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The world’s first all-electric passenger aircraft has successfully taken to the sky with battery technology similar to that of an electric car or a cell phone. The zero-emission plane – named Alice – traveled at an altitude of 3,500 feet for eight minutes during its inaugural flight on Tuesday. Now, the company behind the plane is working on developing an FAA-certified aircraft.
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1. Hurricane Ian
The 2022 primary season came to a close on Tuesday, with New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Delaware holding a slate of key elections that could play a major role in helping decide which party controls the House and Senate. A great deal of attention is on New Hampshire, where Republicans are selecting their nominee to take on Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan in what could be one of the most competitive Senate races. Hassan won by just 1,000 votes in 2016, and Republicans have seen New Hampshire as a potential pick-up opportunity in their bid for control of a Senate that’s currently split 50-50. Also in New Hampshire, CNN projects Karoline Leavitt, a 25-year-old ex-Trump aide, will win the GOP primary in the 1st Congressional District and face Democrat Chris Pappas in November.
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2. January 6
The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol postponed its hearing scheduled for today in light of Hurricane Ian heading toward Florida. The panel had originally set the hearing to reveal new information it has uncovered since its last hearing on July 21. Separately, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he would support legislation that would make it harder to overturn a certified presidential election in response to the January 6 attack. McConnell’s endorsement will bolster the bill’s chances for passage in his chamber and will likely put him at sharp odds with former President Donald Trump, who has called on GOP senators to oppose the plan.
3. Nord Stream
Leaders of several Western countries say leaks in two Russian gas pipelines are likely the result of sabotage. Swedish authorities sounded the alarm on Tuesday about leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines – which run under the Baltic Sea near Sweden and Denmark and have been major flashpoints in the energy war between Europe and Russia. The two affected pipelines were not in operation when the leaks were found, but both still contained gas under pressure. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said in a news conference that the leaks were “likely a deliberate action” but “not an attack against Sweden.” Other European leaders made similar comments and vowed a strong response as investigations continue.
US officials and representatives of 19 countries in the Western Hemisphere gathered at the White House this week amid concerns over mass migration in the region, a senior administration official told CNN. This comes less than three months after the countries signed an agreement that the governments would expand temporary worker programs, bolster legal pathways like refugee resettlement and family reunification, provide support to countries hosting large migrant populations and crack down on human smuggling networks. Administration officials have specifically stressed the need for countries to help alleviate the flow of migrants as authorities along the US-Mexico border continue to encounter more people from Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba – marking a shift from previous years when officials mostly encountered migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to meet face to face today for the first time since the war began in Ukraine. The meeting is being held at a time when Putin needs Xi’s help more than ever after a series of recent setbacks in Ukraine. Russia and China’s relationship has also strengthened since the beginning of the war and experts say support from China would be of huge value to Putin – especially after Ukraine’s recapture of more than 6,000 square kilometers of territory in recent days. Separately, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was involved in a car accident in Kyiv on Wednesday, but emerged with “no serious injuries,” a statement from his office said.
A dazzling spiral galaxy has been captured in “unprecedented detail” in a new photo released by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The galaxy, named IC 5332, is located 29 million light-years away and is about one-third the size of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. To capture the image, the Webb telescope used one of the observatory’s four powerful tools to investigate the cosmos, according to the European Space Agency. Compared with other telescopes, Webb’s massive mirror can see faint, distant galaxies and has the potential to enhance our understanding of the origins of the universe. Some of Webb’s first images, released in July, have highlighted the observatory’s capabilities to reveal previously unseen aspects of the cosmos, like star birth that has previously been shrouded in dust.
Potential rule change on ‘Jeopardy!’ sparks debate
Many thought the US Open would be the last act of Serena’s tennis career… but it might not be over just yet.
‘Bachelorette’ Gabby Windey calls finale a ‘big fat dumpster fire’
It looks like there’s trouble in paradise. Fans of “The Bachelorette” are mentally preparing for potentially the most dramatic season finale EVER.
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is back
Praise be. “The Handmaid’s Tale” returns to Hulu today for a fifth season. Here’s what you can expect.
Tom Brady hints at retirement, again
Should you take a multivitamin?
The answer is yes, according to a new study. Taking a daily multivitamin may improve cognition in older adults, especially those with a history of cardiovascular disease.
That’s how much standard monthly premiums will be for Medicare beneficiaries in 2023, a decrease of $5.20 from 2022. This will be the first time in more than a decade that seniors will see a tab lower than the year before, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Tuesday. The message comes six weeks before the midterm elections, as President Biden continues to tout Democrats as the party that will protect Social Security and Medicare.
That’s the annual profits of Patagonia, the private company that sells outdoor apparel and equipment. On Wednesday, Patagonia’s founder announced he is transferring ownership of the company into two entities that will ensure 98% of the company’s annual profits will be used to combat climate change.
“We’re not there yet, but the end is in sight.”
– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, saying in a news conference Wednesday the world has never been in a better position to end the Covid-19 pandemic. Although official case counts have become significantly underreported, trends have shown a steady drop in cases in the US for the past two months. Additionally, about two-thirds of the global population – and about the same in the US – have received their initial series of a Covid-19 vaccinations, according to the latest WHO update.
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One American chemist – and junk food wizard – created some of the most successful (and sugar-packed) foods of all time. (Click here to view)