Death toll from the Monday shooting at a private school in Nashville, Tennessee rose to seven including the assailant.The police said in a statement that they killed a 28-year-old woman after she had shot dead three children and three school staff. The statement did not reveal the reason behind the attack.After the incident, the White House reiterated calls for the Congress to work on legislation that would place restrictions on weapon possessions.This is the 129th mass shooting in the US in 2023, according to reports.
The Pentagon announced that there are no indications Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons.The press service of the Pentagon released such a statement on Saturday commenting on Moscow's decision to deploy its tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus."We have seen reports of Russia's announcement and will continue to monitor this situation. We have not seen any reason to adjust our own strategic nuclear posture nor any indications Russia is preparing to use a nuclear weapon. We remain committed to the collective defense of the Nato alliance," the Pentagon said in the statement.Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that his country and Belarus had agreed to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, and that the storage facilities of these tactical nuclear weapons are under construction.Russia has stationed 10 aircraft in Belarus capable of carrying tactical nuclear weapons, Putin said, adding that it had already transferred to Belarus a number of Iskander tactical missile systems that can launch nuclear weapons.
An anonymous emergency telephone call on Friday led authorities to halt a train that contained a group of "suffocating" migrants, two of whom were dead, police in Texas said.The US Border Patrol stopped the train east of Knippa, a small community in southern Texas near the city of San Antonio, police said."Approximately 15 migrants were discovered to be in need of immediate medical attention, five of the immigrants were flown out to San Antonio area hospitals, five were transported to area hospitals, and their conditions are unknown," the statement by the Uvalde Police Department said."Two of the immigrants were pronounced deceased."Police said that Union Pacific, a freight-hauling railroad company, "will lead the investigation."Temperatures near where the train was stopped reached 87 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) in the late afternoon, according to KSAT.com, an affiliate of ABC TV in San Antonio.
An explosion at a chocolate factory in the US state of Pennsylvania has killed two people and left nine others missing, according to local media.The explosion at the RM Palmer Company plant in the West Reading borough of Pennsylvania occurred before 5 pm local time (2100 GMT) on Friday, local TV network WFMZ reported.Besides the dead and missing, six people were transported to medical facilities, Pennsylvania's Emergency Management Agency told WFMZ."(The factory) is pretty leveled, unfortunately. There's not much they can salvage from the building," said West Reading Mayor Samantha Kaag in a televised press conference."In the front, with the church and the apartments, the explosion was so big it moved that building four feet forward," she added.TV footage showed a fire blazing in the debris after the explosion, with firefighters trying to extinguish it.The cause of the blast was still under investigation, authorities said.According to its website, RM Palmer has been producing seasonal chocolate novelties -- like Easter bunnies and heart-shaped Valentine's Day sweets -- since 1948.
The President of the United States Joe Biden has called on Congress to tighten regulations to enable "accountability" for executives of failed banks that have been rescued by the government.In a statement on Friday, Biden said leaders of banks that collapse "due to mismanagement and excessive risk-taking" should face fines and bans from working in the industry.The statement added: I also said that I'm firmly committed to accountability for those responsible for this mess. No one is above the law and strengthening accountability is an important deterrent to prevent mismanagement in the future. The law limits the administration's authority to hold executives responsible. When banks fail due to mismanagement and excessive risk-taking, it should be easier for regulators to claw back compensation from executives, to impose civil penalties, and to ban executives from working in the banking industry again.Biden made the comments after two US financial institutions - Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank - went bust, raising fears of a broader economic fallout similar to the 2008 financial crisis.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres affirmed that the first International Day to Combat "Islamophobia," which was decided to fall on Mar 15 of each year, is a call for action to stamp out the poison of anti-Muslim hatred.Guterres said on Twitter on Wednesday Morning that "Discrimination diminishes us all. We must stand up against it. Today & every day, we must counter the forces of division by reaffirming our common humanity."On Mar 15, 2022, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a unanimous resolution submitted by Pakistan on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) deeming this day as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia.Mar 15, 2023, represents the first international day to combat the phenomenon of Islamophobia, after it was approved by the UN a year ago, to be a day aimed at raising awareness of this phenomenon, which has grown significantly during the past years, especially in Western societies, and several factors contributed to its increase and fueling.According to the UN website, a recent report by the UN Special Rapporteur (SR) on freedom of religion or belief indicated that suspicion, discrimination and outright hatred towards Muslims had reached "epidemic proportions."The UN report indicates that in countries where they represent a minority, Muslims often face discrimination in accessing goods and services, finding work, and education, adding that in some countries, they are denied citizenship or legal immigration status due to hostile perceptions of foreigners that Muslims represent a threat to national security.
