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10 things you need to know today: September 5, 2022

Canadian police search for 2 suspects in deadly knife attacks, Liz Truss to become the U.K.'s next prime minister, and more


10 killed in Canada stabbing spree

At least 10 people were killed and 15 injured Sunday in a stabbing spree in and near an Indigenous community in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the victims were stabbed, apparently at random, in several places in the James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby village of Weldon. Police urged residents to shelter in place as they searched for two "armed and dangerous" suspects, identified as Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson. Rhonda Blackmore, a commander with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said officers were investigating at least 13 crime scenes. The James Smith Cree Nation declared a state of emergency until Sept. 30.


U.K. Conservative party names new leader and next prime minister

Britain's ruling Conservatives announced early Monday that Liz Truss has been selected as the party's new leader, and the U.K.'s next prime minister. Truss was the favorite after a weeks-long leadership contest against Rishi Sunak, a former finance minister. She will replace Boris Johnson, who resigned in July after numerous scandals. Johnson will travel to Scotland on Tuesday to formally hand his resignation to Queen Elizabeth. His successor will then be asked to form a new government. The next prime minister will be the Conservatives' fourth since 2015. The new leader will take over ahead of what economists warn could be a long recession, with inflation that hit 10.1 percent in July.


Voters reject proposed new constitution in Chile

Chilean voters on Sunday overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to adopt a new, left-leaning constitution to replace the one imposed by the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet 41 years ago. The old constitution is one of the most market-friendly in the world. The referendum proposed a new one intended to be more egalitarian, establishing universal health care, abortion rights, and dozens of other constitutional and Indigenous rights. Critics said the changes were too drastic. With 92 percent of the ballots tallied on Sunday night, 62 percent had voted against the new constitution, according to Chile's electoral authority. The referendum was held to fulfill a promise to working- and middle-class Chileans who protested high prices and low wages in 2019.


Wildfire kills 2 in Northern California

A wildfire has killed two people in Northern California, the Siskayou County Sheriff's Department said Sunday. The Mill Fire broke out about 280 miles north of San Francisco in the town of Weed on Friday, and burned more than 4,000 acres in two days. Cal Fire said in a preliminary damage report that at least 123 structures had been affected, and 50 destroyed. Fire crews had the fire 25 percent contained by late Sunday, and were preparing to let some residents who evacuated go home. Another blaze, the Mountain Fire, that started 15 miles to the west near the city of Gazelle burned more than 8,000 acres and was 10 percent contained as of late Sunday.


Trump lashes out at Biden, FBI, in 1st rally since Mar-a-Lago search

Former President Donald Trump criticized President Biden and the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the weekend in his first rally since federal agents searched his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida on Aug. 8. Trump has repeatedly expressed anger against the Biden administration and the FBI, which has faced mounting threats since agents searched Trump's home and seized classified and top secret documents allegedly improperly removed from the White House when Trump left office. At the Saturday rally, Trump said Biden was "an enemy of the state" and called the Justice Department and the FBI "vicious monsters." The speech came two days after Biden said Trump and his most fervent MAGA supporters posed a threat to democratic values.


Zelensky says Ukraine has retaken 2 towns in counteroffensive

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday that Ukraine's military had recaptured two villages in its counteroffensive against Russia that began last week in the south and east. "Ukrainian flags are returning where they belong by right," Zelensky said during a meeting of security leaders. He didn't name the liberated towns. The fighting created new humanitarian emergencies in several places. Ukraine's military high command said Monday that Russian forces had banned movement by local residents in the occupied Kherson region. "People are prohibited from crossing the Dnipro River both by bridges and by watercraft," the military said. "In case of violation of the ban, the occupiers threaten to open fire."


Heat wave hits Southern California with record temperatures

A severe heat wave hit parts of Southern California with record temperatures over the weekend, increasing the risk of power outages and fires on the Labor Day holiday. Highs were expected to reach 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit across parts of the San Fernando, San Gabriel, and Santa Clarita valleys, said Joe Sirard, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Oxnard, California, office. Forecasters also warned of thunderstorms and flash flooding in some mountain and desert areas through Tuesday. On Sunday, Burbank in Los Angeles County tied a record high, 110 degrees, set in 1984. Long Beach recorded a high of 109 degrees, smashing a record of 107 degrees set in 1988.


Heavy rains bring floods to northwest Georgia

Thunderstorms and heavy rain caused flash floods in parts of northwest Georgia on Sunday, prompting Gov. Brian Kemp to declare a state of emergency in Chattooga and Floyd counties. Kemp called for dedicating all available state resources to "preparation, response, and recovery activities." The National Weather Service said some areas got up to an inch of rain per hour, swelling creeks and streams and flooding many roads. Some parts of the region got up to a total of 12 inches of rain. "This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order," the weather service said.


Bed Bath & Beyond CFO dies in fall from Manhattan apartment building

New York City police on Sunday identified a man who jumped to his death from a Manhattan high-rise apartment as Gustavo Arnal, chief financial officer of Bed Bath & Beyond. Arnal, 52, was found dead Friday. Investigators believe Arnal jumped from the balcony of his 18th-floor apartment in the 57-story Tribeca building, known as the "Jenga" tower. Bed Bath & Beyond said the company was "profoundly saddened by this shocking loss." The home-goods retailer has been struggling with severe financial problems, and said this week it would lay off about 20 percent of its corporate employees, close 150 stores, line up $500 million in financing, and cut back on in-house brands to focus on selling national brands as it fights to boost sales and avoid bankruptcy.


Floatplane crash leaves 1 dead, 9 missing in Washington state

A single-engine floatplane crashed Sunday in Puget Sound in Washington state, killing at least one person. Nine people remained missing, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The plane was flying to the suburb of Renton, south of Seattle, after taking off from Friday Harbor, a popular tourist destination in the San Juan Islands. The plane crashed in Mutiny Bay off Whidbey Island, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Seattle. The National Transportation Safety Board said the single-propeller plane was a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter. Investigators could not immediately determine the cause of the crash. Floatplanes, with pontoons allowing them to land on water, fly frequently between Seattle and the San Juan Islands.


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