Federal judge rules against Abrams-founded voting rights group in Georgia

CNN — A federal judge ruled against a voting rights group founded by Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams Friday in a challenge to the state’s voting laws. US District Judge Steve Jones ruled against “Fair Fight Action” on claims over Georgia’s “exact match” voter registration policy, absentee ballot cancellation practices and registration inaccuracies. “Although … Read more

Tudor Dixon seeks a culture war in campaign against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

CNN  —  Tudor Dixon, the Republican taking on Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November’s midterm election, is turning to tactics that have worked for other Republican winners in competitive governor’s races as she seeks to turn the race into a cultural battle over education, transgender athletes and more. But her clash with a well-funded Democratic … Read more

Before, after images show Hurricane Ian storm surge completely destroyed some Sanibel Island, Florida hotels

CNN — Many beach cottages that lined the shores of Sanibel Island were wiped away by Hurricane Ian’s storm surge, new aerial imagery from NOAA shows. Most homes on Sanibel and Captiva islands are still standing, but appear to have sustained some form of roof damage, in addition to certain storm surge and flooding damage. … Read more

Bolsonaro, Lula hold final rallies before Brazil vote

Far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro and leftist front-runner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva held their final campaign rallies Saturday, gathering their supporters just kilometers apart as tension crackled on the eve of Brazil’s polarizing presidential election. Bolsonaro, the 67-year-old president known for his gloves-off style, led one of his trademark motorcycle rallies from the north side … Read more

Russian troops ‘encircled’ near key Ukraine town in annexed region

Ukraine said Saturday it encircled several thousand Russian troops near a key town in one of the four Moscow-held territories that President Vladimir Putin annexed a day earlier despite condemnation from Kyiv and the West. Putin staged a grand ceremony in the Kremlin on Friday to celebrate the annexations of four territories controlled by his … Read more

Satellite Imagery Shows Trail of Destruction Left by Hurricane Ian in Florida

Satellite images taken on September 30 showed the widespread damage left along Florida’s west coast by Hurricane Ian. The images, released by Maxar Technologies, show aerial damage to Florida Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte, the bridge washed out on the Pine Island causeway, as well as damage to a number of locations in Fort Myers … Read more

Boats in the streets, cars in the sea: Fort Myers Beach pummeled by Ian

As Pete Belinda and his wife slowly walked down a road outside Fort Myers Beach on the southwestern coast of Florida, they each dragged a large suitcase behind them. “This is all we have left,” Belinda said, shaken and visibly tired. The couple lived on the lower floor of their daughter’s house, where they moved … Read more

Coup in Burkina Faso as military officers overthrow junta leader

Military officers have seized control of Burkina Faso, claiming to be restoring peace to the jihadist-wracked country as they overthrew a junta leader who had also come to power in a coup at the start of this year. In the capital Ouagadougou, pre-dawn gunfire around the presidential palace was heard at the start of a … Read more

North Korea fires ballistic missiles, fourth time this week

North Korea fired two ballistic missiles early on Saturday, South Korea’s military said, the nuclear-armed country’s fourth launch this week as Seoul, Tokyo and Washington ramp up joint military drills to counter Pyongyang. South Korea, Japan and the US staged anti-submarine drills Friday — the first in five years — just days after Washington and … Read more

Government shutdown averted as Biden signs funding bill

CNN — The House of Representatives voted on Friday to approve a stopgap bill to fund the government through December 16, averting a shutdown just hours ahead of a midnight deadline when funding was set to expire. President Joe Biden signed the bill Friday afternoon. The Senate passed the measure on a bipartisan basis on … Read more