Hurricane Ian is approaching Cuba on the way to hit Florida as a Cat. 4
HAVANA (AP) — Hurricane Ian is approaching Cuba on a route to hit Florida as a Category 4 as early as Wednesday. An emergency management chief says, “This is not a drill.” Tampa and St. Petersburg are among the most likely destinations for their first direct hit by a major hurricane in a century. Ian is already getting stronger and is expected to move quickly across Cuba’s western tip on Monday. Then it will turn north and slow over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, conditions ripe for producing the strongest hurricanes. Forecasters say the storm surge could reach 10 feet. Hundreds of thousands of people could face eviction orders.
Russian military recruiter shot dead for fear of conscription in Ukraine
Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) – A young man shot a Russian military commander at close range in a draft office on Monday. It was an unusually bold attack, reflecting growing opposition to the Russian leadership’s efforts to mobilize hundreds of thousands of men for the war in Ukraine. The shooting comes after isolated arson attacks on conscription offices and protests in Russian cities that led to at least 2,000 arrests. Russia is trying to strengthen its military as its offensive in Ukraine has stalled and its armed forces have been weakened. There are growing concerns that Russia may seek to escalate the conflict – including the possible use of nuclear weapons.
How a party with neo-fascist roots made it big in Italy
ROME (AP) – The Brothers of Italy party has won the most votes in Italy’s national elections. The party has its roots in the neo-fascist Italian social movement after World War II. Giorgia Meloni led the Brothers of Italy from a far-right fringe group to Italy’s largest party. Meloni is poised to lead Italy’s first far-right government since World War II and become its first female prime minister.
15 dead, 24 injured in school shooting in Russia
MOSCOW (AP) – Authorities say a gunman killed 15 people and wounded 24 others at a school in central Russia. According to official sources, eleven children were among the victims of Monday morning’s shooting at school No. 88 in Izhevsk, a town 960 kilometers (600 miles) east of Moscow in the Udmurtia region. The region’s governor said the gunman killed himself after the attack. The Russian investigative committee identified the shooter as 34-year-old Artyom Kazantsev, a graduate of the school, and the governor said he was a patient in a psychiatric facility. He used two non-lethal handguns capable of firing real bullets. A preliminary investigation was initiated into several murder allegations.
The Journey of Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes: From Yale to Jail
PHOENIX (AP) – The founder of the Oath Keepers militia group, Stewart Rhodes, was once a promising Yale Law School graduate. Born in California, Rhodes spent time in Nevada and once secured a clerkship on the Arizona Supreme Court. But Rhodes’ deep mistrust of government and thirst for greatness led him down a different path. Rhodes built one of the largest anti-government militia groups in the country with members who would eventually storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Rhodes, 57, and four other people linked to the group were on trial this week on charges of seditious conspiracy. It is the most serious indictment the Justice Department has brought in its wide-ranging pursuit of Capitol rioters.
The British pound has taken a tumble. What is the impact?
LONDON (AP) – The British currency has taken a tumble, slipping against the US dollar to reach an all-time low. Financial markets are alarmed by new Prime Minister Liz Truss’ emergency budgetary measures to stimulate the economy. Investors are spooked by the comprehensive package, which is likely to cost tens of billions in additional borrowing and is a risky gamble to stave off a looming recession. The currency chaos is playing out against the broader backdrop of the dollar rally. The slump threatens to worsen Britain’s cost of living crisis and push up the cost of imported items. It also means motorists have been paying more for petrol since the start of the year as the pound has plummeted.
Civil rights laws target “cancer alley” discrimination
RESERVE, La. (AP) — The Biden administration is using Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to investigate environmental discrimination by state agencies and others receiving federal funds. Experts say using the Civil Rights Act to crack down on environmental discrimination is a seismic shift. In one example, the EPA has agreed to investigate allegations that Louisiana officials discriminated against black residents by failing to control air pollution in communities teeming with refineries and petrochemical plants, a region some call Krebsgasse. The effort is part of the Biden administration’s pledge to prioritize environmental justice enforcement in communities overburdened by pollution. On Saturday, the agency announced a new office at the EPA focused on environmental justice.
AP Exclusive: Jimmie Johnson is retiring from full-time racing
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson told The Associated Press that he will be retiring from full-time racing and will focus on spending time with family. He anticipates his future schedule will include no more than 10 bucket list events. The 47-year-old says he has no idea what his race schedule will be or if he will be racing IndyCar next season. He wants to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports and is interested in “The Double” of the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. But he also wants to travel with his family and maybe live abroad for a year.
UK: TikTok may face hefty fines over child privacy concerns
LONDON (AP) – TikTok could face a £27 million ($29 million) fine in a potential breach of UK data protection law for failing to protect children’s privacy when using the video-sharing platform, UK authorities say protects. The Information Commissioner’s office said it issued the social media company with a legal document, which precedes a possible fine. It said TikTok may have processed the data of children under the age of 13 without proper parental consent and processed “special category data”, including ethnic and racial origin, without a legal basis. It also said TikTok may have failed to provide its users with transparent, easy-to-understand information. The agency said its findings are not yet final. TikTok said it would respond to the allegations soon.
US stocks slide deeper into a slump as recession fears mount
NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks fell mostly on Wall Street, sending major indexes deeper into decline as recession fears mounted. The S&P 500 fell 0.3% on Monday afternoon. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq also fell. Losses were broad-based and included banks, healthcare companies and retailers. Sterling fell to an all-time low against the dollar and investors continued to sell UK government bonds amid displeasure at a sweeping tax cut plan announced in London last week. Treasury yields continued to rise as the Federal Reserve and other global central banks step up their fight against inflation.