3 Things To Know Today


1 Massive NYC Fire Kills 19, Injures Dozens More

Officials believe a space heater caused a fatal fire in New York City yesterday. Officials say that nine children are believed to be among the 19 people killed in the blaze at a high-rise apartment building in the Bronx. New York City Mayor Eric Adams called it one of the worst fires witnessed in modern times in the city. He’s correct – as FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro pointed out, the city hasn’t seen a fire this devastating since 1990 when 87 people died in the Happy Land social club fire. New York Governor Kathy Hochul [[ HO-kull]] Mayor Adams are joining with other groups to make sure the needs of those affected are met. And those affected? New York's Muslim community, which is also rallying to support one another. Most of the dead and injured are Muslims from the West African nation of The Gambia. The Gambian Youth Organization has started a GoFundMe page to collect donations for families. At last check, more than $244-thousand dollars has been raised.

2 34 People Rescued From Floating Chunk Of Ice In Green Bay

The Brown County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin has confirmed that at least 34 people were rescued on Saturday after being stranded on a large chunk of ice off the shore of Green Bay. Police say that they received a call just after 10am local time about the folks in trouble – about a mile from shore – and that in less than two hours, all those who were stranded were rescued with no injuries. In a statement, the sheriff’s office said, “It is believed a barge that had gone through the Bay shortly before the ice breakage may have contributed to the destabilization of the ice.” "It sounded like almost somebody fired a gun out there," says ice fisherman Shane Nelson. "We thought it was interesting. We got out of our shanty, looked and ... a couple people were yelling that the ice was separating."

3 US/Russia Talks Begin Today

The U.S. is preparing to discuss missile deployment with Russia today. At issue? The increasing tensions in the region as Russia has been increasing its presence along the Ukrainian border. Russian troops are massed along Ukraine's border amid growing fears of an invasion. According to White House officials, they hope both Russian and Ukraine will agree to restrict their military exercises and missile deployments in the region. But it’s not like the United States is holding its collective breath. Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the situation with Russia is unlikely to change in the immediate future as they hold what he called, "a gun to the head of Ukraine." Blinken said the two paths presented to Russia will be put to the test during talks in Geneva. Blinken hopes Putin will choose diplomacy. Otherwise, he said, the country faces 'massive' economic and financial sanctions.


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