Taliban says boys can re-enter secondary school but does not mention girls

Members of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit stand beside damaged and discarded vehicles parked near the destroyed Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) base in Deh Sabz district northeast of Kabul on September 6, 2021 after the US pulled all its troops out of the country. AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images Boys started secondary school on Saturday without their female classmates. A decree issued Friday by the Taliban called on boys to resume their classes but made no mention of girls. The Taliban said they want to set up a “secure transportation system” before allowing girls into secondary school. See more stories on Insider’s business page. Afghan girls on Saturday did… Read More

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A growing wave of New Zealand firms set up shop in Colorado

More than two dozen New Zealand firms, many startups, have set up shop in metro Denver and Boulder in recent years, making the region a launching pad for their American ambitions. New Zealand has about 900,000 fewer residents than Colorado, leaving it with a limited domestic market even when adding in customers from nearby Australia. Though small, the country is a hotbed for innovations with a global reach. Increasingly, those startups are choosing Denver over Silicon Valley and other rivals when it comes to setting up U.S. operations. “The mindset in Colorado suits New Zealanders very well,” said Andy Burner, vice president of people and business operations at Xero, a… Read More

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Denver school board censures member: ‘There is a line and it was crossed’

Denver Public Schools’ Board of Education voted to censure one of its members, Tay Anderson, on Friday after an investigation released this week concluded he had flirted online with a 16-year-old student before knowing her age and made coercive and intimidating social media posts. The six-month, third-party investigation initiated by the school board did not substantiate any of the anonymous claims of sexual assault levied against Anderson. Just before the board met to vote, Anderson shot back in a fiery news conference with local Black leaders, calling his treatment a “high-tech lynching,” a phrase used by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings 30 years ago. Friday’s special meeting… Read More

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Suspect in Long Beach fatal shooting arrested in Iowa

A 29-year-old man was arrested in Iowa this week on suspicion of killing a couple near their Long Beach home after an altercation earlier this month. Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna would not name the suspect or release his photo at a Saturday morning news conference, but said detectives and U.S. Marshals tracked him down at a relative’s home in Windsor Heights, Iowa on Thursday, Sept. 16, two weeks after the shooting. Juan Guizar-Gutierrez, 39, and Maricela Honorato, 44, were shot near their home in the 900 block of Park Circle Drive, about 7:50 p.m. Sept. 4, Long Beach police officials said. Guizar-Gutierrez died on the sidewalk, police said.… Read More

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The Latest: Florida’s daily virus cases drop from last month

By The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida reported 11,275 new daily cases on Friday, about half the number from last month. Florida was averaging more than 21,000 cases a day in August. Epidemiologists say the state’s rates of vaccination has outpaced the national average, but it hasn’t been enough to keep the highly contagious delta variant at bay because of the Florida’s large elderly population and low vaccination rates among younger groups. AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division says the number of COVID-19 patients at its hospitals stands at 850 people, several hundred patients fewer than this summer. Florida has reported nearly 3.5 million confirmed cases and 51,240 confirmed deaths. ___… Read More

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Salinas police make major drug trafficking arrests

SALINAS — Law enforcement officials from the Salinas Police Department and other agencies announced Thursday they seized drugs, firearms and money in connection with NorCal Transportation, a company at the center of an investigation into illegal narcotics sales that culminated in the arrests of eight suspects. More than 170 law enforcement personnel assisted in the execution of multiple search warrants and assisted in the apprehension of the suspects identified in the investigation, leading to charges including conspiracy to transport and distribute narcotics, firearms possession, gang enhancements and conspiracy to commit murder. The investigation yielded about 60 pounds of methamphetamine, five pounds of heroin, a pound and a half of cocaine… Read More

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