By Alexandra Meeks, CNN
The CIA has a museum with exhibits featuring spy equipment, declassified artifacts, and items such as the folder envelopes and tray used in President Joe Biden’s daily briefing. Interested in a visit? Well, unfortunately the museum isn’t open to the public – but the agency has shared some very interesting pictures of the inside.
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1. Hurricane Ian
Hurricane Ian made landfall in western Cuba this morning as it continues toward Florida, where residents in some coastal areas are already being evacuated. The Category 3 storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour and life-threatening storm surges, the National Hurricane Center said. Per its projected trajectory, Ian is expected to surface over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and continue toward Florida, passing west of the Florida Keys later in the day and then approaching the state’s west coast Wednesday through Thursday. Forecasts indicate that the Tampa Bay area could be directly hit by a hurricane for the first time since 1921, and the impact on the region could be devastating.
Japan today held a lavish state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot dead during a campaign speech in July, stunning a nation where gun violence is exceedingly rare. More than 4,300 guests attended the service in Tokyo, including Vice President Kamala Harris and other foreign dignitaries. While many mourners left flowers and visited memorials to pay their respects to the late leader, thousands took to the streets in protests against funerals across Tokyo. The demonstrations became tense at times as large groups of protesters expressed their dissatisfaction with Abe’s policies during his tenure and their opposition to the high cost of the funeral as the country grapples with rising inflation.
The Justice Department said Monday that its list of materials seized from the search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence was “complete and accurate,” despite Trump’s claims of hidden evidence. According to the FBI, the agency had just a single business day to compile the first version of the inventory, which was filed a few weeks ago, but has since had more time to review and catalog the list. An FBI agent said the changes to the new list were “minor.” Trump now faces a Friday deadline to submit the main special descriptions of any seized items he claims were missing from the list or items that were included in the inventory that he claimed were found without evidence from the FBI during were placed in their search.
4. Student Loans
President Biden’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 of federal debt on student loans for low- and middle-income borrowers could cost $400 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Monday. Biden announced the forgiveness plan in August after facing mounting pressure from Democrats to largely cancel some student loan debt. The Ministry of Education plans to release an application for the program in October. Under the plan, individual borrowers who made less than $125,000 in 2020 or 2021, and married couples or heads of households who made less than $250,000 annually during those years, will have up to $10,000 of their federal student loan debt enacted If the borrower also received a state Pell grant while enrolled in college, the individual is eligible for up to $20,000 in debt relief.
The so-called secession referendums in four Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine are due to end today. With the results of the Russia-organized vote set to be announced tonight, US officials believe Russia could act quickly to escalate its stalled war and potentially annex these areas of Ukraine within days. This would prompt a swift response from the US, which has pledged not to recognize the findings. The US is not currently expected to react until Russia has attempted to annex the regions, officials said, and whether Russia ultimately attempts to do so remains to be seen.
Halloween decorations baffle the internet in viral videos
An Illinois family is wondering online how they created this floating Halloween decoration inspired by the Netflix show Stranger Things.
Should you eat bread?
Bread tastes so good, but we often get messages that it’s so nutritionally bad. Here’s expert advice on which breads are healthier than the others.
“The Crown” gets a new queen
Production on season 6 of The Crown was briefly halted following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, but season 5 is scheduled to begin on November 9th. Here’s who will take on the role of Queen.
President Biden welcomes Atlanta Braves to the White House
The reigning baseball champions were invited to the White House on Monday to celebrate their 2021 World Series victory. Check out photos from the event here and check out the jersey they gifted Biden.
Regaining sense of smell and taste after Covid-19
Imagine if one day your cup of coffee had no smell or taste at all. Well that is the reality for some people with long Covid. This week, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Stanford University smell expert Zara Patel on Chasing Life on how “smell training” can help some people regain their lost senses after Covid-19.
That’s how many protesters were reportedly killed in violent demonstrations in Iran over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, state media company Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting said. The death this month of Amini, who was arrested in Tehran by Morality Police – a unit that enforces strict dress codes for women – has sparked protests in more than 45 Iranian cities, ranging from women’s freedom to the crippling economic impact of Sanctions reach the region.
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“We are entering a new era for humanity, an era where we may be able to protect ourselves from something like a dangerous asteroid impact.”
– Lori glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, celebrates after a spacecraft deliberately crashed into an asteroid Monday in humanity’s first test of planetary defense. The purpose of the DART mission, or Double Asteroid Redirection Test, was to determine how NASA could redirect objects that could pose a threat to Earth in the future. The impact occurred at 7:14 p.m. ET Monday and was greeted with cheers from the mission team. Watch the moment DART collided with the asteroid here.
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Elephants smash huge pumpkins
Set aside a few minutes of your day to watch these elephants smash giant pumpkins. To have a pumpkin Tuesday! (click here to view)
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