Food Stamps Get 25% Raise, 40K Americans Stuck in Kabul, and More News

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The SNAP program will receive a 25 percent permanent boost starting this fall. Also this week, the NFL announced that numerous teams will require vaccination to attend games.  In other news, Bob Dylan is being sued over sexual allegations from 1965, and 40K Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan.

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Food stamp program to receive 25% permanent boost

The Biden administration and USDA have announced that starting in October, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive a raise of more than 25 percent.

The increased assistance will be made permanent for all 42 million SNAP beneficiaries. The rise will follow the expiration in September of a previous 15 percent boost that was ordered as a protective measure amid the pandemic, US News reported.

Up to 40,000 Americans still stranded in Afghanistan

As of Tuesday morning, chaos occurred at Kabul airport in Afghanistan, forcing the US to suspend flights. Up to 40,000 Americans still remain stranded in the Taliban stronghold, the Daily Mail reported.

US defense officials said they would be flying 5000 people a day out of Kabul airport, despite only managing to get out 1400 in the three days since the city fell, according to the Mail.

Multiple NFL teams to require vaccination for fans; Falcons first team to be 100 percent vaccinated

The Las Vegas Raiders became the first team in the NFL to require bands to be vaccinated to attend home games, Fox 8 reported.

And while the Saints organization is requiring its fans to be vaccinated, the city of New Orleans is requiring proof of vaccination or negative test taken within 72 hours for attendance at Caesars Superdome, the NFL reported.

Meanwhile, the NFL announced that the Atlanta Falcons are the first team in the league to be 100% vaccinated.

Dylan sued, accused of incident with 12-year-old girl in 1965

Legendary singer-songwriter and Nobel laureate Bob Dylan has been sued through the New York Child Victims Act, only hours before the 2019 law expired which allows lawsuits to move forward despite the statute of limitations.

The alleged incident took place in 1965. The accuser says Dylan, 80, whose real name is Robert Zimmerman, groomed, abused, and threatened physical violence against a then- 12-year-old girl multiple times over a six-week period between April and May 1965, with some incidents occurring in his Chelsea Hotel apartment in New York.

USA Today, who obtained legal documents, reported that the lawsuit claims Dylan “exploited his status as a musician” to illegally provide drugs and alcohol to the underage girl. A spokesperson for Dylan, in a statement, said “the 56-year-old claim is untrue and will be vigorously defended.”