since Dec. 11, 2020. The Pfizer vaccine is fully authorized for use for citizens ages 16 and older, and still under emergency-use authorization for those older than 12, according to an FDA press release.

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