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5 things to know for March 25: Moscow attack, Trump trials, Severe weather, Gaza, Plane safety


By Alexandra Banner, CNN

(CNN) — Kensington Palace thanked the public for their tremendous support over the weekend after Catherine, Princess of Wales, announced Friday that she has cancer. The royal family, however, is not expected to reveal any further medical details such as the type of cancer or what stage it is.

Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.

1. Moscow attack

Russia held a day of mourning Sunday after an attack at a concert venue near Moscow left at least 137 dead — including 3 children. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the massacre, which saw armed assailants storm the Crocus City Hall as crowds gathered to see the band Picnic. Nearly a dozen people have been detained in connection with the attack, according to authorities. Among them, four suspected gunmen have been charged with committing a terrorist act, which under the Russian Criminal Code is punishable by up to life imprisonment. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said, with no evidence, that the suspects planned to flee into Ukraine. Ukraine has denied any connection.

2. Trump trials

In the hours ahead, former President Donald Trump faces a deadline to secure a $464 million bond for the civil fraud judgment against him. Legal experts tell CNN that New York Attorney General Letitia James and her staff should be poised to start seizing Trump’s assets if he does not secure the money. Assets, such as buildings, houses, cars, helicopters and his plane, are in play. Separately, Trump’s first criminal trial was supposed to begin today but has been postponed until at least the middle of next month. This trial is related to Trump’s alleged efforts to falsify business documents related to hush-money payments made to cover up an alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels. If the trial starts in April, it would potentially be the only one of the four criminal trials the former president is facing that would occur before the November election. Trump has pleaded not guilty and denied the affair.

3. Severe weather

Millions of people are under winter weather alerts today across the Central Plains and the Midwest as a powerful storm threatens widespread disruptions. Travel could become “nearly impossible” in some areas, creating icy roadways and whiteout conditions, the National Weather Service warned. Blizzard warnings currently extend from northern Colorado and Kansas into parts of Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. The storm will move across the Midwest and Great Lakes by Tuesday, forecasts show. It will then shift to the Northeast, where almost 160,000 homes and businesses are without power today after receiving several feet of snow over the weekend.

4. Gaza

Israel has agreed to a US proposal on a prisoner-hostage exchange and is awaiting a response from Hamas. The deal would release around 700 Palestinian prisoners — including 100 serving life sentences for killing Israeli nationals — in exchange for the release of 40 Israeli hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, according to a CNN analyst Barak Ravid. The proposed exchange will “definitely include some” American hostages, Ravid said, because it will include the release of men over age 50. This comes as US and Israeli officials are slated to meet in Washington this week as the Biden administration works to deter Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah, where more than 1 million Palestinians are sheltering from constant bombardment.

5. Plane safety

The FAA has warned its increased oversight of United Airlines — after a string of incidents on flights this month — may mean the troubled airline will have to put some of its future plans on hold. The FAA did not specify what projects may be delayed, but Bloomberg reported the agency is considering preventing United Airlines from adding new routes, curbing the airline’s growth. United’s troubles come at a time of heightened safety concerns around Boeing, the manufacturer of most of the airline’s jets. The most notable mishap on a Boeing plane this year occurred on January 5, when an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 plane lost a door mid-flight. This incident, among several others, has led many to wonder if it’s still safe to fly. In short, aviation experts say flying is safer than most forms of travel — and much safer than the car rides most people take every day without thinking twice.


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