"Everything Everywhere All at Once" won the coveted best picture trophy at the Academy Awards on Sunday as Hollywood embraced an off-kilter story about a Chinese-American family working out their problems across multiple dimensions.The movie claimed seven awards overall, including three of the four acting Oscars for stars Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis. Yeoh played the lead role of a stressed-out laundromat owner who finds she has superpowers in alternate universes."For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities," the 60-year-old Malaysian actress said on stage. "And ladies, don't let anybody ever tell you you are ever past your prime.""Everything Everywhere" was an improbable winner as a film that strayed far from traditional storytelling to spin a tale about a family at odds. The kung fu adventure was filled with oddities such as people with hot dogs for fingers and a chef with a raccoon under his hat. Plastic googly eyes and a giant everything bagel also played important roles.Quan, a onetime child star who gave up acting for two decades, won best supporting actor for his portrayal of Yeoh's disgruntled husband in a family grappling with a tax audit that threatens their business.A weeping Quan, who was born in Vietnam, kissed his gold Oscar statuette as he held it on stage in front of the biggest names in show business."My journey started on a boat," Quan said. "I spent a year in a refugee camp. Somehow I ended up here on Hollywood's biggest stage."As a boy, Quan starred in a 1984 "Indiana Jones" movie and "The Goonies" in 1985. The 51-year-old said he had quit acting for years because he saw little opportunity for Asian actors on the big screen."They say stories like this only happen in the movies," he added. "I cannot believe it's happening to me. This is the American dream."Curtis, who built a career in horror films such as "Halloween," won best supporting actress for playing a frumpy tax agent named Deirdre Beaubeirdre.The 64-year-old Curtis looked upward and addressed her late parents, Academy award nominees Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. "I just won an Oscar," she said through tears."The Whale" star Brendan Fraser, known for 1990s roles such as "The Mummy" and "Encino Man," won best actor for playing a severely obese man trying to reconnect with his daughter.A German remake of World War One epic "All Quiet on the Western Front" was named best international feature. The movie, which streamed on Netflix, depicts the horrors of trench warfare through the eyes of a young man initially keen to join the fight. It won four Oscars, second highest after "Everything Everywhere."Director Edward Berger thanked the film's young star, Felix Kammerer, who joined him on stage."This was your first movie, and you carried us on your shoulders as if it was nothing," Berger said."Navalny," about the poisoning that nearly killed Alexei Navalny, Russia's most prominent opposition leader, and his detention since his 2021 return to Moscow, won the Oscar for best feature documentary."Alexei, I am dreaming of the day when you will be free and our country will be free," his wife, Yulia Navalnaya, said on stage. "Stay strong my love.""Naatu Naatu," a song from the Indian movie "RRR" that created a viral dance sensation, was honored as best original song.Independent studio A24, which released "Everything Everywhere" and "The Whale," claimed nine awards, more than any other studio.A crisis response team was on hand in case of an unexpected twist. The group was formed after Will Smith smacked Chris Rock on stage last year, tarnishing the film industry's most prestigious ceremony.At the start of the show, two U.S. military aircraft flew over the Oscars theater, and host Jimmy Kimmel landed on the stage by parachute, in a tribute to best picture nominee "Top Gun: Maverick."Comedian Kimmel joked in his opening monologue about the audience reaction to Smith's attack last year."If anything unpredictable or violent happens at the ceremony, just do what you did last year - nothing," he told the crowd of A-list celebrities. "Maybe give the assailant a hug."Guillermo del Toro's "Pinocchio" was named best animated feature.The 95th Academy Awards ceremony was broadcast live on Walt Disney Co's ABC network. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hoped to move past the slap and stage a glitzy show and boost sagging TV ratings.Ahead of the awards, nominees dressed in designer gowns and tuxedos touted their movies on a champagne carpet in place of the traditional red.Winners are voted on by the roughly 10,000 actors, producers, directors and film craftspeople who make up the film academy.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that the SpaceX capsule (Crew Dragon) has landed off the coast of Florida, with four astronauts on board, after a five-month scientific mission at the International Space Station (ISS).The webcast showed the capsule parachuting into the water off the coast of Tampa, four astronauts on board, after a nearly nine-hour flight from the Manned Orbital Research Laboratory (MORL).The mission team, named 'The Crew-5', launched from Florida on Oct 6 to conduct a routine scientific mission aboard the ISS.Moreover, this mission is the sixth crewed flight for SpaceX for NASA since the first launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft in May 2020.
