US Military Secret Spacecraft X-37B Returns to Earth

The US military’s secret unmanned spacecraft, the X-37B, returned to Earth on the 12th after completing an orbital mission for two years and six months.

Boeing, which developed the spacecraft, issued a statement on the same day, and announced that the X-37B had landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Launched in May 2020, the X-37B set a record by successfully orbiting for 908 days on its sixth mission. The previous record was 780 days achieved during the 5th flight.

The X-37B has increased its flight time each time since its first mission in April 2010.

“The X-37B broke (flight) records, giving the United States an unbeatable ability to rapidly test and integrate new space technologies,” Boeing said.

The X-37B, operated by the U.S. Space Force, is a remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicle powered by solar power. It has a length of 9m and wings of 4.5m, and resembles the space shuttle retired in 2011, but is about a quarter the size.

The X-37B has flown over 1.3 billion miles in all six missions. It flew in Earth orbit for a total of 3,774 days, exceeding 10 years.

In this flight, X-37B measured what changes occur when seeds are exposed to cosmic radiation for a long time to be used as NASA research data, and the US Air Force Academy’s small research satellite ‘Falconsat-8′ placed

Analysts say that this experiment was related to developing a technology to transmit power to a remote military base by creating a space solar power plant.

“This mission demonstrates the Space Force’s focus on collaborating on space exploration and expanding partner agencies’ low-cost space access capabilities,” said Gen. Chance Saltzman of the U.S. Space Force.

The U.S. military says the X-37B is focused on scientific experiments, but because the spacecraft will fly in Earth orbit for a long time, there are constant observations that the spacecraft will perform secret missions shrouded in mystery.

In fact, apart from the science experiments that are partially disclosed, most of the flight activities and payloads of the X-37B are classified as classified, according to Space.com, a media specializing in space.

The Space Force does not publicize the details of the X-37B’s flight trajectory, nor is it giving advance notice when the mission will end.

Because of this, China and Russia regard the X-37B as a secret US offensive weapon.

Los Angeles Voters Say Homelessness is the Biggest Problem

Ahead of today’s election, 61% of Los Angeles voters cited the issue of homelessness as the city’s top priority. It was followed by crime, security enhancement, and housing problems, accounting for 38% and 36%, respectively.

According to a recent voter survey conducted by the Southern California News Group (SCNG), more than three-quarters of voters in Los Angeles said homelessness had worsened in the past few years. Additionally, a study of Los Angeles voters found that more than a third said they were concerned about the recent surge in the homeless population and that solving homeless problems should be a top priority for the city in the Los Angeles mayoral election.

In the survey, SCNG asked, “Do you think the problem of homelessness in your community today has improved, worsened, or remained the same compared to years ago?” In response, 76.8% of the total respondents answered that the homeless problem had worsened. Of these, 87% Republicans, 74.4% Democrats, and 74.6% independents.

According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Administration (LAHSA) homeless count as of February 2022, released in September, the number of homeless people in Los Angeles County stood at 69,144, an increase of 4.1% from two years ago. The slower-than-average increase in homelessness has been the result of city, county, and state funding efforts in recent years to provide homeless shelters and permanent homes.

However, in Los Angeles County, only 30% of the homeless population is currently sheltered. The remaining 70% are still without shelter, forced to stay on the streets, under freeway bridges, in parks and rivers, and require proper care. About 30% of the county’s homeless population is black and 44% is Latino.

It also found that around 40% of homeless people are suffering from substance abuse or serious mental illness. This shows that homelessness is disproportionately affecting low-income people of color, such as blacks and Latinos.

A report published by MedicalNet highlighted that a growing number of voters are dissatisfied with their communities because of the ubiquity of homeless tents. It is causing various problems such as deterioration of the living environment of the homeless, the urgency of beautifying the streets, discord with nearby business owners and residents, an increase in crimes against or perpetrating the homeless, and creating anxiety among residents.

Meanwhile, two candidates, Rick Caruso and Karen Beth, who are in a fierce battle in the LA mayoral election, are promising various solutions, citing the problem of homelessness as an immediate task for the city government to solve.

US woman Sentenced to 20 years in Prison for ISIS Training

A woman from Kansas, USA, who trained more than 100 female troops for joining the Islamic State (IS) group was sentenced to a heavy sentence of 20 years in prison, NBC and CBS reported on the 2nd.

