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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Senate panel backs Mike Pompeo as secretary of state

  • 10 killed, 15 injured in Toronto van crash

  • Senate postpones confirmation hearing for Trump's VA secretary nominee

  • George H.W. Bush admitted to hospital after contracting infection

  • Kate Middleton gives birth to a baby boy

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted on Monday 10-9 in favor of Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, becoming the next secretary of state. After saying he would oppose Pompeo's nomination, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced right before the vote that he had changed his mind. The full Senate will vote later this week.

Source: Bloomberg

Ten people were killed and 15 injured Monday afternoon when a man drove a van down a Toronto sidewalk, authorities said. The incident occurred down a busy stretch of Yonge Street in Toronto's North York neighborhood. The suspected driver of the vehicle, identified as 25-year-old Alex Minassian, is in custody, though authorities have yet to identify a motive. Toronto Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen told reporters that authorities would be on the scene for "days," and that the investigation would be "complex." An eyewitness told BBC News she saw a white car plow through pedestrians. "So many people [were] shouting, 'Stop the car,' but he didn't," the woman said. "He just [kept] moving."

Source: The Toronto Star, BBC News

Both Democrats and Republicans have voiced their concerns over President Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, White House physician Ronny Jackson, and the Senate on Monday postponed his confirmation hearing, The Washington Post reports. The White House and other administration officials were quickly notified of the postponement, the Post says. Jackson was set to testify in front of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs in two days. Several lawmakers were concerned that Jackson does not have the experience to lead the VA, and took issue with how he managed the White House medical office, the Post reports. Two people told CBS News that the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs is looking into several allegations against Jackson, including that he drank excessively on the job, improperly dispensed medications, and created a hostile work environment.

Source: The Washington Post, Twitter

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday morning with an infection, his office announced Monday. Bush, 93, is at Houston Methodist Hospital, and is responding to treatments for an infection that spread to his blood, his office said, adding that he "appears to be recovering." Bush, whose wife, Barbara, died last week at age 92, was at her funeral on Saturday.

Source: Twitter

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby boy Monday morning. The baby, the third child of the duchess and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will be fifth in line to the British throne, behind his sister, 2-year-old Princess Charlotte; brother, 4-year-old Prince George; father, William; and grandfather, Prince Charles. The baby will nudge uncle Prince Harry back to sixth in line to the throne. While the baby's name has not yet been shared, bookmakers expect a traditional name like "Arthur," "Albert," or "Philip." As royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told the BBC, "You want a name that resonates, a name that's got family links, and is popular."

Source: Kensington Palace, BBC
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