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We bring you 5 stories that will get you up to speed and on with your day. Updates at 6am, 9am, 12pm, 5pm and 10pm Eastern, every weekday.




5 PM ET: Ian’s aftermath, government funding bill, student loan forgiveness lawsuit & more

At least 13 people have died in the wake of Hurricane Ian, and it's expected to become a Category 1 storm again. The Senate has passed a short-term spending bill as the deadline to prevent a government shutdown approaches. Six Republican-led states sued President Joe Biden in an effort to block his student loan forgiveness plan from taking effect. The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas met with the House select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. Lastly, we’ll tell...

12 PM ET: Ian intensifying, major gas pipeline leaks, recession impressions & more

Ian has weakened into a tropical storm but could become a hurricane again, as it continues its path northward and as millions of Floridians are dealing with its devastating effects. Leaks in the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines are releasing methane into the atmosphere – we’ll tell you the environmental and diplomatic impacts. Former President Donald Trump seemingly doesn’t want to go on record about the FBI search of his Florida residence. A new report says there’s a 98% chance of a global...


9 AM ET: Ian carves through Florida, FDA's 'healthy' change, Taiwan ask China's help & more

Despite weakening to a Tropical Storm, Ian continues to barrel through Florida leaving a trial of destruction. Moscow says it’ll annex the Russian-occupied areas of four Ukrainian regions in a ceremony on Friday. Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea. The FDA wants to changes the standard for food labelled “healthy” - we'll bring you the details. And, we'll tell you why Taiwan is ask for China's help. To learn more about how CNN...


6 AM ET: Ian's destruction, F-15 downs drone, Coolio dies & more

Millions in Florida are without power as Ian, now a tropical storm, hits the state with heavy rain and threatens flash flooding. Russian Navy ships were observed close to where the Nordstream pipeline leaks later began, as another leak has been found. A US fighter jet has “brought down” an Iranian drone in Iraq - we’ll bring you the details. US Stocks shot up on Wednesday, sparked by a move in the UK. And, rap legend Coolio has died. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy,...


10 PM ET: Hurricane Ian weakens, hospital shooting, Lizzo’s performance & more

Hurricane Ian has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm as it hammers Florida’s west coast. We’ll also tell you about a deadly shooting at a hospital in Arkansas. Plus, the US State Department is rebuking the results of Russia’s referendums in four occupied regions in Ukraine. Two suspects have been arraigned on federal robbery charges for stealing more than a million dollars worth of jewelry from a pastor and his wife. Lastly, singer Lizzo performed with a special piece of US history. To...

5 PM ET: Ian makes landfall, Ukraine aid, Kate Couric’s diagnosis & more

Hurricane conditions are spreading across parts of southwest Florida as the Category 4 storm moves inland. Plus, the US plans to send another round of military aid to Ukraine as Russia’s war there continues. A mortgage lender in New Jersey has agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle allegations that it discriminated against communities of color. Lastly, journalist Katie Couric opens up about her breast cancer diagnosis. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


12 PM ET: Hurricane reaches Florida, US Embassy warning, fully electric plane & more

Hurricane Ian could be one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in the US, and its impact is already being felt in Florida. Americans have been told to leave Russia along with fears people with joint citizenship could be drafted into the army. There's more drama in the special master's review of documents seized from Mar-a-Lago. Israel raided a city on the West Bank today in one of the deadliest clashes this year - we'll bring you the details. Plus, the first fully electric passenger...

9 AM ET: Ian is coming, new Alzheimer's drug, soccer fan racism & more

People in some parts of Florida are being told it's now too late to evacuate, as Hurricane Ian strengthens to a category 4 storm. A major gas pipeline between Russia and Western Europe has been damaged - but was it sabotage? California's governor has passed new laws to protect abortion rights in the state. A new Alzheimer's drug has shown some promising results - we'll bring you the details. Plus, a Brazilian soccer play is racially abused by a fan. To learn more about how CNN protects...

6 AM ET: Ian category 4, 'sham referendum' results, Wolverine is back & more

Hurricane Ian is expected to hit Florida today and it’s strengthened to a category 4 storm. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Noru made landfall in Vietnam this morning, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain. Pro-Russian authorities claim people in four occupied regions of Ukraine voted to join Russia - we’ll tell you how the world is reacting. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll support a proposal to make it harder to overturn presidential elections. Plus, Wolverine will be returning...

10 PM ET: Florida evacuation warnings, government funding bill, Shakira’s tax case & more

Florida officials are urging residents to evacuate as Hurricane Ian gains strength. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called out Russia’s so-called referendums in occupied areas of Ukraine. The Senate voted to take up a stopgap bill as Congress races to avoid a government shutdown. A Texas judge ruled that the state attorney general doesn’t have to appear at a hearing related to an abortion access lawsuit. Lastly, singer Shakira is fighting a tax evasion case in Spain. To learn more...


