Top Stories this PM: Taliban declares ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’; 3 vaxxed senators get COVID

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

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What happened today:

The "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan." The Taliban declared the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan," marking a nail in the coffin of the US-backed Afghan government. The group used the name for the country when it ruled it between 1996 and 2001, before it was taken from power by US-led forces - though only a few countries recognized that regime.

GOP rep. violates transparency law. Rep. Diana Harshbarger, a Republican from Tennessee, failed to properly disclose more than 700 stock trades that together are worth at least $728,000 and as much as $10.9 million, according to an Insider analysis. The tardy trades could invite an ethics investigation and fine.

Three breakthrough cases - in Congress. Three senators, who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, announced they've tested positive for COVID-19. GOP Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, and Democratic Sen. John Hickenlooper of Colorado all reported mild symptoms.

Thousands are flocking to this city in Utah. St. George, Utah, gained 30.5% more residents between 2010 and 2020, which makes it the third-fastest-growing area in the country, census data shows. Conservative values and cheap living are enticing relocators and bolstering the real-estate market.

Is the money train over for OF creators? OnlyFans announced it's getting out of the hardcore-porn game. While the startup will still allow users to post nude photos and videos, the decision represents a major change for the service that gained success in NSFW content - and will likely upset a lot of paying subscribers.

That's all for now. See you tomorrow.

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