Justice Department sues Texas, seeking to block new abortion law

Washington — The Justice Department on Thursday filed suit against the state of Texas over its controversial law that bans abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy, taking action days after Attorney General Merrick Garland pledged to explore “all options” to challenge the measure and protect access to the procedure.The suit from the Justice Department, filed in…

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United Airlines staff who are granted religious exemptions to vaccine mandate will be put on unpaid leave

United Airlines’ employees who are granted exemptions to a company vaccinate mandate for religious reasons will be put on temporary unpaid leave starting next month, the airline told staff Wednesday, citing the recent rise in Covid cases.The airline last month said its 67,000-person U.S. workforce must be vaccinated against Covid-19 this

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Taliban agrees to evacuation of 200 Americans, other foreigners from Afghanistan

Two hundred Americans and other foreigners who remain in Afghanistan are set to depart the war-ravaged country on charter flights from Kabul on Thursday after the new Taliban government agreed to their evacuation, a U.S. official said. The departures will be among the first international flights to take off from Kabul airport since the Islamist militia…

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