Millions in Florida urged to evacuate as Hurricane Ian nears

By Brad Brooks    SARASOTA, Fla. (Reuters) -Residents of Florida’s Gulf Coast on Tuesday boarded up homes, packed up their vehicles and headed for higher ground as Hurricane Ian drew near, threatening to bring a deadly storm surge and more than a foot of rain to some areas.    Ian churned across the southeastern edge of the Gulf of Mexico headed for Florida after slamming into Cuba earlier in the day, leaving the entire country without power, forcing mass evacuations and swamping fishing villages.    More than 2.5 million Floridians were under evacuation orders or warnings with the sprawling storm on track to make landfall as a Category 3 or Category 4 hurricane… Read More

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House Democratic leadership finally released the text of their bill to ban members of Congress from trading stocks. Here’s what’s in it.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a press conference on Capitol Hill on August 12, 2022. Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images House Democratic leadership finally released a bill to ban lawmakers from trading stocks. The text comes after months of back-and-forth between Pelosi and lawmakers, and a vote may come this week. Interest in lawmakers’ stock trades rose after Insider’s “Conflicted Congress” investigation. House Democratic leaders released the text of a bill to ban members of Congress from trading stocks late Tuesday ahead of a possible House vote this week. The 26-page-long “Combatting Financial Conflicts of Interest in Government Act” comes after Insider’s “Conflicted Congress” investigation found… Read More

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Fast Company’s Apple News access hijacked to send an obscene push notification

Nick Barclay / The Verge It’s been a little while since we had a high-profile media feed hijacking, but tonight someone sent an Apple News notification from Fast Company containing a racial slur and invitation for a particular sexual act. They also posted similar content to the outlet’s website, indicating its CMS or an account on it has been compromised. Apple and Fast Company haven’t commented on the incident yet, and it’s unclear exactly how many people received the blast, but a look around social media reveals it went out widely — Vox Media staffers who don’t subscribe to Fast Company say it popped up on their phones as well.… Read More

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The DOJ is having such a hard time finding document digitization vendors willing to work with Trump that it requested more time for the special master review

Special master Raymond Dearie. Reuters The special master will have to wait a little longer to get his hands on files lugged to Mar-a-Lago. None of the five vendors the DOJ suggested to scan docs wanted to work with Trump, per a new filing. The DOJ asked for one more day to choose someone to digitize 11,000 files for the special master. A special master set to review tens of thousands of documents in the Department of Justice’s probe of Donald Trump may have to wait a bit longer as several middlemen have blown off Trump. According to new court documents filed Tuesday, the DOJ is asking special master Raymond… Read More

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Utah Inland Port pauses capital projects as new report outlines flaws

James Wooldridge, KSL-TV The Utah Inland Port Authority is taking a timeout as problems related to its future begin to build. The port authority is already experiencing a shift in leadership and dealing with a state audit that questions its ongoing planning. Now, a report from a California logistics expert is tacking onto the concerns, raising doubts about the inland port’s value to the state. With a lot at stake, Ben Hart, the port authority’s newly hired director, says the agency and its board of directors have decided to pause “all major capital projects” until they are able to craft a Northwest Quadrant Master Development Plan. “If our planning efforts… Read More

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California murder suspect, teen daughter killed in shootout

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An abducted 15-year-old girl and her father — a fugitive wanted in the death of the teen’s mother — were both killed amid a shootout with law enforcement Tuesday on a highway in California’s high desert, authorities said. San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus did not specify whether Savannah Graziano was shot by the responding deputies. Deputies had been in pursuit of the father’s pickup truck, and multiple shots were fired out of the rear window during the chase. The vehicle became disabled around Hesperia, and the firefight ensued. Dicus said the girl was wearing tactical gear as she exited a truck’s passenger side and ran… Read More

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Poll results: Utahns are worried are about the Great Salt Lake

Izabel and Mary LePique take photos at the Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Ben B. Braun, Deseret News The declining water levels at the Great Salt Lake and what it may mean for Utah’s future have a majority of Utah residents concerned about its condition, and they are willing to have lawmakers throw more resources at it to help save the ailing lake. A Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll went out in the field Sept. 3-21 and asked 815 registered Utah voters how they feel about the lake. …read more Source:: Deseret News – Utah News       

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30 Cute Slippers We’re Wearing Right Now

If you’re looking for something with a little more oomph than a sock but don’t have any plans to hit the pavement in a pair of heels or chunky loafers anytime soon, you’ve come to the right place. There’s no time like the present to practice self-care, so why not start from the ground up with a fresh re-up on the coziest category in footwear? After taking a long, hard look at our very own feet, we’re sharing the cutest and comfiest slippers that we’ve been padding ’round the house in. We’re simply here to help you invest in the right pair of cushy house shoes that make you (and… Read More

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Apple removes Russia’s largest social network from the App Store

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge VK, the Russian technology conglomerate behind a social network with hundreds of millions of downloads called VKontakte, says that its apps have been removed from Apple’s App Store. The translated statement says “some VK applications are blocked by Apple” but that it will “continue to develop and support iOS applications.” The Russian Ministry of Digital Affairs told state-controlled media outlet RT that it was investigating “the reasons for deleting VK applications and developer accounts, underlining the social significance and scale of use of the services provided by the Russian company.” The apps are still available on Google’s Play Store. Since Russia invaded Ukraine,… Read More

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Expert questions whether school shooter’s mom drank heavily

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz began their rebuttal of the defense case Tuesday by questioning whether his birth mother drank as heavily during pregnancy as some witnesses portrayed. They also showed his sometimes racist and misogynistic behavior online before he massacred 17 people four years ago at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, his online searches for child pornography and the violent writings and drawings found in his jail cell last spring. Prosecution expert Dr. Charles Scott, a forensic psychiatrist at the University of California, Davis, testified that while defense experts and witnesses have said Cruz’s birth mother, Brenda… Read More

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