Hurricane Ian approaches Cuba, hits Florida as Cat 4
Havana (AP) — Hurricane Ian is approaching Cuba, hitting Florida as a Category 4 as early as Wednesday. “It’s not a drill,” an emergency management director said. Tampa and St. St. Petersburg is one of the most likely targets to be directly hit by a major hurricane for the first time in a century. Ian has gone from strength to strength and is expected to swiftly cross the western end of Cuba on Monday. It will then turn north and slow down in warm Gulf waters, where conditions are ripe for the strongest hurricane to brew. Forecasters said the storm surge could reach 10 feet. Hundreds of thousands of people could face mandatory evacuation orders.
Putin’s call sparks anger, protests and violence in Russians
Tallinn, Estonia (AP) — Five days after President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization to call up hundreds of thousands of reservists to fight in Ukraine, the move sparked angry protests across Russia in a frightening move incidents of the evacuation of men of fighting age from the country, as well as acts of violence. There were demonstrations – not just in the usual places like Moscow and St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg – but also in the remote northern province of Yakutia and poor southern Dagestan. A gunman opened fire at a recruitment office in a Siberian city, seriously wounding a military commander. One analyst said Putin had taken a big risk and was losing some support because of the mobilization.
Russia grants citizenship to ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. He has lived in Russia since 2013 to evade prosecution in the United States after leaking classified documents detailing the government’s surveillance program. He obtained permanent residency in 2020. Snowden has said he disclosed the information because he believed the U.S. intelligence community had gone too far and wrongly violated civil liberties. Snowden, 39, who is considered by his supporters to be a whistleblower who wants to protect American civil liberties, is now facing charges of unauthorized disclosure of U.S. national security and intelligence information that could lead to decades in prison.
The Path of Oath Keeper Founder Stuart Rhodes: From Yale to Prison
PHOENIX (AP) — Stuart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers militia, was once a promising Yale Law graduate. Born in California, Rhodes spent time in Nevada, where he was a clerk of the Arizona Supreme Court. But Rhodes’ deep distrust of government and desire for greatness led him down a different path. Rhodes founded one of the largest anti-government militias in the United States, whose members eventually stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 1. June 6, 2021. Rhodes, 57, and four others linked to the head of the group were tried this week on charges of inciting conspiracy. It’s the most serious charge the Justice Department has brought in its broad indictment of the Capitol thug.
Stocks fall on recession fears; Dow enters bear market
Stocks closed broadly lower on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average becoming the last of the major U.S. indexes to fall into a so-called bear market. The S&P 500 fell 1% on Monday. The Nasdaq also fell. Losses were broad and included banks, healthcare companies and energy stocks. Sterling fell to a record low against the dollar as investors continued to sell British government bonds, unhappy with the sweeping tax cuts announced in London last week. U.S. Treasury yields continued to rise as the Federal Reserve and other global central banks stepped up to fight inflation.
NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid for head-on collision
Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is approaching an asteroid in an unprecedented test to see if it can knock a potentially menacing space rock away track. The Grand Slam of the Galaxy will take place on Monday on a harmless asteroid 7 million miles away. The Dart spacecraft is expected to drive into the small space rock at 14,000 miles per hour. Scientists say the impact should have created a crater and thrown a stream of rock and mud into space. Most importantly, though, scientists hope the collision changed the asteroid’s orbit. NASA doesn’t know how much the spacecraft nudged the asteroid over days or even weeks.
17 dead, 24 injured in Russian school shooting
MOSCOW (AP) — A gunman killed 17 and wounded 24 at a school in central Russia, authorities said. Eleven children were killed in Monday morning’s shooting at School No. 1, according to officials. 88 is located in the city of Izhevsk, 960 kilometers (600 miles) east of Moscow. The governor of the region said the gunman committed suicide after the attack. The Russian Investigative Committee identified the shooter as 34-year-old Artyom Kazantsev, a graduate of the school who the governor said was a patient in a mental hospital. He used two non-lethal pistols suitable for firing real bullets. Investigations have been launched into multiple murder charges.
How a party with neo-fascist roots triumphed in Italy
ROME (AP) — The Italian Brotherhood has won the most votes in Italy’s national election. The party originated in the neo-fascist Italian social movement after World War II. Giorgia Meloni has brought the Italian brothers from a fringe far-right group to Italy’s largest party. Meloni is set to lead Italy’s first far-right government since World War II and become Italy’s first female prime minister.
Chief: Man shot dead by Chicago police sneaked into SWAT training
CHICAGO (AP) — A man used a fire escape to infiltrate a police facility where officers were undergoing SWAT training and grabbed at least two guns before being shot and wounded by officers, the Chicago police chief said. Superintendent David Brown said the suspect was taken to hospital on Monday with injuries not considered life-threatening. A police officer was taken to hospital with a sprained ankle. Brown said the suspect climbed a fire escape before entering the building in Homan Square, then entered the building through a propped open door and asked where to retrieve his personal property. In the video, he can be seen leaving the facility and then diving back into it.
The pound has plummeted. What’s the impact?
LONDON (AP) — The pound tumbled, hitting a record low against the dollar. Financial markets were spooked by new Prime Minister Liz Truss’ emergency budget measures to stimulate the economy. Investors were spooked by a sweeping package that could cost tens of billions of dollars in additional borrowing, amounting to a risky gamble to avoid a looming recession. Currency chaos is playing out against the backdrop of a rally in the dollar. A recession threatens to exacerbate the UK’s cost of living crisis, pushing up the cost of imported goods. It also means drivers are paying more for petrol since the start of the year due to the fall in the value of the pound.