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At least 1 dead, 4 police officers wounded in shooting at manufacturing company in Illinois

Police in Aurora, Illinois, responded to a shooting at the Henry Pratt Company, a valve manufacturer Friday afternoon.

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Officials confirmed that police were on the scene of what was initially described as “an active shooter” situation.

Update 5:15 p.m. EST Feb. 15: A spokesman for the coroner’s office says at least one person is dead following a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago.

Kane County coroner’s office spokesman Chris Nelson says at least one person was killed in the attack Friday afternoon at the Henry Pratt Co. building in Aurora.

Update 4:45 p.m. EST Feb. 15: A city spokesman told WGN that at least four police officers were injured. 

Police have not said if anyone else has been injured.

Update 4:15 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Initial reports indicate that the shooter has been apprehended, but the area is still on lockdown.

Update 3:55 p.m. EST Feb. 15: A man who said he witnessed Friday’s shooting told WLS-TV that he recognized the person who opened fire at the Henry Pratt Company.

The man told WLS-TV that the shooter was one of his co-workers.

Update 3:50 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Police confirmed they are continue to respond Friday afternoon to an active shooting reported in Aurora.

Update 3:45 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Citing preliminary reports from the scene, the Daily Herald reported several people were injured in the ongoing active shooter situation reported Friday afternoon in Aurora. Police did not immediately confirm the report.

Update 3:40 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Authorities with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding to the reported shooting, officials said.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

Parent walks onto bus and hits 9-year-old boy, police say

A parent boarded a school bus and hit a 9-year-old boy who had hit her son, police said. 

Patrice Henry walked onto a bus for NOLA Charter Schools on Feb. 4 after the school called and said her kindergarten-aged son had been hit in the face, KLFY reported

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Henry got on the bus and asked, “Who hit my son?” Then she walked over to the boy the children were pointing toward, police said. 

Henry then put her arms around the boy’s neck and punched him, police said. 

“You took matters into your own hands and decided to beat on my 9-year-old son," Ashley Batiste, the boy’s mother, told KLFY. “He was scared for his life, so he tried to fight back.”Henry was charged with simple battery, KLFY reported

Batiste feels the bus driver should also be held accountable. 

“(Because) she didn't do anything -- a parent was able to get on the bus and beat my child,” Batiste told KLFY.

The school told KLFY student safety is a priority and it is working with police investigators. The school bus company said it has suspended the driver pending the outcome of the investigation, KLFY reported.

Trump signs funding bill to avoid government shutdown, declares emergency to build border wall

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fund his promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border after Congress passed a bipartisan border security bill that offered only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he had sought.

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White House officials confirmed Friday afternoon that Trump also signed the spending compromise into law to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Update 3:25 p.m. EST Feb. 15:A lawsuit filed Friday by an ethics watchdog group aims to make public documents that could determine whether the president has the legal authority to invoke emergency powers to fund his promised border wall.

In a statement, officials with the nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the group requested documentation, including legal opinions from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, to determine whether the president wrongfully used his emergency powers.

“President Trump’s threatened declaration of a national emergency for these purposes raised some serious questions among the public and Congress that the president was considering actions of doubtful legality based on misstated facts and outright falsehoods to make an end-run round Congress’ constitutional authority to make laws and appropriate funds,” attorneys for CREW said in the lawsuit.

>> Read the lawsuit filled by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington 

The group said it submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Office of Legal Counsel last month and that it got a response on Feb. 12 that indicated authorities would not be able to expedite the request or respond to it within the 20-day statutory deadline.

“Americans deserve to know the true basis for President Trump’s unprecedented decision to enact emergency powers to pay for a border wall,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement.

Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union said the group also plans to file suit.

Update 2:30 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump has signed a bill passed by Congress to fund several federal departments until September 30, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Friday afternoon to The Associated Press.

Update 12:35 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, accused Democrats of playing partisan politics in refusing to fund Trump’s border wall.

“President Trump’s decision to announce emergency action is the predictable and understandable consequence of Democrats’ decision to put partisan obstruction ahead of the national interest,” McConnell said.

Democrats have repeatedly voice opposition to the border wall, which critics say would not effectively address issues like drug trafficking and illegal immigration, which Trump purports such a wall would solve.

Update 11:25 a.m. EST Feb. 15: In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, condemned what they called “the president’s unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist.”