According to reports, a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, sentenced Alison Fluke-Ekron, 42, to 20 years in prison and 25 years of probation on charges of serving as a recruit training instructor for ISIS.

Fluke-Ekron has been charged with training and providing supplies to more than 100 ISIS women in Syria between 2016 and this year. He admitted to her allegations at her trial, stating that he regretted her own choice.

He allegedly forced her daughter to marry an IS agent when she was 13, and encouraged her son to leave the United States and come to Syria to become an IS fighter.

Prosecutors charged him with child abuse, but he denied the charges.

He was arrested in Syria in January of this year and handed over to the FBI.

Fluke-Ekron, who worked as her original teacher in the United States, left for Egypt with her husband in 2008, where she joined IS. Her husband, who accompanied her at the time, became an IS sniper instructor, and was later killed in an airstrike in Syria.

Fluke-Ekron, who is also fluent in Arabic and Turkish, has since stayed in Libya and Iraq before moving to Raqqa in northern Syria in 2016.

Here, he trained female ISIS fighters in the women’s unit known as Kativa Nusaiba, how to use AK-47 rifles, grenades and self-destruct belts.

It was also revealed that he planned an attack on the US mainland.

The plan was even approved by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the then head of the Islamic State, but was thwarted when he was killed in a US surprise attack.

Illinois Governor Declares 35th Disaster Related to COVID-19

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (57, Minjoo), who is challenging for re-election, has declared the 35th Corona 19 disaster and extended the period of emergency rulership until after the midterm elections.

According to Illinois media, Center Square (CS) and Illinois Polus (IP) on the 20th, Governor Pritzker said on the 14th that “I have confirmed that there are still disasters in Illinois,” and visited all 102 counties across the state. It has been re-declared as a disaster zone.

This includes everything from Cook County, which has a population of 5,173,000, to Hardin County, which has a population of 3,650.

In this regard, the IP issued by the think tank ‘Illinois Institute for Policy Studies’ stated, “Based on the 11th of next month, when the new emergency situation ends, the period during which Governor Pritzker exercised sovereignty over the law by emergency order without congressional consent is in office. It is 975 days out of 1,398 days,” he said.

“Governor Pritzker’s repeated disaster declaration undermined the original purpose of the Illinois Emergency Measures Act,” said WirePoints, an Illinois watchdog group.

The residents of Illinois, including Chicago, have endured business closures, mandatory masks, vaccinations, and school classes online in accordance with the emergency rules unilaterally set by the governor without going through Congress for 950 days since March 2020.” With this disaster declaration, the governor explained that he could impose new regulations again at any time.

The Democrat-majority legislature could put the brakes on the governor’s move, but it didn’t, the WP said.

Congressman Stephen Rick (Republican) of the Joint Administrative Rules Committee (JCAR), a bipartisan group that oversees rulemaking by Illinois state agencies, said, “Governor Pritzker has declared several COVID-19-related disasters 35 times. “We have to go back to ‘normal’,” he said.

According to the WP, states near Illinois have already ended their state of emergency related to the coronavirus long ago. Michigan lifted its disaster declaration two years ago and Wisconsin a year and a half ago, and other state governors also relinquished their emergency powers at least six months ago.

Governor Pritzker said the main reason for maintaining the disaster declaration was “to support low-income families with additional federal assistance.”

IP added that there are currently three disasters declared across the state of Illinois.

U.S. Announce Export Controls of Semiconductor Equipment

As early as 7th, the U.S. government will announce new export controls that make it difficult for China to obtain the equipment it needs to produce advanced semiconductors.

Although the measure is aimed at China’s semiconductor industry, it is expected that it will inevitably affect domestic companies such as Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix, which operate factories in China.

The telecoms said that exports to foreign companies that produce memory semiconductors in China will undergo a separate examination on a case-by-case basis, and this is highly likely to be approved.

An official said, “The purpose of this regulation is not to hurt companies other than Chinese companies.”

The new sanctions require U.S. companies that want to sell cutting-edge technology to Chinese companies that produce 18nm or less (nanometer, 1 billionth of a meter) DRAM, 128-layer or higher NAND flash, and 14nm or less logic chips to obtain a separate license. known to be

However, the permit standards are practically impossible to meet, Reuters reported.

