Friday seemed one of those watershed moments as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties to illegally annex a large swath of eastern and southern Ukraine, like it did with Crimea in 2014. Coming seven months into the conflict and with near daily nuclear threats by backs-to-the wall Kremlin leaders, Putin chilllingly vowed to protect the newly annexed regions by “all available means. Almost immediately, Ukraine's president countered by applying to join the NATO military alliance, setting Russia up to face off against the West.
Republicans are mad Lizzo played James Madison's 200-year-old crystal flute at her Tuesday concert. The Library of Congress lent Lizzo the flute for the Washington D.C. stop of her "Special" tour. Republicans are angry that the Library of Congress allowed Lizzo to play a historical flute at her D.C. concert.
Letters exchanged between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and former U.S. President Donald Trump between April 2018 and August 2019 have recently been published. Korean-American Club, a nonprofit composed of South Korean journalists from different news agencies, published 27 personal letters exchanged between Kim and Trump in the latest issue of its magazine, The Korus Journal. I am ready to work with your excellency with all my heart and devotion,” Kim said in a letter dated April 1, 2018, nearly six weeks before he first met Trump at the Singapore Summit.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it rejects Russia's annexation of four regions in Ukraine, adding the decision is a "grave violation" of international law. Turkey, a NATO member, has conducted a diplomatic balancing act since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. Ankara opposes Western sanctions on Russia and has close ties with both Moscow and Kyiv, its Black Sea neighbours.
The US Navy said it found only "traces" of jet fuel in the water on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. The US Navy acknowledged recently that the water the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz uses to bathe and drink was contaminated by what it described as "traces" of jet fuel, but a sailor on the ship said the situation was worse than the service first let on.
A helpful exercise can be to figure out how much Social Security you would qualify for at certain ages and annual incomes, which will help you decide on whether to take Social Security early or wait for your FRA. Let's take a look at what your Social Security benefits would be if you retired at age 62 and earned the 2022 equivalent of $60,000 in annual income on average over your career. How to calculate your benefits The formula the Social Security Agency (SSA) uses to calculate your benefits can look complex on its face but is easy enough to break down if you take the time to do the work.
Tennessee's high court on Thursday vacated a ruling that required police to publicly release their investigation of country singer Naomi Judd's death. The state Supreme Court did not rule on whether the records can be released, but sent the case back to the lower court for another hearing. Judd's family filed a petition in Williamson County Chancery Court in August, saying the police records contain video and audio interviews with relatives in the immediate aftermath of Judd's death.
Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean peninsula on Thursday as part of her trip to Asia. Speaking to reporters, she misspoke and said the US had a "strong alliance" with "the Republic of North Korea." Harris clearly meant to refer to the Republic of Korea -- South Korea's official name -- and she is hardly the only politician to commit such a slip.
So here are the three loans Americans must pay off before even considering retirement. Don't miss Invest your spare change and turn your pennies into a productive portfolio A TikToker paid off $17,000 in credit card debt by cash stuffing Too many Americans are still missing out on cheaper car insurance School loans College and university loans are some of the longest lasting debts Americans deal with. What's more, those loans may increase as you near retirement if you've taken out loans to help children through college too.
Armed soldiers in fatigues and masks appeared on television in Burkina Faso on Friday night to confirm the ouster of President Paul-Henri Damiba, the second coup in the troubled West African country this year. The announcement capped a day that began with gunfire near a military camp in the capital Ouagadougou, an explosion near the presidential palace, and interruptions to state television programming. It is a pattern that has become increasingly familiar in West and Central Africa in the past two years as Islamist insurgents wreak havoc across the arid expanses of the Sahel region, killing thousands and eroding faith in weak governments that have not found a way to beat them back.
Dmitry Medvedev, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, believes that Ukraine's accession to NATO will accelerate the outbreak of World War III. Details: Medvedev also commented on the words of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that if Ukraine stops fighting, it will disappear as a state.
MacKenzie Scott is one of the wealthiest women in the world — with a net worth of $27.9 billion as of Friday morning, according to Bloomberg Billionaire's Index. On Monday, the 52-year-old filed a petition for divorce from her husband, Seattle school teacher Dan Jewett, after marrying in California last year. Despite her wealth, their divorce will likely be "pretty standard and vanilla," according to a family law attorney David Glass, who viewed the filing, which was submitted to Washington State's King County Superior Court on Monday.
The head of the Russian-backed separatist administration in east Ukraine's Donetsk region said on Friday that the Russian stronghold of Lyman, in the region's north, was "semi-encircled" by the Ukrainian army and that news from the front was "alarming". In a message posted on Telegram, Denis Pushilin, administrator of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic, said the villages of Yampil and Drobysheve near Lyman "are no longer fully controlled by us". With Russian President Vladimir Putin poised to formally annex the Donetsk region on Friday, Pushilin said that "the Ukrainian army is trying with all its might to blacken this historic event for us".
