Thirteen people died when a fire tore through public housing apartments in the eastern US city of Philadelphia on Wednesday, US media reported. The city’s fire department said its officers arrived at the scene at 6:40 am (11:40 GMT) “and found heavy fire coming from the second floor of a three-story rowhouse.” Stay here for news updates from across the US that you cannot miss:Read Less
US stocks slump after minutes from Fed meeting rattle market
Stocks fell broadly on Wall Street in afternoon trading Thursday after the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last meeting of policymakers signaled increasing concerns about inflation.
Iowa man and Minnesota son plead guilty in Capitol riot case
n Iowa man and his Minnesota son pleaded guilty to a charge of civil disorder in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, admitting that the entered the building through a broken window and pushed through a police line once inside.
President Biden to take aim at Trump for Jan. 6 attack in anniversary speech
The United States and Germany said Wednesday that Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine’s border poses an “immediate and urgent challenge” to European security and that any intervention will draw severe consequences
A year after Capitol attack, police chief marks improvements
A year after the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, the new chief of the U.S. Capitol Police said Wednesday he is making progress in resolving “critical deficiencies” despite major staffing shortages and thousands of new threats to members of Congress.
White House, UN appeal for ‘restraint’ by Kazakh authorities
The White House and the United Nations on Wednesday urged Kazakh authorities to show “restraint” in dealing with violent civil unrest, as the government there declared a state of emergency after protests. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the United States supports “calls for calm” and said protesters should be able to “express themselves peacefully,” urging the authorities “to exercise restraint.”
March 2023 trial set for Florida condo collapse lawsuits
A major lawsuit in the collapse of a Florida beachfront condominium building that killed 98 people will go to trial in March 2023, a judge said Wednesday. That’s about six months later than Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman had originally planned, but lawyers in the complex and unusual case said experts need more time to evaluate what caused the 12-story Champlain Towers South building to fall in June 2021
Russian military buildup near Ukraine is an 'immediate and urgent challenge to peace and stability in Europe'
CDC urges ‘up to date’ shots; no ‘fully vaccinated’ change
Oldest US veteran of WWII, Lawrence N. Brooks, dies at 112
Lawrence N. Brooks, the oldest World War II veteran in the U.S. _ and believed to be the oldest man in the country _ died on Wednesday at the age of 112. His death was announced by the National World War II Museum and confirmed by his daughter. Most African Americans serving in the segregated U.S. armed forces at the beginning of World War II were assigned to noncombat units and relegated to service duties, such as supply, maintenance and transportation, said Col. Pete Crean, vice president of education and access at the National WWII Museum.
President Biden will lay out ‘singular responsibility’ Trump had in January 6, 2021 attack: White House
Cuomo accuser: Dropping case shows why victims stay silent
The woman who accused former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of fondling her in the executive mansion said a prosecutor’s decision to drop the case shows why victims fear coming forward against powerful people. Brittany Commisso, one of Cuomo’s executive assistants before he resigned, released a statement late Tuesday, hours after the district attorney in Albany announced the former governor would not face criminal prosecution over the allegation, saying he couldn’t prove the case.
US President Joe Biden could announce nominees for three top positions on the Federal Reserve Board as soon as this week, a person familiar with the process said on Wednesday. A final decision has not been made by the president, the source said, and the timing is still being decided. Topping the list of potential candidates for governor roles are Lisa Cook, an economics professor at Michigan State University, who would be the Fed’s first Black woman governor; and Philip Jefferson, another Black economist who is vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Davidson College in North Carolina.
Twitter creates monitoring team to prepare for Capitol riot anniversary
US says more than half of states will seek oil well cleanup funds
The Biden administration on Wednesday said more than half of US states intend to apply for a portion of the $4.7 billion carved out in the new infrastructure law for cleaning up abandoned oil and gas wells.
Thirteen dead in Philadelphia house fire: US media
US issues sanctions against Bosnian Serb leader Dodik, citing “destabilizing” actions in the Balkan country
Hiring in the United States surged in December, with private companies adding 807,000 workers, particularly in the service sector, payroll services firm ADP reported Wednesday. It was a big upswing from the 505,000 gain in November and nearly double the increase economists had been expecting, but the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19 could hit job growth in the months ahead.
Undisclosed number dead in large Philadelphia house fire
A large house fire in Philadelphia early Wednesday caused fatalities, according to authorities, who declined to say how many people died. Firefighters and police responded to the fire at a three-story rowhouse in the city’s Fairmount neighborhood around 6:40 a.m. and found flames coming from the second-floor windows, fire officials said. The house had been converted into two apartments, police said.
US imposes fresh sanctions on Bosnian Serb leader Dodik: Treasury website
The United States on Wednesday imposed fresh sanctions on Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, who aims to take the Serb Republic out of Bosnia’s armed forces, and designated an entity linked to him, according to the U.S. Treasury Department’s website. Bosnia is experiencing its gravest political crisis since the end of the war in the 1990s, reviving fears of a break-up after Bosnian Serbs blocked the work of the central government and Serb lawmakers voted to start pulling the autonomous Serb Republic out of state institutions.