The world's first 3D printed rocket is scheduled to blast off from Florida on Saturday on the maiden flight of an innovative spacecraft billed as being less costly to produce and fly.Liftoff of the rocket, Terran 1, had been scheduled for Wednesday at Cape Canaveral but was postponed at the last minute because of propellant temperature issues.The new launch window for the rocket built by California aerospace startup Relativity Space to put satellites into orbit is from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (1800 GMT to 2100 GMT) on Saturday.Terran 1 is set to reach low Earth orbit eight minutes after blastoff on a voyage intended to gather data and demonstrate that it can withstand the rigors of liftoff and space flight.If the rocket manages to attain low Earth orbit, it will be the first privately-funded vehicle using methane fuel to do so on its first try, according to Relativity.Terran 1 is not carrying a payload for its first flight but the rocket will eventually be capable of putting up to 2,755 pounds (1,250 kilograms) into low Earth orbit.The rocket is 110-feet (33.5 metres) tall with a diameter of 7.5 feet (2.2 metres) and 85 percent of its mass is 3D printed with metal alloys, including the engines.It is the largest ever 3D printed object according to the Long Beach-based company whose goal is to produce a rocket that is 95 percent 3D printed.Terran 1 is powered by Aeon engines using liquid oxygen and liquid natural gas -- the "propellants of the future," according to Relativity, capable of eventually fueling a voyage to Mars.Vulcan rockets being developed by United Launch Alliance and SpaceX's Starship use the same fuel.Terran 1 has nine 3D printed Aeon 1 engines on its first stage and one 3D printed Aeon Vacuum engine on its second stage.Built in 60 daysRelativity is also building a larger rocket, Terran R, capable of putting a payload of 44,000 pounds (20,000 kgs) into low Earth orbit.The first launch of a Terran R, which is designed to be fully reusable, is scheduled for next year from Cape Canaveral.A satellite operator can wait for years for a spot on an Arianespace or SpaceX rocket, and Relativity Space hopes to accelerate the timeline with its 3D printed rockets."Long-term, a major benefit of 3D printing is the ability to more rapidly democratize space due to the incredible cost effectiveness, radical flexibility and customisation," the company said.Relativity said its 3D printed rockets use 100 times fewer parts than a traditional rocket and a Terran 1 and a Terran R can be built from raw materials in just 60 days.Relativity has already signed commercial launch contracts worth $1.65 billion, mostly for the Terran R, according to CEO Tim Ellis, who cofounded the company in 2015."Medium-heavy lift is clearly where the biggest market opportunity is for the remaining decade, with a massive launch shortage in this payload class," Ellis tweeted.
The US Air Force on Friday unveiled a new color scheme for Air Force One, discarding the palette chosen by Donald Trump for the presidential aircraft.President Joe Biden is sticking with a classic blue-and-white color scheme for the jets, which are under construction, retaining a design that dates to John F. Kennedy's administration six decades ago.Former president Trump, who left office in January 2021, wanted a bolder red, white and blue design, and kept a scale model bearing those colors on a coffee table in the Oval Office.Trump's design called for a deep red stripe down the middle of the aircraft and a dark blue underbelly.The colors presented challenges to engineers, however, and a Friday statement from the secretary of the Air Force cited possible delays and tests to deal with "the added heat" from the darker shade of blue.The new Air Force One aircraft will instead closely resemble the aging current one, although the light blue will be a "more modern tone" than the existing robin's egg blue, and there will be no polished metal on the fuselage "because modern commercial aircraft skin alloys don't allow for it," it said.The replacement aircraft are projected to be delivered in 2027 and 2028, so the winner of the 2024 elections will be the first to take off in the new jets.The Boeing aircraft are not like commercial airliners. Each includes high-tech communication facilities, a medical bay and a self-defence system.The current Air Force One planes face rising maintenance costs and use parts that are increasingly obsolete, but will have to suffice until the newer aircraft are delivered, the statement said.
