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Biggest News Moments This Week: Hurricane Ian Wreaks Havoc

Hurricane Ian caused major flooding and damage in Florida earlier this week, and President Biden is imposing new sanctions on Russia after its annexation of several Ukrainian regions. But this wasn’t all that happened this week. Keep reading to learn more about some of the biggest stories from this week.

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Biggest News Moments This Week: Hurricane Ian Wreaks Havoc
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    Hurricane Ian Slams Florida

    With max winds around 150 MPH, Category 4 Hurricane Ian landed in Florida on Wednesday, knocking out power for thousands of residents, causing severe damage, and flooding parts of the state. The death toll is still being tallied but Biden estimates the total impact from Ian on Florida is “likely to rank among the worst in the nation's history." On Friday, the hurricane — now a Category 1 — was barreling toward South Carolina after its path of destruction in the Sunshine State.

    Here is a bird's-eye view of the damage left in Florida by Hurricane Ian.

    Here is a bird's-eye view of the damage left in Florida by Hurricane Ian.

    Biden Slams Russia After Its Annexation of Ukrainian Land

    The Biden administration said it is imposing new sanctions on Russia after Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four regions in southeastern Ukraine. The Kremlin formalized the annexation process Friday, a clear violation of international law.

    Ketanji Brown Jackson Gets Her Investiture Ceremony

    Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on Friday participated in her investiture ceremony, a ritual celebration for new U.S. Supreme Court justices. The ceremony was particularly historic given her status as the first Black woman on the highest court in the land.

    And Italy’s Next Prime Minister Is…

    After the nation held its elections Sunday, Giorgia Meloni is set to become Italy’s first female prime minister — and the country’s most far-right prime minister since Benito Mussolini.

    Puerto Rico Gets Help with Special Waiver

    The Biden administration decided Wednesday to issue a waiver of the Jones Act, allowing a non-American ship to transport desperately needed diesel fuel to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona slammed the island earlier this month. The Jones Act, which passed in 1920 to protect U.S. shipping companies from competition, prevents foreign vessels from carrying goods between American ports.

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