A young couple died when their Jeep was slammed by a commercial truck, Tennessee cops say. Austin Moffitt, 18, was driving with his girlfriend, Alexis McCann, 19, when he failed to stop at an intersection, a Tennessee Highway Patrol report says. The collision occurred around 10:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the intersection of Tennessee State Route 28 and John Burch Road near Dunlap, the report says.
A viral video showed what appeared to be a shark stranded in a flooded Florida backyard during Hurricane Ian. Years of "hurricane shark" hoaxes made people skeptical if the video was real. The AP confirmed the video's authenticity, though there's still doubt that the large fish was actually a shark.
Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar was one of two killed in a rock climbing incident in Southern California on Wednesday, officials confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. Escobar and Chelsea Walsh died on Wednesday near the Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout in the San Bernardino National Forest — which sits just southwest of Palm Springs in Riverside County. Escobar was 31.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke traded barbs and sought to paint each other as inherently out of touch with the state in their first and only televised debate on Friday evening. The debate — hosted by Nexstar Media Group, which also owns The Hill — gave the candidates an opportunity to stake out policy positions and address a range of issues from the Uvalde school shooting to teacher retention to border security. While the candidates touched on some policy stances, the one-hour debate was a mostly civil affair while the candidates did open old wounds and tried to paint each other as extremists.
As Donald Trump and his eldest kids Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric tend to their $250 million business fraud lawsuit in New York, the three adult children are handling the legal situation in their own unique ways. Ivanka is choosing a much different strategy than her brothers by completely ignoring the drama publicly. Ivanka is choosing to keep her Twitter feed all in the family by promoting and congratulating her husband, Jared Kushner, on his New York Times best-selling book, Breaking History: A White House Memoir.
Japan is providing a major U.S. chipmaker a subsidy of up to 46.6 billion yen ($322 million) to support its plan to produce advanced memory chips at a Hiroshima factory, the Japanese trade minister said Friday. The announcement to subsidize Micron Technology comes on the heels of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris' visit in Japan as the two countries step up cooperation on expanding manufacturing and supply chains for critical materials. “I hope the deal will contribute to further expansion of cooperation between Japan and the United States in the area of semiconductors,” Japan's Economy and Trade Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said.
A hiker told rescuers she was lost and unprepared to spend the night on a Colorado peak. The hiker sent a signal for help using a Garmin InReach location device at about 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said. The 24-year-old reported she was lost on Castle Peak and needed help.
I bought the new iPhone 14 Pro Max the day after it went on sale in Apple stores. I got $640 back by trading in my iPhone 13 Pro Max, but I still had to pay another $780. I was excited about the "Dynamic Island" feature, but I should have listened to Eve Jobs.
(Reuters) -The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told Boeing it has not completed key work needed in order to certify the 737 MAX 7 by December, according to a letter from the FAA seen by Reuters. Lirio Liu, the FAA's executive director of aviation safety, told Boeing in the Sept. 19 letter that the agency had concerns about the planemaker's submissions and sought discussion "about realistic timeframes for receiving the remaining documents." The FAA told Boeing to turn in all remaining System Safety Assessments (SSAs) by mid-September "if the company intends to meet its project plan of completing certification work (and receiving FAA approval for this airplane) by December."
Rescue crews going house to house in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian have encountered harrowing scenes, including scores of stranded people and at least one house that was completely submerged with human remains inside. Kevin Guthrie, Florida's emergency management director, said during a Friday morning press briefing that authorities are reviewing 21 fatalities to see if they're related to the catastrophic hurricane. The death toll is expected to rise as many parts of Lee County—including the barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva—remain inaccessible by road, slowing the rescue process.
Meta Platforms is not doing well. The social-media giant, parent of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, has been sending alarming signals for several months. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who warned at the end of June that we were headed for the "one of the worst downturns that we've seen in recent history," has just made some announcements that suggest that Meta's short-term future faces a serious cloud cover and impending storm.
India's main opposition party, the Indian National Congress, is set to choose a person who is not a member of its dominant Nehru-Gandhi family as its next president as it struggles to recover before key upcoming elections. Although the party has been led historically by the family, interim party president Sonia Gandhi and her son, Rahul Gandhi, have decided to bring in a new face during a challenging time for the party, which has suffered crushing defeats in national and state elections since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party came to power in 2014. Kharge, a member of Parliament and a former minister of Railways, Labour and Employment, filed his nomination papers on Friday at the party headquarters in New Delhi.
“They give voters the chance to hear candidate views. In their own words. In real time.”
“There is campaigning, and there is governing. Two different things. … In the end, it is governing that really matters.”
“We are in a crisis of democracy, and we need to be able to figure out how to disagree.”
“In very close races, small mistakes can prove decisive, or at least knock a campaign in the wrong direction for a few days.”
“The debates themselves are shaping up to be major campaign issues. It’s tedious, and it does not serve the voters.”