“This issue transcends partisan politics and goes to the core of the founders’ conception for America, which commands Congress to limit an overreaching executive. The president’s emergency declaration, if unchecked, would fundamentally alter the balance of powers, inconsistent with our founders’ vision,” the statement said. “We call upon our Republican colleagues to join us to defend the Constitution.”

Update 11:10 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump said he’s expecting the administration to be sued after he signs a national emergency declaration to fund the building of wall on the southern border.

“The order is signed and I'll sign the final papers as soon as I get into the Oval Office,” Trump said Friday while addressing reporters in the Rose Garden. 

“I expect to be sued -- I shouldn’t be sued,” Trump said Friday while addressing reporters in the Rose Garden. “I think we’ll be very successful in court. I think it’s clear.”

He said he expects the case will likely make it to the Supreme Court, the nation’s highest court.

“It’ll go through a process and happily we’ll win, I think,” he said.

Update 10:50 a.m. EST Feb. 15: “I’m going to sign a national emergency,” Trump said. “We’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.” 

>> National emergency likely to be blocked by courts, DOJ tells White House: reports

Update 10:25 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump will declare a national emergency and use executive actions to funnel over $6 billion in funds from the Treasury Department and the Pentagon for his border wall, Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree reported.

“With the declaration of a national emergency, the President will have access to roughly $8 billion worth of money that can be used to secure the southern border,” Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters in a call before the president’s announcement.

>> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: White House: Trump using national emergency and executive actions for border wall

Update 10 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump is expected on Friday morning to deliver remarks from the Rose Garden on the southern border after White House officials said he plans to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall.

Update 10 p.m. EST Feb. 14: At 10 a.m. on Friday, President Donald Trump is expected to deliver remarks from the Rose Garden about the southern border.

>> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Congress passes border deal as Trump readies emergency for border wall

The White House announced earlier that Trump will declare a national emergency that would enable him to transfer funding from other accounts for additional miles of border fencing.

Update 9 p.m. EST Feb. 14: The House easily approved border funding plan, as President Donald Trump prepared an emergency declaration to fund a border wall.

The bill also closes a chapter by preventing a second government shutdown at midnight Friday and by providing $333 billion to finance several Cabinet agencies through September.

Trump has indicated he’ll sign the measure though he is not happy with it, and for a few hours Thursday he was reportedly having second thoughts.

Update 4:30 p.m. EST Feb. 14: The government funding bill that includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of border wall, passed the Senate with a 83 - 16 vote.

The bill will go to the House for a final vote Thursday evening.

Update 4 p.m. EST Feb. 14: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the border he’s making an “end run around Congress.”

“The President is doing an end run around the Congress and the power of the purse,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who reserved the right to lead a legal challenge against any emergency declaration.

Pelosi said that there is no crisis at the border with Mexico that requires a national emergency order.

>> Trump's border wall: What is a national emergency?

She did not say if House Democrats would legally challenge the president. But Pelosi said if Trump invokes an emergency declaration it should be met with “great unease and dismay” as an overreach of executive authority.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday afternoon that the White House is “very prepared” for a legal challenge following the declaration of a National Emergency.

Update 3:15 p.m. EST Feb. 14: Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that President Donald Trump is going to sign a border deal and at the same time issue a national emergency declaration.

The compromise will keep departments running through the fiscal year but without the $5.7 billion Trump wanted for the border wall with Mexico. 

The House is also expected to vote on the bill later Thursday.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent a statement confirming that Trump intends to sign the bill and will issue “other executive action - including a national emergency.”

An emergency declaration to shift funding from other federal priorities to the border is expected to face swift legal challenge.

Update 12:40 p.m. EST Feb. 14: Trump said in a tweet Thursday that he and his team were reviewing the funding bill proposed by legislators.

Congress is expected to vote Thursday on the bipartisan accord to prevent another partial federal shutdown ahead of Friday's deadline.

Trump has not definitively said whether he’ll sign the bill if it passes the legislature. The bill would fund several departments, including Agriculture, Justice and State, until Sept. 30 but it includes only $1.4 billion to build new barriers on the border. Trump had asked Congress to provide $5.7 billion in funding.

Update 9:55 a.m. EST Feb. 14: The more than 1,600-page compromise, made up of seven different funding bills, was unveiled early Thursday. It includes $1.4 billion to build new barriers on the border and over $1 billion to fund other border security measures.

