Biden in Florida, Hurricane Ian, Alec Baldwin “Rust”, Fat Bear Week, Ukraine. Wednesday news.

Hurricane Ian destroyed tiny Pine Island, but those residents aren’t leaving. Alec Baldwin reaches an agreement with the family of the cinematographer killed on the set of “Rust”. And who is the biggest bear of all? It’s Big Bear week.

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But first, this cockroach might be a lifesaver. Don’t worry, it’s not a real cockroach. He’s a cyborg – which somehow makes it sound worse. Anyway, researchers in Japan are working on remote-controlled cyborg cockroaches that they hope can help find survivors after earthquakes. check it out.

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On devastated Pine Island, everyone should probably leave. They are not.

Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida’s Pine Island with 150 mph winds, snapping telephone poles and trees, ripping roofs off homes and toppling mobile homes and motor homes. Access to the mainland is only available by boat. Residents are now faced with difficult choices. Those whose homes have survived face a long return to normal. Some have completely lost their homes. And businesses won’t reopen until they rebuild, and even then will tourists return? How are the people of Pine Island to face the sequel.

Biden and DeSantis meet to assess recovery from Hurricane Ian

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden traveled to storm-ravaged areas of Florida on Wednesday to assess the recovery and meet with families. Biden inspected the destruction by helicopter, then met with Governor Ron DeSantis for public remarks to discuss the aftermath of the storm. Ian, one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States, is also expected to be one of the costliest. The death toll – which stands at 72 – is likely to rise as search and rescue efforts continue. More updates.

President Joe Biden, right, and First Lady Jill Biden, left, tour an area affected by Hurricane Ian with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, second from right, and his wife Casey DeSantis on Wednesday, 5 October 2022, in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Settlement reached in ‘Rust’ shooting trial

Alec Baldwin and the production company behind the troubled Western film “Rust” have reached a settlement in the lawsuit brought by the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was shot and killed on set last fall. As part of the settlement announced Wednesday, her husband, Matthew Hutchins, will serve as executive producer on the film, which will resume production in January. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and the Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office said the settlement would not affect the criminal case.

Aerial photo showing part of the Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set in Santa Fe, NM on October 23, 2021.

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Putin claims nuclear power plant as Russian military struggles

Ownership of the embattled Zaporizhzhia power station was claimed by President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, hours after he signed laws annexing four regions of Ukraine. The plant, the largest nuclear facility in Europe, is at the center of deep global concern. Both sides blame each other for the bombings that have damaged parts of the plant and threaten to trigger a disaster, warn international nuclear experts. The Ukrainian director of the plant was kidnapped on Friday and freed this week by Russian forces occupying the plant. Ukrainian workers continue to operate the plant, which halted power generation last month. Others from Ukraine.

Ukrainian servicemen stand at the site of a Russian attack in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Friday, September 30, 2022.

Rent-a-banks are replacing payday loans – with triple-digit interest rates

For millions of low-income Americans who need a loan, rent-a-banks are eager to provide. And consumer defense associations are sounding the alarm. This unsecured debt, meaning it doesn’t require collateral like houses or cars, can include lump sum loans or lines of credit. At three-digit interest rates. Lenders say they are providing money to borrowers in need who cannot turn to traditional banks because they have low credit scores and are considered high risk. But critics say borrowers are often worse off after securing the loans. keep reading.

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May the biggest bear win

It’s time for another election – but this is the the healthiest of all. In honor of Fat Bear Week, Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska is sponsoring a March Madness-style break, inviting the public to vote for who they think is the heaviest bear of them all. A total of 12 of the biggest bears along the Brooks River are competing for the title. But no fat-shaming, please! It is essential that bears gain weight at this time of year. With winter approaching, hibernation means they won’t eat for a while. Ready to meet the bears? Check Out The Chonky Suitors Here.

Your 2021 Fat Bear Week Champion: 480 Otis.

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