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The U.S. announces new sanctions on Iran after the death of a woman who'd been accused of wearing her headscarf incorrectly. A second earthquake in one week rattled Mexico. The Boston Celtic head coach has been suspended. 

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US sanctions Iranian morality police after woman's death

The U.S. government has imposed sanctions on Iran’s morality police after the death of a woman who'd been accused of wearing her Islamic headgear too loosely. Thursday's sanctions came after at least nine protesters died in clashes with Iranian security forces since violence erupted over the weekend. The Treasury says the Iranian officials oversee organizations that use violence to suppress peaceful protesters, political dissidents and women’s rights activists. The morality police say 22-year-old Mahsa Amini violated Iran's conservative dress code and died in custody of a heart attack. Read more

At least 2 dead after magnitude 6.8 earthquake hits western Mexico days after deadly quake

A powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Mexico, causing at least two deaths, damaging buildings and setting off landslides. The earthquake struck early Thursday shortly after 1 a.m., just three days after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook western and central Mexico. That quake was also blamed for two deaths. Monday’s more powerful quake was the third major earthquake to strike on Sept. 19 – in 1985, 2017 and now 2022. Read more

  • PerspectiveThe floor beneath my feet swayed. Split-second decisions needed to be made.
  • Monday's coverageMajor earthquake strikes Mexico on Sept. 19 for third time since 1985, this time a magnitude 7.6.

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No more steak. Ordering out less. Here's how inflation is squeezing American diets.

With grocery prices up 13.5% over the past 12 months and gas prices above $3.39 a gallon, many people have had to make cuts to their meal expenses. Consumers are paying 11% more for overall food items than they did a year ago, according to the monthly Consumer Price Index report, released Sept. 13. Read more

On thing to know: Experts say it probably get worse before it gets better.

  • Eggs, cereal and milk are going up: The increase in the cost of food is still in the double-digit range, rising 13.5% from a year ago. It's the largest 12-month increase since March 1979. 
  • Powell's stark message: The Federal Reserve chair said this week it's increasingly unlikely it will be possible to tame inflation without a potential recession. 
  • What is the Feds best next stepFed officials say they hope to guide the U.S. economy to a soft landing as they raise interest rates in an effort to slow inflation.

Indiana judge temporarily blocks state's near-total abortion ban, one week after it took effect

A county judge in Indiana issued a preliminary injunction Thursday that brings a temporary halt to Indiana's abortion ban. Special Judge Kelsey B. Hanlon wrote in her ruling that although abortion was not legal at the time that the Indiana Constitution was written, language contained in the document suggests that there is "a reasonable likelihood" that decisions about family planning ― including whether to carry a pregnancy to term ― are protected. Read more

  • Montana update: A ''born alive'' abortion bill could mean prison, $50K fines for health care providers.
  • From Wisconsin: Gov. Tony Evers called on lawmakers to take first steps to put abortion access question in front of voters.

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Boston Celtics suspend head coach Ime Udoka

The Boston Celtics on Thursday suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for "violations of team policies,” according to a statement released by the team. Udoka had a consensual relationship with a female Celtics staffer, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the sensitive nature of the topic. Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will serve as interim coach, according to ESPN. Read more

  • Football coverageCleveland Browns defeat Pittsburgh Steelers. Here are the winners and losers from Thursday night's game.

📷 Photo of the day: Ukrainian surf team competes in California for a shot at the 2024 Olympics 📷

Six members of the Ukrainian National Surf Team have traveled to California against all odds to compete in the country’s second outing at the annual 2022 ISA World Surfing Games. Ukraine’s fledgling surfing community has grown up on the beaches of the Black Sea in Odesa. Though the waves are small and often frigid, the joy of surfing is real. But the war raging in Ukraine has left the Black Sea a no-go zone for surfers. Read more

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