Four astronauts return from a six-month stay on the International Space Station, splash off Florida on Monday. Astronauts have overseen research projects and hosted three paying customers aboard the station as NASA seeks to increase the amount of commercial activity in low Earth orbit.
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In the wake of Hurricane Idalia, which hit Florida last week, questions are being raised about whether federal funds should be allocated for reconstruction. infrastructures flooded several times. Meteorologists say the Atlantic hurricane season hasn’t peaked and the Gulf of Mexico has been historically warm, meaning more energy to power deadlier storms. Worse still, many insurance companies withdrawal of certain Gulf States, leaving homeowners and businesses with more risk and fewer options to finance their recovery in a way that will make buildings stronger and better able to withstand future hurricanes. Experts say rebuilding homes to make them taller and more braced is one option, but that would be a major challenge without a healthy insurance market.
Thousands of Burning Man attendees finally left in droves on Monday after intense weekend rains flooded campsites and trapped more than 70,000 festival-goers in Nevada’s makeshift town. Organizers said the driving ban imposed during Friday’s heavy rains was lifted Monday and participants could safely leave Black Rock City, the desert community erected each year for the event. The wait time to leave town on Monday night was around seven hours, organizers said, as drivers tried to navigate the muddy desert. In addition, the authorities have confirmed a death at the festival Saturday was “not weather related,” Burning Man organizers said.
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Bogged vehicles slowly escape Burning Man festival
First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday and has mild symptoms, the White House announced. President Joe Biden has tested negative. Jill Biden’s diagnosis comes amid renewed attention to Covid-19 as the world approaches the fourth viral season since the height of the pandemic. But the new variant of Covid-19 BA.2.86, also known as Pirola, may be less contagious than feared. Laboratory tests show that our immune system can recognize and combat this variant as well as, and perhaps even slightly better than, the currently circulating offshoots of the XBB variant. CDC data also shows a slight increase hospital admissions, emergency room visits and positive COVID-19 tests – but not as high as previous summers.
At least 385 people are still missing following the deadly fires in Maui, down from a peak of around 1,200. Hawaii Governor Josh Green has urged people to file missing persons reports as authorities on the island come under increasing scrutiny over whether additional steps could have been taken to warn residents of the blazes in Lahaina, which killed 115 people. Meanwhile, the Hawaii Tourism Authority hopes quickly rebuild travel demand amid a decline in income. Lihia Gionson, spokeswoman for the Hawaii Tourism Authority, told CNN that people should stay away from burnt areas west of Maui, but the rest of the island and other Hawaiian Islands are open for business. He added that people may not want to interfere, but when the economy is all about tourism, “the last thing you want is for an economic downturn to follow disaster.”
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Rebuilding Hawaii’s Tourism Industry
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may travel to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin to discuss a possible deal to supply Moscow with weapons for its war against Ukraine, according to the US government. Kim’s possible visit to Russia comes as the United States has expressed growing concerns over North Korea’s military assistance to Russia. war effort in Ukraine – a decision that would be in violation of US sanctions. Asked about this, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today: “We have nothing to say on the subject.” Besides North Korea, Russia has also received drones and artillery from Iran.
Fall Movie Preview: Romantic Comedies, Horror Movies, Trolls and Taylor Swift
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Greece begins to limit daily visitors to Acropolis
One of the most famous monuments in Greece is limit the number of daily visitors to combat overtourism.
Mississippi hunters capture longest alligator in state history
This 800 pound monster was over 14 feet long.
Global search underway to find Paul McCartney’s missing violin-bass
A group of Beatles fans and researchers are trying to find Paul McCartney’s 1961 Höfner bass.
One of the world’s oldest synagogues reopens in Egypt
Egypt has reopened one of oldest synagogues in the worldwhich houses the most important treasure of Jewish manuscripts.
Steve Harwellthe founding singer of rock band Smash Mouth, died on Monday. He was 56. Smash Mouth was best known for his singles “All Star” and “I’m a Believer,” a song that gained popularity after appearing on the soundtrack to the 2001 animated film “Shrek.”
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Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell has died aged 56.
How many months have Russia and Ukraine been at war? As the conflict drags on, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky make personnel changesciting the need for “new approaches” to intensify the country’s counter-offensive and to eradicate corruption within the Ukrainian government.
“This violence is tragic and unacceptable.”
—Ottawa Policeissuing a statement after a filming outside of a wedding in Ottawa, Canada, on Saturday left two people dead and six injured. The victims were attending the wedding and the shooting occurred outside the venue, police said.
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What happens to mutilated silver?
When the money is ruined or too worn out to stay in circulation, the Treasury Department will give you a new one. Watch this short video to see how the process works.