5 things to know for September 22: Trump, gas prices, Russia, Hurricane Fiona, Covid-19




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Today is the official first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere, and you know the drill. Cozy sweaters, knit scarves, warm apple cider, pumpkin pie, and scenic leaves. What is not to love? Well, it might be a little longer until actually feel As the southern US falls, the heat wave continues to linger across much of the region.

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Former President Donald Trump was dealt a double legal blow Wednesday as he tried to fend off multiple investigations. An appeals court ruled in a victory for the Justice Department, allowing it to continue reviewing classified documents seized from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence last month. Three judges, including two Trump appointees, ruled that the public has a strong interest in ensuring that the retention of the material does not cause “extraordinarily serious harm to national security.” Additionally, New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil fraud lawsuit on Wednesday against Trump, three of his adult children and the Trump Organization, alleging their involvement in a sprawling fraud that spanned more than a decade that the former president used to enrich himself.

The historic streak of falling US gas prices is over. For the 98th straight day, pump prices rose by a penny on Wednesday to an average of $3.68 a gallon, according to AAA. A one-cent increase won’t have much of an impact on many drivers, but if gas prices start to rise again, that could hurt the Biden administration’s and the Federal Reserve’s efforts to keep inflation under control. The national average gas price last rose on June 14, when it hit a record high of $5.02. Until now, gas prices had been falling due to a number of factors, including stronger supply and weaker demand, drivers facing higher prices, and the White House’s unprecedented release of emergency oil reserves.

Yellen: Rising gas prices are a “risk” this winter

Demand for flights out of Russia rose sharply after President Vladimir Putin announced the immediate partial mobilization of Russian citizens on Wednesday. According to Google Trends, the term “Exit Russia” has also seen a significant increase in searches among Russians in the last 24 hours. Since Putin’s announcement, more than 1,300 people have been arrested across Russia in a crackdown on anti-war protests. Prosecutors in Moscow warned people to take part in the protests and sentenced those who refused the draft to up to 15 years in prison. The foreign ministers and senior officials of Europe, North America and South Korea issued a joint statement today expressing “grave concern” over the ongoing bombing of nuclear facilities in Ukraine.

Video: Putin’s threats and military buildup explained

More than a million people in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic woke up without power again this morning due to Hurricane Fiona. Category 4 storms are poised to leave Bermuda this week, forecasters say. At least five people have died in the Caribbean, including one in Guadeloupe, two in Puerto Rico and two in the Dominican Republic. Fiona also lashed parts of the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday with sustained winds of nearly 125 mph, officials said. Although the recovery process will take a long time, the authorities have begun visiting several islands to begin repairs.

Drone footage shows damage from Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico

The FDA has authorized the release of “multiple lots” of Moderna’s updated Covid-19 booster amid reports of supply issues in some areas. Updated boosters from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna became available earlier this month, but some pharmacy chains have reported problems keeping Moderna shots in stock. However, Moderna said it is on track to deliver 70 million doses of its updated vaccine by the end of 2022. So far, less than half of the people in the U.S. who received the initial series and are eligible for a booster have gotten it. Data also show that less than a third of the US population has gotten a booster shot.

Two people have claimed $1.34 billion in the Mega Millions lottery prize

The mystery is over. After eight weeks of silence, two lucky people have come forward to receive their life-changing prize.

Aaron Judge hits his 60th home run of the season

Go, go…go! The New York Yankees outfielder came closer to making history this week after being a crowd pleaser.

The profane botanist can’t stop cursing about a huge tree

It might be there disbe leaf this man’s unfiltered approach to communicating science.

‘The Bachelorette’ finale didn’t exactly end happily ever after

Well, this is inappropriate. The dramatic two-part season finale didn’t end the way many viewers had hoped. Beware, spoilers ahead.

Stephen Colbert talks about the worst thing that ever happened to him

In a very personal interview with Anderson Cooper, “The Late Show” host opened up about losing his father and two teenage brothers in a plane crash.

18 million

That’s how many cancer survivors were in the U.S. in January, according to a new report from the American Association for Cancer Research. More people in the U.S. are surviving cancer than ever before, thanks to a decline in smoking and improvements in early cancer detection and treatment, the report says.

“No one knows whether this process will lead to a recession or, if so, how significant that recession will be.”

– Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, on Wednesday, after the Fed announced its third consecutive rate hike of 75 basis points. The decision is the Fed’s toughest policy to fight inflation since the 1980s. It will also likely cause financial pain to millions of American businesses and households, increasing the cost of borrowing for things like homes, cars and credit cards.

Hurricane Fiona continues towards Bermuda

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Grizzly bears put household itemst

Before some trash cans and coolers are declared “bear-proof,” the products are put to the test in centers like 600-pound grizzlies! (Click here to view)