If passed, the bill would prevent a partial government shutdown like the 35-day closure that started after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise in December.

 >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: Five tidbits from the border security funding deal in Congress

President Donald Trump has given mixed signals in recent days over whether he plans to sign the bill or not. He’s told reporters in recent days that a second government shutdown as federal workers continue to dig out from the last closure “would be a terrible thing.” However, Adam Kennedy, the deputy director of White House communications, told NPR that the president “doesn’t want his hands tied on border security.”

"I think the president is going to fully review the bill," Kennedy said. "I think he wants to review it before he signs it."

Original report: President Donald Trump is expected to sign the deal lawmakers have hammered out to avoid a second shutdown, CNN is reporting.

>> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Trump hints at ‘national emergency’ to funnel money to border wall

On Tuesday, Trump said he was “not happy” with the spending plan negotiators came up with Monday night, CNN reported. That deal includes $1.375 billion in funding for border barriers, but not a concrete wall, according to Cox Media Group Washington correspondent Jamie Dupree.

“It’s not doing the trick,” Trump said, adding that he is “considering everything” when asked whether a national emergency declaration was on the table.

He said that if there is another shutdown, it would be “the Democrats’ fault.”

Trump also took to Twitter later Tuesday, claiming that the wall is already being built.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Colin Kaepernick, NFL agree to end collusion grievance 

Attorneys for beleaguered quarterback Colin Kaepernick came to an agreement Friday with the National Football League to resolve a collusion grievance.

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“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. (Eric) Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances,” representatives for both sides said in a released statement. “The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

In 2016, Kaepernick spurred a movement when he began kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against social and racial injustices. He has not played a game in the NFL since that year. He brought a lawsuit against the league for collusion in 2017. 

In 2018, Kaepernick became the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” ad campaign. 

The ad featured a close-up, black-and-white image of Kaepernick with the words: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Parents accused of child neglect after allegedly starving baby, police say

The parents of a Titusville infant are accused of starving their son in a disturbing case of child neglect.

Investigators said the couple's 5-month-old weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces after weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces at birth. 

The baby is in a hospital and the child's parents are in the Brevard County Jail.

This baby's father seemed to question the accuracy of the child's medical reports.

The investigator who was contacted by the Department of Children and Families on Wednesday said the baby was clearly malnourished.

His ribs were visible, his eyes sunken and the priority was getting the child medical attention.

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His parents are charged with neglect with great harm and could face additional charges.

Titusville police said 20-year-old Julia French and 31-year-old Robert Buskey knew their 5-month-old son wasn't thriving, but they failed to do anything about it.

According to court documents, the infant was lethargic and had difficulties maintaining his temperature and sugar due to dehydration and malnourishment.

Since Wednesday night, the child has gained a half a pound just by being given fluids.

Titusville police said the family's physician had provided orders regarding the child's nutrition and the child was improving on an organic formula.

“At one point, when the child was doing good and healthy and gaining weight, he was on an organic formula and they changed it on their own,” said Detective Lauren Watson with the Titusville Police Department.

Police said the couple was feeding the child a potato-based mash and there may be long-term medical issues as a result of the malnourishment.

“I've never seen a child to this level, this close to possible death,” Watson said.

Police said the couple described themselves as vegan but couldn't explain why they stopped using the organic formula.

Their infant is in DCF custody.

Neighbor charged in murder of mother, daughter, police say

A Minneapolis man was arrested and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a mother and daughter who lived across the hall from him, police said. 

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Richie Vessel, 46, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Eileen Mark, 67, and her daughter, Jennifer Angerhofer, 42, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported

Witnesses told police they heard loud music and arguing before shots rang out, the Star Tribune reported. 

Mark was near the front door when she was shot in the upper chest. Angerhofer was in the kitchen when she was fatally shot in the lower face, the Star Tribune reported.

“(Vessel) apparently went into their apartment, shot them both with the same .40-caliber gun,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said at an afternoon news conference, the Star Tribune reported.

Police arrived around 10:30 p.m. and questioned Vessel, who claimed he did not hear anything, the Star Tribune reported. 

Investigators found a blood-like substance on the wall of Vessel’s apartment and a .40-caliber gun, ammunition and a pill bottle with Vessel’s name on it in a trash bag thrown in the apartment complex trash bin.

Investigators learned Vessel had previously threatened to kill a neighbor and had shown a handgun to another tenant, WCCO reported

Vessel had no other relationship with the victims, police said. 