5 PM ET: Hurricane Ian threats, Biden’s health care remarks, paralyzed man's lawsuit & more

Hurricane Ian is barreling towards Florida as a Category 3 storm. The US is introducing a resolution that condemns Russia over referendums in occupied regions of Ukraine. President Joe Biden announced steps to lower health care costs. We’re following new developments in the special master’s review of evidence seized at former President Donald Trump’s Florida home. Lastly, we’ll explain the major federal civil suit on behalf of a man left partially paralyzed while in police custody. To learn...


12 PM ET: Hurricane hitting Florida, possible government shutdown, Iran death toll & more

Florida’s West Coast is bracing for Hurricane Ian’s potentially life-threatening impact. Congress is at risk of shutting down again - we’ll tell you why. Protests continue to rage across Iran, with an increasingly violent government response causing dozens of reported deaths. Meta has caught China and Russia-based networks attempting to influence internet users. Plus, more evidence shows some IVF pregnancies are higher risk than others. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy,...


9 AM ET: Florida prepares for Ian, Ukraine 'referendums' finishing, chess cheating claims & more

People in Florida are preparing for Hurricane Ian as it moves across Cuba as a category 3 storm. The "referendums" being held in occupied Ukrainian regions are almost over - we'll tell you what Russia could do next. At least 65 people have died in Bangladesh after a ferry sank. The Biden administration wants to end hunger in the US. Plus, a chess champion claims his rival is a cheat. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


6 AM ET: Ian hits Cuba, Harris' DMZ visit, Shinzo Abe's funeral & more

Hurricane Ian has made landfall in Cuba as it continues to intensify. Vice President Kamala Harris will visit the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. A state funeral has been held for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but not everyone felt the same way about the it - we'll bring you the details. President Joe Biden's plans to cancel some student debts could cost $400 billion. Plus, an online gaming crackdown in the Philippines. To learn more about how CNN protects...


10 PM ET: Student loan relief costs, DART asteroid space mission, Braves visit White House & more

Hurricane Ian is now a Category 2 storm as it heads for Cuba and prompts evacuations in Florida. The Congressional Budget Office gave its estimate of how much cancelling some student loan debt in the US will cost. More than a dozen people are dead and many more injured in a shooting at a school in Russia. A NASA spacecraft crashed into an asteroid in a mission to prove its potential capability to protect Earth. Lastly, President Joe Biden welcomed the Atlanta Braves at the White House to...

5 PM ET: Hurricane Ian intensifies, Edward Snowden, British pound falls & more

Cuba and Florida are bracing for Hurricane Ian. Former US NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been granted Russian citizenship. The British pound hits a record low against the US dollar. Vice President Kamala Harris is visiting Japan and South Korea ahead of the funeral of the assassinated Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Lastly, Rihanna is headlining the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


12 PM ET: Hurricane's path uncertain, updated boosters for kids, Cuba's progressive change & more

It's not clear exactly where Hurricane Ian will hit land in Florida, but residents are being told to prepare for the worst. The US has announced new funding for Ukrainian law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. Pfizer and Moderna have requested emergency use authorizations for updated booster shots to be given to younger children. Text messages shed some light on the communication between Mark Meadows and a key player who attempted to overturn the 2020 election. Plus, Cuba has voted...


9 AM ET: Florida bracing for Ian, more mass graves, new airline rules & more

People in Florida and Cuba are preparing for Hurricane Ian, as it's expected to intensify tonight. At least 13 people have been killed in a shooting at a school in Russia, 7 of them were children. Ukraine's president says more mass graves have been found in the recently liberated city of Izium. Deadly protests in Iran continue - we'll bring you the latest. Plus, President Joe Biden is expected to announce new rules to stop airlines hiding additional fees. To learn more about how CNN...


6 AM ET: Russian school shooting, Hurricane Ian, baby island & more

There are reports of child casualties after an attacker opened fire in a school in Russia. People in Florida are being told to prepare for Hurricane Ian which has recently been upgraded from a tropical storm. Meanwhile, clean up attempts continue in the Philippines and Canada after two other powerful storms. The far-right has made sweeping gains in Italy's general elections - we'll bring you the details. Plus, a new, baby island. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


One Thing: Why Republican Governors are Putting Migrants on the Move

For months, Republican governors have been accused of using migrants as political pawns by sending them north in protest of President Joe Biden’s border policies. In recent weeks, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has escalated the situation by sending two planeloads of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard without warning. We examine why a Texas sheriff is investigating those flights, what’s next for the asylum seekers caught in the middle, and what’s fueling the rise in migrant encounters along the...