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Acting US defense secretary will review programs to cut for wall funding

Acting US defense secretary will review programs to cut for wall funding

Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said, beginning Sunday, he will start studying which projects military money may come from to shift funds toward a border wall following President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration. Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to secure federal funds to build a wall on the southern border, bypassing Congress…

Lee Radziwill, princess, fashion icon and Jackie Kennedy’s sister, dies

Lee Radziwill, princess, fashion icon and Jackie Kennedy’s sister, dies

Lee Radziwill, younger sister of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and a former princess, died peacefully Friday night in her New York home, her family said in a statement to CNN. She was 85. “The family appreciates the outpouring of sympathy and support received, and would request that the privacy of Lee’s family and…

These are the victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois

These are the victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois

Police have released the names of the victims in Friday’s mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois. Five people were killed when a man who was being let go from his job opened fire at the Henry Pratt Co. in the Chicago suburb. Another employee and five police officers were also wounded, according to Aurora police. They’ve…

Illinois shooting rampage highlights scourge of workplace gun violence

Illinois shooting rampage highlights scourge of workplace gun violence

Gary Martin opened fire with a Smith & Wesson on the day he was fired from the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, Illinois, killing five workers and wounding five police officers. The victims included a human resources manager, a human resources intern and a plant manager at the valve manufacturing company where the gunman worked…

3 injured when panicked audience flees ‘Hamilton’ in San Francisco

3 injured when panicked audience flees ‘Hamilton’ in San Francisco

Three people were injured Friday night when panicked audience members “self-evacuated” during a performance of the musical “Hamilton” in San Francisco, police said. A woman in the audience had a medical emergency during the scene in which the title character, Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, is shot on stage, said Joseph Tomlinson, public information officer for…

2 men escape from a Mississippi jail. One of them pleaded guilty to murder

2 men escape from a Mississippi jail. One of them pleaded guilty to murder

Two inmates are on the run after they escaped from a jail in Mississippi, including one who pleaded guilty to murder, authorities said. The two escaped from the Forrest County Jail on Friday night, and are considered dangerous, according to the Hattiesburg Police Department. They were identified as Carlos Sibley, 26, who recently pleaded guilty…

Vatican defrocks ex-US cardinal McCarrick over sexual abuse allegations

Vatican defrocks ex-US cardinal McCarrick over sexual abuse allegations

The Vatican has dismissed former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick after a church trial found him guilty of sexually abusing minors. McCarrick, who once led the Archdiocese of Washington and was recognized as a powerful advocate of the Catholic Church’s political priorities in the United States, becomes the highest-ranking Catholic figure to be expelled from the…

Shooter in deadly Illinois rampage was not supposed to own a gun, police say

Shooter in deadly Illinois rampage was not supposed to own a gun, police say

[Breaking news update, published at 12:30 p.m. ET] Police in Aurora, Illinois, have released the names of the five Henry Pratt Co. employees who were killed in Friday’s shooting: • Clayton Parks of Elgin, Illinois. He was a human resources manager. • Trevor Wehner of DeKalb, Illinois. He was a human resources intern and a…

Witnesses describe confusion, chaos at Aurora shooting

Witnesses describe confusion, chaos at Aurora shooting

John Probst says he recognized the gunman. An employee at the Henry Pratt company, which specializes in making valves, Probst told CNN affiliate WLS-TV on Friday that he saw a man holding what appeared to be a pistol with a laser scope. He recognized him as a coworker. “One of the guys was up in…

Shooter who opened fire in workplace where 5 died had lost his job, police say

Shooter who opened fire in workplace where 5 died had lost his job, police say

The gunman at the Illinois manufacturing business where five employees were killed and five police officers were wounded was being let go by the company, Aurora Chief of Police Kristen Ziman told reporters Friday night. The shooter, 45-year-old Gary Martin, used a Smith & Wesson handgun, the chief said. He was killed after police found…

Atmospheric rivers are pulling California out of drought and piling on the snow

Atmospheric rivers are pulling California out of drought and piling on the snow

When 2019 started, California’s snowpack was at 67%. Now it’s at over 136% and rising. The atmospheric rivers that are dumping rain along coastal California are also dumping massive amounts of snow in the state’s Sierra Nevada. Newly released photos from NASA, taken four days and a year apart, show how much snow has fallen.…

Family files lawsuit in death of fraternity pledge at Ohio University

Family files lawsuit in death of fraternity pledge at Ohio University

The parents of a dead fraternity pledge have filed a lawsuit against the fraternity, alleging their son died last fall as a result of extensive hazing. While pledging the Sigma Pi fraternity at Ohio University, Collin Wiant was allegedly made to undergo severe hazing, including being beaten with a belt, punched, made to take drugs,…