Good morning, Daily Briefing readers! Multiple calls for a cease-fire come as Russia-Ukraine peace talks begin in Turkey. Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. And Monday's major auto accident in Pennsylvania is continuing to cause problems for those who need to access Interstate 81.
It's Steve with Tuesday's news.
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Here's what's happening today:
Multiple calls for cease-fire come as Russia-Ukraine peace talks begin
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a cease-fire as the Russian and Ukrainian delegations resumed their peace talks in Istanbul. In a speech he delivered at the start Tuesday, Erdogan said progress in the talks could pave the way for a meeting between the two countries' leaders. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday he launched an initiative to explore the possibility of "a humanitarian cease-fire in Ukraine," echoing Ukraine's calls, as Russia's invasion into the country entered its second month. The Kremlin lowered expectations ahead of the Turkey meeting, saying there had been no significant breakthroughs in talks thus far. But, Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the in-person meetings could facilitate stronger talks. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has rejected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's latest appeal to meet President Vladimir Putin, saying it would be counterproductive until the two nations get closer to agreeing on key issues.
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Rep. Don Young to lie in state at US Capitol
Rep. Don Young, the longest-serving Republican in House of Representatives history, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Tuesday. Young's office announced the congressman's death in a statement on March 18. He was 88. Young, who was first elected to the House in 1973, was known for his brusque style. He was elected in 2020 to serve his 25th term as Alaska's only member. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office said a formal ceremony will be held with the Young family, which will be open to invited guests. Following the memorial service, there will be a viewing open to members of Congress.
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Major highway in Pennsylvania to remain closed after fiery auto accident
John Blickley of the Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, emergency management office told USA TODAY he expects portions of Interstate 81 will be shut down "well into the morning hours" on Tuesday after a fiery collision involving more than 50 vehicles during a snow squall that left at least three people dead. Schuylkill County coroner Dr. David J. Moylan warned Monday that the death toll "could run higher" because the search of the scene hadn't yet been completed because of burning vehicles. The fiery crash occurred at about 10:30 a.m. near Minersville, about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia, Blickley said. At least 20 people were sent to hospitals with injuries, he said. Footage uploaded to social media showed multiple crashes, including an out-of-control tractor-trailer that smashed into a large dump truck, turning it nearly 180 degrees.
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Queen Elizabeth attends London service honoring Prince Philip
The British royal family and many other dignitaries are gathering in London for the Service of Thanksgiving event today honoring Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died last April at the age of 99. Queen Elizabeth II attended the service honoring her husband, marking her first public appearance in several months. She tested for COVID-19 earlier this year. Buckingham Palace said the queen, 95, has been actively involved in the planning of the service. Prince Philip was laid to rest a week after his death in 2021, but within the confines of Britain's COVID-19 pandemic rules and in the "no fuss" manner he requested. Tuesday's service was expected be bigger as members of European royalty, friends and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson were in attendance. But Prince Harry, Prince Philip's grandson, did not travel from his California home to London for the service.
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CNN's new streaming service launches
CNN+, a new streaming service meant to complement the cable news network, kicked off at 7 a.m. ET this morning. The service plans to offer live and on-demand programming, as well as "Interview Club," which will allow subscribers to submit questions before and during live interviews between CNN+ journalists and their subjects. Among those who will host shows on the new service is former Fox News host Chris Wallace, who left the network last December. Executive Andrew Morse said the company believes "that CNN+ is going to be an experience that is additive to CNN." CNN+ will cost $5.99 a month, or $59.99 a year. Users who sign up within the first four weeks you get 50% off the monthly plan for life, or $2.99 a month.
📸 Photos of the day: UConn, Louisville round out Women's Final Four 📸
As Lindsay Schnell notes, in the 2022 NCAA women's basketball tournament, we had our upsets early and often, headlined by two 10 seeds, Creighton and South Dakota, making deep, unexpected runs. Multiple higher-seeded teams weren't just upset but upset on their home floor in the second round (hello Arizona and LSU). There have been shocking losses and crazy, chaotic wins and everything in between. Now, it's time to let the superstars shine and trust that they'll treat us to one heck of a Final Four.
In the Bridgeport Regional Final Monday night, the No. 2 seeded Connecticut Huskies needed two overtimes to defeat the No. 1 seed North Carolina State Wolfpack and advance to their staggering 14th consecutive Final Four.
In the Wichita Regional Final, the No. 1 seed Louisville Cardinals dispatched of the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines to reach their first Final Four since 2018. It's their fourth trip overall.
UConn and Louisville will join No. 1 seeds Stanford and South Carolina in the Final Four in Minneapolis, which begins Friday.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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