5 things to know by October 5: Ukraine, Mar-a-Lago, Twitter, Hurricane Ian, NASA


A request for President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan is expected to be launched as soon as this week. But the nation is divided over the programme, with social media platforms awash with praise or criticism. In addition, ongoing legal challenges and lawsuits aimed at blocking the plan are creating some obstacles for the administration.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law measures calling for the annexation of four Ukrainian regions into the Russian Federation, in violation of international law. Western leaders have said the annexations of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson are the result of “fake” referendums and will never be recognized. This is happening as Moscow is losing territory to the Ukrainian military by the day. It is unclear how Russia intends to hold onto the four regions, at least in the short term. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said Russia would later try to retake the territory, a campaign likely to involve 300,000 reservists being called up as part of the “partial mobilization” ordered by Putin last month.

Former President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to intervene in a case involving documents the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate this summer. Trump is specifically asking the judge to certify that more than 100 documents marked as classified are part of the special master’s review. The emergency petition, if approved, could bolster efforts to challenge the former president’s search in court. Trump has argued that as a former president he may have been entitled to some government documents, including material that could contain the country’s most sensitive secrets.

In a major setback, Elon Musk is now proposing to buy Twitter at full price after trying to finalize a $44 billion buyout deal to complete the company’s lawsuit. According to a securities filing on Tuesday, Musk said he would stick to the originally agreed-upon price of $54.20 per share. Twitter’s stock closed twice Tuesday on news of the filing. Shares rose more than 20% in early trading, above $51 a share and approaching the agreed-upon deal price for the first time in months. The deal could end a months-long, contentious dispute between Musk and Twitter that has caused huge uncertainty for employees, investors and users of one of the world’s most important social media platforms.

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Residents of a Florida barrier island will be allowed to return to their homes today after Hurricane Ian devastated the state last week. Ian obliterated part of the causeway connecting Sanibel Island to the mainland, setting the stage for days of air and sea evacuations as crews searched for stranded people. Although residents in the area will be allowed to enter their properties today, officials warn the island remains extremely dangerous with “alligators running around” and “snakes everywhere,” Sanibel Fire Chief William Briscoe said. Crews have evacuated about 1,000 people from Sanibel since Ian ripped through the island. Meanwhile, President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will visit Florida today to see the devastation firsthand.

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NASA and SpaceX will send the first American woman into orbit today. The astronaut, NASA’s Nicole Aunapu Mann, will serve as mission commander for the trip, which begins at 12:00 p.m. ET. Mann and three teammates will ride on a SpaceX rocket to lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. They will head to the International Space Station for a five-month stay, joining a long list of astronauts to serve as full-time staff at the laboratory that has hosted humans for nearly 22 years. On his journey, Mann will take a few special mementos with him: his wedding rings, a surprise gift for his family, and a dream catcher his mother gave him.

Three scientists have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work in creating a “smart tool for building molecules”. The trio’s work has “revolutionized the way chemists think about binding molecules together,” said the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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Canned water company Liquid Death sees explosive growth

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Kanye West called for dressing with “hate slogans”.

West’s criticism was swift for her latest fashion statement.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen have hired divorce lawyers

The two, who married in 2009, have been “living apart” and are “exploring options” regarding their marriage, sources told CNN.

Loretta Lynn, the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” whose sweet lyrics and soulful voice made her the queen of country music for decades, has died. He was 90 years old. Lynn scored hits with passionate songs like “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man).” In 1966 he became the first country singer to chart and write a No. 1 hit.

Loretta Lynn died at the age of 90

$31.1 billion

That’s after the amount of America’s national debt reached a new milestone this week amid historically high inflation. The nation’s debt levels have risen over the past decade, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. The outstanding public debt was $10.6 trillion when former President Barack Obama took office in 2009; 19.9 trillion dollars when Trump took office in 2017; and $27.8 billion when Biden takes office in 2021, according to Treasury Department data.

“I had good feelings outside the ball. I didn’t know where it would land or what it would play.’

– New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, after breaking Roger Maris’ single-season American League home run record, hit his 62nd in Tuesday’s game against the Texas Rangers. Barry Bonds holds the major league baseball record with 73 home runs in 2001. catch the ball Security escorted him from the seating section, according to match reporters. Some observers believe the ball is worth millions of dollars.

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