GoFundMe account was set up to help the family of the victims.

Trump's border wall: What is a national emergency?

Can President Donald Trump declare a national emergency in order to fund the wall? 

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Here is a look at the powers that come into play when a president declares a national emergency and just what the law allows him to do.

Can he do that?

The president, at his or her discretion, has the authority to declare a national emergency. Historically, that authority comes from Congress, which by 1973 had enacted more than 470 statutes pertaining to the president’s authority during a national emergency. 

In 1976, Congress enacted the National Emergencies Act that limited the scope of response to declared states of emergency.The act:

  • Revoked the powers that had been granted to the president under the four states of emergency that were still active in 1976.
  • Prescribed procedures for invoking any powers in the future.
  • Declared that states of emergency would automatically end one year after their declaration unless the president publishes a notice of renewal in the Federal Register within 90 days of the termination date. He or she must also officially notify Congress of the renewal.
  • Required each house of Congress meet every six months to consider a vote to end the state of emergency.

The incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Adam Smith, D-Washington, agreed that Trump has the authority to declare an emergency and have the U.S. military build the wall. He said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that while Trump can do it, such an action would likely be challenged in court.

>> National emergency likely to be blocked by courts, DOJ tells White House: reports

“Unfortunately, the short answer is yes,” Smith said when asked if Trump has the authority to declare a national emergency and build the wall.“I think the president would be wide open to a court challenge saying, ‘Where is the emergency?’ You have to establish that in order to do this,” Smith continued. “But beyond that, this would be a terrible use of Department of Defense dollars.”What is considered a national emergency?What constitutes a national emergency is open to interpretation, but generally, it is seen as an event that threatens the security of the people of the United States.

According to the Congressional Review Service, a 1934 Supreme Court majority opinion characterized an emergency in terms of “urgency and relative infrequency of occurrence as well as equivalence to a public calamity resulting from fire, flood, or like disaster not reasonably subject to anticipation.” 

What powers does a president have when a national emergency is declared?Through federal law, when an emergency is declared, a variety of powers are available to the president to use. Some of those powers require very little qualification from the president for their use.

The Brennan Center for Justice lists 136 special provisions that become available to a president when he declares a national emergency.

A CRS report states, "Under the powers delegated by such statutes, the president may seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens.”

However, under the National Emergencies Act, the president must name the specific emergency power he is invoking.

How can he get funds for a wall by declaring a national emergency? Where does the money come from?

According to U.S. law, a president can divert funds to a federal construction project during a declared national emergency.

In the case of the border wall, the money could come from the budget for the Department of Defense under something called “un-obligated” money. Under federal law, un-obligated money in the Department of Defense's budget may be used by the military to fund construction projects during war or emergencies.

Department of Defense spokesman Jamie Davis said in a statement that, “To date, there is no plan to build sections of the wall. However, Congress has provided options under Title 10 U.S. Code that could permit the Department of Defense to fund border barrier projects, such as in support of counter drug operations or national emergencies.”

Can Congress get around it?

Congress can end a president’s call of a national emergency with a joint resolution. A joint resolution is a legislative measure that requires the approval of both the House and the Senate. The resolution is submitted, just as a bill is, to the president for his or her signature, making it a law. 

Spokeswoman: McCabe 25th Amendment comments 'misrepresented'

A spokeswoman for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said Friday that he was taken out of context in reports that the Justice Department discussed removing President Donald Trump from office using the 25th Amendment.

>> Read more trending newsMcCabe allegedly confirmed claims that first surfaced in September in an interview set to air Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” the news network reported.

According to CBS, McCabe said Justice Department officials discussed whether to invoke the 25th Amendment in the eight days between Trump’s May 2017 firing of former FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. However, McCabe spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz said Friday that his comments had been misrepresented.

“He was present and participated in a discussion that included a comment by deputy attorney general Rosenstein regarding the 25th Amendment,” Schwartz said. “To clarify, at no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of any such discussions.”

Unnamed Justice Department officials had denied the allegation in a statement released Thursday, saying “there was no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment, nor was the (deputy attorney general) in a position to consider invoking the 25th.”

McCabe was named acting director of the FBI after Comey’s firing. He told CBS he moved quickly to begin obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations of the president after his appointment.

>> Who is Andrew G. McCabe, former Deputy Director of the FBI?

"I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion," McCabe told the news network. "That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace."

