Hurricane Ian rapidly intensifies as it hurtles toward Cuba and Florida. Fannie Mae has a plan to boost renters' credit scores. And California will soon have a new end-of-life burial option: human composting.
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Floridians in Hurricane Ian's path prep as massive storm intensifies
The first evacuation orders along Florida's west coast went into effect Monday and residents across the state prepared to hunker down as a rapidly-intensifying Hurricane Ian hurtled toward Cuba and the U.S. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said more evacuations are expected. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 35 miles from the storm's center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 115 miles, the National Hurricane Center said. "Floridians up and down the Gulf Coast should feel the impacts of this," DeSantis said. "This is a really, really big hurricane at this point." As soon as late Monday, Ian was forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane – Category 3 or greater – and could ultimately reach Category 4, which means sustained winds from 130 mph to 156 mph, AccuWeather said.
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Fannie Mae's plan to stimulate renters' credit scores
When it comes to credit scores, homeowners have some advantages over renters – but Fannie Mae wants to even out the playing field. Here's the deal: Mortgage payments are reported to credit bureaus, but rental payments usually aren't. This hampers renters' ability to build credit history. Here's where Fannie Mae comes in: The mortgage giant plans to partner with three firms that serve as intermediaries between landlords and credit bureaus to report on-time rental payments, helping renters build their credit. Only positive payments of renters will be reported – and renters can opt out at any time. Learn more about Fannie Mae's plan, shared exclusively with USA TODAY.
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Putin grants Edward Snowden Russian citizenship
Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden, a fugitive from American authorities who has been living in Russia since 2013, was one of 75 foreign nationals granted Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin on Monday at a time of high tension between the countries because of the war in Ukraine. Snowden remains wanted in the U.S. after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs. He received permanent Russian residency in 2020. At the time, Snowden said he would retain his American citizenship and hoped one day to return to the U.S. He has denied sharing information with Russian intelligence agents.
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Human composting: How does it work?
Starting in 2027, Californians will have a new end-of-life burial option: human composting. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law Sunday that creates a state regulatory process for “natural organic reduction,” or transforming human remains into soil. Here's what you need to know.
California is the fifth state to legalize human composting, on the heels of Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Vermont.
The human composting process varies slightly based on the funeral home, but typically a person's body after death is placed in an insulated vessel packed with organic material to help the decomposing process.
Advocates say the process is a more environmentally friendly option than casket burials and cremation. And while it may seem novel, experts say it’s not dissimilar from many cultures’ traditional practices of returning a body to the ground.
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NASA spacecraft to collide with an asteroid – on purpose
After a 10-month journey, NASA will deliberately crash a small, fast-moving spacecraft into an asteroid 7 million miles away Monday evening in hope of changing its orbit – the first test of a planetary defense system to deflect asteroids and other objects that could threaten Earth. The 1,260-pound vending-machine-sized craft is called DART, for Double Asteroid Redirection Test. The impact, which will destroy the spacecraft traveling at 14,760 mph, is predicted to occur at 7:14 p.m. EDT Monday. Regardless of the outcome, the mission will give astronomers and scientists important data on the response if an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. Here's how they plan to do it.
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