News Wrap: Taliban allows more people to leave Afghanistan including 19 Americans

In our news wrap Friday, the Taliban allowed more people to leave Kabul including 19 Americans who bordered a flight to Qatar, President Biden and China's President Xi Jinping held their first direct talk in seven months, 220,000 people remain without power in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida, and a federal judge ordered Apple to stop making app developers use its payment system in the app store.

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  • John Yang:

    President Biden is firing back at Republican critics of COVID vaccine mandates for most American workers. Some GOP governors are threatening to file lawsuits over the issue. This morning, while visiting a school in Washington, the president told his opponents to have at it.

    Joe Biden, President of the United States: I am so disappointed that particularly some Republican governors have been so cavalier with the health of these kids, so cavalier with the health of their communities. This is — this is — we're playing for real here. This isn't a game.

  • John Yang:

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is one of the Republicans opposing the president's policy. He attacked it today in Ponte Vedra Beach.

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL):

    When you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to stand up for the Constitution and to fight back. And we are doing that in the state of Florida.

    (Cheering and applause)

  • John Yang:

    DeSantis won a round today in a related battle. A state appeals court allowed him to enforce a ban on mask mandates for public school students. That's pending a final ruling on that order.

    We will return to the vaccination fight after the news summary.

    In Afghanistan, the Taliban allowed more people to leave Kabul today, the second departure in as many days. They were on a Qatar Airways flight that reportedly carried 158 passengers to Doha. White House officials say 19 Americans were on board.

    President Biden and China's President Xi Jinping have had their first direct talk in seven months. The White House says Mr. Biden initiated Thursday's 90-minute phone call. The United States is pushing for progress with China on both climate change and North Korea, despite disputes over cyber-security, trade, and human rights.

    China's foreign ministry says Xi warned that the U.S. policies are the problem.

  • Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman (through translator):

    Today, the international community is facing a lot of common challenges. China and the U.S. should show broad visions and demonstrate the strategic courage and political resolve to bring the China-U.S. relationship back to the right track of stable development as soon as possible.

  • John Yang:

    Hours after the two presidents spoke, three activists in Hong Kong were charged with subversion in China's ongoing crackdown on dissent there. The three had organized a vigil marking the bloody 1989 suppression of protests in Tiananmen Square.

    Back in this country, the electric utility Entergy reports 98 percent of its customers around New Orleans have their power back 12 days after Hurricane Ida. Some 220,000 others remain in the dark across Southeastern Louisiana.

    In the Pacific, Hurricane Olaf caused minor damage overnight along Mexico's Los Cabos resort area. It later veered back out to sea.

    Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will not return to play this season. He's under investigation over sexual assault allegations, and he has been on paid leave since July. Today, Major League Baseball extended that leave through the World Series. The Dodgers, the defending world champions, have the second best record in the Major League.

    A major ruling today in a tech fight. A federal judge in California ordered Apple to stop making app developers use its payment system in the App Store. It charges up to a 30 percent commission on some sales. Eliminating that charge might mean lower prices for apps. The judge ruled for Apple on other points and rejected claims that it's running an illegal monopoly.

    And on Wall Street, the Apple ruling weighed on tech stocks and the broader market. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 271 points to close at 34607 down. That's 2 percent for the week. The Nasdaq fell 132 points today. And the S&P 500 gave up 34.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": how the 9/11 terror attacks shaped American foreign policy; the Smithsonian helps to preserve the memories of that day through artifacts; two teenage tennis breakout stars meet in the women's final of the U.S. Open; and much more.

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