5 things to know for October 21: Liz Truss, Ukraine, Covid-19, Student loans, Uvalde


If you’re flying American Airlines on a trip from outside the US, the front of the plane will look a little different. The airline said it is removing the first-class cabin on international flights because customers are not buying the increasingly expensive tickets.

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After a disastrous six-week tenure, Liz Truss announced her resignation as UK Prime Minister on Thursday, becoming the UK’s shortest-serving prime minister ever. When Truss rose to the top job, his economic policy proposals caused the British pound to fall to its lowest level against the US dollar in decades. The unrest sent government bond prices soaring and negatively impacted people’s pension funds. Rising interest rates also forced mortgage repayments, and lenders scrambled to pull their products off the market, dashing homeowners’ hopes almost overnight. To the fury of his own party, Truss sacked his Finance Minister, lost his Home Secretary and created further divisions within the Conservative Party. Another election is due in a week, and the next prime minister is expected to be announced on October 28.

The EU and the UK have separately announced new sanctions against Iran, which denies supplying Russia with drones used in deadly attacks in Ukraine this week. Iran has repeatedly said it was not involved in providing Russia with “kamikaze” drones, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. On Thursday, the White House said the Iranian military had visited Crimea to support Russian operations targeting civilian infrastructure in Ukraine using drones. John Kirby, communications coordinator for the National Security Council, said the presence of Iranian personnel is evidence of Tehran’s direct role in the conflict. “They can lie to the world, but they certainly can’t hide the facts,” he said.

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A series of new Covid-19 variants appear to be gaining ground globally, raising fears of a winter outbreak. New numbers show that coronavirus cases in the U.S. are falling, but emerging variants accounted for nearly 1 in 3 new infections nationwide last week, according to CDC estimates. According to some experts, this convergence means that we have entered a new phase in the evolution of the virus, which will see the circulation of several variants at the same time. Experts say that updated booster vaccines and antiviral drugs such as Paxlovid are expected to continue to protect against the serious consequences of Covid-19 infections caused by new variants.

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The Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to block President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan from taking effect. Judge Amy Coney Barrett refused to accept an appeal filed by a group of Wisconsin taxpayers, arguing that Biden lacks the legal authority to implement the program. In court filings, lawyers for the group argued that the program would be a “tremendous blow” to the U.S. Treasury and taxpayers. The independent Congressional Budget Office has estimated that Biden’s program could cost $400 billion. The Biden administration, meanwhile, says Congress gave the education secretary the power to pay off the debt in a 2003 law known as the HEROES Act. Student loan debt cancellations could begin Sunday, up to $20,000 per borrower.

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A Texas police captain who tried to delay a law enforcement team from entering classrooms to end the massacre at Robb Elementary is now among those being investigated. Sources told CNN that Capt. Joel Betancourt ordered his officers to stay outside the school during the initial response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Those who were trapped inside for more than an hour after the shooting started, no action was taken against the gun. Nineteen children and two teachers died in the shooting. CNN has obtained a new audio recording of Captain Betancourt ordering a strike group to wait more than 70 minutes during the attack. Betancourt says he believed a more skilled team was on the way.

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Steve Bannon will be sentenced today

Steve Bannon, a former adviser to former President Donald Trump, will be tried today after a jury found him guilty of contempt of Congress for refusing to subpoena a House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Bannon faces up to 30 days in prison under federal law, but prosecutors want him to serve six months. In addition to jail time, the government is seeking $200,000 in fines.

Steve Bannon, former adviser to Donald Trump, arrives in US federal court in Washington, DC, Friday, July 22, 2022.  Bannon's defense team made another attempt Thursday to end his criminal case by refusing a Jan. 6 committee subpoena, asking a federal judge to acquit him because the evidence presented by prosecutors was too thin.  Photographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg/Getty Images

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Taylor Swift’s new album is out at midnight

For many Swifties around the world, nothing is more important these days than learning the lyrics to the pop star’s new album, “Midnights.”

Elon Musk’s perfume, which started as a joke, sells out in just over a week

With its new fragrance “Burnt Hair,” Musk seems to want people to be musky. Watch the video here.

Here are the nominees for the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

This photo gallery of animals doing funny things will make your day that much better.

This is the right way to taste olive oil

Yes, there is a technique that will help you extract all the flavors from your olive oil. Watch CNN’s Stanely Tucci learn the proper method from experts at an olive farm in Italy’s Puglia region.

Jury finds Kevin Spacey not responsible for battery

Thursday’s ruling was a major victory for the actor, but he still faces an uphill battle ahead.

Pioneering movie star Anna May Wong will be the first Asian American to appear on the reverse of which US currency?

A. Penny

B. Dime

C. Quarterly

D. The dollar

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Tony BrownThe longtime NBA referee died Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, the league announced. He was 55 years old. Over 20 seasons, Brown played more than 1,100 regular season games and 35 playoff games, according to the league. “Tony Brown was one of the NBA’s greatest referees and an inspiration to his colleagues,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Several NBA legends were posted about the famous referee in social networks – including Lebron James, Brown “a great ref but a bigger guy!”

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How much was Google fined by Indian regulators for anti-competitive practices? The hefty fine was imposed after the Competition Commission of India concluded that Google is unfairly competing in the market because it owns the Android operating software and allows some of its products (such as YouTube and Google search) to come pre-installed. On all devices running Android.

“Our hearts go out to his family, his friends and the many others who knew and loved him.”

– Princeton University, issued a statement after the body of missing student Misrach Ewunetie was found on campus Thursday, the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office said. Ewunetie, 20, went missing six days ago, prompting university officials to intensify their search for the young man. Officials said her body was found on university grounds behind the tennis court, adding that “there were no signs of injury and her death does not appear to be suspicious or criminal in nature.” The university called the death an “unthinkable tragedy.”

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Meet Bran, the puzzle-solving raven

Watch this short video of a smart crow that can quickly solve challenges. (And if you’re a “Game of Thrones” fan, you might already know his catchy name…click here to see.)