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1. U.S. WARNS RUSSIA
After President Joe Biden, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke during the U.N. General Assembly this week, the U.N. Security Council met. There, the U.S. called on world leaders to pressure Russia to stop making nuclear threats. The Russian foreign minister showed up late and left shortly after he finished speaking. Russia has begun drafting men to fight in Ukraine, but many are reportedly leaving Russia rather than serve.
2. JUDGE BLOCKS INDIANA ABORTION BAN
Just a week after one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation went into effect, an Indiana judge temporarily blocked the ban on abortion at all stages of pregnancy with only limited exceptions. For now, women there can receive abortion services up to 20 weeks after fertilization. The next hearing on the matter is set for Oct. 7.
3. FIONA'S PATH OF DESTRUCTION
More than half a million people in Puerto Rico continue to go without running water after Hurricane Fiona decimated the island. At least two people died there and three others were killed in the Dominican Republic and Guadeloupe. The storm, which now registers as a category 4, struck Bermuda with heavy rain and wind early Friday as it swept by the island. Fiona is expected to skirt the U.S. coast as it heads toward Nova Scotia, as potentially the strongest storm to ever hit that region of Canada.
4. HIRING AND FIRING
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits ticked up last week and we may need to brace for more as the Federal Reserve goes hard to tamp down inflation. The Fed has pointed to the strong labor market to support raising rates multiple times this year, with more expected to come. Meanwhile, big-box retailers like Walmart and Target have begun seasonal hiring and are getting ready to offer deals to take the sting out of holiday shopping.
5. CALIFORNIA PROTECTS POT USE
Six years after California legalized cannabis for adult use, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed new legislation protecting Golden State employees' off-duty cannabis use. That makes California the latest in a series of cities and states to move to protect employees as cannabis legalization spreads across the U.S.
6. TESLA RECALL
Do you own a Tesla? Well, there's a chance it might be listed under recall after the company flagged a defect in windows that could pinch occupants. At least 1.1 million cars were recalled after window tests failed to detect obstacles as they were winding up and down. The affected models include 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y, and the 2021-2022 Model S and X.
Kids, keep your hands inside the windows!
7. WORD OF THE DAY: KINDNESS
With so many kids isolated from their peers during the pandemic, the need for emotional education remains paramount. Now, Sesame Workshop and early childhood programmer BEGiN have teamed up to add social-emotional lessons in their “Learn with Sesame” app. Around two dozen activities have been added to teach 2- to 5-year-olds about everything from kindness to solving conflicts.
8. SAUDIS IN SPACE
Saudi Arabia announced plans to send a crew of astronauts to space and will include at least one woman in the mission. It's notable because women in the kingdom do not have the same freedoms as men; women were not even legally allowed to drive cars until 2018. It marks the second time the nation will venture into space after Sultan bin Salman Al Saud made the trek in 1985. Houston-based Axiom Space is organizing the mission, which has a tentative launch date for early 2023.
Boost oil production by a few million barrels, and you ride for free.
9. IN ENTERTAINMENT
ELTON JOHN: Sir Elton John is set to tear down the White House today. The Bidens are hosting A Night When Hope and History Rhyme, which is an ode to poet Seamus Heaney, who is often quoted by President Joe Biden. A+E Networks and The History Channel are set to capture the magic taking place on the South Lawn. Some news outlets have noted the musician was also well liked by Donald Trump but turned down the opportunity to play at his inauguration.
MORE CELEBS: Here are a few of the entertainment headlines we've been eyeing for the last 24 hours: M. Night Shyamalan is back and fans just got a preview of his next film Knock at the Cabin, Lizzo wants Ticketmaster to get rid of scalpers, and Ye West apologizes to Kim Kardashian and looks forward to a healthy co-parenting relationship.
10. ANTS CONQUER EARTH!
Have you ever wondered just how many ants are crawling across Earth? A study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that there are at least 20 quadrillion ants on the planet. That breaks down to 2.5 million ants per human being. They've already survived longer than the dinosaurs and apparently can survive under water for extended periods of time.
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One thing we love: Wearing our favorite hoodies now that autumn is here.
One thing we hate: Wake-you-up-in-the-middle-of-
One thing we ate: Insomnia Cookies at the company meeting. Yes — we can be lured with chocolate chips.
WHAT TO STREAM THIS WEEKEND
Looking for something good to stream this weekend? The Cheddar News Digital Team has you covered! This week we've got a Star Wars spinoff, smart celebs and a story ripped from the headlines for you to check out.
Raymond Anum, Diego Luna and Ian Whyte as Vetch in "Andor." [Lucasfilm Ltd./Disney+ via AP]