5 things to know for September 14: Primary Education, Food prices, Abortion, Twitter, Typhoon China

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1. Primary ones

The 2022 primary season ended on Tuesday, with New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Delaware holding a slate of key elections to help decide which party controls the House and Senate. Much attention is on New Hampshire, where Republicans are picking a candidate to challenge Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan in what could be one of the most competitive Senate races. Hassan won by just 1,000 votes in 2016, and Republicans have seen New Hampshire as an opportunity in their bid to control the Senate, which is currently split 50-50. Also in New Hampshire, CNN predicts Karoline Leavitt, a 25-year-old former Trump aide, will win the GOP primary in the 1st Congressional District and face Democrat Chris Pappas in November.

2. Inflation

Food prices are much higher in the US than they were a year ago, according to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Tuesday. In general, food prices rose by 13.5% and restaurant menu prices by 8%. The prices of eggs rose by 39.8%, and flour became more expensive by 23.3%. Milk increased by 17% and the price of bread by 16.2%. Meat, poultry, fruits and vegetables were also more expensive. On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.1% from July, according to the Consumer Price Index, which measures a basket of consumer goods and services. The reading came as a surprise to investors and sent US stocks tumbling on Tuesday, their worst day since June 2020.

3. Abortion

West Virginia lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bill that would ban nearly all abortions except to save the mother’s life or in cases involving rape or incest. The bill would significantly limit access to abortion in a state where the procedure is currently legal until 20 weeks after fertilization. It now heads to the Republican governor’s desk for signature. Separately, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday introduced a bill that would have banned abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, the most significant proposal by congressional Republicans to curtail the procedure since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Three months ago since he canceled Wade. And in Indiana, a near-total abortion ban goes into effect this week.

4. Twitter

Elon Musk is fighting to get out of his $44 trillion deal to buy Twitter, but the social media company’s shareholders plan to stick with it. The vast majority of Twitter shareholders voted in favor of Musk’s buyout deal on Tuesday and said they are ready to complete the merger before Thursday. The vote comes days after Musk issued his third letter to Twitter seeking to end the company’s $7.75 million settlement of payments to a former employee who later blew the whistle on Twitter’s alleged security and privacy vulnerabilities. The whistleblower, former Twitter security chief Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about his concerns, including allegations that Twitter likely has foreign intelligence agents on its payroll.

5. The Chinese typhoon

China has issued a high alert as Typhoon Muifa is expected to make landfall near Shanghai today. According to forecasts, the winds will be comparable to a Category 1 Atlantic hurricane, surpassing the first three typhoons of the season. Authorities in eastern China’s Zhejiang province ordered ships back to port, told schools to close and evacuated tourists from nearby islands, according to a Reuters report. Waves of up to 16 feet are expected near China’s busiest container seaport, the commercial hub of Shanghai. Several airlines in the city have canceled flights today and at least 13,000 people in the city have been evacuated, according to state media.

EXPLORE BREAKFAST

Watch a friendly bear open and close the door

A woman confronted a bear at the door of her house and politely asked it to leave. Surprisingly, he listened.

Watch Drew Barrymore’s tearful reunion with her ex-boyfriend

The actress kicked off the third season of her talk show with a guest near and dear to her heart: her ex-boyfriend Justin Long. Watch this short video of the tearful reunion.

“The Crown” viewership soared on Netflix after the death of Queen Elizabeth

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Netflix viewers tuned in to a show about her life.

Ferrari’s first four-door car is here

It looks like an SUV… but the company says people shouldn’t call it that.

New York Fashion Week Highlights

The biggest names in fashion showed their new collections in New York this week. Several A-list celebrities also made their runway debuts.

IN MEMORY

Ken StarrA former U.S. attorney who rose to fame as an independent counsel who aggressively investigated President Bill Clinton in a series of political scandals in the 1990s has died at the age of 76. Starr, who was a member of former President Donald Trump’s defense team during Trump’s first impeachment, also served as president of Baylor University from 2010 to 2016.

TODAY’S NUMBER

4 months

That’s exactly what happened to an unruly passenger on an American Airlines flight who was sentenced to prison for obstructing the flight crew, the Department of Justice announced in a press release. A passenger’s violent behavior on a February 2021 flight from Dallas to Los Angeles prompted the flight to be diverted to Phoenix. Last year set a record for passenger misconduct, ending with nearly 6,000 reports, according to FAA data.

TODAY’S BUDGET

“This massive immediate point was beyond what we had anticipated.”

— Ian Petchenik, a spokesman for flight-tracking website Flightradar24, said the plane carrying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin set a new record on Tuesday as the most tracked flight ever. Around five million people followed the journey from Edinburgh to London, data from the site showed. That surpasses the previous record set last month by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan. About 2.9 million people watched Pelosi’s flight to Taipei.

TODAY’S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

Strangely satisfying kinetic sand

This artist creates and breaks up food-like kinetic sand. I know, it sounds weird… but many say it’s incredibly relaxing to watch. (Click here to view)