5 things to know for September 29: Hurricane Ian, Russia, Covid, Kamala Harris, Food labels


Amid widespread flooding and power outages, people are leaving Florida in droves as Ian batters the state. But some brave people are traveling through the storm to collect data for purposeful research and forecasting. Watch these professional hurricane hunters – famous for experiencing the world’s most dangerous weather – fly a plane directly into the turbulent eye of the storm.

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Hurricane Ian made landfall on the southwest coast of Florida on Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm, but has now become a tropical storm. However, it is one of several hurricanes that have made landfall on the west coast of the Florida peninsula, causing catastrophic flooding and life-threatening storm surge. The monster storm has flooded roads and homes, uprooted trees, floated cars on streets and left nearly 2.5 million homes and businesses without power this morning. Ian is on track to move inland with strong winds and heavy rain expected in parts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center said.

The US embassy in Moscow has warned Americans to leave Russia immediately, following President Vladimir Putin’s order to partially mobilize Russian men to fight in the war in Ukraine. The security alert said the embassy “faces severe limitations in its ability to assist US citizens, and conditions, including transportation options, may suddenly become even more limited.” Separately, US officials say Russia is the main suspect in the Nord Stream pipeline leak investigation. A fourth leak in pipelines linking Russia and Germany was discovered today and there was a “very strong indication” of acts of sabotage, a German official said.

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Updated Covid-19 boosters could be rolled out to younger children as soon as early October, a source close to the FDA’s planning discussions told CNN. Moderna and Pfizer both applied for emergency use authorization from the FDA in recent days for updated Covid-19 boosters for younger adults. Moderna is seeking approval for 6-year-olds and Pfizer for children under 5. Similar to the boosters that were available to seniors earlier this month, these shots target the original coronavirus strain and Omicron BA.4/BA. .5 subvariant. Currently, Pfizer’s updated booster is approved for use in people 12 years of age and older, and Moderna is approved for use in adults 18 years of age and older.

Vice President Kamala Harris visited the demilitarized zone that divides North and South Korea today, after Pyongyang fired two ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast. The DMZ has been the destination of US presidents and vice presidents on official visits to South Korea, where they have been photographed peering through binoculars into North Korean-controlled territory. As planned, Harris went to an observation post where he could watch North Korea through binoculars, and US officials said North Korean guards were likely watching. The Vice President’s visit comes as tensions remain very high on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea has launched 18 ballistic missiles this year, a record number since Kim Jong Un took over as leader in 2012.

The FDA is proposing changes to the nutritional standards that foods must meet before they can carry the “healthy” label on packages. Foods making the claim should have limits on individual nutrients, such as fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and contain minimum amounts of vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, protein, and dietary fiber. But when the “healthy” claim was first defined in 1994, the FDA said an update was needed to reflect changes in nutrition and diet science. For example, some cereals with high amounts of added sugar still meet the definition of “healthy,” but salmon, which is high in beneficial polyunsaturated fats, does not. The FDA said the goal of the proposal is to help consumers improve their dietary patterns.

A rapper grandma is running for office

Slow down, grandma! An 80-year-old grandmother running for the Utah Senate has gone viral for this campaign rap video in which she introduces herself to voters.

Billionaire MacKenzie Scott has filed for divorce from her second husband

Scott, one of the world’s richest people, married a teacher last year after divorcing Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2019.

The half-humanoid robot has broken the speed record

This robot has a Guinness record and is very similar to humans. Watch the video here.

Lizzo played James Madison’s 200-year-old crystal flute at her concert in Washington, DC

The pop star wowed concertgoers by playing a crystal flute that belonged to a former US president in the 1800s. And yes, he was discreetly twerking as he played, which is his signature.

Virgin Atlantic has launched a new gender-neutral uniform policy

The British airline announced that cabin crew, pilots and staff can choose whichever of these uniforms they feel most comfortable with, “regardless of their gender, gender identity or gender expression”.

Coolio, the ’90s rapper who lit up the charts with hits like “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” has died, his friend and manager Jarez Posey told CNN. He was 59 years old. Details about the situation were not immediately available.


That’s the number of home runs New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has hit this season, tying Roger Maris’ single-season American League home run record set in 1961. Sending the Blue Jays over the wall as thousands of fans cheered.

“We want to show them that we don’t care about their standards, their definition of beauty or what they think we should look like. It’s to show that we’re angry.”

– Faezeh Afshan, an Iranian chemical engineer living in Italy, protesting the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while cutting his hair. Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets this month in protest over the death of Amini, who was apprehended in Tehran and taken to a “re-education center” apparently for not wearing a hijab properly. Women around the world have shown solidarity with the plight of Iranian women in online rallies and video demonstrations. Some have also cut or trimmed their hair in public or while filming.

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