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Amid widespread flooding and power outages, people are leaving Florida in droves as Ian pummels the state. But some brave individuals are intentionally traveling into the ferocious storm to gather data for research and forecasting. Watch these professional hurricane hunters – famous for enduring the world’s most dangerous weather – fly a plane directly in the turbulent eye of the storm.
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1. Hurricane Ian
President Joe Biden is set to gather with world leaders in Brussels for emergency summits to respond to the war in Ukraine. Announcements on new sanctions, NATO force posture and military assistance are all expected at the sessions today, according to US and European officials. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly asked for a no-fly zone over Ukraine, but US and NATO officials have said that option is not on the table because it would risk provoking Russian President Vladimir Putin and spark a wider war with Russia. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told CNN that Putin has still not achieved his goal in Ukraine, which is to eliminate the country’s military potential. Separately, Russia partially reopened its stock market today after a monthlong closure and investors took part in a highly restricted trading session. The White House, however, called the market reopening a “charade.”
The US Embassy in Moscow is warning Americans to leave Russia immediately in the wake of President Vladimir Putin’s order for partial mobilization of Russian men to fight in his war in Ukraine. The security alert said the embassy “has severe limitations on its ability to assist US citizens, and conditions, including transportation options, may suddenly become even more limited.” Separately, US officials say Russia is the leading suspect in the Nord Stream pipeline leaks investigation. A fourth leak was found today in the pipelines connecting Russia to Germany and there was a “very strong indication” these were acts of sabotage, a German official said.
Updated Covid-19 boosters could be expanded to younger age groups as soon as early October, a source close to the FDA’s planning discussions tells CNN. Moderna and Pfizer both sought FDA emergency use authorization for their updated Covid-19 boosters for younger people in recent days. Moderna is seeking authorization for children as young as 6 years and Pfizer for children as young as 5. Like the boosters that became available for older people earlier this month, these shots target the original coronavirus strain as well as the Omicron BA.4/BA.5 subvariants. Pfizer’s updated booster is currently authorized for use in people 12 and older and Moderna’s is authorized for adults age 18 and older.
4. Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea today – one day after Pyongyang fired two ballistic missiles into the waters off its east coast. The DMZ has long been a destination for US presidents and vice presidents on official visits to South Korea, where they have been photographed peering through binoculars into North Korean-controlled territory. As anticipated, Harris went to an observation post where she viewed North Korea with binoculars – and US officials said North Korean guards likely stared back at her. The Vice President’s visit comes as tensions remain extremely high in the Korean Peninsula. North Korea has launched 18 ballistic missiles this year, a record number since 2012 after Kim Jong Un took over as leader.
5. Food labels
The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 103-90 on Thursday night to claim their fourth NBA championship in the last eight seasons. The victory gives the trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green their fourth title together – adding to their championships from 2015, 2017 and 2018. Curry, who was in tears on the court after the final whistle, won NBA Finals MVP honors for the first time in his career. “Beginning of the season, nobody thought we’d be here except everybody on this court right now, and it’s amazing. Very surreal, though,” Curry said after the victory. This is the Warriors’ seventh league title in franchise history.
THIS JUST IN
Julian Assange extradition order issued by London court
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has moved one step closer to being extradited to the US, where he is set to be tried under the Espionage Act, after a London court sent his handover order to the British government for approval. Assange is wanted in the US on 18 criminal charges after WikiLeaks published thousands of classified files and diplomatic cables in 2010. If convicted, Assange faces up to 175 years in prison.
A rapping granny is running for office
Keep calm, and don’t run… Watch the tense encounter here.
Elon Musk shares who he would like to be the next president in 2024
And it’s not Donald Trump.
Petco is launching stores for a new group of customers
Scooch over cats and dogs. Petco is eyeing a new customer base.
US Open: Phil Mickelson suffers nightmare first round
The six-time major winner must finish in the top 60 by the close of Friday’s second round to avoid being cut. No pressure.
Kim Kardashian did not ruin Marilyn Monroe’s dress, Ripley’s said
Contrary to the social media fuss, Kim Kardashian didn’t damage the iconic dress lent to her for the Met Gala, according to Ripley’s.
Which wildly popular show was recently green lit for a new season?
A. “Game of Thrones”
B. “Squid Game”
C. “Breaking Bad”
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HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND
CNN to broadcast live Juneteenth concert
A slate of Black artists and musicians are set to take the stage at the Hollywood Bowl this Sunday, June 19 for an inaugural Juneteenth concert that will be broadcast live on CNN at 8pm ET. “Juneteenth: A Global Celebration for Freedom” will feature artists Jhené Aiko, Khalid, Jill Scott, Questlove, Mickey Guyton, Ne-Yo, Killer Mike among several other talented performers.
Also, how well do you know Emancipation Day?
Take this special edition CNN quiz to learn more about the oldest known US celebration of the end of slavery.
That’s how many elementary school children drank floor sealant believing it was milk after it was served to students at a childcare program in Juneau, Alaska, according to the school district. On Tuesday, several children at the school complained the milk they were served tasted bad and was burning their mouths and throats. An investigation revealed that the chemical was mistakenly stored in a food warehouse. All 12 students are recovering and some have fully recovered, school district officials said, and new safeguards are forthcoming.
“We want to show them that we don’t care about their standards, their definition of beauty or what they think that we should look like. It is to show that we are angry.”
– WNBA legend Sue Bird, announcing on Thursday that she will retire after the current season. Bird, the league’s all-time assists leader, has played her entire career with the Seattle Storm, where she has won four championships to go along with five selections to the All-WNBA first team and a record 12 All-Star Game appearances. She also achieved a record-tying five Olympic basketball golds with Team USA.
Realistic facial illusions
Just like domestic cats, big cats are wild about cardboard boxes too. Enjoy! (Click here to view)