5 things to know for September 15: Queen, Capitol riot, Train strike, Immigration, Ukraine


“Chai tea latte, please…but oatmeal, an espresso, two pumps of brown sugar syrup, hot, no foam, and cinnamon on top.” More Starbucks customers are choosing elaborate concoctions like these over regular menu drinks, the company says. To speed up service amid the trend toward complicated orders, Starbucks announced new kitchen designs and technology systems to help bartenders work faster.

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Queen Elizabeth II is now in London’s Westminster Hall until her funeral on Monday morning. It’s the first of four full days that the public will be able to see the casket, and officials have warned that an unprecedented number of people are coming to pay their respects. When the doors to Westminster Hall opened at 5pm on Wednesday, the queue for visitors stretched almost three kilometers along the River Thames, according to an official tracker. Royals including Charles III, Prince William and Prince Harry walked behind the coffin along the route of the procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster.

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Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has complied with a subpoena in the Justice Department’s investigation into the events surrounding January 6, 2021, sources familiar with the matter told CNN. That makes him the highest-ranking official connected to former President Donald Trump to respond to a subpoena in the federal investigation. Meadows turned over the same materials to the House select committee investigating the Capitol incident, a source said, in compliance with the Justice Department’s subpoena. Last year, Meadows sent thousands of text messages and emails to the House committee before ceasing to cooperate. It comes after federal investigators issued at least 30 subpoenas to people with ties to Trump, including top officials in his fundraising and campaign operations.

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A massive rail strike has been averted after unions and management reached a tentative deal today. The strike threatened to disrupt US supply chains and raise the prices of many goods. The White House released a statement just after 5 a.m. today, calling the deal “an important victory for our economy and the American people.” It came after an all-night bargaining session between union leadership – which represents more than 50,000 engineers and managers – and railway labor negotiators. They saw that the clock was ticking for the strike that was supposed to start on Friday. This is positive news for the many businesses that depend on freight railroads to continue operating and for the broader U.S. economy. About 30% of the nation’s freight is moved by rail.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is requesting that two planes carrying immigrants be sent to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts on Wednesday, his office told CNN. “States like Massachusetts, New York and California will better facilitate the care of those people they have invited into our country by promoting illegal immigration, being designated as ‘sanctuary states’ and supporting the open border policies of the Biden Administration,” in a statement. he said from his office. An estimated 50 migrants arrived on Martha’s Vineyard “without prior notification to anyone,” state Sen. Julian Cyr, a Democrat, said. The movement continues in line with the Republican governments. Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona began sending migrants to Washington, DC earlier this year. Abbott has expanded his efforts to New York and Chicago.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to meet face-to-face today for the first time since the war in Ukraine began. The meeting comes at a time when Putin needs Xi’s support more than ever, after a series of recent setbacks in Ukraine. Relations between Russia and China have also strengthened since the start of the war and experts say that China’s support would be of great value to Putin – especially after Ukraine regained more than 6,000 square kilometers in recent days. Separately, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was involved in a car crash in Kiev on Wednesday, but escaped “without serious injuries,” his office said in a statement.

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Gabby Windey calls the ‘Bachelorette’ finale a “big dumpster fire.”

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is back

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Tom Brady hints at retirement again

Brady, 45, said he is “close to the end” of his NFL career. Gisele Bündchen’s supermodel wife has also expressed “concerns” about the acting.

Should you take a multivitamin?

The answer is yes, according to a new study. Taking a daily multivitamin may improve cognition in older adults, especially those with a history of cardiovascular disease.

100 million dollars

That’s the annual profit of Patagonia, a private company that sells outdoor clothing and equipment. On Wednesday, Patagonia’s founder announced that he is transferring ownership of the company to two entities that will ensure that 98% of the company’s annual profits will be used to fight climate change.

“We’re not there yet, but the end is in sight.”

– Tedros Adhanom GhebreyesusThe Director General of the World Health Organization said in a press conference on Wednesday that the world has never been in a better position to end the Covid-19 pandemic. Although official case counts have been significantly underestimated, trends have shown a steady decline in US cases over the past two months. Also, about two-thirds of the world’s population — and roughly the same in the U.S. — have received the initial series of Covid-19 vaccines, according to the latest WHO update.

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