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Jan 28, 201302:37 PM

Cheat Sheet: January 26-27: Weekend Roundup

Nightclub fire kills 233 in Brazil

A nightclub fire killed at least 233 people in southern Brazil early on Sunday when a band’s purotechnics show set the building ablaze and fleeing patrons fled toward blocked and overcrowded exits. Sparks from the pyrotechnics used by the band for visual effects set fire to soundproofing on the ceiling, and the club rapidly filled with toxic smoke. Most of those who died were suffocated by fumes; others were crushed in the stampede. Fire officials said at least one exit was locked and that club bouncers, who at first thought those fleeing were trying to skip out on bar tabs, initially blocked patrons from leaving. Security staff relented only when they saw flames engulfing the ceiling. (Source)

North Korean leader vows ‘high-profile’ retaliation over new U.N. sanctions

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has ordered his top military and party officials to take “substantial and high-profile important state measures” to retaliate against American-led United Nations sanctions on the country. North Korea did not clarify what those measures might be, but it referred to a  series of earlier statements in which Mr. Kim’s government has threatened to launch more long-range rockets and conduct a third nuclear test to build an ability to “target” the United States. (Source)

Police report hundreds of crashes during Friday’s snow

As a result of Friday’s snowfall, police handled 185 crashes in Virginia Beach (nine with injuries). On Saturday, police reported 71 crashes, including eight with injuries. Virginia State Police troopers handled more than 2,200 crashes, disabled vehicles and other calls for help around the state from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Hampton Roads was the busiest area of the State Police divisions with 565 calls for service during that time. (Source)

Suspects hold up Hardee’s at gunpoint

Two men robbed a Portsmouth fast food restaurant Sunday night, and police are asking for help finding them. Officers were dispatched to Hardee’s located on London Boulevard, where they found several uninjured employees inside the business upon arrival. Further investigation reveled two armed suspects entered the restaurant through a side door. One suspect ordered employees into the office, and two were told to get on the floor while a third was forced to open a safe at gunpoint. The suspects were able to flee the restaurant through a back door. (Source)

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