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People trapped, 2.5M without power as Ian drenches Florida

Hurricane Ian has left a path of destruction in southwest Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, damaging the roof of a hospital intensive care unit and knocking out power to 2.5 million people. It's now aiming for the Atlantic Coast as a tropical storm. One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. is drenching the Florida peninsula overnight, threatening catastrophic flooding. In Port Charlotte, the storm surge flooded a lower-level emergency room even as winds tore off part of the roof of its intensive care unit. Staff and patients, some on ventilators, crowded into the middle floors of the four-story hospital.

Live Updates: Russia-Ukraine War

The Kremlin says the four regions of Ukraine that held referendums on joining Russia will be incorporated into the country on Friday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a ceremony at the Kremlin during which the regions will be officially folded into Russia. Ukraine and the West have denounced the votes as a sham.

Police arrest convicted Vegas bombmaker who escaped prison

Police say they have arrested a convicted bombmaker who escaped from a Nevada prison where he was serving a life sentence for a deadly 2007 explosion outside a Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas police say they received information Wednesday night that a person matching the description of Porfirio Duarte-Herrera was in the area. The department says officers took the man into custody, confirmed he was Duarte-Herrera and arrested him. Gov. Steve Sisolak had earlier ordered an investigation into the escape after he said late Tuesday his office learned the escapee had been missing from the medium-security prison since early in the weekend. Officials didn’t realize until Tuesday morning that Duarte-Herrera was missing during a head count at Southern Desert Correctional Center near Las Vegas.

VP Harris caps Asia trip with stop at DMZ dividing Koreas

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is capping her trip to Asia with a stop at the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean Peninsula as she tries to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the security of its Asian allies. The visit follows North Korea's latest launches in its record missile testing this year amid concerns the country may conduct a nuclear test. Before going to the DMZ, Harris met with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and praised the alliance between the countries as a “linchpin of security and prosperity.” Yoon, who took office in May, called her visit “another turning point” in strengthening ties.