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8h ago

Iran grants furlough to American prisoner Siamak Namazi, lifts travel ban on his elderly father

It is unclear what prompted the move by Iran, where a wave of street protests against the regime have swept across the country.
Siamak Namazi and Baquer Namazi
Siamak Namazi and Baquer Namazi
9h ago

Venezuela releases 7 jailed Americans; US frees 2 prisoners

The swap of the Americans, including five oil executives held for nearly five years, is the largest trade of detained citizens ever carried out by the Biden administration.
CITGO oil executives
CITGO oil executives
10h ago

Charleston, South Carolina, dodges a big bullet named Ian

'Charleston really was largely spared by just 20 or 25 miles,' says state senator.
Cars drive through a nearly-deserted Charleston historic district
Cars drive through a nearly-deserted Charleston historic district

Florida sheriff warns of possible flooding from levee breach in Sarasota County

The potential flooding would hit the Hidden River neighborhood, which is about 70 homes.
Flooding in the Hidden River community following Hurricane Ian.
Flooding in the Hidden River community following Hurricane Ian.
12h ago

Spirit Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Baltimore after 'mechanical issue'

Flight 2077, bound for Orlando, had to turn around and go back to Baltimore Friday night.
Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines
13h ago

Jimmy Carter to celebrate 98th birthday with family, friends, baseball

The former president has survived a cancer diagnosis in 2015 and a serious fall at home in 2019.
Former President Jimmy Carter
Former President Jimmy Carter

Tennessee GOP urges pediatric clinic to stop providing gender-affirming surgeries

A letter signed by the Legislature's House Republican Caucus was prompted by a viral blog post from a far-right website.
Image: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Image: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

After Ian, river flooding menaces inland Florida towns

Even suburbs in central parts of the state are facing heavy flooding, despite falling outside of areas under evacuation orders.
Image: Debris litters a street in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Punta Gorda, Fla., on Sept. 29, 2022.
Image: Debris litters a street in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Punta Gorda, Fla., on Sept. 29, 2022.

Inside the CDC’s pandemic missteps — and how they tarnished the agency’s reputation

Frustrations still run high at the CDC, but staffers remain hopeful that the agency will regain its credibility with the public.
Photo illustration of Covid-19 spores, a woman wearing a mask, a gloved hand holding a Covid-19 test swab, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, and a healthcare worker administering a vaccine.
Photo illustration of Covid-19 spores, a woman wearing a mask, a gloved hand holding a Covid-19 test swab, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, and a healthcare worker administering a vaccine.
20h ago

Ian live updates: South Carolina grapples with storm damage as Florida searches for survivors

Ian has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone since making landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 storm on Friday. But officials there and in Florida warn it still poses grave danger.
The causeway leading to Sanibel Island from Fort Myers, Fla., is shown damaged after Hurricane Ian passed through the area, Friday.
The causeway leading to Sanibel Island from Fort Myers, Fla., is shown damaged after Hurricane Ian passed through the area, Friday.