5 things to know for October 17: hearing aids, Ukraine, January 6, Immigration, Nigeria


It’s time to confiscate expensive costumes and unwrapped candy. Halloween is right around the corner and several cities can claim to be the scariest place in the US, but only three cities have the fascinating histories to actually earn the title.

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For the first time, US adults will be able to buy them starting today instead of picking up a prescription and waiting for a custom fit. According to the FDA, adults with mild to moderate hearing loss can purchase hearing aids directly from a store or online for a lower price. The high cost of hearing aids has long been an obstacle for many people with hearing problems. Traditional prescription hearing aids cost an average of $2,000 per ear, and many people need two of them. Those under 18 or with severe hearing loss will still need a prescription, with experts calling the move a “game changer”. Tens of millions of people have hearing loss, but only about 16% of them use a hearing aid, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders.

Air raid sirens sounded in Ukraine today as Russia attacked Kiev with “kamikaze” drones, according to Ukrainian officials, as they repeated calls for Western allies to equip Ukraine with more advanced air defense systems. Kamikaze drones or suicide drones are small, portable aerial weapon systems that are difficult to detect and can be launched from a distance. They can be fired easily and are designed to hit behind enemy lines and destroy them on the offensive. The Ukrainian military and US intelligence say Russia is using Iranian-made drones, but Iran denies supplying Russia with such weapons. The attacks come after Moscow fired hundreds of missiles at civilian targets in a series of deadly strikes across Ukraine last week.

CNN on stage in Kiev, after ‘Kamikaze’ drones hit the Ukrainian capital

President Joe Biden said Saturday that the video and testimony shared during last week’s Jan. 6 hearing was “devastating” and that the committee as a whole has made a “tremendous” case. The final pretrial hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol revealed new evidence and testimony that then-President Donald Trump knew he had lost his re-election bid, even as he continued his efforts to overturn the results. In a significant move, the Jan. 6 committee also voted last week to subpoena Trump, but he is not expected to comply. A committee member also told CNN on Sunday that the panel will ask former Secret Service Assistant Director Tony Ornato to testify again. According to the committee, Ornato was a central figure who could provide valuable information about Trump’s movements and intentions.

A sign with a US Secret Service shield is cleaned at the service's headquarters on November 7, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Why the January 6 commission is asking the secret service agent to testify again

As the influx of migrant buses shows no sign of slowing, New York City officials have erected large emergency tents that will soon house hundreds of people traveling across the southern border. It comes after NYC Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency last week after warning that a growing number of new arrivals were overwhelming homeless shelters, straining resources and costing the city $1 trillion. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, meanwhile, said he has no plans to stop sending the buses, arguing that it exposed liberal leaders buckling under the pressure that is part of the daily deal border states make. According to the latest count in New York this weekend, more than 19,400 asylum seekers have entered the city’s shelter system in recent months.

More than 600 people have died in Nigeria’s worst flooding in a decade, the country’s humanitarian affairs ministry said in a statement on Sunday. According to the ministry, more than 2 million people have been affected by widespread flooding in southern parts of the country after a particularly wet rainy season. The ministry added that more than 200,000 homes were destroyed or partially damaged. Earlier this month, Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency warned of catastrophic flooding in several states, noting that three of Nigeria’s overflowing reservoirs would overflow.

Nigeria was divided

NASA images show the decimating reach of the region’s biggest flood in a decade

This Netflix show breaks the record for most jump scares in one episode

If loud noises or lightning effects make you jump easily, watch out for this new Netflix show.

25 incredibly cute dishes for Halloween dinner

the bone hungry! Who can resist elf these festive appetizers and snacks?

Tennessee football fans throw down the pole, throw it into the river

There was quite a stir after the University of Tennessee football team defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide. Watch the video here.

What will happen to those stuffed bears left as a tribute to the Queen?

You guessed it. All those cute Paddington Bears will be donated to a children’s charity, Buckingham Palace has announced.

How come Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Ross offer such huge discounts

If you’re a fan of designer bargains, you’re in luck. Analysts say the current inventory build-up in retail stores will lead to off-price chains.

7,000 billion

That’s how many snow crabs have disappeared from the waters around Alaska in recent years, causing Alaska’s snow crab harvest to be canceled for the first time. Officials cited overfishing as a reason for canceling the harvest season, but human-caused climate change is also a major factor in the crab’s alarming disappearance, according to NOAA Fisheries Laboratory Director Michael Litzow.

“I’m your cook, not your doctor.”

– Famous restaurateur and chef Guy Fieri, in response to criticism of the type of food featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” In an interview with CNN’s Chris Wallace, Fieri admitted that some of the dishes featured on his show can be unhealthy if consumed in large quantities. But he added that viewers should be careful about their food choices and “eat in moderation.”

frost alerts on Monday

Wild temperatures make changes in the east as the Mississippi River sees some relief


– Source: CNN

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Living in futuristic houses in the Netherlands

Aliens seem to live here, but the only inhabitants of this futuristic town are humans. (Click here to view)