WAREHOUSE SHOOTING-AURORA-THE LATEST The Latest: Aurora victim started internship day he died AURORA, Ill. (AP) — One of the five people who were killed by a fired worker at a suburban Chicago industrial warehouse was…
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The Latest: Aurora victim started internship day he died
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — One of the five people who were killed by a fired worker at a suburban Chicago industrial warehouse was a 21-year-old college student who had started interning there that day.
Jay Wehner says his nephew, Trevor Wehner, began his human resources internship at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora on Friday.
Authorities say a 45-year-old worker pulled a gun after being fired and fatally shot Wehner and four other employees. They say he wounded a sixth employee and five police officers before officers eventually killed him in a gun battle.
Jay Wehner says his nephew grew up about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Aurora in Sheridan and was expected to graduate from Northern Illinois University in May with a degree in human resource management.
He says Trevor was a “wonderful person” who was fun, caring and “always, always happy.”
Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart
NEW YORK (AP) — When Amazon chose the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens to build a $2.5 billion campus that could house 25,000 workers, New York’s top brass saw it as a major coup.
But what they didn’t expect was the protests, the hostile public hearings and the disparaging tweets that would come in the next three months, eventually leading to Amazon’s dramatic Valentine’s Day breakup with the city.
The list of grievances was long: the deal was done secretively; Amazon didn’t need nearly $3 billion in tax incentives; and rising rents could push people out of the neighborhood.
City officials and union leaders were talking to Amazon until the last minute. Then the company surprised even the city’s mayor by announcing they were ditching New York in a blog post.
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The Latest: US cardinal hails pope’s leadership on abuse
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The cardinal of Newark, New Jersey, is thanking Pope Francis for his leadership on the church investigation of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
McCarrick was Newark archbishop for 14 years. He was defrocked Saturday after being found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse, including while hearing confession.
Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin said Saturday it’s “profoundly disheartening and disturbing” to know that McCarrick acted “contrary to the Christian way of life as well as his vocation as a priest.”
Tobin, who was named a cardinal by Francis, expressed gratitude to the pontiff “for his leadership throughout this difficult investigation and decision.”
Last year, Tobin said the archdiocese never received an accusation that McCarrick abused a minor, but that it and another New Jersey diocese received three allegations of sexual misconduct with adults decades ago. Two of those resulted in settlement.
Climate change means more floods, great and localized
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The growing realization that ever-more ferocious storms are becoming more common as the result of global warming is forcing government officials to revisit how they respond to natural disasters.
In South Carolina late last year, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster created a special floodwater commission. The group will be tasked with figuring out how to better combat flooding unleashed by hurricanes, rising ocean levels and other rain systems upstream that send rivers and creeks over their banks on the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
Larry Larson is a former director and senior policy adviser for the Association of State Floodplain Managers. He says officials need to start using forecast tools that predict several different scenarios depending on temperature rise, rather than relying on flood maps based on past events.
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The Latest: Kerry ‘ashamed’ Pence didn’t note climate change
MUNICH (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he’s ashamed that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence didn’t mention climate change at an international security conference and is vowing to help make it a voting issue.
Kerry made an impassioned speech at a discussion on climate change Saturday at the Munich Security Conference, hours after a speech by Pence.
He said: “I’m ashamed that our vice president of the United States stood up here at a security conference and never even mentioned the word ‘climate change.’”
Kerry added: “I wish there was a way to hold the president of the United States accountable for the loss of life that is going to take place every day, for the displacement of people, for the trillions of dollars we will have to wind up spending because we’re not getting the job done.”
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Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ wins Berlin film fest’s Golden Bear
BERLIN (AP) — Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms,” a film following a young Israeli man who uproots himself to France and tries to immerse himself in his new country, has won the Berlin International Film Festival’s top Golden Bear award.
The film was chosen Saturday from a field of 16 movies competing at the first of the year’s major European film festivals.
Wang Jingchun was named best actor for his role in Wang Xiaoshuai’s “So Long, My Son,” a Chinese family saga. Best actress went to Yong Mei for her part in the same film.
The best director prize went to Germany’s Angela Schanelec for “I Was at Home, But.”
Potential privacy lapse found in Americans’ 2010 census data
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Census Bureau official says an internal agency team found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from encrypted data — but with lots of mistakes.
So far, this privacy vulnerability has only been captured by internal hacking teams, and no outside groups are known to have grabbed data that’s supposed to be private for 72 years.
The agency’s chief scientist, John Abowd, tells a scientific conference in Washington that the data vulnerability potentially affects 138 million people.
The Census Bureau is scrapping its old data shielding technique for a state-of-the-art method that Abowd says is far better than Google’s or Apple’s.
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The Latest: Biden repudiates Trump policies in Munich speech
Joe Biden isn’t in the 2020 presidential race yet, but he’s making clear at an international gathering that he thinks President Donald Trump has undermined America’s ability to claim moral leadership.
The former vice president says the U.S. doesn’t want to turn its back on its closest allies and cherishes democracy, the rule of law and a free press.
Biden tells the Munich Security Conference that the America he sees “stands up to the aggression of dictators and against strongmen who rule by coercion, corruption and violence.”
He says his country “values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our backs on refugees at our border. Americans know that’s not right.”
Biden has not yet said whether he’ll join the increasingly crowded field of Democrats running for their party’s nomination. He has two public events slated for later this month, the first at the University of Pennsylvania and the second in Delaware, his home state.
Bulgarian nationalists march in honor of pro-Nazi general
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian nationalists have marched through Sofia, the country’s capital, to honor a World War II general known for his anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi activities.
The annual Lukov March, staged by the far-right Bulgarian National Union, attracted hundreds of dark-clad supporters who walked through downtown Sofia holding torches and Bulgarian flags and chanting nationalist slogans.
It came despite strong condemnation by human rights groups, political parties and foreign embassies. The city mayor had banned the rally but organizers won a court order overturning the ban.
A heavy police presence blocked any clashes between nationalists and their opponents.
Ahead of the march, the World Jewish Congress warned about the rise of far-right activities across Europe aimed at promoting anti-Semitism, hatred, xenophobia and Nazi glorification among young people.
Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, star of ‘Downfall,’ dies at 77
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who played Adolf Hitler cooped up in his Berlin bunker in “Downfall” and an angel in Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire,” has died. He was 77.
German news agency dpa reported that Ganz’s management said Saturday he died in Zurich.
Ganz, a prominent figure in the German-language theater world, shifted into movies in the 1970s, appearing in Werner Herzog’s “Nosferatu” and Wenders’ “The American Friend” among others. In one of his more recent appearances, he starred as Sigmund Freund in “The Tobacconist,” released last year.
Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller said Ganz was “one of the greats” of the screen and stage. He said that “the death of Bruno Ganz is a great loss for the German-speaking theater and film world.”
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