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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
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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.


Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 16, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)
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Five national stories of the week

California drought takes a toll on the world's top almond producer, the U.S. is shipping 488,000 vaccine doses to Rwanda, Wall Street lower as retail sales post steep drop in July, Fred drenches the U.S. Southeast and Americans spent less in July as COVID-19 cases surged makes up this week's five national stories.


Pedestrians, motorists ended up in a traffic grid lock as the Afghans rush to safety with the uncertainty and rumor swirling that Taliban enter the city and take over, Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
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Five international stories of the week

The Taliban sweep into the Afghan capital after the government collapses, the death toll of power earthquake in Haiti soars to 1,297, an ex-Khmer Rouge official appeals a genocide verdict in Cambodia, Trudeau triggers Canadian election and lava streams from Indonesia's Mount Merapi in new eruption makes up this week's five international stories. 


WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attends the Sunday Service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor, following the announcement on Friday, April 9, 2021 of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99, on April 11, 2021 in Windsor, England. (Steve Parsons/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Five national stories of the week

The pandemic prompts changes in how future teachers are trained, ex-Cuomo aide details groping as lawmakers meet in private, Epstein accuser sues Prince Andrew, Texas governor seeks out-of-state help against COVID-19 and hot weather could spur a California weather makes up this week's five national stories. 


Simone Biles at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Biles dropped out of the competition at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, but returned to compete on the balance beam and won bronze. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia
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Five national stories of the week

Simone Biles returns to the Olympic competition, bipartisan bill leaves out key climate and clean energy steps, the US hits a 70 percent vaccination rate amid the COVID-19 surge, US employers ratchet up the pressure on the unvaccinated and garden to open for El Paso Walmart shooting second anniversary makes up this week's five national stories. 


This aerial photograph shows houses surrounded by a wildfire which engulfed a Mediterranean resort region on Turkey's southern coast near the town of Manavgat, on July 30, 2021. (AFP/Getty Images/TNS)
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Five international stories of the week

US expands Afghan refugee program, Belarus Olympian plans to seek asylum in Poland, Turkey battles wildfires for the sixth day, Europe's vaccine passes reveal some pockets of resistance and death toll triples to more than 300 in recent China flooding makes up this week's five international stories. 


An FDA panel gives approval for a low-dose Pfizer vaccine for children Oct. 26. The panel believes the parents should be allowed to choose if their young children are vaccinated, especially if they are high risk. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy
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Five national news stories of the week

Last victim ID'd in Florida condo building collapse, Jacoby wins swimming gold for the US, California and New York City require government workers to get the coronavirus vaccine, Biden says US combat mission in Iraq to conclude by year end and warming rivers in US West are killing fish and imperiling the industry makes up this week's five national stories. 


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Pope Francis spreads incense at the start of Easter Sunday Mass, inside an empty St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, April 12, 2020. Pope Francis and Christians around the world marked a solitary Easter Sunday, forced to celebrate the most joyful day in the liturgical calendar amid the sorrowful reminders of the devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. Andreas Solaro/Pool via AP
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Pope Francis spreads incense at the start of Easter Sunday Mass, inside an empty St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, April 12, 2020. Pope Francis and Christians around the world marked a solitary Easter Sunday, forced to celebrate the most joyful day in the liturgical calendar amid the sorrowful reminders of the devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. Andreas Solaro/Pool via AP

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