Clouds rule the sky today, with temperatures steady at around 55 degrees and a high of 58 degrees expected. Winds are moving SE at 15 to 20 mph. There is a 20 percent chance of rain throughout the day.
The sun will set at 7:39 p.m. and the moon enters its first quarter phase.
Five things to know today:
- The fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas — north of Waco, Texas — at around 8 p.m. Eastern Time last night has killed between five and 15 people, at least, and injured over 160 people, authorities say. [Waco Tribune]
- The U.S. Senate rejected the proposed gun control bill that would have instituted universal background checks, but supporters insist the battle is not over. [NYTimes; CBS]
- Barclays is making gains on Madison Square Garden in terms of cultural cache and name recognizability. [Crain’s]
- NYC real estate developer Forest City Ratner is welcoming a new CEO, MaryAnne Gilmartin. [The Real Deal]
- More evidence has surfaced that the farm antibiotics in supermarket meat are harmful to human health. [NPR]