☀ August 21: New England preps for 1st hurricane in 30 years with Henri, Biden pledges help for Americans in Afghanistan

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This OES-16 East GeoColor satellite image taken Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, at 11:40 a.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, shows Tropical Storm Henri in the Atlantic Ocean. Henri was expected to intensify into a hurricane by Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Impacts could be felt in New England states by Sunday, including on Cape Cod, which is teeming with tens of thousands of summer tourists. (NOAA via AP)

Good morning! It’s Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. Here’s a look at your news across the nation:

1. Study: Plastic barriers do little to stop germs, may make things worse

FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2020, file photo, poll worker Alice Machinist, of Newton, Mass., right, wears a mask and shield out of concern for the coronavirus while assisting a voter, left, with a ballot during early in-person general election voting at the Newton Free Library, in Newton, Mass. Masks are required at some polling places around the country and strongly encouraged in most others as a basic precaution to help keep poll works and others safe from the fast-spreading coronavirus. But mandates tying a face covering to casting a ballot are sure to lead to confrontations on Election Day, and those will almost certainly grab wide attention if they arise in any of the presidential battleground states. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

2. Judge: California ride-hailing law is unconstitutional

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3. New England preps for 1st hurricane in 30 years with Henri

This OES-16 East GeoColor satellite image taken Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, at 11:40 a.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, shows Tropical Storm Henri in the Atlantic Ocean. Henri was expected to intensify into a hurricane by Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Impacts could be felt in New England states by Sunday, including on Cape Cod, which is teeming with tens of thousands of summer tourists. (NOAA via AP)

4. ‘We will get you home’: Biden pledges help for Americans in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 20: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the U.S. military’s ongoing evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, while flanked by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R), in the East Room of the White House on August 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. The White House announced earlier that the U.S. has evacuated almost 14,000 people from Afghanistan since the end of July. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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