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.
Navy bribes fugitive ‘Fat Leonard’ to seek asylum in Venezuela
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” has asked for asylum in the South American country, a Venezuelan law enforcement official said. He was at the center of one of the worst corruption scandals in the U.S. Navy. The official did not want to be named because he was not allowed to speak to the media about the closed proceedings. Leonard Glenn Francis escaped from house arrest in San Diego on Sept. 9, authorities said. 4 weeks before sentencing. The Malaysian owner of a shipping services company arrested in Venezuela last week.
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.
New of the Week: “Reasonable Doubt,” “The Blonde,” and Bjork
New entertainment releases this week include Björk and Broadway’s ‘Into the Woods’ album, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy’s reunion in ‘Hocus Pocus 2’, and a Showtime documentary about Sinéad O’Connor . Kerry Washington is behind the camera as Hulu’s executive producer of “Reasonable Doubt,” and Emayatzy Corinealdi plays a Los Angeles defense attorney who chooses outcomes over agreement and has a complicated personal life. And “Blonde,” Andrew Dominik’s long-delayed NC-17-rated epic and experimental film about Marilyn Monroe is finally here, available on Netflix starting Wednesday .