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Eight-year-old dies after fire

After spending a month at Shriner’s Hospital in Cincinnati for severe burns that covered more than 90 percent of her body, eight-year-old Treasure Brighton died Sunday.

Brighton was injured in a February fire that ripped through her home. Her father, 24-year-old Demetrius Johnson, was killed while trying to save his children. Brighton’s two brothers were also in the home but made it out safely and were treated at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo for burns. The family’s upstairs neighbor, 49-year-old Juan Montanez Navarro, also died during the fire.

Fire investigators have determined an electrical issue behind the stove on the first floor caused the fire before it spread up to the attic.

Buffalo has 11th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event

On Sunday, both men and women alike put on their best high heels to walk down Hertel Avenue for a good cause. According to The Buffalo News, approximately 325 participants took to the streets to raise awareness for sexual assault and domestic violence as well as money for Crisis Services. Cash was donated Sunday during the event but people also raised almost $10,000 online beforehand.


Tom Brady “Deflategate” suspension reinstated

After almost a year since the NFL first enacted a four-game suspension on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the NFL, reinstating the suspension. This comes after the original suspension ruling was nullified in September. Brady was found to have been involved with other members of the Patriots equipment staff who leaked air out of footballs used during the 2015 AFC Championship game.

Presidential candidate hopefuls ban together to defeat Trump

Republican presidential nominee hopefuls Ted Cruz and John Kasich have come together to prevent frontrunner Donald Trump from getting the nomination outright. The two plan to divide their campaigning in the next three primary states, with Kasich to stop campaigning in Indiana while Cruz will end campaigning in New Mexico and Oregon. This comes a week after Trump dominated New York and has recently swept votes in most states.


Obama sends 250 special operations forces to Syria

On Monday, President Barack Obama announced his plans to send more 250 special operations forces to Syria in order to end the spread of ISIS. He said there are currently special operations forces on the ground in Syria that have helped drive out ISIS in certain areas, according to CNN.

Obama announced that although the troops will be there, they will not be fighting and instead will be training and assisting Syrian forces.

North Korea launches submarine missile

North Korea sparked concern after it launched a submarine missile off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula Saturday, according to CNN. The North Korean news agency stated the launch is considered successful. The United States is still analyzing what happened.