5 things to know for September 23: Hurricane Fiona, Ukraine, Migrants, Covid scams, Flights

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Halloween is still more than a month away, but some major retailers are already gearing up for Christmas. Walmart and Target have said they are getting an earlier start to the holiday shopping season this year in stores and online as households across the country continue to struggle with persistently high inflation that is forcing them to cut back on spending.

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Canadians are bracing for what could be the strongest storm ever to hit their country’s coast. Hurricane Fiona, which has already hit the Caribbean, is now forecast to hit Bermuda before today slamming into eastern Canada Saturday morning. Residents of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are being warned to prepare for Fiona’s influence. The Category 4 storm, which has already claimed at least five lives and knocked out power for millions this week, will bring damaging winds, high waves and heavy rainfall that could lead to prolonged power outages, local officials said. Several schools, government offices and other businesses in the region have closed today in preparation for the storm.

The occupied parts of Ukraine are voting today in “sham” referendums to join Russia. Referendums, which are illegal under international law, have been widely condemned by the West as illegitimate. Such a move could give Moscow a pretext to escalate its faltering invasion, which has seen Ukraine reclaim thousands of square kilometers of territory this month. The European Union has said it will not recognize the results and has indicated it is preparing a new package of sanctions against Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, supported the referendums in a recent address to the nation. separately, long queues of traffic was reported at several of Russia’s major land borders as Russian citizens attempt to flee the newly announced “partial mobilization.”

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A Democratic Florida lawmaker is suing Republican Governor Ron DeSantis prevent him from transporting more migrants from the southern border, arguing that last week’s flights to Martha’s Vineyard violated state law. State Sen. Jason Pizzo, a Miami Democrat, says DeSantis has illegally used taxpayer dollars flying about 50 migrants from San Antonio to Massachusetts Island. DeSantis has promised to transport more migrants from the border and previously told reporters that the flights to Martha’s Vineyard were “just the beginning.” DeSantis said the act was paid for 12 million dollars that were set aside in the state budget, and he promised to spend “every penny”.

Why this lawyer says Martha’s Vineyard migrants were ‘preyed upon’

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 identifying widespread schemes to steal money from a variety of federal relief programs after Congress passed a 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. Fraud skyrocketed as state unemployment agencies were overwhelmed with a record number of claims and eased some requirements in an effort to get the money out the door quickly to those who had lost their jobs. . Within five months, more than 57 million people filed for unemployment benefits.

Boeing has agreed to pay 200 million to mislead the public about the safety of its 737 Max aircraft that follow two fatal accidents in 2018 and 2019. The Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that after an October 2018 crash 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 constituted a persistent safety concern – but told the public it was safe to fly. After a fatal 737 Max crash in March 2019, the SEC alleges that Boeing and Muilenburg deliberately misled the public about “slips” and “gaps” in the certification process for that air traffic control system. Elsewhere in the airline industry, American Airlines recently announced that it will ban an unruly passenger for life after the individual punched a flight attendant.

Space Force theme song becomes comedy fodder

The US space force has a new theme song… but critics say the tune is so bland and boring that it will give you space.

Boston Celtics suspend head coach for entire NBA seasonn

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

Ye West apologizes to Kim Kardashian in ‘GMA’ interview

Kanye West, who now goes by Ye, shared this message 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 “cry-face” reaction after exposure to kale, but a “laugh-face” in utero when exposed to carrots. Check out the interesting – and relatable – pictures here.

Highlights from London Fashion Week

After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain went into national mourning. But new brands ensured that the show continued with many designers in honor of the late monarch in creative ways.

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

A. 250

B. 500

About 1,000

D. 1,500

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6.9%

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

“Today the government of Nicaragua pulled our TV signal, denying Nicaraguans news and information from our TV network that they have relied on for 25 years.”

-Cnn in Spanishissues a statement after the government of Nicaragua abruptly took CNNE off the air this week, shortly after 10pm local time on Wednesday. In recent months, CNN en Español has reported on examples of repression by the country’s government under fifth-term president Daniel Ortega. Although 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 over the past two years.

Hurricane Fiona passes Bermuda as warnings issued for Canada

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Sidewalk signs that will mess with your perception

This street art is made to look like it’s interacting with its surroundings! Some are so realistic you might have to stare a bit! (Click here to view)

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