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5 things to know for Sept. 23: Hurricane Fiona, Ukraine, Migrants, Covid fraud, Air travel

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1. Hurricane Fiona

Canadians brace themselves for what could be the strongest storm to ever hit the coast of their country. Hurricane Fiona, which has already ravaged the Caribbean, is expected to pass by Bermuda today before reaching eastern Canada on Saturday morning. Residents of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are warned to prepare for Fiona’s impact. The Category 4 storm, which has already killed at least five people and cut power to millions this week, will cause damaging winds, high waves and torrential rain that could lead to extended power outages, local officials said. Several schools, government offices and other businesses in the region are closed today in preparation for the storm.

2. Ukraine

Occupied parts of Ukraine vote today in “sham” referendums on Russia’s accession. The referenda, which are illegal under international law, have been widely condemned by the West as illegal. Such a move could provide Moscow with a pretext to escalate its faltering invasion, which saw Ukraine recapture thousands of square miles of territory this month. The European Union has said it will not recognize the results and has indicated that it is preparing a new package of sanctions against Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, supported the referenda in a recent address to the nation. Separately, long traffic flows were reported at several of Russia’s major land borders as Russian citizens tried to flee the recently announced “partial mobilization”.

3. Migrants

Read:In challenge to West, Russia unfurls plan to annex swathes of Ukraine
A Florida Democratic legislator is suing Republican administration Ron DeSantis to stop him from transporting more migrants from the southern border, arguing last week’s flights to Martha’s Vineyard violated state law. State senator Jason Pizzo, a Democrat in Miami, says DeSantis illegally squandered taxpayer money by flying about 50 migrants from San Antonio to the island of Massachusetts. DeSantis has vowed to carry more migrants from the border, previously telling reporters that flights to Martha’s Vineyard were “just the beginning.” DeSantis said the action was paid for with $12 million allocated in the state budget, and he promised to use “every cent.”

4. Pandemic Fraud

More than $45 billion in pandemic unemployment benefits may have been fraudulently paid to criminals between March 2020 and April 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor said in a memo Thursday. This is the latest report to identify widespread plans to steal money from several federal aid programs after Congress enacted an expansion of the program to help Americans during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s also a big jump from the estimated $16 billion in June 2021. The fraud skyrocketed as state unemployment bureaus were flooded with record numbers of claims and relaxed some requirements in an effort to get the money out the door quickly. those who had lost their jobs. Within five months, more than 57 million people applied for unemployment benefits.

5. Air travel

Read:Puerto Ricans desperate for water after Fiona’s rampage
Boeing has agreed to pay $200 million for misleading the public about the safety of its 737 Max plane after two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019. The Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that, following a crash in October 2018 of a Lion Air 737 Max jet that killed 189 people, Boeing and then CEO Dennis Muilenburg knew that part of the plane’s flight control system was an ongoing safety concern, but told the public it was safe to fly. Following a fatal 737 Max crash in March 2019, the SEC alleges that Boeing and Muilenburg deliberately misled the public about “missteps” and “gaps” in that flight control system’s certification process. Elsewhere in the airline industry, American Airlines recently announced it will suspend an unruly passenger for life after the person punches a flight attendant.

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Boston Celtics suspend head coach for entire NBA seasonn

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka has been suspended after a consensual relationship with a female member of the team’s staff.

Ye West Apologizes To Kim Kardashian In ‘GMA’ Interview

Read:Ukraine’s defense ministry calls Russian missile strike ‘nuclear terrorism’
Kanye West, who now goes by Ye, shared this post for his ex-wife on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.

Fetuses smile at carrots, but grimace at kale, study suggests

A 4D image of a fetus shows a “crying” response after exposure to kale, but a “smile face” in utero when exposed to carrots. View the interesting – and recognizable – photos here.

London Fashion Week Highlights

After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK went into national mourning. But emerging brands kept the show going, with many designers honoring the late monarch in creative ways.

TIME FOR A QUIZ

According to the FAA, how many hours of flight experience are required before a pilot is allowed to work for an airline?

A.250

B. 500

C. 1,000

D. 1500

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz here to see if you’re right!

TODAY’S NUMBER

6.9%

That’s how much FedEx will increase its territory and express shipping rates next year, the company said Thursday. Freight rates also increase by an average of 6.9% to 7.9%. FedEx said the weakening global economy, particularly in Asia and Europe, has hurt its operations. The company is responding by reducing the number of flights, reducing the hours for its staff and closing 90 FedEx Office locations, as well as five corporate offices.

TODAY’S QUOTE

“Today, the government of Nicaragua withdrew our television signal and denied Nicaraguans news and information from our television network, which they have relied on for 25 years.”

–CNN en Español, who issued a statement after the government of Nicaragua abruptly took CNNE off the air this week, shortly after 10 p.m. local time on Wednesday. In recent months, CNN en Español have reported on examples of repression by the country’s government under President Daniel Ortega’s fifth term in office. While the government has not explained why it removed CNN’s Spanish-language service, the move comes as Ortega’s regime has cracked down on the press and critics for the past two years.

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

Sidewalk drawings that will disturb your perception

This street art is made to look like it interacts with its surroundings! Some are so realistic you may have to stare! (Click here to view)
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