5 things to know for September 23: Hurricane Fiona, Ukraine, migrants, Covid fraud, air travel




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Halloween is still more than a month away, but some big retailers are already gearing up for Christmas. Walmart and Target said they are starting the holiday shopping season earlier this year in stores and online as households across the nation continue to struggle with persistent inflation that is forcing them to cut back on spending.

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Canadians are braving what could be the worst storm ever to hit their country’s coast. Hurricane Fiona, which has already hit the Caribbean, is expected to make landfall in Bermuda today before hitting eastern Canada on Saturday morning. Residents of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are being warned to prepare for Fiona’s impact. The Category 4 storm, which has killed at least five people and knocked out power to millions this week, will bring damaging winds, high waves and heavy rain that could cause extended power outages, local officials said. Many schools, government offices and other businesses in the region have closed today in preparation for the storm.

Occupied parts of Ukraine are voting today in referendums to join Russia. Referendums, which are illegal under international law, have been widely condemned as illegal by the West. The move could give Moscow a pretext to step up its invasion, as Ukraine regained thousands of square kilometers of territory this month. The European Union has said it will not recognize the results and has indicated that it is preparing a new package of sanctions against Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, supported the referendums in his recent address to the nation. Separately, long traffic lines were reported at several major Russian land borders as Russian citizens tried to flee the newly announced “partial mobilization.”

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A Democratic Florida lawmaker is suing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to stop transporting more migrants across the southern border, arguing that last week’s flights to Martha’s Vineyard violated state law. State Sen. Jason Pizzo, a Miami Democrat, says DeSantis illegally spent taxpayer dollars flying about 50 migrants from San Antonio to Massachusetts Island. DeSantis has vowed to transport more migrants across the border, previously telling reporters that the flights to Martha’s Vineyard were “just the beginning.” DeSantis said the action was paid for with $12 million allocated in the state budget, and promised to use “every penny.”

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More than $45 trillion in pandemic unemployment benefits were fraudulently paid to criminals between March 2020 and April 2022, the US Department of Labor said in a statement on Thursday. This is the latest report to identify schemes to steal money after Congress enacted an expansion of the program to help Americans during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is also a big jump from the estimated $16 trillion in June 2021. The fraud spiked when state unemployment agencies were overwhelmed with record numbers of claims and relaxed some requirements in an effort to get money out quickly from those who lost their jobs. . Within five months, more than 57 million people applied for unemployment benefits.

Boeing has agreed to pay $200 million for misleading the public about the safety of its 737 Max plane after two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019. 189 people, Boeing and then-CEO Dennis Muilenburg knew that part of the plane’s flight control system posed an ongoing safety concern, but told the public it was safe to fly. Following a fatal 737 Max crash in March 2019, the SEC alleged that Boeing and Muilenburg knowingly misled the public about “slippages” and “loopholes” in the flight control system’s certification process. Elsewhere in aviation, American Airlines recently announced that it will ban an unruly passenger for life after the person punched a flight attendant.

The song Space Force becomes comedy fodder

The United States Space Force has a new theme song… but critics say the tune is so bland and boring it’ll leave you spacey.

The Boston Celtics coach has been suspended for the rest of the NBA seasonn

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka has been suspended after having a consensual relationship with a female member of the team.

Ye West apologizes to Kim Kardashian in ‘GMA’ interview

Kanye West, now called Ye, shared this message for his ex-wife on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Fetuses smile at carrots, but wave at streets, study finds

A 4D image of a fetus shows a “crying face” reaction after exposure to the street, but a “laughing face” when exposed to carrots in the womb. Check out the interesting (and relatable) images here.

Highlights from London Fashion Week

After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom went into national mourning. But emerging brands made sure the show went on, with many designers paying creative homage to the late monarch.

According to the FAA, how many hours of flight experience is required for a pilot to work for an airline?

A. 250

B. 500

C. 1,000

D. 1,500

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6.9%

That’s how FedEx will announce its ground and shipping rates for next year, the company said Thursday. Freight rates will also increase to an average of 6.9% to 7.9%. FedEx said the weakening global economy, particularly in Asia and Europe, has hurt its business. The company is responding by reducing flights, reducing hours for its employees and closing 90 FedEx Office locations, as well as five corporate offices.

“Today the Nicaraguan government has removed our television signal, denying Nicaraguans news and information from our television channel, which they have relied on for 25 years.”

– CNN in Spanish, the Nicaraguan government issued a statement this week after CNNE was suddenly taken off the air shortly after 10:00pm on Wednesday. In recent months, CNN en Español has reported on examples of repression by the country’s government under fifth-term president Daniel Ortega. Although the government has not explained why CNN’s Spanish-language service has been removed, it comes as Ortega’s regime has cracked down on the press and critics over the past two years.

Hurricane Fiona is passing Bermuda as a warning to Canada

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Pavement drawings that will confuse your perception

This street art is made to look like it interacts with its surroundings! Some of them are so realistic, you might have to look at them for a while! (Click here to view)