A state of emergency was declared in states including Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland as Hurricane Florence is expected to hit on Thursday. Over 1.7 million people through North and South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate. Hurricane Florence could cut off electricity for up to 3 million people.
The EU Parliament voted to take unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary for alleged breaches of the EU’s core values. Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his government are accused of attacks on minorities, the media, and the rule of law. Orban denies the charges. Hungary could face punitive measures including the suspension of voting rights.
The Vatican announced on Wednesday that Pope Francis summoned senior bishops for a meeting early next year to discuss preventing abuse by Roman Catholic clerics amid multiple sexual abuse scandals. A report commissioned by the German Bishops’ Conference admits to ‘at least’ 3,766 cases of child sex abuse by clergy between 1946 and 2014.
The FDA announced on Wednesday that teenage use of electronic cigarettes has reached ‘an epidemic proportion.’ The FDA targeted both makers and sellers, giving them 60 days to prove devices can be kept from minors. Juul Labs and four other manufacturers must halt sales to minors or risk having their products pulled from the market.
Apple introduced its newest round of iPhones and a new smart watch on Wednesday, continuing its tradition of constant evolution. Apple released its largest phone yet, the iPhone XS Max, priced at $1,099. The new Apple Watch features an electronic heart sensor approved by the FDA. Apple announced the software update to iOS 12.
Scientists discovered the earliest drawing in history in Blombos Cave on the southern coast of South Africa. The silcrete flake drawing is 73,000 years old and resembles the modern day number sign. The drawing predates art found in Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia by 30,000 years and may change perceptions of early humans.