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Trump called off secret meeting with the Taliban
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that peace talks in Afghanistan are dead “for now” and defended President Donald Trump’s controversial, and now aborted, decision to hold a secret meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David. News that a meeting was planned drew criticism from both sides of the aisle as skeptics have said the Taliban, itself a militant Islamic group that harbored Osama bin Laden before the 9/11 attacks, cannot be trusted. Pompeo said the Taliban’s attack last week that killed an American and 11 others prompted Trump’s decision to pull the plug on peace negotiations that, until Saturday, seemed on track to produce a deal. But the controversial meeting and its cancellation have boosted uncertainty over Trump’s hopes to fulfill a campaign promise in ending America’s longest war and bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan.
500,000 lose power as unrelenting Dorian marches into Canada
Dorian lurched through Canada on Sunday, its hurricane-force winds blowing over trees and power lines and knocking out electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses. The storm made landfall for at least the fifth time on Saturday in Nova Scotia, the latest as a post-tropical cyclone still hurling 100-mph winds that equate to a Category 2 hurricane.
In the Bahamas, the death toll from Dorian stood at 43 on Sunday, although officials warned that number would likely rise as emergency workers make their way into devastated communities. All day Sunday, dazed and weary refugees poured into the processing center at Nassau, the capital island of the Bahamas, in search of shelter after the storm left thousands without homes.
In the Carolinas, the storm brought heavy winds, rain and and some flooding to South Carolina before making landfall Friday on North Carolina’s barrier islands. Some power outages were reported, and cleanup was underway over the weekend.
Antonio Brown signs one-year deal with New England Patriots
For one of the NFL’s most talented wide receivers, Antonio Brown, the weekend was loaded with twists and turns. On the same day Brown asked for and was granted a release from the Oakland Raiders after fallout from a tense exchange with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock, Brown signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. Though he won’t play in the Patriots’ game against the Steelers on Sunday because of roster transaction deadlines, Brown signaled he is indeed heading to New England by posting a photoshopped picture of him in a Patriots jersey on social media Saturday.
- Former South Carolina governor and two-time U.S. congressman Mark Sanford announced his GOP presidential bid against Trump.
- Four people are missing after a cargo ship caught fire and capsized off the Georgia coast.
- Bianca Andreescu won the U.S. Open, defeating Serena Williams.
- Duchess Meghan is “constitutionally irrelevant,” says Princess Diana’s ex-secretary.
- A hiker climbing Yosemite’s iconic Half Dome died in a 500-foot fall.
Stop using all vape products during investigation, New York warns
New York’s top health regulator issued an alert Saturday for people to stop using all vape products – legal and illegal – while an investigation continues into hundreds of lung-related illnesses nationwide. The warning comes amid an outbreak of at least 450 potential cases in 33 states and one territory, according to the CDC. As many as five deaths have been reported. The CDC confirmed investigators have narrowed their focus on the additive Vitamin E acetate, a chemical found in some black-market products containing THC, but emphasized it is not in all of the cases being reviewed.
MIT Media Lab chief out after ‘deeply disturbing’ link to Jeffrey Epstein
Joi Ito, head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, resigned Saturday after an article in The New Yorker revealed “deeply disturbing” links between the embattled lab and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. The fallout comes three weeks after a senior lab employee said he would resign in protest over revelations that Ito took money from Epstein, who died by suicide in jail last month. The article detailed how the lab accepted gifts from Epstein despite being listed as “disqualified” in MIT’s official donor database. MIT President L. Rafael Reif issued a statement calling the accusations “extremely serious” and said MIT’s general counsel was hiring a prominent law firm to conduct an investigation “as swiftly as possible.”
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This is a compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network. Contributing: The Associated Press.