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Rescue crews are wading through water and using boats to rescue Florida residents stranded in the wake of Hurricane Ian. The Orange County fire department posted photos Thursday of crews in a flooded neighborhood in the Orlando area. Gov. Ron DeSantis said the U.S. Coast Guard began rescue operations around daybreak. At least one person in Florida was confirmed dead on the state's eastern coast. Flooding rains continued falling even after Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm. It's center finished crossing the Florida peninsula Thursday and emerged in the Atlantic Ocean. Forecasters predicted it would return to hurricane strength and turn north toward South Carolina.

In a rare admission of sexual harassment in Japan’s military, its army chief has apologized to a former soldier for suffering caused by a group of servicemembers. Yoshihide Yoshida, head of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force, says an internal investigation found evidence that several servicemen had been involved in the case brought by former soldier Rina Gonoi last month. The investigation is ongoing and further details, including the assailants and their punishment, have not been released. In a country where gender inequality remains high, sexual harassment is often disregarded in Japan. But Japanese women have started to speak up, including in the government and the film industry.

Officials say a northern Illinois woman has died about two weeks after she was seriously injured when her house exploded and caught fire. The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office says 60-year-old Bonnie Bawinkel of Freeport died Monday evening as a result of thermal injuries from the Sept. 13 explosion. Bawinkel and her husband, Al, were initially treated at a Freeport hospital before being airlifted to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. The Rockford Register Star reports that Al Bawinkel is in critical condition at the medical center. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.


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