5 things to know for September 15: Queen, Capitol riot, rail strike, immigration, Ukraine


“Chai tea latte, please…but with oat milk, a shot of espresso, two pumps of brown sugar syrup, very hot, no froth, and cinnamon on top.” More and more Starbucks customers are opting for elaborate concoctions like this instead of the normal drinks on the menu, according to the company. To speed up service amid a trend of complicated orders, Starbucks announced new kitchen designs and technology systems to help baristas get to work faster.

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Queen Elizabeth II is now in state at Westminster Hall in London until the morning of her funeral on Monday. It is the first of four full days that members of the public can view the coffin – and officials have warned of an unprecedented number of people wishing to pay their respects. When the doors to Westminster Hall opened at 5pm on Wednesday, the queue of visitors stretched almost three miles along the River Thames, according to an official tracker. Members of the Royal Family, including King Charles III, Prince William and Prince Harry, walked behind the coffin as it made its way along the procession route from Buckingham Palace to Westminster.

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Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has complied with a subpoena from the Justice Department’s investigation into the events surrounding Jan. 6, 2021, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. . That makes him the highest-ranking official linked to former President Donald Trump known to respond to a subpoena in the federal investigation. Meadows turned over the same documents he provided to the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot, a source said, fulfilling the obligations of the Justice Department subpoena. Last year, Meadows gave thousands of text messages and emails to the House committee before it stopped cooperating. It comes after federal investigators issued at least 30 subpoenas to people with ties to Trump, including senior officials in his fundraising and former campaign operation.

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A massive strike by railway workers has been averted after unions and management reached a tentative agreement today. The strike had threatened to cripple US supply chains and drive up prices for many products. The White House released a statement just after 5 a.m. ET today, calling the deal “an important victory for our economy and the American people.” It came after an all-night bargaining session between union leadership – representing more than 50,000 engineers and conductors – and railway union negotiators. They had met the countdown to a strike that was due to begin on Friday. This is good news for many businesses that depend on freight railroads to continue operating, and for the entire US economy. About 30% of the country’s freight is transported by rail.

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claims responsibility for sending two planes carrying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts on Wednesday, his office told CNN. “States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these people they have invited to our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and supporting policies the Biden administration’s open borders,” a statement said from his office. About 50 migrants arrived at Martha’s Vineyard without “notifying anyone”, said Democratic Senator Julian Cyr. This decision follows in the footsteps of Republican governors. Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona, who began sending migrants to Washington, DC, earlier this year. Abbott has since expanded its efforts to New York and Chicago.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are due to meet face to face today for the first time since the start of the war in Ukraine. The meeting comes at a time when Putin needs Xi’s help more than ever after a series of recent setbacks in Ukraine. Relations between Russia and China have also strengthened since the start of the war and experts say China’s support would be of great value to Putin, especially after Ukraine took over more than 6 000 square kilometers of territory in recent days. Separately, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was involved in a car accident in Kyiv on Wednesday, but emerged “without serious injury”, according to a statement from his office.

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Serena Williams teases return to competitive tennis

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“Bachelorette” Gabby Windey calls the finale a “big fat dumpster fire”

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” is back

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Tom Brady hints at retirement again

Brady, 45, said he was “near the end” of his NFL career. His supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen also expressed “concerns” about his gambling.

Should I take a multivitamin?

The answer is yes, according to a new study. Taking a daily multivitamin may improve cognition in older adults, especially those with a history of cardiovascular disease.

$100 million

These are the annual profits of Patagonia, the private company that sells outdoor clothing and equipment. On Wednesday, the Patagonia founder announced that he is transferring ownership of the company into two entities that will ensure that 98% of the company’s annual profits are used to fight climate change.

“We’re not there yet, but the end is in sight.”

– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, telling a press conference on Wednesday that the world has never been in a better position to end the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the official number of cases has become significantly underreported, trends have shown a steady decline in the number of cases in the United States over the past two months. Additionally, about two-thirds of the world’s population – and about the same in the United States – have received their first round of vaccinations against Covid-19, according to the latest WHO update.

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