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Gunman in Aurora, Illinois, shooting described as 'loner'

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:55
When Gary Martin came to work at the Henry Pratt valve manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, he was told he was being terminated from his job. Shortly thereafter, Martin pulled out his Smith & Wesson revolver and opened fire.
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Suspects in alleged attack on 'Empire' actor released

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:33
Suspects arrested in connection with an alleged racist and homophobic assault on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago were released on Friday, police said.
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Texas landowners file first lawsuit to block Trump's national emergency declaration

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:09
Three Texas landowners and an environmental group filed the first lawsuit on Friday challenging President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration aimed at freeing up billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said.
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Senate inquiry to probe Russian agent's meetings with Treasury, Fed

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:04
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has launched an inquiry into meetings in 2015 between top Obama administration officials, a Russian central banker and Maria Butina, who has pleaded guilty to conspiring to work as a Russian agent to influence American foreign policy.
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Five killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouse

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:41
A gunman opened fire in a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was slain, law enforcement officials said.
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Legal challenges to Trump emergency declaration face uphill battle

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:26
Democratic lawmakers, states and others mulling legal challenges to President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to obtain funds to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall face an uphill and probably losing battle in a showdown likely to be decided by the conservative-majority Supreme Court, legal experts said.
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Trump to nominate Jeffrey Byard as U.S. emergency management chief

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:21
President Donald Trump intends to nominate Jeffrey Byard, a senior official at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, to be its administrator, replacing Brock Long who said this week he was resigning, the White House said on Friday.
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Amazon invites Ocasio-Cortez for tour, calls worker claims untrue

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:33
A senior Amazon.com Inc executive on Friday disputed claims raised by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that Amazon workers face "dehumanizing conditions" as being untrue and invited her to take a tour of company facilities.
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U.S. court faults Puerto Rico board appointments, keeps bankruptcy alive

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:13
A U.S. Appeals Court ruled on Friday that members of Puerto Rico's federally created oversight board were unconstitutionally appointed but declined to dismiss the bankruptcy cases the board filed for the U.S. commonwealth.
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Gunman opens fire at Illinois plant, at least one killed

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:50
A gunman opened fire in an industrial building in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, city and law enforcement officials said, killing at least one person and wounding several others before he was taken into custody.
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Trump declares emergency for border wall, House panel launches probe

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:49
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
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House panel announces emergency declaration probe in letter to Trump

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:51
A key committee in the U.S. House of Representatives announced on Friday it was launching an immediate investigation into President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration, saying his move to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border raised constitutional and statutory issues.
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Gunman opens fire in Illinois building, multiple people hurt

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:37
A gunman opened fire in an industrial building in Aurora, Illinois on Friday, city and law enforcement officials said, and local and national media reported that at least several people were wounded by gunfire before a suspect was taken into custody.
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U.S. Supreme Court to decide legality of census citizenship query

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:43
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the fate of a fiercely contested plan by President Donald Trump's administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, agreeing on Friday to an expedited review of a judge's ruling blocking the plan.
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Police arrest 'potential suspects' in alleged attack on 'Empire' actor

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:27
Two Nigerian brothers have been arrested in connection with an alleged racist and homophobic assault on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, the city's police department said on Friday.
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U.S. to slash payouts from 9/11 victims fund

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:25
The special master overseeing a U.S. government fund to compensate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Friday said future awards will be significantly reduced, typically by at least 50 percent, because the fund is running short of money.
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Trump declares U.S.-Mexico emergency for border wall

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:05
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
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Trump, in proclamation, says military help needed due to 'gravity' of emergency

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:17
President Donald Trump, in a proclamation on Friday declaring an emergency at the U.S. border with Mexico, said he need to call upon the military for assistance "because of the gravity of the current emergency situation."
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NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delays

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:00
NASA said on Friday it was weighing an option to buy two additional astronaut seats aboard a Russian rocket as a contingency plan against further delays in the launch systems being developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX and Boeing Co.
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U.S. top court to decide legality of census citizenship question

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:37
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the fate of a fiercely contested plan by President Donald Trump's administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, agreeing on Friday to an expedited review of a judge's ruling blocking the plan.
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