Flooding traps many in Florida as Ian heads to South Carolina
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Ian regained some strength after leaving Florida and targeting South Carolina. The National Hurricane Center said the storm spent only a few hours as a weakened tropical storm over Florida before developing into a Category 1 hurricane Thursday in the Atlantic Ocean. Rescue teams were wading through the water and using boats to rescue Florida residents stranded in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. The Orange County Fire Department released photos of crews in a flooded neighborhood in the Orlando area. At least four people in Florida have been confirmed dead on the state’s east coast. Forecasters issued a hurricane warning for coastal South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina ahead of another landfall on Friday.
Russia to further annex Ukraine on Friday in the Kremlin
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia plans to annex more Ukraine on Friday. The move represents an escalation in the seven-month war that is expected to further isolate the Kremlin, attract more international sanctions and provide additional support for Ukraine. An annexation ceremony is planned at the Kremlin. The annexation would come just days after voters reportedly approved Moscow-run “referendums” that Ukrainian and Western officials have denounced as illegal, forced and rigged. In an apparent response, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called an emergency meeting of his National Security and Defense Council on Friday.
Russia opens more border conscription offices amid exodus calls
Russian authorities are opening more military enlistment offices near Russian borders with the apparent aim of intercepting Russian men of military age trying to avoid being called up to fight in Ukraine. Saratov regional officials said a new office project opened Thursday at a checkpoint on the Russia-Kazakhstan border. Another military enlistment center was to open at a crossing point in the Astrakhan region, also on the border with Kazakhstan. Earlier this week, makeshift Russian conscription offices were set up near a border crossing to Georgia and on the border between Russia and Finland. Russian officials have said they will issue appeal notices to all eligible men who attempt to leave the country.
1/6 President: Ginni Thomas reiterates false election claims
WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, backed the false claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent during an interview with the House panel investigating the January 6 uprising. That’s according to Rep. Bennie Thompson, Democratic chair of the panel. The committee has for months requested an interview with Thomas in an effort to learn more about his role in trying to help former President Donald Trump reverse his election defeat. She texted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and reached out to lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin after the election. Thomas’ attorney said his client was focused solely on verifying reports of voter fraud and election irregularities.
Hurricane Ian washes away homes and memories on barrier islands
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Cars lie abandoned where they stalled on the road leading to Fort Myers Beach when storm surge from Hurricane Ian flooded their engines and their drivers n couldn’t continue. Broken trees, boat trailers and other debris litter the path. It’s even worse in the seaside tourist town, much of which has been flattened by the high winds and powerful storm surge generated by the Category 4 hurricane. The barrier islands along the southwest coast of Florida are famous for their shellfish, fishing, and laid-back lifestyle. They took a heavy beating from Ian when he came ashore on Wednesday and locals tried to salvage what they could on Thursday.
Trump tapes investigation: Tensions erupt over special master
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Florida estate spawned a parallel “special master” process that slowed the Justice Department’s criminal investigation and exposed simmering tensions between department prosecutors and the lawyers of the former president. The investigation into the presence of top secret information at Mar-a-Lago continues. But the barbed rhetoric in last week’s court papers laid bare deep disagreements over the special master’s work and made it clear that a process originally sought by the Trump team has not worked to the benefit of the Trump team. President. Special Master, Raymond Dearie, is a former federal prosecutor and served as a U.S. District Judge in Brooklyn.
South Korea, the United States and Japan hold anti-N. Korean underwater exercises
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea, U.S. and Japanese warships launched their first anti-submarine drills in five years after the North renewed its ballistic missile tests this week. South Korea said Friday’s one-day trilateral training off the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula is intended to counter a North Korean push to improve its ability to fire missiles from submarines. sailors. North Korea has built larger submarines, including a nuclear-powered one, and has been testing sophisticated missiles that can be fired in recent years. The North’s five recent missile launches, the first such tests in a month, also took place before and after US Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to South Korea.
Tagovailoa stretched off the pitch with head and neck injuries
CINCINNATI (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered neck and head injuries after being knocked to the ground during Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and was stretched off the field. The Dolphins said Tagovailoa was conscious and had movement in all of his extremities after being taken on a stretcher from the field. He was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Tagovailoa was hunted down and sacked by Josh Tupou with around six minutes left in the first half. He remained in bed for more than seven minutes before being loaded onto a spine board, stabilized and evacuated on a stretcher. Dolphins players rallied as he walked off the field and the crowd chanted “Tua! You are !”
Climate change added 10% to Ian’s rainfall, study finds
A quick study by two scientists calculates that climate change made Hurricane Ian 10% rainier than it would have been had it not been for global warming. Thursday’s analysis, which has not been peer-reviewed, is based on 20 computer simulations of a world without climate change due to burning coal, oil and natural gas. The scientists then compared these scenarios to what was happening in real time with Hurricane Ian. The authors compared the highest precipitation rates over three hours.
Biden pledges US commitment to Pacific islands at summit
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden told visiting leaders from more than a dozen Pacific island countries that the United States is committed to strengthening its presence in their region and becoming a more collaborative partner in the face of the “existential threat” of climate change. The president addressed leaders who gathered in Washington for a summit on Thursday as the White House seeks to improve relations in the Pacific amid heightened US concern over growing economic and military influence. from China. Biden hosted the leaders for dinner at the White House Thursday night.
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