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Forecasters say Tropical Storm Ian has upgraded to a hurricane as it closes in on Cuba on a track that is expected to take it to Florida in the coming days. A hurricane warning was in effect for Grand Cayman and the Cuban provinces of Isla de Juventud, Pinar del Rio and Artemisa. The US National Hurricane Center said Ian is expected to reach far western Cuba late Monday and could become a major hurricane late Monday.

After seven weary months of war, many Ukrainians fear more suffering and political repression awaits. The Kremlin-orchestrated referendums conducted under gunfire portend Russia’s imminent annexation of four occupied regions.

Apple Inc. has announced that it will manufacture its iPhone 14 in India. Manufacturers have moved production from China amid geopolitical tensions and pandemic restrictions that have disrupted supply chains for many industries.

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Amazon announces that it is hosting a second Prime Day-like shopping event in October. The company is the latest major retailer to roll out holiday deals earlier this year to appeal to cautious consumers on tighter budgets.

After the off-screen drama threatened to consume Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling,” the Warner Bros. opened number 1 at the box office. The film debuted with $19.2 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Last week’s best film, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s African epic “The Woman King,” starring Viola Davis, slipped to second place with $11.1 million.

California will not expand education to make kindergarten mandatory after Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed a law meant to address declining attendance during the pandemic. Newsom said it was among many unfunded proposals lawmakers sent him.

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In sports, the Ravens won at Foxborough, the Bengals earned their first victory, the Eagles stayed perfect, the Colts stunned the Chiefs, the Mets maimed the A’s, the Guardians clinched a title, and the United States won the Presidents Cup.

Rihanna is set to star in the Super Bowl halftime show in February. The singer, who declined to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, posted an image on Instagram on Sunday of an arm holding an NFL football.

Post Malone checked himself into the hospital again on Saturday after experiencing what he described on social media as difficulty breathing and stabbing pain, forcing him to postpone a scheduled show in Boston. He was treated for bruised ribs after falling through a hole on stage at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis last weekend.

Oscar winner Louise Fletcher has died aged 88. Fletcher set a new standard for on-screen villains with the role of Nurse Ratched alongside Jack Nicholson in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ in 1975. Fletcher won the Academy Award for best actress for the role.

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Although the coronavirus pandemic was not the focus of the United Nations General Assembly, conversations were still taking place on the sidelines. The United Nations Secretary-General has met with the head of the World Health Organization and others to discuss equitable access to vaccines, tests and treatments for COVID-19.

Elton John transformed the South Lawn of the White House into a musical feast of love on Friday night as he played a farewell concert to honor everyday ‘heroes’ like teachers, nurses and activists AIDS. But it turns out the event was also meant to honor the 75-year-old British songwriter – President Joe Biden surprised him with the National Humanities Medal for being a ‘tidal wave’ that helped people stand up for justice.

An Iowa man has been convicted of leading a crowd of rioters by chasing a US Capitol police officer down a flight of stairs and accosting other officers guarding the Senate. A federal jury deliberated for about four hours before convicting Douglas Jensen of felony with preventing Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6, 2021 and assaulting or interfering with police officers during the siege.

Here’s a rundown of today’s latest news and most interesting developments.


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