The DOJ has sued Texas over its new abortion law, more Americans evacuated from Afghanistan, two teenagers reach U.S. Open women’s tennis final, Phil Collins final tour, and more top stories in the news.
The US Justice Department (DOJ) sued the state of Texas on Thursday over its new six-week abortion ban calling the law unconstitutional, CNN reported.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said the “unprecedented” Texas law seeks “to prevent women from exercising their constitutional rights by fording judicial review for as long as possible.”
“The act is clearly unconstitutional under long-standing Supreme Court precedent,” Garland said. “This kind of scheme to nullify the Constitution of the United States is one that all Americans – whatever their politics or party – should fear.”
The US brokered a deal with the Taliban enabling 30 Americans and 170 other passengers to escape Afghanistan aboard an international flight departing Kabul airport to Qatar. The other passengers included Germans, Hungarians, Canadians, green cardholders and other nationalities. The flight was the largest departure from Afghanistan since US and foreign forces departed the country at the end of August, the Daily Mail reported.
An unexpected match of teenaged titans will meet as Grand Slam finalists and meet on Saturday in the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The two teenage finalists are Emma Raducanu, an 18-year-old from Britain who is ranked 150th, and Leylah Fernandez, a 19-year-old from Canada who is ranked 73rd.
Raducanu became the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final in the professional era.
The matchup marks the first major final between two teenagers since the 1999 US open where Serena Williams (17) defeated Martina Hingis (18), NBC reported.
Phil Collins says he is returning to tour with Genesis, then will “put it to bed” after 54 years of playing with the group, the BBC reported. The reunion tour will begin in October after being postponed due to the pandemic.
Collins told BBC Breakfast, he can no longer play the drums, People Magazine reported.
“I’d love to but you know, I mean, I can barely hold the stick with his hand,” Collins said. “So there are certain physical things that get in the way.”
Collins, 70, has had ongoing health problems, including back surgery in 2015.