Hurricane Ian risks massive damage to Florida this week. A far-right candidate appears to have won Italy's election for Parliament. An 1864 abortion law is allowed to go into effect in Arizona.
Now, here we go with Monday's news
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Ian strengthens into a hurricane, heads toward Cuba, Florida
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Ian has strengthened into a hurricane as it moves closer to Cuba on a track expected to take it to Florida in the coming days. The National Hurricane Center said Ian should reach the far-western part of Cuba late Monday or early Tuesday. It could make a likely landfall in Florida around the middle of the week, possibly hitting the state’s western coast or Panhandle. Here's what we know.
One thing to know: Weather officials have warned of the potential for "catastrophic" effects across Florida.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis urged residents to load up on food, water, medicine, batteries and fuel. He said it was too soon to determine when or even if Ian will make landfall, but that evacuations may be ordered in coming days.
It involves a moon mission: NASA officials, already working through technical issues ahead of the Artemis I launch, have opted to call off next week's scheduled launch attempt as Ian approaches.
Fiona's last act: After a destructive run as a hurricane, Fiona, a post-tropical cyclone, has left thousands without power in Atlantic Canada.
'If Russia crosses this line'
National security adviser Jake Sullivan warned of the devastating consequences Russia would face should nuclear weapons be used in Ukraine. "If Russia crosses this line, there will be catastrophic consequences for Russia," Sullivan said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he does not believe Russian President Vladimir Putin was bluffing when he said last week that he would be justified in using any force necessary — implying tactical nuclear weapons are not off the table. Read more
A draft and mass graves: Last week's key events in Ukraine.
Why are people voting in Ukraine? Kremlin-orchestrated votes took place in occupied regions of Ukraine to create a pretext for their annexation by Moscow.
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Italy voters reward Meloni's far-right party
Italian voters have shifted sharply, bolstering prospects the country could have its first far-right-led government since World War II. Partial results Monday from the election for Parliament suggested far-right leader Giorgia Meloni and her Brothers of Italy party were winning Sunday's vote. In a victory speech, Meloni struck a moderate tone, saying: "If we are called to govern this nation, we will do it for everyone." What kind of government the eurozone’s third-largest economy might be getting was being closely watched in Europe, given Meloni’s criticism of “Brussels bureaucrats” and her ties to other right-wing leaders. Read more
Arizona's 1864 law banning nearly all abortions is in effect, judge rules
An Arizona law that bans abortions in nearly all circumstances can again be enforced after a Pima County judge lifted an injunction that had left the pre-statehood law dormant for nearly five decades. That decision Friday was immediately praised by abortion foes and lamented by abortion rights advocates — and it stands to be a potentially galvanizing force just ahead of November's midterm elections. Meanwhile, abortion rights advocates are likely to appeal, meaning the state of abortion law in Arizona is still far from settled. Read more
Abortion in Indiana: Judge temporarily blocks state's near-total abortion ban, one week after it took effect.
Athletes, abortion and anxiety: Women’s professional sports grapple with eroding rights.
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NFL Week 3 scores: Broncos defense holds off 49ers; Jaguars shock Chargers
Week 3 of the NFL season kicked off with the Cleveland Browns defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. The action ramped up Sunday when the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers headlined the afternoon slate. NFL superstars Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers met for the fifth time in their respective careers. And the New York Giants close out the weekend hosting the Dallas Cowboys in Monday Night Football. Here's a rundown of all the action.
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📷 Photo of the day: Worldwide protests continue after the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran 📷
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to demand justice for Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in Iran while in police custody. She was arrested by Iran's morality police for allegedly violating its strict dress code by breaking headscarf rules. Women have burned their scarves and cut their hair, protesters have been injured and arrested, and as many as 17 people have been killed. Despite the violent crackdown from Iranian security forces, demonstrations have continued for days. Read more
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