Good morning, and happy Wednesday. Here are six of the top stories we are following this morning at NBC News:
1. Deadly magnitude-8.2 earthquake hits Chilean coast
A powerful temblor struck near the port city of Iquique late Tuesday, killing at least six people, sending hundreds of thousands fleeing to safety and triggering a tsunami advisory for as far away as Hawaii. Officials were waiting for daybreak to get a full accounting of the destruction, but without any immediate major reports of deaths, the region may have dodged the Big One. Read more in NEWS.
2. Families prepare to bury mudslide victims
As the death toll rose to 28 confirmed deaths with 22 of those positively identified Tuesday, the families of the victims are now faced with burying their loved ones in the coming days. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has asked the federal government for aid in helping to cover funeral costs, and local charities and funeral homes are collecting donations to ease the financial burden. Read more in NEWS.
3. Fate of missing jet could remain a mystery forever
With each day that passes without any sign of wreckage, officials have warned that we may never find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Authorities are also no closer to learning why it crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, and were investigating the crew and passengers for any possible sabotage, including whether those on board were poisoned. Read more in NEWS.
4. California man finally claims $425M Powerball jackpot
B. Raymond Buxton, a retiree from Northern California, used April Fool’s Day to claim the winning lottery ticket that was bought Feb. 19 north of San Jose. The winner remained a mystery for weeks, but Buxton said he waited so long in order to give himself enough time to seek advice with an attorney and draw up a financial plan. He told the lottery he also plans to set up a charitable foundation. Read more in NEWS.
While lottery rules forced Buxton to reveal his name publicly, he said he’s avoiding the media spotlight and strategically covered his face with his over-sized check while wearing a “Luck of the Jedi I Have” T-shirt:
5. Idea of releasing convicted Israeli spy riles intel community
Jonathan Pollard, the only American ever sentenced to life in prison for spying for a U.S. ally, could be released after nearly 30 years behind bars. The former Navy analyst could be let go as part of a last-ditch effort to bring a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. But not everyone in the intelligence community thinks that’s a good idea. Read more in NEWS.
6. GM slammed in congressional hearing over product defects
General Motors CEO Mary Barra apologized Tuesday for the embattled automaker’s problems involving a faulty ignition switch, which has been linked to at least 13 deaths and forced a recall of vehicles. Barra, who is set to give more testimony today, said the company has moved to a “customer culture” after its past bankruptcy. But victims’ families speaking at the emotional hearing said their loved ones’ lives were “the cost of doing business.” Read more in BUSINESS.
… What’s trending today?
The cringe-worthy moment the young driver of a rare Lamborghini Aventador crashed while trying to maneuver down a swanky London street was caught on camera. The driver of the matte black Aventador, which tops out at 217 miles per hour and starts at $397,500, failed to avoid a car turning onto the road. The Lambo then hit into a parked BMW and Mazda5. Luckily, no one was injured, according to CNBC.