New York City Fire Department engines that responded to reports of a fire at the One World Trade Center tower drive down a street on August 8, 2012 in New York, that turned out to be a false alarm. Dozens of New York firefighters rushed to the World Trade Center skyscraper early Wednesday after a member of the public mistook welding for a fire. Initial reports from the New York Fire Department suggested a minor blaze on the 88th floor of One World Trade Center, the centerpiece in the project to replace the Twin Towers destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. A spokesman told AFP the fire was brought under control in less than an hour.
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There are some famously dumb 911 calls, and then there are straight-up awful ones. Calling in fake emergencies in order to empty out firehouses to steal cash from absent firefighters — as the FDNY’s Joseph Keene allegedly did — definitely counts as the latter. Police eventually traced the calls to Keene’s cell phone, and he was caught on video entering a Queens firehouse, the New York Post reports. So, actually, it would appear that his fake calls were dumb, awful, and not worth it, as he now likely stands to lose his job over the thefts, which only brought in around$2,000.
Impeachment will take a toll on the senators running for president
The Sanders campaign just announced his planned appearances in Iowa this week are being cancelled due to the impeachment schedule. He was scheduled to appear with @AOC and the campaign says she still will “host campaign events.”
At least the crowd at Davos liked one part of Trump’s speech
President Trump diverged sharply from the tone of this week’s World Economic Forum in at least two ways during his opening session speech on Tuesday — he was exuberant about the state of the U.S. economy and dismissive of the threat from climate change.
… Trump didn’t mention impeachment in a campaign-style address in which he claimed to have launched a U.S. “economic boom the likes of which the world has never seen before.”
… He also lambasted “prophets of doom” — an apparent reference to climate activists like Greta Thunberg, with whom he is sharing top billing in Davos.
… Trump entered and exited to applause, but was only applauded during the speech when he mentioned a commitment to plant one trillion trees. Attendees occasionally chuckled and shook their heads at some of his brasher pronouncements.
Joe Biden leads the Democratic field in Iowa, according to a new poll out Monday, two weeks before the Feb. 3 caucuses.
The Focus on Rural America poll shows the former vice president with 24 percent and the next three top-tier candidates bunched behind him, with Elizabeth Warren at 18 percent, Pete Buttigieg at 16 percent and Bernie Sanders at 14 percent. Amy Klobuchar clocked in at 11 percent.
The survey of 500 likely 2020 caucus goers, conducted January 15-18, and had a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.
Thousands of gun-rights activists rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday under a heavy police presence, protesting plans by the state’s Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation.
The size of the rally and the expected participation of white supremacists and fringe militia groups raised fears that the state could see a repeat of the violence that exploded in 2017 in Charlottesville. But the rally concluded uneventfully around noon, and attendees spilled into the streets, chanting and waving signs.
A spokesman for the Capitol police said that as of 11 a.m. there had been no reports of arrests or injuries.
The coronavirus spreading through China is now being passed by humans
The new coronavirus that has infected more than 200 people in China has been transmitted between humans, according to Chinese health authorities.
Zhong Nanshan, who heads up China’s National Health Commission, told Xinhua News Agency, China’s official state-run news organization, that two cases of human-to-human transmission had been confirmed in China, one in Wuhan and one in Guangdong.
Chinese officials had initially linked the virus to large seafood market in Wuhan, China, where many of the cases originated.
How Bloomberg is making life harder for everyone else
Michael Bloomberg’s big-spending, shock-and-awe TV ad campaign has made politicking more expensive for everyone from his 2020 rivals to Senate, House and state legislative candidates around the country.
Eight weeks into his presidential campaign, Bloomberg has already spent more money on advertising — $248 million — than most candidates could spend in years. That amount has squeezed TV ad inventory in nearly every state, lowering supply and causing stations to raise ad prices at a time of high demand, as candidates around the country gear up for their primaries.
On average in markets around the country, prices for political TV ads have risen by 20 percent since Bloomberg began his campaign.