5 Things You Should Know for November 18: Blizzard, Twitter, Student Loans, Home, North Korea – KRDO | Vette Leader

By Alexandra Meeks, CNN

As parts of the east coast face a spate of winter weather hazards this weekend, millions of people on the west coast will be under firewatch. In recent years, firefighters have been keen to try new technologies and tools to avert large wildfires. One solution combines drones with “dragon eggs,” which can help prevent extreme fires and save lives. Here’s what else you need to know to get up to speed and get on with your day.

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1. Blizzard

A potentially historic storm is heading towards western New York state, bringing treacherous snowfall and temperatures of 20 degrees below normal. “The snowfall will result in near-zero visibility, difficult to impossible travel, damage to infrastructure and crippling the hardest-hit communities,” the National Weather Service said Thursday. A state of emergency has been declared in 11 counties and commercial traffic has been banned on about 130 miles of New York’s I-90 freeway since Thursday afternoon. The storm’s most intense snow is expected to lash the Buffalo, New York area, where more than 4 feet could pile up, resulting in a build-up not seen in more than 20 years.

2. Tweet

Another flight appears to be underway at Twitter after many employees rejected Elon Musk’s terms of staying with the company, according to current and former employees. This comes after Musk gave employees until 5:00 p.m. ET Thursday to commit to “extremely hard work” or leave the company. After the deadline, Twitter employees began posting the greeting emoji to an internal Slack channel, which has become a signal that someone is leaving, employees told CNN. After Thursday’s departure, the remaining staff received an email informing them that Twitter’s offices will be temporarily closed and access to the badges will be restricted until Monday, according to a copy of the email, received by CNN.

3. Student Loans

The Justice Department said in a court filing Thursday that it plans to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate President Joe Biden’s student debt relief program. “We are confident in our legal authority to carry out this program and will take this fight to the Supreme Court so that borrowers can quickly get the clarity and relief they deserve,” White House spokesman Abdullah Hasan said in a statement . The loan forgiveness program remains on hold as the Biden administration continues to battle multiple legal challenges. Under the rules of the program, eligible borrowers can receive up to $20,000 under certain conditions. However, it may be several months before court proceedings are initiated before a federal student loan debt can be forgiven.

4th house

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she would step down from her leadership post, a move that marks the end of an era and heralds a major upheaval for House Democrats. Pelosi’s announcement came a day after CNN forecast that Republicans will gain control of the House as Democrats retain a narrow Senate majority. House Democrats appear likely to vote for New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries to succeed Pelosi as leader, though they won’t vote until November 30. and endorsed Jeffries as Pelosi’s successor. It is likely that Pelosi, the only woman serving as speaker, will remain in the House of Representatives as a California legislator.

5. North Korea

North Korea today launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, a test condemned by the US and its allies as a “blatant violation” of UN resolutions. The missile reached an altitude of about 3,790 miles at Mach 22 — or 22 times the speed of sound — and then likely fell into the waters of Japan’s exclusive economic zone, officials said. Kim Jong Un’s regime has conducted missile tests for 34 days this year, sometimes launching multiple missiles in a single day, according to a CNN tally. North Korea’s acceleration of weapons testing has frequently raised alarms in the region, with the US, South Korea and Japan responding with their own missile launches and joint military exercises.


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1.9 million

That’s how many people in the US have type 1 diabetes, according to the latest data from the American Diabetes Association. Many who are known to be at risk were thrilled Thursday when the FDA approved their first treatment to delay the onset of type 1 diabetes. Unlike type 2 diabetes, which can be prevented with lifestyle changes such as weight loss and exercise, type 1 diabetes is a genetic condition that has not previously had any preventative options.


“My message is that we will solve homelessness.”

— Democrat Karen Bass, who delivered a victory speech on Thursday after being elected Los Angeles’ first female mayor. In her remarks, Bass vowed to solve homelessness in the city and urged voters to become part of the solution as she strives to accommodate more than 40,000 people living on the streets. When Bass takes office on December 12, the four largest cities in the US will be led by black mayors — including New York City’s Eric Adams, Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot and Houston’s Sylvester Turner.


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