An employee opened fire inside an Illinois warehouse - killing five people and wounding five police officers - after finding out that he had been fired, authorities said. Gary Martin, 45, shot several employees Friday, the same day he learned he had been terminated from his job, and immediately began shooting at police officers after they arrived at the warehouse in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, Police Chief Kristen Ziman told reporters. Martin, who was armed with a Smith & Wesson handgun, was killed about an hour later.
NEW YORK - There is a shame for any serious artist in being understood. Many artists cultivate a mystique precisely to avoid being explained away. But resistance to being too well known comes into conflict with a desire to communicate and express oneself, to belong, to be loved. Frida Kahlo, one of the 20th century's great artists, gives us occasion to think about this paradox. We know her. We love her. The exhibitions keep coming. And, inevitably, we think we understand her. We don't.
Federal prosecutors on Friday called Paul Manafort's tax and bank fraud "serious, longstanding, and bold" but did not recommend a specific punishment for his convictions in Virginia. Federal guidelines call for President Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman to spend 19 to a little more than 24 years in prison, the prosecutors noted Friday in a sentencing memo filed in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. They said the range was properly calculated by Manafort's probation officer.
WASHINGTON - February's 5-to-4 U.S. Supreme Court vote to block a restrictive Louisiana abortion law from taking effect provided some measure of consolation to women's rights advocates who feared the court's new conservative majority would immediately act to restrict access to the procedure.
Authorities are responding to multiple casualties in Aurora, Ill., Friday afternoon, including several police officers, after a gunman opened fire inside a business. The suspect was apprehended, according to the City of Aurora. "We are told that multiple people have been struck by gunfire," a spokesman for the Kane County State Attorney's Office wrote in an email Friday afternoon.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Friday, Feb. 15, that he will declare a national emergency as a means to circumvent Congress and build additional border barriers. He is seeking to secure about $6.5 billion more in funding than Congress has approved. "I'm going to be signing a national emergency," Trump said in the White House Rose Garden.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court added a politically explosive case to its docket Friday, agreeing to decide by the end of June whether the Trump administration can add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census form sent to every American household.
It is hard to single out any single event in Donald Trump's presidency as the most untethered from truth and reality. Still, Friday's news conference, in which Trump tried to defend his end run around Congress based on a make-believe emergency at the southern border, was, to use the president's own words, a "big con game." Trump's technique is to spin fiction as fact, secure in the knowledge that minds will reel as fact-checkers labor to deconstruct his ziggurat of falsehoods. So let's stick to one big, basic truth: There is no crisis at the southern border.
Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, in a "60 Minutes" interview set to air Sunday night, said that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein broached using the 25th Amendment to oust President Donald Trump in a wide-ranging discussion that suggested he was concerned about Trump's "capacity," according to a transcript released Friday.
As public pressure intensifies over how Facebook promotes misinformation about vaccines, the social media giant is considering removing anti-vaccination content from its recommendation systems, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Facebook has become something of a haven for a small but vocal community of parents who reject wisdom about immunizations, often citing junk science or conspiracy theories, and opt out of having their children vaccinated.