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Illinois shooter took gun to firing

by Mickey McLean
Posted 2/16/19, 11:17 am

UPDATE: The man who shot and killed five of his coworkers Friday at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, Ill., brought a gun to a meeting where he was fired, according to police. Authorities have identified the five victims, including three who were in the room with him at the time of the firing and two who were just outside. A sixth person was shot but survived.

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Vatican defrocks McCarrick over sexual abuse

by Mickey McLean
Posted 2/16/19, 10:56 am

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Roman Catholic officials found him guilty of sexual abuse in the church. The 88-year-old former archbishop of Washington, D.C., can no longer celebrate Mass or other sacraments, wear clerical vestments, or have any title in the church. The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith office of the Vatican on Jan.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ben Curtis

Nigeria delays presidential election one week

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/16/19, 10:27 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—Nigeria’s electoral commission announced early on Saturday morning it had delayed the presidential election for a week, just hours before polls were scheduled to open. The Independent National Electoral Commission said the vote will now take place on Feb. 23 to allow it to address “identified challenges.”

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