5 things to know by September 30: Ian, Supreme Court, Ukraine, Student loans, space junk


A growing number of retailers stuck with excess inventory are implementing cost-saving measures that could affect the way they shop. Some companies are so desperate to get rid of merchandise that they tell customers to keep their returns. Others, including H&M, are preparing to trial return fees in some markets to prevent shoppers from returning certain items.

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As Florida deals with the widespread damage left by Hurricane Ian, which officials say could be the worst natural disaster in the state’s history, people in South Carolina are bracing for the storm’s expected landfall today. Ian has re-strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic and is packing sustained winds of nearly 85 mph, forecasts show. The storm’s current track shows it will make landfall in South Carolina around noon today west of Myrtle Beach. Ian’s devastating sweep across Florida brought massive flooding and prompted hundreds of rescues by land, air and sea. At least 19 people are reported dead as a result of the storm and more than 2 million remain without power.

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson will make history again today as the Supreme Court will hold an investiture ceremony for the first black woman on the bench. The ceremony will feature the historic John Marshall chair and commission language dating back to the first justice appointed by President George Washington. President Joe Biden, who nominated Jackson, is expected to attend the ceremony along with several other officials, a White House official told CNN. Photographers will wait outside for the new justice to emerge from the ceremony and take the traditional walk down the 36 marble steps at the front of the columned building. In the court’s 233-year history, no African-American woman has participated in this rite of passage and decided the law of the land.

Watch Ketanji Brown Jackson become the first black woman on the Supreme Court

Russia will begin formally annexing four occupied Ukrainian territories today at a ceremony in the Kremlin hosted by President Vladimir Putin. At the event, Putin is expected to hold a speech and sign agreements that will formally absorb thousands of square kilometers of Ukrainian territory into Russia in what would be Europe’s biggest land annexation since 1945. About 18 percent of Ukraine is believed to have voted to join Russia in Moscow-sponsored “referendums” that Western leaders have called a fraud. Meanwhile, Finland said it would close its borders to Russian tourists today until further notice, amid record numbers of Russians crossing into the country following Moscow’s partial mobilization order.

CNN’s International Diplomatic Editor breaks down what’s at stake in Putin’s annexation article

The Biden administration reduced eligibility for the student loan forgiveness plan on Thursday, the same day six Republican-led states sued to block the plan from taking effect. About 770,000 federal student loan borrowers who are guaranteed by the government but held by private borrowers will now be excluded from debt relief, according to an administration official. Separately, the state attorneys general of Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska and South Carolina, as well as Iowa’s legal representatives, filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Missouri to stop the plan. The White House announced Thursday that the overall cost of the program will be $379 billion.

The Economist offers “counterintuitive” advice on student loans

Satellites that are no longer in service must be removed from the sky within five years to help reduce the amount of debris in Earth’s orbit, the FCC announced in a new rule on Thursday. That five-year term is much shorter than the 25-year rule, which some critics said was too lax. The purpose of this rule is to prevent the dangerous accumulation of junk and debris in space, the FCC said. There are already estimated to be more than 100 million pieces of space junk traveling unchecked in orbit, ranging from a penny to an entire rocket booster. Much of that debris, experts say, is too small to track and could cause collisions in space, making future space exploration and satellite launches impossible, if not impossible.

Millions of pieces of junk around the Earth (2016)

Trevor Noah is leaving ‘The Daily Show’

But the jokes will live on. The host of “The Daily Show” is embarking on a new professional chapter, which may include stand-up work.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left the game on a stretcher

The Miami Dolphins quarterback was carted off the field during Thursday’s NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals after a hard hit left him immobilized for several minutes. Here’s what we know about his condition.

The documentary “Barney” explores the dark side of the beloved children’s series

It looks like “Barney & Friends” wasn’t always a happy family behind the scenes. Watch the terrifying trailer for the new docuseries here.

LeBron James is investing in the fastest growing sport in the US

Called America’s unofficial pandemic hobby, this sport is spreading across the US and catching the eye of big investors.

Amazon’s $999 dog-like robot just keeps getting smarter

Imagine an Alexa on wheels with big cartoon eyes running around your house… Here’s what Astro will be able to do after Amazon releases its first major software update.

Which pop star will perform at next year’s Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show?

A. Adele

B. Drake

C. Rihanna

D. Justin Bieber

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That’s roughly how many US households buy a car each year. However, high prices and rising interest rates are putting vehicles out of reach for a growing number of car buyers. Used car prices are up 48% from August 2019, according to the Consumer Price Index, a key measure of inflation. New car prices have risen by 30% in the last three years.

“Given the serious nature of ALS and the significant life-threatening and unmet need, this level of uncertainty is acceptable in this case.”

– FDA, to announce Thursday that a new treatment for ALS has been approved, despite uncertainty about the drug’s effectiveness. The drug, known as Relyvrio, has been shown to slow the progression of ALS, which causes muscles to weaken, eventually affecting the ability to speak, swallow, move and breathe. The FDA’s approval was based on data from a small Phase 2 trial, which some experts say could send a message to other drug companies that they don’t need strong Phase 3 trial data to get their products to market.

Hurricane Ian continues to threaten Georgia and the Carolinas

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This musician can sing between high notes

Watch this inspiring video of a man who was once teased for ‘singing like a girl’ but used his high pitched voice to land singing gigs around the world. (Click here to view)