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One person is dead and four are injured after a shooter opened fire in an Atlanta medical facility shortly after noon today. According to police, the shooter entered Northside Hospital Medical Midtown wearing a gray hoodie and gloves and carrying a bag. It is believed that the suspect is a male and used a handgun. Police are conducting a manhunt for the suspect who is still at large. No motives have been suggested thus far.
Russia Accuses Ukraine Of Assassination Attempt:
Russia accused Ukraine of attempting to assassinate Russian President Vladimir Putin. Video on social media appears to show a drone exploding above the Kremlin on Wednesday.
The Kremlin said in a statement that two drones were intercepted and shot down by Russian security forces and that the impacts didn’t hurt any people or property. Putin was apparently away from the Kremlin at the time. A spokesman for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied Russia’s allegations.
However, right after news of the drone attack broke, Zelensky’s chief of staff posted a string of fire emojis to his Telegram channel. He deleted the post shortly after. The attack, if it was Ukraine, would be a significant escalation in Ukraine’s attacks on Russian territory. The drone strike follows a string of attacks on Russian freight lines, military depots, and other targets, most of which have gone unaddressed by Ukraine’s government.
New York Bans Gas Stoves In Most New Buildings
New York has officially become the first state in the nation to ban natural gas and other fossil fuel hookups in most new buildings.
On Tuesday evening, the New York Senate and Assembly voted to approve the $229 billion dollar state budget which contained the provision. There are exceptions, such as some commercial and industrial buildings including hospitals, laundromats, restaurants, and more. Governor Hochul called the move necessary, comparing the transition to the move away from coal as a primary energy source. Meanwhile, Republican State Senator Thomas O’Mara criticized the move, saying the electrical grid isn’t equipped for the transition.
American track and field star Tori Bowie, a three-time Olympic medalist and a two-time world champion in track and field, has died. She was 32 years old. No cause of death has been given.
Texas Authorities Arrested Accused Illegal Alien Killer’s Wife:
Authorities have now arrested the wife of the illegal immigrant accused of killing five people, including a 9-year-old, last week in Cleveland, Texas. Police say the shooting suspect is a Mexican national illegally in the country after having been deported several times. Tim Kean, chief deputy with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office told reporters, “Anybody that helped this maniac definitely has some kind of issues as far as I’m concerned.”
Brazilian Police Seach Home Of Former President:
Brazil’s Federal Police searched the home of former President Jair Bolsonaro and seized his phone as part of an investigation into alleged counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine cards. According to a police statement, the investigation focused on whether cards held by Bolsonaro and his family members were altered in order to comply with U.S. vaccine mandates for travelers coming from outside the country.
Fed Hikes Rates:
The federal reserve announced Wednesday that it raised interest rates for the 10th time in a little more than 12 months. The quarter-point hike brings the Fed’s interest rate to between 5 and 5.25 percent.
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