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Evening Newscast: Dozens Hurt in Theater Collapse

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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More than 80 people were injured when the roof or ceiling of London's Apollo Theatre collapsed. At least seven of the injuries were serious.  Several people were trapped and had to be rescued. The collapse happened during an evening performance.  One survivor described the scene as "complete chaos."

The White House said it would veto new congressional legislation that would toughen sanctions against Iran. Senators from both parties introduced the legislation today.  The bill sets restrictions that would go into effect if Tehran violates an interim nuclear deal it reached with world powers last month or lets the agreement expire without a long-term accord. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the sanctions would undermine American diplomatic efforts.

New York City's Council voted in favor of expanding the city's 12-year-old ban on indoor smoking to include electronic cigarettes, the first ban of its kind for the nicotine delivery devices. The vote was 43 to 8.  Speaker Christine Quinn said in the hours before the expected vote there wasn't enough evidence yet to know whether the nicotine inhalers are truly safe.  She said allowing the devices into restaurants, bars and other places where cigarettes are now banned could "re-normalize" public smoking. Manufacturers say the vapor mist from e-cigarettes is harmless.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio unveiled a new campaign to win New York State lawmakers over to a tax increase on the wealthy so that he can expand pre-kindergarten and after school programs in New York City's public schools. UPKNYC includes children's and education advocacy groups, business leaders, actress Cynthia Nixon and film producer Harvey Weinstein.  De Blasio described the coalition as a "grassroots" effort.

Tonight, partly cloudy, not as cold as last night, low 37.  Tomorrow, Friday, partly cloudy, breezy, high 50.  Showers expected this weekend.

 

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