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What we know about the Aurora, Ill., mass shooting victims

cmannphoto/iStock(AURORA, Ill.) — The five men gunned down in Aurora, Ill., on Friday were all employees at the Henry Pratt manufacturing plant where the shooting broke out.The alleged shooter, who was shot dead by law enforcement, was also an employee but was being terminated on Friday, according to Scott Hall, CEO of Mueller Water Products,…read more »

Powerful storm takes aim this week as major flooding threat grows

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The latest winter storm tracked from the Midwest to the Northeast overnight, delivering snow from the Plains into New England.Des Moines, Iowa, saw 8 to 10 inches of snow on Sunday, as Wisconsin, northern Illinois and parts of Michigan each saw a few inches, creating low visibility and hazardous traveling conditions.Mixed…read more »

This grassroots program hopes to end starvation by redirecting waste

Courtesy LaRayia Gaston(LOS ANGELES) — LaRayia Gaston is on a mission to help end starvation in the homeless community through her Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Lunch On Me, which she launched in 2017. Still a grassroots effort, Gaston and her team of volunteers distribute meals six days a week by redistributing food from local grocery stores…read more »

Mountain lion rescued from 50 feet above home in Southern California

California Department of Fish and Wildlife(HESPERIA, Calif.) — Firefighters helped rescue a large mountain lion from a tree outside a home in Southern California over the weekend, authorities said.The homeowner spotted the wild cat on Saturday afternoon while doing yard work around the residence in Hesperia, a city in the Mojave Desert near the San…read more »

Brothers tell police ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett paid them to orchestrate and stage attack: Source

Theo Wargo/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The two brothers who were interrogated by police investigating the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett in Chicago told authorities that the “Empire” actor allegedly paid them to help him orchestrate and stage the crime, sources told ABC News Sunday. Detectives are trying to corroborate the account of Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo,…read more »

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