Republican presidential hopefuls tried their best to win last night’s debate by attacking the candidate who wasn’t even there (Donald Trump, of course). While the moderators zeroed in on issues like education, economic policy and the border, some candidates kept chastising Trump for not showing up in California — the former president instead went to Michigan in hopes of cashing in on the autoworkers strike in a key election state.
Zinger of the night? Nikki Haley to Vivek Ramaswamy: “Honestly, every time I hear you, I feel a little bit dumber for what you say.”
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
2. BIDEN IMPEACHMENT HEARING
House Republicans will hold their first impeachment inquiry hearing into President Joe Biden today. So far, no investigations have found evidence that Biden has used his office to enrich his family or to obstruct investigations into Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings. After all its hearings are concluded, the committee can vote on sending articles of impeachment to the full House.
Army Pvt. Travis King is in U.S. custody after North Korea released him two months after he raced across the South Korean border instead of getting on a plane to face military discipline over his conviction for assault in a Seoul nightclub. The U.S. said it did not give any concessions in return for King's release, which was quite quick by North Korean standards.
Dozens of suspected thieves faced criminal charges in Philadelphia on Wednesday following allegedly coordinated burglaries Tuesday night at locations for Apple, Lululemon, Foot Locker and state-run liquor stores. Police said the mass theft was not related to protests earlier that evening over a judge's decision to dismiss charges against a police officer who fatally shot a man through his closed car window.
One of the damaged stores Wednesday.
(Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Hyundai and Kia are asking the owners of 3.4 million vehicles in the U.S. to park them outside their garages because the engine compartments could catch fire and spread to their homes. About two dozen models from 2010 to 2019 may leak brake fluid and create an electrical short that can start a fire. Owners can get the brake fuses fixed for free.
Silver lining: No one can steal a Hyundai or Kia for a TikTok challenge if the car is on fire.
6. RIGHT TO A LIVABLE FUTURE
European governments failing to meet climate change targets are violating the human rights of young people, said lawyers representing six children and young adults at the beginning of their case at the European Court of Human Rights. The court's judgments are legally binding and a victory for the plaintiffs, aged 11 to 24, could result in large fines for the 32 defendant states.
Fatal car crashes have risen 43% since 2011, and 64% for crashes that kill cyclists and pedestrians, according to federal data. Auto safety experts point to ever-larger SUVs and trucks — which vastly outsell cars — that give drivers larger blind spots and make crashes more severe. More people have also been speeding, driving drunk or not wearing seatbelts.
A memorial for 5-year-old Allie Hart, who was killed in 2021 when a driver hit her while she rode her bike in a crosswalk.
(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Hope springs eternal: No ticket matched Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, which means the $850 million jackpot will grow to $925 million ahead of its next drawing on Saturday. With the $432.4 million lump-sum prize, you could buy 1,491,085.9 seven-foot-tall giant teddy bears.
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Late night shows are returning to air next week and work on new seasons of shows like Stranger Things, Severance and Abbott Elementary is likely to start shortly now that Hollywood writers have ended their nearly five-month strike. Other series and films closer to filming will have to wait for the actors' union to reach an agreement with studio bosses. See when your favorite show might come back.
Can you blame a student loan borrower for being confused about what's going on as payments resume in October? It's been more than 3½ years since payments were frozen. In that time, they were told up to $20,000 of that debt would be forgiven — until the Supreme Court said, um, actually no. Scammers are trying to use the confusion to, well, scam you. Learn how to protect yourself with these tips from consumer attorney Leslie Tayne.
Definitional note: Student loan scams are distinct from the scam of student loans.
From student loan scams to getting the flu: At Cheddar News, we sure know how to look at the sunny side of life. But really, we don't want you to get sick, so we asked a pharmacist to explain what the deal is. Can you get sick from a flu shot, do you need one every year, and should you wait to get your shot until the peak of flu season?
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