Earthquake hits Turkey, Syria: An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit Turkey and Syria. It is estimated that more than 1,500 people were killed and hundreds were trapped under the rubble. Many buildings collapsed, including a hospital in Turkey. The quake hit many cities, towns and villages in both countries, and was also felt in Cairo and Beirut.
Pomerantz lays out the evidence gathered against Trump: Mark Pomerantz resigned from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office last night on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” as DA Alvin Bragg halted the criminal investigation into Donald Trump led by Pomerantz. He presented what he said was evidence that Trump committed financial fraud. Prague recently reopened an investigation into Trump’s financial fraud. Among the documents Pomerantz showed on “60 Minutes” were documents signed by Trump disposing of the Seven Springs property in Westchester and Trump’s financial statements.
Defense Department says Chinese spy balloon isn’t first: Three Chinese spy balloons flew over the United States during Donald Trump’s administration, the Pentagon said, but nothing was done about it. Trump did not order the downing of the balloon, criticize the Chinese or lodge a protest, the department said. On Saturday, a U.S. fighter jet shot down a Chinese spy balloon that was tracked over the U.S. last week with a missile, on the order of President Biden. They waited until the balloon was above the water off the coast of South Carolina to avoid falling debris that could injure people or damage property.
New allegations against Santos: New York Republican Rep. George Santos has been accused of sexual harassment by his former aide Derek Myers. Myers wrote to the House Ethics Committee accusing Santos of making unwanted physical contact with him. He also filed a complaint with the Capitol Police.
Dell announced layoffs: Dell Technologies is cutting jobs along with other computer and high-tech companies. Bloomberg first reported this morning that Dell CEO Jeff Clark had issued a memo to employees saying the company would cut 6,500 jobs, or about 5 percent of its workforce.
Grammy Awards: Beyoncé won Best R&B Song at last night’s Grammys for “Cuff It.” Harry Styles wins Album of the Year.