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College intern on first day among Illinois factory shooting victims

Trevor Wehner was working his first day as a human resources intern at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, when a worker who had just been fired killed him and four of his colleagues.


U.S. court faults Puerto Rico board appointments, keeps bankruptcy alive

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.


Gunman in Aurora, Illinois, shooting described as ‘loner’

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.


Five killed as gunman opens fire at Illinois warehouse

A gunman opened fire on Friday at an Illinois manufacturing warehouse, apparently as he was being terminated from his job there, killing five fellow workers and wounding five police officers before he was slain by police, authorities said.


Trump to nominate Jeffrey Byard as U.S. emergency management chief

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.


Gunman opens fire at Illinois plant, at least one killed

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.


Chicago police dispute reports ‘Empire’ actor investigated for staging attack

Chicago police contested media reports on Thursday that officers were investigating whether “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged being physically assaulted because he was being written out of the television show.


Russia’s RDIF chief offers to vouch for detained U.S. Baring Vostok founder

The head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund offered on Friday to personally vouch for Michael Calvey, the founder of Baring Vostok private equity group who has been detained with several others and accused of embezzlement.


Russia detains U.S. founder of Baring Vostok private equity group

Russia has detained the U.S. founder of the Baring Vostok private equity group in Moscow on suspicion of fraud, a spokeswoman for Moscow’s Basmanny court told Reuters on Friday.


Colorado man who strangled mountain lion describes life-or-death struggle

A 31-year-old man who fended off and suffocated a mountain lion when it attacked him on a Colorado jogging trail last week described on Thursday how he killed the big cat by stepping on its throat during a life-and-death struggle.



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