The U.S. Olympic Committee is “concerned” about Sochi Winter Olympics security after two deadly attacks in Volgograd, Russia, a committee official said Tuesday. “In this case we got a preview of what could happen, but we’re very hopeful that the Russians’ commitment to security, which is frankly one of the highest levels of commitment we’ve ever seen from a government and an organizing committee, will serve us well," Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, told NBC News Monday.
The winter games are set to begin in just over a month in Sochi, which is about 600 miles from Volgograd. Blackmun's comments came after Seth Wescott, a two-time gold medalist in the snowboard cross event, warned he may skip the Opening Ceremony if he makes Team USA because of safety concerns.
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Eight people were hurt after a stash of bug bombs apparently caught fire and exploded in the basement of a Chinatown building, sending flames into the business and apartments above, NBC 4 New York has learned. An official familiar with the investigation said the bug foggers, which are used by exterminators to release pesticides, were stored in the basement of the five-story building on Pike Street. It's not clear how they caught fire. Three of the injuries were described as serious and five were not life-threatening. Firefighters broke windows in an alley to reach people and pull them to safety as their loved ones cried out from the street. FDNY said there was also a partial collapse of the rear first floor, which is shared by a bus company and a beauty parlor. The people most seriously injured were in homes on the second and third floors. The Red Cross said more than 40 people were displaced by the fire, including seven children.
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It's high times for pot advocates. A majority of Americans support legalizing the use of marijuana, a national survey has found, which is a major shift compared to decades ago, NBC News reported. Fifty-two percent of Americans said the use of marijuana should be made legal, while 45 percent said it should not, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March among 1,501 adults. People aged 18 to 32 are the most supportive group — but half of baby boomers now favor legalizing marijuana, too. Since 2010 the acceptance rate has risen 11 points. A Gallup survey conducted back in 1969 showed that only 12 percent of Americans favored legalization. The current Pew Research Center survey found that almost half of Americans — 48 percent — said they had tried marijuana, up from 38 percent a decade ago.
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