McCabe’s comments confirmed a report from The New York Times last month that authorities had opened a criminal and counterintelligence investigation into Trump after Comey’s dismissal. According to the Times, the aim of the investigation was to determine whether Trump “knowingly worked for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.”

>> NYT: FBI began investigating Trump as possible threat to national security after Comey firing

McCabe was fired abruptly in March 2018, just days before he was set to retire. McCabe said he believed his firing was politically motivated, although then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said McCabe had “inappropriately authorized the disclosure of sensitive information” about the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while in office, according to Politico. The investigation did not result in charges against Clinton. 

>> Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe fired two days before retirement

McCabe had been with the FBI for 22 years.

Nursing home employees accused after patient ‘rotted to death,’ prosecutor says

Several nurses who worked at an Ohio nursing home have been indicted after Ohio’s attorney general said they mistreated two patients at the home.

Dave Yost made the announcement Thursday, CNN reported.

He said that a grand jury in Franklin County, Ohio, said that the nurses worked at Whetstone Gardens and Care Center in Columbus in 2017.

Six of the nurses charged are either current or former employees of the facility. The seventh person was a contracted certified nurse, CNN reported.

Yost said one of the patients under the care of the nurses “literally rotted to death,” while another patient was harmed because the nurses faked the patient’s medical records and forged signatures.

Yost said during a news conference the first patient had wounds on his body in February 2017. They became gangrenous and necrotic, but nurses delayed taking him to a hospital. They eventually did, but it was too late. He died on March 5, 2017 at the hospital due to septic shock from the wounds, according to CNN.

Three of the nurses now face involuntary manslaughter, gross patient neglect and patient neglect charges for not taking medically appropriate steps that could have saved the man’s life.

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Facility spokesperson Ryan Stubenrauch denies that the employees were responsible for the death of the patient.

Stubenrauch told CNN facility officials have been working with law enforcement on the allegations for about two years. 

“We’re confident that this man’s tragic death was not the result of neglect at our facility,” Stubenrauch told CNN.

Four employees were fired immediately for falsifying the other patient’s records,  Stubenrauch told CNN.

Treatments were listed on a female patient’s records when she was not physically at the center, CNN reported.

Five nurses were indicted on charges of forgery and gross patient neglect.

Two of the employees who are charged with manslaughter were suspended pending the investigation’s outcome. The contracted certified nurse no longer works at Whetstone Gardens, Stubenrauch told CNN.

No pleas have been entered and none of the accused have attorneys listed, CNN reported.


Church raises $150,000 for HBCUs through fasting

A Virginia church is making sure college students at Howard University don’t have to worry about their student debt.

Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, paid the school debts of 34 students at the HBCU, The Washington Post reported.

Some of the full-time students chosen to get the windfall owed as little as $100, others owed thousands of dollars

In total, the church members paid $100,000 to clean the financial slate of university seniors, “Good Morning America” reported.

The congregation also gave $50,000 to Bennett College, the Post reported.

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But how was a church able to raise so much money and why?

About 4,000 church members participated in a 30-day fast of not only food but social media and money. They were asked to not spend anything extra, and then donate the money saved to a worthy cause, the Post reported.

The Rev. Marc Lavarin had the idea of donating to Howard University during a prayer.

“I thought, ‘What better way to celebrate Black History Month than investing in the young, black heroes of HBCUs?’” Lavarin told The Washington Post.

Church members thought they would raise $25,000, but by the end of the month, they had $150,000, “Good Morning America” reported.

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The church has had a long connection with HBCUs. About 60 percent of members attended one of the country’s historic black colleges and universities and the church holds an annual event for prospective HBCU students.

On Jan. 31, the students were told about their award via an email from the financial aid office about a “special financial aid opportunity,” the Post reported

When they reported to the Interdisciplinary Research Building, the ministers from Alfred Street Baptist were there with the university’s financial aid staff to give the seniors the good news.

About 95 percent of students at Howard University get financial aid to pay the $24,966 annual undergraduate tuition, according to the Post.

Baby found home alone after intoxicated mother reports child missing, deputies say

An inebriated mother reported her baby missing after leaving the child at home while she went drinking, investigators said. 

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The child was found at the woman’s house, after she called police from a family member’s residence to report the child missing, KOB reported

"Nobody is here at the residence but I do have the baby, she is laying on the bed," San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Cody Tipler can be heard saying in dashcam footage.

