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Massive explosion reported in Chicago, Illinois

Large apartment building explosion reported in Chicago, Illinois Large apartment building explosion reported in Chicago, Illinois. explosion reported at Central and Washington. Windows are blown out on all sides, part of the east side of building fell and scattered debris everywhere. Emergency crews are responding to reports of multiple people trapped. Several streets are closed as police work to evacuate the nearby area. Witnesses report a “tremendous boom” that blew out windows, followed by screaming; Collapse reported on upper floor.  Six people have been transported from the west side Chicago building explosion, including several in critical condition. CFD now requesting 10 ambulances.  More information as it becomes available.

Taiwan Fires Warning Shots as PLA's Drone Approaches Toward Kinmen Islands

Taiwan Fires Warning Shots as PLA's Drone Approaches Toward KinmenIslands


Taiwan's defense ministry said it fired warning shots to repel a drone deployed by China that kept revolving near the airspace in the outlying Kinmen island.

The reported incident comes after weeks of escalating tensions between Beijing and Taipei in the wake of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's controversial visit Taiwan Fires Warning Shots as PLA's Drone Approaches Toward KinmenIslands. 

China watchers in US are surprised at the muted response of Beijing to two US warships crossing the Taiwan Strait at the height of tensions.

Beijing which reacted angrily to Nancy Pelosi visit to the island nation, said two cruisers are "no actual threat to China's security.

Former INDOPACOM director Carl Schuster says Xi Jinping wants to avoid any action that might strengthen the Republicans' chances in the upcoming elections.

Xi doesn't want a House and Senate that may enact legislation that more strongly supports Taiwan

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