Foreign companies that make the same semiconductors in China must also obtain separate approval to purchase US-made equipment, but they will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Telecommunication analyzed that foreign companies such as Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are free from the direct impact of this measure, which is aimed at Chinese companies first, but it is expected to have a direct or indirect impact on the domestic industry as the new stricter screening standards are applied.

Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are expected to have no problems maintaining production at the current level, but if they plan to expand their production capacity or produce more advanced semiconductors in the future, they will have to obtain US permits to import necessary equipment from their Chinese factories. Because.

According to a diplomatic source, the US informed the South Korean government of the details in advance and went through several discussions before finalizing the measures.

The government plans to discuss licensing procedures with the U.S. government in the future so that there is no setback in the operation of Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix factories in China.

The US government is of the view that the measure is aimed at freezing China’s semiconductor technology to the current level.

Therefore, there is an analysis that the long-term profit for Korean companies may be greater in that the US will check the technology acquisition of China, which has narrowed the gap with Korea at a frightening speed.

President Joe Biden has been emphasizing economic security, such as strengthening checks against China, protecting cutting-edge technologies in key industries such as semiconductors, and rebuilding American industries right after taking office.

In the aftermath of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), global supply chain disruptions have continued, adding more weight to economic security.

The US also included a so-called ‘guard rail’ clause that prohibits investment in high-tech facilities in Chinese factories for 10 years if it receives US government subsidies while processing the semiconductor law.

US Permanent Residence to be Extended by 2 Years

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has decided to automatically extend the validity of permanent residency to two years if immigrants with permanent residency apply for renewal (I-90) on time before the expiry date of their current green card.

USCIS said in a press release last week that it would implement the policy. This measure came into effect on September 26, last year.

USCIS, which is experiencing a severe backlog in immigration application documents due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has implemented a measure to automatically extend the validity period of existing permanent residence cards for one year from the expiration date for permanent residency renewal applicants. However, this time the period has been doubled to two years.

This measure is intended to relieve applicants who have applied for permanent resident card renewal before the expiration date of their permanent resident card and have not been issued a new permanent resident card due to a backlog of procedures.

USCIS specifies that the two-year automatic extension of the validity period of the permanent resident card is specified in the notice of receipt to applicants who file Form I-90 to renew their permanent resident status, so that permanent residents who file the renewal application will receive this notice even after the expiration date.

Meanwhile, USCIS is implementing a measure that automatically extends the validity period of the work permit (EAD) to a maximum of 540 days from last May as a similar measure.

If you apply for renewal before the expiration of the validity period of your work permit (EAD), even if you do not get approval, the temporary regulation is in place to automatically extend the validity period up to 540 days after the expiration date. The period has been extended to 360 days, which has been increased to three times.

This measure is also due to the fact that the number of backlog of work permit applications (I-765) has reached 1.5 million since the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in cases in which applicants for work permit renewal who did not get approval in time are inevitably forced to stop working or take a leave of absence. There is it followed.

Applications for renewal of work permits can be made up to six months before the expiration of the deadline. USCIS estimates that more than 400,000 foreign workers with work permits will benefit from the extension of the automatic extension of work permits.

Seattle Sweats Through one of the Driest Summers on Record

As the United States enters fall on the 22nd and cool weather continues, Seattle residents recorded the driest days this summer.

The Seattle Weather Service (NWS) said this summer was officially the driest in Seattle with the least rain since meteorological observations.

The NWS reports that 0.5 inches of precipitation fell in Seattle in 93 days this summer. In particular, more than a third of the 0.5 inches of rain fell on a single day on September 16.

In the summer of 2017, it was only 0.52 inches, but most of the summer since then it has rained at least 1.25 inches.

Some records regarding heat were also broken this summer.

On September 10th, the temperature recorded 90 degrees, and for the first time in history, the number of days exceeding 90 degrees exceeded 13 days. That said, it was the year with the most heatwaves.

In Seattle, the highest temperature recently exceeds 90 degrees frequently.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, there have been 246 days of exceeding 90 degrees since the Seattle area began monitoring temperatures in 1945, but more than half of these occurred in the last 20 years.

In particular, on June 28, 2021, the temperature exceeded 108 degrees and was recorded as the highest temperature since meteorological observations.

The temperature this weekend will stay around 70 degrees, and after the twinkling heat passes early next week, most will stay in the 70 degrees. In particular, the 25th, which is Sunday, is the last day when the sunset time is after 7pm.

The smoke from the wildfires that had covered the Seattle area in recent days was mostly lifted by coastal winds on the 22nd, restoring normal atmospheric conditions.

