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It's fall, y'all! Or is it autumn?

Is it more accurate to say Sept. 22 is the start of "fall" or "autumn"? Both words originated from Britain, according to Merriam-Webster. "Autumn," however, was the first of the seasonal names to emerge back in the 1300s, originating from the Latin word "autumnus." It would take 300 years for "fall" to come into the picture. After many poets began using the phrase “the fall of the leaves,” the word itself became associated with the season during the 1600s. Eventually, "fall" made its way to the New World.

In short: Autumn leaves, autumn sneeze, fall breeze and fall trees ... say whichever one you please. 🤗

Russians protest, flee country as military mobilization begins

Russia's announcement of a partial military mobilization set off protests resulting in hundreds of arrests – and a run on plane tickets out of the country. The plan to boost troop numbers in the face of Ukraine's counteroffensive was in full swing Thursday: Conscripts answered summonses, schools were commandeered for recruit intake, and there was plenty of controversy. President Vladimir Putin said the mobilization was necessary because his country is fighting not just Ukraine but the entire Western world. The military is adding 300,000 soldiers from the ranks of 25 million reservists, officials said. But some draftees said they had no military experience.

📸 Photo gallery: Protests erupt in Russia over Putin's declaration of mobilization.

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'We are not OK': Life in one Puerto Rico town after Fiona

The island is digging out. Days after Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico, more than 1 million people remained without power and nearly half of people were still without water service. In the town of Comerío, some residents were without water and running low on food. Others don't have refrigeration for medicine. And they are struggling to cope with the loss of "some very precious things." What it's like on the ground.

Fiona still making waves: As the Category 4 storm churned toward Bermuda, weather conditions are expected to deteriorate on the island Thursday before the storm heads toward Atlantic Canada. Though Fiona is expected to weaken on its march north, it is still forecast to be "a large and powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds" when it hits Canada, forecasters said.

Hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico? There could be one soon, which poses the "most significant threat to the U.S. mainland" so far this hurricane season, forecasters warned Thursday. Most computer forecasts predict the system – probably at hurricane strength – will curl into the Gulf of Mexico around the middle of next week, threatening Florida's Gulf Coast.

Whose cellphones did the FBI seize?

Cellphones contain vast amounts of information, including email, text messages and geographic locations. As the Justice Department investigates efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, it has subpoenaed dozens of Donald Trump's high-profile associates, including a Republican congressman. The FBI has been seizing cellphones and other devices from nine people connected to Trump. Here's a look at what was taken, when, and why.

Real quick

They're undocumented and retiring without money. What happens next?

Millions of Latino immigrants came to the U.S. throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, seeking better fortunes than they could find in Mexico or Central America. They raised families. They paid taxes. They settled down. They became elderly. But now they are aging without care. With about 40% of the undocumented population expected to reach 55 or older by 2038, some say the situation is a looming public health crisis. A look at what happens next.

A break from the news

Laura L. Davis is an Audience Editor at USA TODAY. Send her an email at [email protected] or follow along with her adventures – and misadventures – on Twitter. Support quality journalism like this? Subscribe to USA TODAY here.

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