World News Update: Here’s What You May Have Missed



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Fire at Trump Tower, New York City

On April 7, one person died, and six firefighters were injured in a fire that broke out at Trump Tower in New York City. The cause of the fire is still unclear.

“Fire at Trump Tower is out,” tweeted President Trump after the incident. “Very confined (well-built building). Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!”

According to the Fire Department of New York, the upper floors of Trump Tower did not have sprinkler systems.

“This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large; we are 50 stories up,” New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters. “The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke.”

The man killed in the accident was identified as Todd Brassner, a resident of Trump Tower. The medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.

Two Soldiers Killed Helicopter Crash, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

On April 7, two United States soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash during training in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The accident was the fourth military aircraft mishap that week.

The two soldiers were identified Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly, 37, and Warrant Officer James Casadona, 28.

“The Destiny Brigade has suffered a great tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased,” said Col. Craig Alia, the commander of the brigade in a press release.

“This is an unfortunate event, and we are saddened by the loss of our fellow soldiers. We ask that everyone respect the privacy of the families as they grieve the loss of their loved ones.”

The helicopter crashed 9:50 p.m., while the men were conducting a routine training. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

10 Hockey Players and 5 Staff Dead in Bus Crash, Canada

A semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in Saskatchewan, Canada, killing 15 people and injuring 14 in a catastrophic collision that a doctor compared to an air-strike and left the vehicles obliterated in the snow.

“An entire country is in shock and mourning,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. “This is every parent’s worst nightmare. No one should ever have to see their child leave to play the sport they love and never come back.”

The bus had 29 passengers, including the driver, when it crashed at about 5 p.m. on Highway 35, police said. Among the dead are Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan, team captain Logan Schatz and radio announcer Tyler Bieber. Authorities earlier said three were in critical condition but later provided an update to say that 15 have now died.

The team was on its way to play in Game 5 of a semi-final against the Nipawin Hawks.

German Citizens Evacuated, Paderborn, Germany

More than 26,000 people have been evacuated in the western German town of Paderborn so bomb specialists could remove a World War II-era bomb discovered during construction work.

In addition to people leaving their homes, two hospitals, a university and several nursing homes had to be evacuated.

Specialists defused the 1.8 ton heavy British bomb on Sunday, more than a week after it was found by construction workers in a garden, only 80 centimeters (31 inches) under the ground.

Even more than 70 years after the end of the war, bombs and other munitions still turn up regularly during construction work in Germany — a testament to the ferocity of World War II.

The AP Exchange contributed to this article.


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