Top Stories this PM: Justice Kavanaugh gets asymptomatic COVID; Evacuated in Afghanistan denied access to the United States

Good afternoon. Here are the best stories so far today.

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What happened today:

  • Justice Kavanaugh gets COVID. Justice Brett Kavanaugh received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis Thursday after a “routine” test according to the court’s “regular test protocols,” the court said in a statement. The associated justice is fully vaccinated against the disease and has not experienced symptoms of the virus.
  • COVID-19 pill effective, study shows. A pill developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics halved the likelihood of coronavirus death or hospitalization in a study, preliminary results show. The companies said Friday morning that they would apply for emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration “as soon as possible.”
  • California Announces School Vaccine Mandate. California is the first state in the country to require school children to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Govin Newsom announced Friday. The mandate begins in the first school period following full FDA approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for children.
  • Evacuees in Kabul denied entry. More than 100 U.S. evacuees from Afghanistan were left with little food and had to sleep on the floor when the United States denied them access for 33 hours. Officials cited a lengthy screening process and an outbreak of measles as a cause for concern, a civilian rescue team said.
  • Women’s football takes a stand. The National Women’s Soccer League has postponed matches scheduled for this weekend after news emerged that a top coach had been accused of sexual coercion. Coach Paul Riley was fired. The matches have been suspended prior to a meeting between the league and the NWSL Players Association.

That’s all for now. I’ll see you tomorrow.

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