Mexico Ends Trump Administration Hardline Immigration Policy

Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on the 25th (local time) that it has officially ended the hardline immigration policy process introduced by the former administration of Donald Trump.

In a statement released on the same day, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the fact that the ‘Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)’ were repealed, saying, “The regulations unilaterally implemented in the United States are not currently in progress.”

The policy, introduced by former President Trump to deter immigrants from traveling to the United States, is aimed at requiring migrants seeking asylum in the United States to wait in Mexico while the process is being carried out.

The regulation was one of the diplomatic issues with Mexico, but the US Supreme Court upheld the government’s hand on President Joe Biden’s declaration of abandonment on June 30. The trial was conducted by filing lawsuits in Texas and Missouri to the effect that ‘cannot be abolished’.

Prior to this, the Mexican immigration authorities banned the entry of immigrants from the MPP program on June 19 in response to an appeal from the Immigration Office in Tijuana, Baja California (the border between the United States) that there was ‘a lack of space’.

The Mexican government said, “On August 8, the US Department of Homeland Security informed us that the MPP was ending in accordance with a court decision.” Until then, we will ensure their safe stay.”

Foreign officials also said that four first arrived in the United States over the weekend in connection with a new humanitarian permit program for Venezuelan immigrants signed with the United States.

The U.S. recently decided to accept up to 24,000 Venezuelan migrants who enter the country by air after legal procedures such as having a financial guarantor and getting vaccinated.

“Hundreds of flights have been approved and more than 7,000 applications have been received,” said Roberto Velasco Alvarez, director of North America at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “He emphasized.

Alaska Floods in the Aftermath of Typhoon ‘Merbok’

A disaster area declaration has been called after storm caused by typhoon ‘Merbok’ hit the coast of Alaska on the 18th of September.

The National Weather Service (NWS) and the Disaster Response Authority issued flood warnings on the western and northern coasts of Alaska on the 18th, urging residents to evacuate.

Although Mr Bok was weakened by a low-pressure storm, it brought the strongest rain and wind to Alaska in more than a decade as it headed north into the Bering Strait.

Strong winds of up to 146 km/h were measured in coastal areas, and the high tide in some seaside towns exceeded 3.3 meters.

Governor Mike Dunleavy declared a disaster zone the night before.

According to the provincial government, no casualties have been reported so far, but about 450 people in coastal areas have been evacuated as seawater overflowed due to rising sea levels.

Alaska State Senator Lisa Murkowski said many coastal towns, including Bethel and Nom, were submerged.

Disaster authorities said they are tallying up the exact status of damage, saying that reports of flooding, damage, and power outages have been received in several villages.

Biden ‘Will Not Hesitate to Take Steps to Protect Americans’

President Joe Biden said on the 11th, the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, “I will never hesitate to take the necessary steps to protect the American people.”

President Biden said at a memorial service in front of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., “We will continue to monitor and block the activities of terrorists.”

“The war in Afghanistan is over, but our promise to prevent another attack from occurring in the United States has no end,” he said.

President Biden also praised the actions of the American people during the 9/11 attacks, saying, “The average American responded in an extraordinary and unexpected way. said.

“Unlike other countries, America is built on values ​​that are based on the values ​​’All people are born equal and should be treated equally throughout their lives,'” he said. We did not give up. This is what makes us strong.”

“We have a duty to defend democracy,” he said. “It’s not enough to keep democracy once a year, or sometimes, and it’s something we have to do every day,” he said. “Today is not just a day to remember the past; It is a day that renews our resolve to dedicate ourselves to America and democracy.”

President Biden’s mention of defending democracy is interpreted as having in mind the November midterm elections.

President Biden recently emphasized the ‘far-right MAGA Republican Party’ symbolized by former President Donald Trump as a threat to democracy, emphasizing support for the Democrats to defend democracy.

President Biden said in a speech that shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks, Queen Elizabeth II sent a message of consolation saying that ‘sorrow is the price of love’ and that “on a day like today the price feels too high.” did.

Meanwhile, before the event, President Biden was asked if there were any plans for this, saying, “A lot of people want justice for those responsible for the 9/11 attacks in the Guantanamo concentration camp for 20 years.” ‘ he replied.

When asked about Ukraine’s counterattack against Russia, he said, “I know, but I won’t comment because it’s ongoing.”