By Alexandra Meeks, CNN
More than 20 million people throughout the southeastern United States are preparing for extreme weather this week – including tornadoes, destructive winds and very large hail. The violent storms will be felt across the Gulf Coast region, but parts of Louisiana and Mississippi are expected to be hardest hit.
Here’s what you need to know Get up to speed and get started on your day.
(You can have “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. sign up here.)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is appealing for a ceasefire talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but US and NATO officials say Putin has not backed his original demands. Last week, Putin raised several questions to achieve a ceasefire with Ukraine, including one demands for Ukraine’s neutrality Or an assurance that Ukraine would not join NATO. Zelensky has stated that he is willing to consider a policy of neutrality under certain conditions to help bring the violence to an end. However, Ukrainian and Russian negotiators have met four times since the beginning of Russia’s invasion without any major decision on Putin’s other demands. Russia had set a deadline for the authorities in Mariupol to surrender the city, but this deadline has been exceeded and Ukrainians rejected the ultimatum. Russia is now likely will prioritize the attempt to surround Kiev over the coming weeks, the British Ministry of Defense said. Separately, four journalists have so far been killed reports on the war and many more are wounded or missing.
Do you want to help? Learn how to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine here. CNN’s audience has contributed more than $ 6.3 million to the humanitarian relief effort, according to Public Good, the online donation platform that collaborates with CNN.
2. The Supreme Court
Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Nomination by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson should begin later today. Jackson, who is poised to be the first black woman to serve in the country’s highest court, will be formally introduced during TV hearings at. 11 ET today, followed by two days of questioning and one day of testimony from additional witnesses. President Joe Biden chose Jackson to succeed outgoing judge Stephen Breyer. She is a former federal public defender who has been sitting on lower U.S. courts for nearly a decade. The Harvard lawyer also served early in her career as an associate attorney for Breyer. Democratic leaders have set themselves a goal of reaching a final vote in the Senate in early April. Meanwhile, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was admitted late Friday “after experiencing flu-like symptoms,” the court’s public information office said, adding that he does not have Covid-19.
A new study showed that Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine remains durable and effective, even through the increase in cases caused by the Delta variant. The research, outlined in the medical journal JAMA Network Open, found that the J&J shot was 76% effective in preventing Covid-19 infections and 81% effective in preventing Covid-related hospitalizations. The study also showed that it provided lasting immunity for at least six months after the shots. A CNN analysis of information collected by the CDC showed that the J&J vaccine also had the lowest breakthrough infection rate of all the vaccines since the week ending December 25, 2021. On the other hand, breakthrough infections during the Omicron rise were highest among those who received The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, followed by those receiving the Moderna vaccine, shows the same study.
4. Gas tax
As many Americans struggle to cope with the rapid and sudden rise in gas prices, some states are temporarily to suspend their gas tax to help drivers save several dollars at the pump. California lawmakers, who have the highest gas tax in the country at 51 cents-per-gallon, are proposing a $ 400 gas tax rebate after state Democrats previously shot down a gas tax break. Lawmakers say the rebate will cover the cost of the current gas tax for an entire year for most drivers. Two states have already enacted laws suspending the gas tax, and more states are expected to follow suit. Georgia announced a suspension of its tax of 0.29 cents per gallon on regular fuel. In Maryland, lawmakers passed a 30-day gas tax holiday from Friday, ending April 16. the national average gas price currently stands at $ 4.25 per. gallon.
The Biden administration has formally stated that Myanmar’s military committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority comprising about 1 million people. Later today, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will publicly announce the decision – a move that human rights groups have been advocating for years. Until now, the United States has stopped declaring the atrocities – including mass murder and rape – committed in 2017 against the Muslim minority Rohingya population for genocide. The violence forced nearly a million people to flee, and the UN recommended that top military officials be charged with genocide. To date, Myanmar considers Rohingya to be illegal immigrants and uninvited guests from across the border. Current laws in the region discriminate against Rohingya and violate their freedom of movement, education and employment, according to Human Rights Watch.
BROWSE FROM BREAKFAST
Annual list of the most popular dog breeds
Tip: Husky did not make the list this year! Do you think you can guess most pawpular dog breeds?
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher raise $ 30 million in donations to Ukrainian refugees
Fun fact: Mila Kunis was born in Ukraine in the 80s. Great props for this celeb duo for organizing such a massive relief effort.
All-Black Women’s Unity from World War II is awarded the Congressional Gold Medal
Bet you did not know that a group of black women sorted millions of items of mail during World War II. See these pictures to experience a flashback in time.
Michigan man wins $ 4 million on a scratch-off lottery game
Wow, if only we were so lucky!
Kanye West was pulled from performing at this year’s Grammys due to “online behavior”
You never know what to expect when Kanye posts on social media…
THIS RIGHT IND
Chinese passenger plane with 132 people crashes in southern China
A China Eastern Airlines jetliner with 132 people crashed into the mountains of southern China’s Guangxi region earlier today, according to China’s civil aviation administration. The Boeing-737 was en route from the southwestern city of Kunming to Guangzhou when it lost contact with the city of Wuzhou. Rescue teams are on their way to the scene of the accident, where there is a visible fire, but the victims are unknown, the Chinese state television company CCTV reported.
This is approximately how many acres have been burned over Texas in the past week due to more than 175 wildfires, the State Forest Service said yesterday. At least one person has died as a result of the flames.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Live performance in our park did not reflect our core values, and we regret that it took place.”
– A spokesman for Disneycondemning a performance in the Orlando theme park by a high school cheerleading team after receiving backlash for the routine depictions of Indians. In a popular video, Port Neches-Groves High School dances “Indianettes” from Texas and sings “scalp ’em Indians, scalp’ em” in a performance that seems to be acquiring Native American culture in a parade in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. A spokesman for the school defended the routine, saying the cheerleaders had performed the same moves at Disney before without any problems.
Happy World Poetry Day!
Imagine spoken words poetry … but without spoken words! Check out these talented poets performing in American Sign Language. (Click here to see)
™ & © 2022 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia company. All rights reserved.