3 Things To Know Today

1 North Korea Launches Fourth Presumed Missile Test In A Month

It appears that North Korea is going through with another missile test. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the nation fired at least one projectile into the ocean off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula this morning. The Japanese Prime Minister's office also confirmed the test, calling it a "possible ballistic missile" on Twitter. The test comes after a pair of launches last week and one the week before as the North Korean regime continues trying to develop a missile program. In a statement, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said that while the launch did not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to its allies, it highlighted the "destabilizing impact" of North Korea’s weapons programs.

2 Southeast, East Coast Being Battered By Snow And Ice

The Northeast is in the crosshairs of Mother Nature’s really bad mood after a massive winter storm brought freezing rain, snow and ice to much of the Southeast. Winter weather alerts have overed nearly a thousand miles from Georgia to Maine over the weekend, with up to 80-million people affected. High wind advisories are in effect for cities including New York and Boston. snow had started falling in Philadelphia and New York Sunday evening. It's still not over in the South, though, where precipitation and black ice continue to make travel treacherous. More than 100-thousand customers are still without power in states from Georgia to New Jersey. On that note, at least two people are dead after North Carolina authorities say 400 crashes have occurred in the state yesterday. Officials say the pair were killed in a wreck on Interstate 95 in Nash County just east of Raleigh. The state Highway Patrol says it was likely caused by speed and the winter weather in the area. As of last night, the Highway Patrol reported responding to 444 collisions and 989 other calls for service.

3 FBI Identifies Synagogue Hostage-Taker As British Citizen

The FBI has identified the man who took hostages inside a Colleyville, Texas synagogue. FBI Special Agent In Charge Matt DeSarno identified the hostage-taker as 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram, who the FBI says was a British citizen. He died as an FBI hostage rescue team went into the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue last night. All three remaining hostages were rescued without being injured. The FBI says it is continuing to process the evidence at the synagogue, but at this time do not believe anyone else was involved. Meanwhile, two teens are in custody as part of the investigation. BBC News reports the teens were arrested by Greater Manchester Police for questioning. They have not released any information as to how the pair may be connected to the hostage situation. The investigation is now international, between the U.S., Great Britain, and Israel.

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