Silicon Valley Bank, Santa Clara, California, was closed today by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as a receiver.The bank collapsed dramatically in 48 hours after venture capital firms withdrew their money on fears the bank had balance sheet issues.FDIC created the Deposit Insurance National Bank of Santa Clara (DINB). At the time of closing, the FDIC as receiver immediately transferred to the DINB all insured deposits of Silicon Valley Bank. the FDIC said that all insured depositors will have full access to their insured deposits by Monday, March 13 the latest. Uninsured depositors meanwhile will get an advance dividend within the next week. Uninsured depositors will receive a receivership certificate for the remaining amount of their uninsured funds. As the FDIC sells the assets of Silicon Valley Bank, future dividend payments may be made to uninsured depositors.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price will step down this month, after more than two years, and take up a new position reporting to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.Price was sworn in as spokesperson on Jan 20, 2021, the day Joe Biden was inaugurated as president.He held more than 200 briefings with journalists, acting as a face and voice of US foreign policy, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement."Ned has helped the US government defend and promote press freedom around the globe and modeled the transparency and openness we advocate for in other countries. His contributions will benefit the Department long after his service," Blinken added.
One person was killed and two others were injured after a small plane crashed in the US state of New York.A small single-engine plane crashed into a neighborhood on Long Island in the state, killing one person and seriously injuring two others, who were taken to hospital for treatment, US media quoted local police as saying.The pilot issued a mayday signal and said there was smoke in the cockpit, the police said.
The death toll from floods and landslides in southeast Brazil a week ago was officially increased to 64 Sunday, as the search continued for one missing person.Among the confirmed toll, 18 were children, the Sao Paulo state government said in a statement.More than 2,400 people were displaced by the downpour which washed away homes, roads, clinics and other infrastructure.Brazil has been hit by a series of deadly weather disasters in recent years.
Two people were killed and three were injured in a shooting incident in the US State of Minnesota.St. Paul Police said the incident occurred in a parking lot after a ceremony in the city's Frogtown neighborhood.Investigations were ongoing to determine the causes and motives of the incident, while the suspect has not been identified or arrested.On February 17, six people were killed in an indiscriminate shooting in a small town in the US state of Mississippi.
Five people have been killed in a medical plane crash in the US State of Nevada.Police said the plane crashed in a mountainous area in northern Nevada, killing five people, including a patient and a member of his family.The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that it is sending a team to investigate the crash site.The National Weather Service (NWS) in Reno, Nevada, issued a winter storm warning for large areas in the State, with heavy snowfall, and winds of up to 105 kilometres per hour.
