2021 U.S. Open: Live Updates From Day 1

Simona Halep of Romania is on to the second round.Credit…Jason Szenes/EPA, via Shutterstock The toughest of Monday’s opening matches at the U.S. Open went 12th-seeded Simona Halep’s way. She posted a 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory over Camila Giorgi on the Grandstand court. Halep, a two-time Grand Slam tournament champion, had not won a match since …

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N.J. will end pandemic unemployment benefits this weekend.

New Jersey will end special unemployment benefits put in place during the pandemic when they expire on Saturday, rather than using federal relief funds to extend them, the state’s governor announced on Monday. The governor, Phil Murphy, said at a news conference that he had decided to let three federal assistance programs expire because it …

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Can Afghanistan’s leading broadcaster survive the Taliban?

Over the past two decades, the Afghan broadcaster Tolo has been known for provocative programs like “Burka Avenger,” in which an animated superheroine uses martial arts to vanquish villains trying to shut down a girls’ school. Millions of Afghans have also tuned in to its racy Turkish soap operas, its popular “6 P.M. News” and …

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Supreme Court Asked to Block Texas Law Banning Most Abortions

WASHINGTON — Abortion providers in Texas asked the Supreme Court on Monday to block a state law banning abortions in the state as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The law, one of the most restrictive in the nation, is poised to go into effect on Wednesday. If the Supreme Court does not intervene, lawyers …

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The U.S. education department is investigating five states over their mask mandate bans.

The Education Department has launched investigations into five states whose prohibitions on universal mask mandates in schools may run afoul of civil rights laws protecting students with disabilities, federal officials announced Monday. The department’s civil rights head wrote to state education leaders in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah, notifying them the department’s Office …

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