The baby is in good condition and was cared for until a sober member of the family could pick her up, investigators said.

National emergency likely to be blocked by courts, DOJ tells White House: reports

The Justice Department has warned White House officials that the national emergency President Donald Trump is expected to declare Friday to secure funding for his promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is likely to be blocked by the courts, according to multiple reports.

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Officials told the White House that the declaration is “nearly certain to be blocked” on at least a temporary basis, ABC News reported. An unidentified senior White House official told the news network that administration officials still expect Trump would ultimately win the case.

>> Trump's border wall: What is a national emergency?

Officials with the White House counsel’s office have told Trump that a national emergency declaration would be a “high litigation risk,” an unidentified source told The Washington Post. Several lawmakers echoed that statement Thursday.

“I wish he wouldn’t have done it,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, according to Politico. “If (Trump) figures that Congress didn’t do enough and he’s got to do it, then I imagine we’ll find out whether he’s got the authority to do it by the courts.”

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told Politico she also believed the declaration would face a court challenge.

 >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: Five tidbits from the border security funding deal in Congress

“It’s a mistake on the president’s part,” she said. “It undermines the role of Congress and the appropriations process.”

The New York Times reported that under the National Emergencies Act, lawmakers can enact a “joint resolution of termination to end the emergency status if they believe the president is acting irresponsibly or the threat has dissipated.” Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, told the newspaper he was prepared to introduce such a resolution should Trump declare the emergency.

White House officials announced Thursday that Trump planned to declare a national emergency after lawmakers passed a bipartisan spending deal that funded only a portion of the $5.7 billion he’d requested to build the wall. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump planned to sign the funding bill.

>> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Congress passes border deal as Trump readies emergency for border wall

The president is scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday to deliver remarks about the southern border from the Rose Garden.

Sheriff’s deputy set on fire while trying to serve warrants, officials say

A sheriff’s deputy in Ohio is recovering after being set on fire by the man he was trying to serve a warrant on, WJW reported.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said the deputy, whose name has not been released, was trying to serve the paperwork on the suspect at a home in Rootstown Township, when the man allegedly threw a container of flammable liquid on the deputy, according to WJW. The suspect, whose name was also not released, then set the deputy on fire, the sheriff said in a press release.

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The deputy had severe burns and was given first aid as other deputies took the suspect into custody, WJW reported.

The deputy was admitted to an area hospital burn unit. His condition was not released.

The home where the incident happened was damaged in the fire, Cleveland.com reported. Several deputies were also treated for smoke inhalation, according to the news outlet.

Firefighters rescue Houston woman stuck in air vent

Firefighters had to rescue a Houston woman early Friday when she became stuck in an air vent of a vacant home, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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Authorities responded to a call just before 4:30 a.m. when Arthur Reyes called 911 and said he heard screaming noises coming from the house, KTRK reported.

"I thought it was a fight," Reyes told the television station. "(I asked her) ‘What are you doing up there?"

 The woman, who has not been identified, told police she did not remember how she got into the vent, only that she crawled into the house through the roof. according to the Chronicle

"I've never seen anything like this," District Fire Chief Eric Hutzley told the newspaper.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to free the woman from the vent, KHOU reported. The woman suffered minor injuries to her leg and was taken to a hospital, the television station reported.

Authorities said the woman did not appear to be under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, the Chronicle reported.

Woman accused of stealing fur coats to support heroin habit

A woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothing from a Pennsylvania store after she allegedly pilfered a $3,500 mink coat, WCAU reported.

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Police said they caught Tamala Lee Tucker, 55, with six trash bags full of clothing, the television station reported. Tucker allegedly told police she was planning to sell the garments to support her heroin addiction, WCAU reported, citing an arrest affidavit.

Pam Ferber, the manager of the Jacques Ferber Furs boutique in the Philadelphia suburb of Wayne, said two women entered her store Thursday and took some items, WTXF reported.

“I knew my inventory very well and I looked over and a piece was missing," Ferber told the television station. "I did say to (Tucker), ‘You have my coat,’ and that's when they decided to leave.”

According to Radnor Township police Sgt. Dan Lunger, Tucker left the store with the mink coat stuffed under her dress and got into an SUV, WCAU reported.

Ferber followed the women outside and took a photograph of the SUV’s license plate, the television station reported. Police spotted the vehicle and pulled it over, and Ferber identified the women.

