Japan issued an emergency alert after North Korea continued its missile testing. Planned Parenthood will begin offering abortion services in an RV to reach skyrocketing demand in the Midwest. It's World Animal Day! Keep scrolling for some furry faces and a very tall cat.
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North Korea escalates missile tests
North Korea on Tuesday fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan in the most significant missile test by North Korea since January, when it fired an intermediate-range missile capable of reaching the U.S. territory of Guam. It is also the first time that a North Korea missile has flown over Japan since 2017. The United States said it strongly condemns North Korea's "dangerous and reckless decision" to launch what it described as a "long-range ballistic missile" over Japan. Japanese authorities issued a "J-alert" to residents in northeaster regions to evacuate to buildings nearby, the first such alert in five years. Read more
Donald Trump suggested he turned over Kim Jong Un letters to National Archives. (He didn't).
Hurricane Ian death toll climbs to 78
About 520,000 homes and businesses remained in the dark Monday evening, five days after Hurricane Ian tore through the state's Gulf Coast. Power has been restored to over 2 million Florida residents, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday, but the worst outages continue to affect southwest Florida. The death toll from Ian climbed to at least 78 people, according to the Associated Press, with the most confirmed fatalities in Florida. And the unrelenting storm threatened Monday to trigger some of the worst flooding in more than a decade – almost 1,000 miles away in Virginia. Read more
These Florida shrimpers rode out Hurricane Ian on boats. Now, they’re left without work.
Flooding stuns Florida's DeSoto County.
Man who went viral saving cat from hurricane floodwaters now raising funds for displaced pets.
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Planned Parenthood to launch first-of-its-kind mobile abortion clinic in Midwest
In the next couple weeks, A Planned Parenthood branch in Illinois will launch a mobile clinic: A 37-foot-long RV with a waiting room, a standard lab and exam rooms. The clinic will offer medication abortions, and hopes to later offer abortion procedures. The mobile unit is the first of its kind for Planned Parenthood in the nation and will be operational by the end of 2022. In the 100 days since Roe v. Wade fell, the organization has seen a 340% increase in people from outside Missouri and Illinois seeking services at its Fairview Heights, Illinois, location. Planned Parenthood will analyze patient travel patterns along the southern Illinois border to determine the routes the RV will take. Read more
Many Catholic Latinos don't think abortion should be illegal, despite personal views.
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FBI officials: No credible threats to US election systems ahead of midterms
Federal authorities have identified no credible threats to U.S. election systems despite persistent efforts by foreign adversaries, including Russia, to amplify disinformation about voter fraud and election integrity, senior FBI officials said Monday. The agency added they were closely monitoring potential threats to election workers in the U.S., after local officials reported a wave of harassment and abuse before and after the contentious 2020 presidential election. Read more
One thing to know: The bulk of the potentially criminal threats involved election workers in where the vote was close and involved post-election challenges, such as Arizona and Georgia.
Not entirely in the clear: Federal officials warned Russia is working to amplify doubts about the integrity of U.S. elections while China is interested in undermining American politicians it perceives as threats to Beijing's interests.
Highly contested race in Pennsylvania: Democrat John Fetterman is hanging on to a six-point lead over Republican Mehmet Oz in the nation's most closely watched Senate race.
Texas gubernatorial race: Immigration policy, gun control, abortion were central themes last week's debate between incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke.
More from Washington: In opening arguments, federal prosecutors said Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes remained outside the Capitol on Jan. 6 "like a general overlooking a battlefield."
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Why some missing children cases get more online attention than others
Using 375 video posts from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Facebook page from October 2019 to this past June, a USA TODAY analysis found posts about missing white children, specifically girls, receive more likes, shares and views than posts about missing Black children. Our reporters examined the disparities in how audiences respond to social media posts about missing children and found not all cases get the same level of engagement. Here are 5 missing child cases to know about.
''The Black victim makes us think more, and so we don’t engage as much'': But it's unclear whether more Black children would be found with greater social media attention.
📷 Photo of the day: Furry, scaly and pointy pets tie the knot, get blessed and ride bikes for World Animal Day📷
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