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Biden forgave $10K in student debt. People flooded TikTok with their reactions
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    1. Hurricane Ian

    The Biden administration has proposed a prisoner swap to secure the release of two Americans held by Russia, Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan. President Joe Biden has offered to exchange Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms trafficker serving a 25-year US prison sentence. Multiple sources told CNN that the plan to trade Bout for Whelan and Griner received the backing of Biden after being under discussion since earlier this year. The President’s support for the swap overrides opposition from the Department of Justice, which is generally against prisoner trades. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday that the US presented the “substantial proposal” to Moscow “weeks ago” for Whelan and Griner. When asked about the possible swap, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said “so far, there is no agreement on this issue.” 

    2. Japan

    A federal jury awarded $31 million in damages after finding the Los Angeles County Sheriff and Fire departments liable for infringing on the constitutional rights of Vanessa Bryant and co-plaintiff Christopher Chester, who each lost a spouse and daughter in the helicopter crash in January 2020. Bryant was awarded $16 million in damages and Chris Chester was awarded $15 million. The lawsuit said LA County deputies and firefighters took photos of not just wreckage from the helicopter, but also the mangled bodies of those killed – including NBA star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, Chester’s wife Sarah, his daughter Payton and five others. Bryant and Chester testified they live in fear the photos may surface, despite LA County’s assertion each picture had been destroyed.

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    Kobe Bryant's widow leaves court in tears after moment in court

    Japan held an elaborate state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot dead during a campaign speech in July, stunning a nation where gun violence is extremely rare. More than 4,300 guests attended the service in Tokyo, including Vice President Kamala Harris and other foreign dignitaries. While many mourners left flowers and visited memorial sites to pay their respects to the late leader, thousands took to the streets in anti-funeral protests across Tokyo. The demonstrations grew tense at times as large groups of protesters voiced their discontent about Abe’s policies while in office and their opposition to the high cost of the funeral while the country grapples with rising inflation. 

    3. Trump

    The Justice Department on Monday declared that their list of seized materials from the search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence was “full and accurate,” despite Trump’s claims of planted evidence. According to the FBI, the agency had only a single business day to compile the first version of the inventory – filed several weeks ago – but has since had more time to review and catalog the list. An FBI agent said the revisions to the new list were “minor.” Trump now faces a Friday deadline to submit to the special master descriptions of any seized items that he claims are missing from the list, or items that were included in the inventory that he claimed, without evidence, the FBI may have planted during their search. 

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    'Turn in your badge': Child demands Chief Arredondo be fired

    4. Student Loans

    President Biden’s plan to cancel up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for low- and middle-income borrowers could cost $400 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Monday. Biden announced the forgiveness plan in August, after facing mounting pressure from Democrats to broadly cancel some student loan debt. The Department of Education plans to release an application for the program in October. Under the plan, individual borrowers who earned less than $125,000 in 2020 or 2021 and married couples or heads of households who made less than $250,000 annually in those years will see up to $10,000 of their federal student loan debt forgiven. If the borrower also received a federal Pell grant while enrolled in college, the individual is eligible for up to $20,000 of debt forgiveness. 

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    GOP governor: Red states need to expand support for families after banning abortion

    5. Ukraine

    Ukrainian officials said at least 25 people were killed in an attack on a train station as Russia conducted missile strikes across Ukraine on Wednesday. The attack was one of several Russian strikes carried out in the region on Ukrainian Independence Day. Also on Wednesday, the US said it will provide Ukraine with counter-unmanned aerial systems “to shoot missiles out of the sky.” Separately, Russia’s defense minister today said Russian authorities will provide the necessary assistance for an inspection of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. Western leaders and several other officials have stressed the need for the United Nations nuclear watchdog to visit the plant in southeastern Ukraine, where shelling has sparked fears of a potential disaster.

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    Six months of war, 31 years of independence: Where does Ukraine stand now?

    BREAKFAST BROWSE

    Watch this baby elephant play with bubbles

    This 10-month-old elephant at the Fort Worth Zoo is 1,090 pounds of cuteness. Watch the adorable video here.

    At 55, Nicole Kidman remains one of fashion’s biggest risk-takers

    Check out the actor’s latest jaw-dropping cover photos. Stunning!

    Chick-fil-A’s grilled nuggets and filets have a dairy allergen

    While this may not matter to some consumers, this temporary dairy contamination can be dangerous to those with allergies.

    Inside Flightradar24, the website that tracks every plane in the sky

    This website was founded “completely by accident.” Now, it tracks the real-time movements of more than 200,000 planes every day.

    Party City is hiring 20,000 people, expecting an epic Halloween

    Get your costumes early. Halloween celebrations are anticipated to return with pre-pandemic fervor.

    IN MEMORIAM

    Legendary Vietnam War photographer Tim Page died Wednesday in Australia at the age of 78, fellow journalist Ben Bohane confirmed to CNN. Page was one of a corps of young freelance journalists who would hop on US military helicopters to photograph some of the most intense action of the conflict. Page had cancer, according to Bohane.

    TODAY’S NUMBER

    41

    That’s the age of Mack Rutherford, the youngest person to fly around the world solo in a small aircraft, according to Guinness World Records. The British-Belgian national set the world record Wednesday after landing in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, where his journey began on March 23. His route spanned 52 countries across five continents. Inspired to fly by his family, the teenager was just 15 years old when he received his first pilot’s license. 

    TODAY’S QUOTE

    “We’re embarking on a new era of humankind, an era in which we potentially have the capability to protect ourselves from something like a dangerous, hazardous asteroid impact.”

    – First lady Jill Biden, sharing a photo of her isolating with her cat after testing positive Wednesday for a rebound case of Covid-19. Biden, who is currently in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, previously tested positive on August 15. The first lady has not had a reemergence of symptoms, her deputy communications director Kelsey Donohue told CNN.

    TODAY’S WEATHER

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    Rain begins to dwindle across the South after heavy flooding

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    AND FINALLY

    Elephants smash giant pumpkins

    Polar Bear Love!

    Sleep barely exists when you have newborns. Watch these cute polar bear cubs climb on their mother while she’s trying to sleep. (Click here to view)