The Morning Rundown: Today’s top headlines

At least 100 people were killed and 4,000 injured in the “colossal” explosion that swept through Beirut on Tuesday. Meanwhile, schools seeking alternatives to remote learning plan to move classes outside, and polarizing conservative Kris Kobach lost the GOP primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas.

Here’s what we’re watching this morning.

Beirut in state of emergency after blast as death toll rises

A huge rescue effort was underway in Beirut on Wednesday after much of the city was buried by rubble from a massive explosion Tuesday afternoon.

At least 100 people were killed and 4,000 injured, the secretary-general of the Lebanese Red Cross said. Those figures look set to rise with hospitals overwhelmed and victims still trapped underneath debris.

It wasn’t yet clear what ignited an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a warehouse at the port for six years without “preventive measures”

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