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5 things to know for October 18: Student loans, Russia, Trump, Groceries, SpaceX



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One of two winning lottery tickets for the latest Mega Millions jackpot of nearly half a billion dollars was sold in an area of ​​Florida hit by Hurricane Ian less than a month ago. The Florida Lottery Secretary called the win “slightly more significant than the others” as many area residents are enduring costly restoration efforts in the aftermath of the storm.

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President Joe Biden announced Monday that federal student loan borrowers can now apply online for up to $20,000 in debt forgiveness. “This is a game-changer for millions of Americans…and it took incredible effort to build this website in such a short time,” Biden said. Individuals wishing to apply for student debt relief can complete the form at StudentAid.gov. Borrowers have until December 31, 2023 to submit an application. In August, Biden announced his decision to forgive up to $10,000 in student loan debt for people earning less than $125,000 a year or up to $20,000 for eligible borrowers who were also beneficiaries of the Pell grant. The last phase of his plan should make it possible to alleviate the debt of 43 million borrowers.

At least 13 people, including three children, were killed after a Russian military plane crashed into apartments in the western town of Yeysk on Monday, media and authorities said. The accident happened during a training flight during which one of the plane’s engines caught fire, the Russian Defense Ministry told a state-run news agency. Pictures and videos of the aftermath of the crash showed billowing smoke and a blazing fire in the residential area. A building, believed to house hundreds of people, was then engulfed in flames, officials said. Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the authorities to provide all necessary assistance to the victims of the accident, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Video shows scene where Russian plane crashed into building

New documents released Monday by the House Oversight Committee revealed that the Trump Organization was charging the Secret Service ‘exorbitant rates’ – more than $1.4 million over four years – to protect the then president. , Donald Trump, and his family in the properties they owned. Rates were as high as $1,185 a night despite claims from Trump’s company that federal employees traveling with him would stay at those properties “for free” or “for a fee.” Charging his protective detail for lodging at his properties was a controversial practice when Trump was in office, and it continued into his post-presidency as it appears to have been funded by taxpayers, the panel chair, Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney said. Separately, a House report released on Monday also alleges that Trump aides blocked public health officials from providing accurate information about Covid-19 during the pandemic.

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Haberman reacts to report refuting Trump’s claims on Secret Service spending

A major supermarket merger could lead to major changes in U.S. grocery shopping, industry analysts say. The proposed merger of Kroger and Albertsons, which the companies expect to complete in 2024, would combine the fifth and tenth largest retailers in the country. If approved by federal regulators, the nearly $25 billion deal would be one of the largest in U.S. retail history. With grocery prices already a concern for many shoppers, the companies said they would be able to use $500 million in savings from the deal to lower prices for shoppers and personalize promotions and savings. They also said they would invest $1.3 billion in Albertsons, which would include a price drop. However, some competition critics and advocates say the merger would eliminate competition and concentrate power among the biggest chains, driving up prices.

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‘I have to cut my expenses’: Family react to soaring food prices

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk has announced that his company has withdrawn its request to the Pentagon to fund its Starlink satellite internet services for Ukraine. Musk’s announcement follows an exclusive CNN report that SpaceX made the request in September, saying it was no longer able to donate Starlink terminals or support the service that provided cellular services. and Internet criticism of Ukraine during its war with Russia. SpaceX previously asked the Pentagon to start paying for service for current terminals operated by the Ukrainian government as well as fund nearly 8,000 new terminals and services for Ukraine’s military and intelligence services. The announcement comes after CNN’s report also showed in greater detail that SpaceX is not solely responsible for Starlink access in Ukraine.

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President Biden will speak about the right to abortion

Three weeks away from the midterm elections, President Biden will focus on abortion rights in remarks today at a Democratic National Committee event in Washington, DC, a Democratic official told CNN. Biden has argued that voters need to elect more Democrats in order to codify Roe’s protections against Wade in law. He also pledged to veto any bill that would ban abortions at the federal level if Republicans took control of Congress.

Is another “Top Gun” movie in the works?

We’re keeping our fingers crossed…but one of the stars of the latest film isn’t sure that will happen.

Kanye West to acquire conservative social media platform Parler

West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, is acquiring the controversial social media platform after being removed from Twitter this month for an anti-Semitic tweet.

Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka wins 2022 Booker Prize

Want a good read? This novel has just received one of the most prestigious literary prizes.

Best Chinese Food: 32 Must-Try Dishes

This photo gallery offers a sample of the different regions of China.

Actress Selma Blair leaves ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Selma Blair, one of the show’s fan favorites, has announced that she is quitting the competition due to health issues.

Astronaut James McDivitt, who led the Apollo and Gemini missions, has died, NASA said in a statement. He was 93 years old. McDivitt’s work during the Apollo 9 mission was instrumental in ultimately helping land the first humans on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. His work on Gemini IV also helped extend astronauts’ time in space, nearly doubling the duration at this point in space history, NASA said.

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This is the percentage of Ukrainian power plants that have been destroyed since October 10, President Volodymyr Zelensky said today. Zelensky’s announcement comes in the wake of recent Russian strikes on critical energy infrastructure in Ukraine that caused widespread blackouts.

“I remind you that Stacey Abrams campaigned to be Joe Biden’s running mate.”

– Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, speaking during Monday’s Georgia governor’s debate over his challenger, Democrat Stacey Abrams. Kemp has repeatedly sought to connect Abrams to President Biden, who, despite winning the state in 2020, is now a deeply unpopular figure there. Abrams, unlike many other Democrats running this year, has not sought to distance herself from the president and recently publicly said she would welcome him to Georgia.

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Extremely cold temperatures warrant frost alerts for the East

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How a $250,000 diamond ring is made

Watch this short video to see how much precision is needed to create a stunning 7 carat diamond ring. (Click here to see)