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9/11 ceremonies to be held amid controversy over Taliban talks

The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will be marked Wednesday in ceremonies honoring the nearly 3,000 killed 18 years ago. Tributes will be held, among other places, at the World Trade Center site in New York City, in the Washington area and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on the field where United Flight 93 crashed. The somber annual commemorations have been touched by controversy this year after President Donald Trump announced he had planned to have secret meetings at Camp David with leaders of the Taliban, the militant Afghan group that supported 9/11 leader Osama bin Laden. The talks, which were eventually scrapped, drew swift condemnation, including from members of the Republican Party.

Patriots to return to practice. Will Antonio Brown be there?

The New England Patriots will return to practice Wednesday after being off Tuesday and it is a possibility that their new high-profile acquisition, wide receiver Antonio Brown, will work with his new teammates for the first time since signing last weekend. However, Brown’s future potentially became murky after a woman alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions in 2017 and 2018. Brown’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, said in a statement that his client had a “consensual personal relationship” with Britney Taylor but denied raping or sexually assaulting her. In a statement the Patriots released late Tuesday night, the team acknowledged that the NFL will be investigating the allegations and said it will have “no further comment while that investigation takes place.” 



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What I’m Hearing: Patriots Wire Henry McKenna spoke with a few players in the New England locker room ahead of Antonio Brown’s arrival. They all expect the same thing: greatness and to get in line.
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Search for last victim of the Conception boat fire continues

Authorities said efforts to find the last missing passenger who died in a fatal boat fire off the coast of California and salvage the dive vessel – the Conception – are expected to continue Wednesday. The names of five more victims were released Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total number of identified dead to 27. They were identified using rapid DNA technology with samples collected from family members, according to an official in the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s-Coroner’s Office. Thus far, 33 bodies have been recovered from the boat and the nearby waters after a fire overtook the Conception early Sept. 2 while the large vessel was anchored off the coast of Santa Cruz Island.  



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Allie Kurtz gave up a job in the movie industry to live her dream of working on the water, and when she landed a job as deckhand on a scuba diving boat, she was thrilled. ‘She passed away doing what she loved,’ said her father, Robert Kurtz. (Sept. 5)
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Mugabe’s body returns home to Zimbabwe

The body of Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe was being returned to his homeland Wednesday from Singapore to lie in state before his burial in the African nation, a state newspaper said. Mugabe took power after white minority rule ended in 1980 and ruled until he was forced out in 2017 as his reign was eroded by economic turmoil, disputed elections and human rights violations. Many still regard him as a national hero, with some Zimbabweans even saying they missed him after his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, failed to revive the economy and used the army to crush dissent. An official for the nation said Mugabe’s body will lie in state at two stadiums in the capital of Harare for three days. His burial is scheduled for Sunday. 



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Robert Mugabe, the former leader of Zimbabwe forced to resign in 2017 after a 37-year rule whose early promise was eroded by economic turmoil, disputed elections and human rights violations, has died in Singapore. He was 95. (Sept. 6)
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New York Fashion Week comes to a close

The latest in fashion will get a final moment in the spotlight Wednesday as New York Fashion Week comes to a close. Day 6 kicks off with designers including Michael Kors, Badgley Mischka and Marc Jacobs. Spring/Summer 2020 fashion week has featured unprecedented diversity, with models of all ages, shapes, ethnicities and abilities taking to the runway. At the Tommy [Hilfiger] x Zendaya show Sunday, Ashley Graham’s baby bump was celebrated and Somali model Halima Aden wore her hijab. “I think it was important that I think every woman in my family felt like they could wear my clothes, and that’s who I made it for,” actress Zendaya said when USA TODAY caught up with her backstage. 

Contributing: Associated Press

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