Heavy snow fell in southern California on Friday, as the first blizzard in a generation pounded the hills around Los Angeles, with heavy rains threatening flooding in other places.Breathless television weather presenters more used to delivering a same-every-day forecast of warm sunshine found themselves knee-deep in the white stuff as the region grappled with its worst winter storm for decades.Major roads were closed as ice and snow made them impassable, including sections of Interstate 5, the main north-south highway that connects Mexico, California, the Pacific Northwest and Canada.Authorities said there was no estimate of when it would be reopened."Dangerous and potentially life-threatening snow-related impacts are likely for mountain, desert, and foothill roadways in southern California," the National Weather Service (NWS) said."Multiple rounds of heavy snowfall coupled with strong winds will lead to blizzard conditions over some of the higher terrain and mountain passes."Areas very close to the Pacific Coast and also into the interior valleys that are not accustomed to seeing snow, may see some accumulating snowfall."Snow and high winds brought down power lines, knocking out the lights for over 100,000 customers in California, according to poweroutage.us.Television stations dispatched their presenters to mountain areas, where some reported on traffic misery and others chatted with gleeful children given the day off school.Social media platforms were inundated with pictures of varying amounts of snow in gardens in higher elevation areas, as residents marveled at the winter weather.Even the Hollywood sign appeared to be trying to muscle in on the action, with Jeff Zarrinnam of the Hollywood Sign Trust snapping a picture of a snowball he made at his nearby house."I've seen everything," he told the Los Angeles Times, but "it was quite a surprise" to find snow this low.Meteorologists were divided over whether it was technically "snow" and the NWS offered a Twitter tutorial for Californians struggling to put a name to the unusual white stuff spoiling the view of palm trees."Wondering what kind of frozen precipitation is falling from the sky in your area (assuming you are at a higher elevation)? Here is an informative graphic... that distinguishes between graupel and hail," NWS Los Angeles tweeted.Hail ("hard & solid") is "frozen raindrops of ice from thunderstorms," while graupel ("soft & wet") is "snowflakes that collect supercooled water droplets on the outer surface," the agency informed readers.Daniel Swain, a meteorologist at UCLA said a warming climate -- caused by humanity's unchecked burning of fossil fuels in the industrial age -- had changed the nature of winter precipitation in the area.He said last century, many more places might have seen snow in a storm event like this."Back in the 1940s there's records of heavy snowfall in the city of LA and of course, that seems almost unthinkable today," he said."The reality is that the fact that the climate is several degrees warmer in California than it used to make low (elevation) snow events less likely."
The US National Weather Service (NWS) warns of an enormous winter storm and a significant drop in temperature that will last for days and affect 48 US states.NWS said that the storm will affect 75 million state population, including the southern states, warning that the weather change will have immaculate danger, as the states will witness significantly extreme temperatures.US-based Al-Hurra Network said that it is predicted that snow will fall in some regions, and a strong cold front wave is arriving from Canada is heading south, adding that the temperatures will decrease in the states of Montana and Wyoming, and then the cold weather will settle continually in California.According to warnings released from some of the states, California will witness rain and snowfall, as well as a rare occurrence where snow will fall at low levels.Last night, a storm in California caused tree damage and power lines were cut for 88,000 people in the state, in addition to the closure of highways between states from Arizona to Wyoming, and the cancelation of more than 1,500 flights.The US Department of Transport said that a "major winter storm and multi-day closures are likely on Interstates and secondary roads throughout Wyoming".
One person was killed and 13 others were injured in an explosion at a metal plant in Ohio, located in the US Midwestern region.The US media quoted local authorities as saying that the explosion occurred in a factory producing copper alloys in the Oakwood Village, which caused a huge fire, killing one person and injuring 13 others, who were taken to hospital.Firefighters indicated that investigations are underway to ascertain the cause of the accident.This is not the first time that the state of Ohio has witnessed a massive fire this month. On Feb 3, a train carrying a chemical substance derailed, which caused a huge fire and the evacuation of hundreds of people. The train was carrying vinyl chloride, a chemical used in the plastic industry.
US President Joe Biden on Monday made a surprise trip to Kyiv, promising increased arms deliveries for Ukraine and unflagging support ahead of the first anniversary of Russia's invasion of the country.Air raid sirens rang out across the capital as Biden met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on what is the US president's first visit to the country since Russian troops invaded on February 24, 2022.Uniformed Ukrainian military officers lined the street just outside. Biden and Zelensky walked over and together laid a wreath at the Wall of Remembrance for the fallen heroes of the Russian-Ukrainian war, as a military salute played and the two presidents stared down in silence for a few moments.Biden promised increased arms deliveries for Ukraine and vowed Washington's "unflagging commitment" in defending Ukraine's territorial integrity."I will announce another delivery of critical equipment, including artillery ammunition, anti-armour systems, and air surveillance radars to help protect the Ukrainian people from aerial bombardments," he was quoted as saying in a White House statement.Ukraine is estimated to be burning through thousands more shells each month than the EU defence industry is currently able to produce.Zelensky hailed Biden's visit as a key sign of support."Joseph Biden, welcome to Kyiv! Your visit is an extremely important sign of support for all Ukrainians," Zelensky said on Telegram in English.