Jun 19, 2017

Death toll from London fire rises to 79

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London police said Monday that 79 people are now believed to be dead or are missing and presumed dead after the fire in the 24-story Grenfell Tower in London, reports The Telegraph. Police Commander Stuart Cundy said that so far only five of those people have been formally identified.

It has been "incredibly emotional working in there" said Cundy. "On Saturday I went in myself and went to the top floor, and it is incredibly hard to describe the devastation in some parts of that building."

Next steps: Cundy said authorities will continue to investigate whether the building's new exterior cladding was in violation of U.K. building regulations, as the paneling may be responsible for quickly spreading the flames. Meanwhile, the government will give those left homeless by the fire at least £5,500 from a £5 million emergency fund announced by Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday.

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Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They're talking about health care, Russian interference in the election, the economy and race.

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Sanders to Putin: You won't interfere in any more elections if I'm president

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.

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