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    1. Hurricane Ian

    Hurricane Ian made landfall along the southwestern coast of Florida as a powerful Category 4 storm on Wednesday but has now weakened to a tropical storm. Still, it is one of the strongest hurricanes to make landfall on the west coast of the Florida peninsula and unleashed catastrophic floods and life-threatening storm surge. The monster storm has flooded roads and homes, uprooted trees, sent cars floating in the streets and left nearly 2.5 million homes and businesses without power as of this morning. Ian is on track to advance inland with strong winds and heavy rains expected in portions of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas over the next few days, the National Hurricane Center said.

    2. Russia

    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.

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    Yellen: Rising gas prices are a 'risk' this winter

    3. Covid-19

    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.

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    Video: Putin's threats and military escalation explained

    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.

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    Drone footage shows Hurricane Fiona damage in Puerto Rico

    5. Food labels

    The FDA is proposing changes to the nutrition standards that foods must meet before they can carry the “healthy” label on their packages. Foods that make the claim would need to have limits on individual nutrients like fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, and they must contain minimum amounts of vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, protein and dietary fiber. But since the “healthy” claim was first defined in 1994, the FDA said an update was needed to reflect changes in nutrition and dietary science. For example, certain cereals that have high amounts of added sugars still meet the definition of “healthy,” but salmon – which is high in beneficial polyunsaturated fat – does not. The FDA said the goal of the proposal is to help consumers improve their dietary patterns. 

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    Well, this is awkward. The dramatic two-part season finale didn’t end the way many viewers had hoped. Warning, spoilers are ahead

    Stephen Colbert talks about the worst thing that ever happened to him

    In a deeply personal conversation with Anderson Cooper, “The Late Show” host opened up about losing his dad and two teen brothers in a plane crash.

    TODAY’S NUMBER

    61

    That’s how many cancer survivors there were in the US as of January, according to a new report from the American Association for Cancer Research. More people are surviving cancer than ever before in the US due to declines in smoking and improvements in catching and treating cancer early, the report said.

    TODAY’S QUOTE

    “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.”

    – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, during a news conference Wednesday after the Fed announced a third consecutive 75-basis-point rate hike. The decision marks the Fed’s toughest policy move since the 1980s to fight inflation. It will also likely cause economic pain for millions of American businesses and households by pushing up the cost of borrowing for things like homes, cars, and credit cards.

    TODAY’S WEATHER

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    Hurricane Fiona continues to head towards Bermuda

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    Realistic facial illusions

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