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Many of us might recall the joy of potty training, a lot of a pep talk and celebration. Look at that. You did that. What a good job. Now, how about potty training a cow?

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As Americans watched the horrors of that September morning in 2001, the world looked on, too. And several countries would feel the aftershocks directly. Some would have their histories changed forever.

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Twenty years ago today, Philip McNair was busy at work in the outer ring at the Pentagon. The 47-year-old colonel was leading a Tuesday staff meeting when...

PHILIP MCNAIR: At 9:37, we heard this tremendous crash.

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The Latest From The Airport In Kabul

Aug 28, 2021

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Time's running out for the U.S. evacuation effort from Afghanistan. The White House says more than 100,000 people have been evacuated, including more than 5,000 U.S. citizens. But people still continue to gather around Kabul Airport, even after this week's attacks by the group by ISIS-K. Master Sergeant Kevin Haunschild leads the team that's responsible for air traffic control at Hamid Karzai International and joins us now. Master Sergeant, thanks for being with us.

KEVIN HAUNSCHILD: Thank you for having me. I appreciate it.

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With President Biden remaining committed to pulling U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Aug. 31, time is running out for emergency evacuation missions.

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RAMONA GONZALEZ: (Singing as Nite Jewel) I gather all the words to sing or be heard, and I won't take it.

Hi, my name is Ramona Gonzalez, also known as Nite Jewel. I'm a musician. I am a PhD scholar, and I'm a professor at Occidental College.

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And now it's time for sports.

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James McMurtry says he works from a scrap pile of lyrics.

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