June 14, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

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1. An enormous fire destroyed a hi-rise apartment building Wednesday, in London. The fire fully engulfed the 24 foot building containing 120 apartments. At last count, there have been 5 killed and more than 50 injured but it is believed there are more trapped in the debris. Fighting for those inside more than 200 firefighters braved the inferno with the backing of 40 different engine departments. London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton told reporters “In my 29 years of being a fire fighter, I have never ever seen anything of this scale. I am very sad to confirm that there have been a number of fatalities, I cannot confirm the number at this time due to the size and complexity of this building.”

2. Tuesday, it was announced by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that North Korea agreed to release American college student, Otto Warmbie, who had been imprisoned for over a year. News of the young man’s release was tempered with the news that Warmbie was being released due to a life-threatening illness. Warmbie is in a coma, the family stated and has been since March 2016.

3. As Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions was being questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee more than one exchange showed the nasty side of politics but one moment also showed that sexism is alive and well on the hill. Senator Kamala Harris was questioning Sessions, she tried to have the Attorney General respond in a timelier matter as the members were only give 5 minutes a piece to ask questions. Sessions was asked repeatedly for a yes or no answer but continued to draw out answers that didn’t go anywhere. As Senator Harris tried to speed up the way Sessions was answering, Senator John McCain cut her off even though he is not the Chairman which then prompted the Chairman Richard Burr to admonish Harris. This admonishment is the second time the committee has slighted Senator Harris a former prosecutor. The other time, when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified. She was the only Senator cut off even though there were more robust exchanges with her male counterparts.

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