Police found 37 different items of clothing in the trash bags, WCAU reported.

"There were several trash bags in the back seat with clothes in them. New clothes, some of which you could see still had the security devices on them," Lunger told WTXF. “Several of the clothing items had the security devices wrapped in tin foil which was defeating the security sensors at the various locations where the clothes were taken from."

"I saw (police) lift the hatch of their vehicle and there were other plastic bags full of things, just like my coat was in a plastic bag.” Ferber told WCAU. “(I) realized, ‘Wow, they've had a busy day.’" 

Tucker told police she had received some of the clothes from a friend in Baltimore, the television station reported.

Police said Tucker’s 51-year-old sister and 79-year-old mother, who were also in the SUV at the time of her arrest, have not been charged in the case for now, WTXF reported.

Payless could be close to closing all stores, file for bankruptcy

The discount shoe retailer Payless ShoeSource could close most if not all of its 2,700 stores once it files for bankruptcy later this month, CNBC is reporting.

Company owners have been trying to find someone to buy the chain, but have not been able to make a deal. Unless someone steps forward to save the business, stores are expected to begin going-out-of-business sales next week, a source told Reuters.

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Payless could also sell blocks of stores in various parts of the country, CNBC reported.

If bankruptcy is filed, this will be the second time the company has done so. Payless filed for bankruptcy in April 2017 and came out of it more than a year ago, still having $400 million in loans from a previous total of $800 million, court filings showed and creditors took ownership of Payless, Reuters reported

>>Read: Payless becomes Palessi to prove point in new advertising campaign

Payless also closed about 400 stores, CNBC reported.

The company has not responded to Reuters or CNBC’s requests for comments.

Payless was founded in 1956, according to Bloomberg.

Pit bull tied to pole, set on fire, dies

A pit bull that was found tied to a pole and set on fire in Richmond, Virginia, has died.

Officials at Richmond Animal Care and Control announced the sad news on Friday via Facebook, WRIC reported.

The post said Tommie had died after he, “just finished having his bandages changed and stopped breathing; his body simply gave out. Tommie was pain free and surrounded by people that loved him when he passed.”

>>Read: Dog tied to pole, intentionally set on fire, police say

There is a reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for setting Tommie on fire. Right now the reward is set at $25,000. 

Animal control officials said someone covered Tommie with an accelerant and set him on fire Sunday evening.

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Witnesses described the suspect as a man “wearing multiple layers of pants,” according to an earlier post by animal control.

Tommie had burns to more than 40 percent of his body.

Flooding traps nearly 250 kids attending after-school program

Nearly 250 children in southern California were trapped at the site of their after-school program Thursday after rains flooded the two roads to the building, KNSD reported.

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Flooding Thursday blocked access to the After School Learning Tree in San Diego just as the children were preparing to leave for the day, the television station reported.

"I kinda expected it ’cause the rain was super heavy this morning, but I didn't expect this long,” parent Jie Kyn told KNSD

Kyn said she had to wait more than an hour to pick up her son and daughter, the television station reported.

Eventually, the water levels receded enough so the children could be transported by van to a nearby train station to reunite with their parents, KNSD reported.

Bear gets stuck in garbage truck, driver has no idea he has company during haul

That’s one way to get a meal to go. 

A driver called Bertie County, North Carolina, 911 after they saw a bear hanging from a moving garbage truck on U.S. Route 17, The Associated Press reported.

The driver of the truck had no idea he had a bruin co-pilot until he was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy.

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Apparently Yogi was digging through the truck-sized “picnic basket” when he got stuck under the netting used to keep the garbage, and apparently bears now, inside, the AP reported.

When the driver pulled the net, the bear popped out of the truck and scampered away before the truck continued to the landfill, according to the AP.

Thrown TV remote sends Florida woman's dentures flying, deputies say

A Florida woman is accused of knocking an older woman’s dentures out of her mouth by throwing a television remote at her, TCPalm reported.

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On Jan. 27, the woman, 35, allegedly entered a home and began arguing with the 62-year-old woman who lived there, the website reported, citing a release from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

The younger woman, who was the ex-girlfriend of the older woman’s son, then picked up the remote and allegedly threw it “with great force, knocking her dentures out of her mouth and onto the ground,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

While the younger woman denied throwing the remote, the older woman’s boyfriend confirmed that the device was thrown, TCPalm reported.

The older woman decided not to follow any legal channel in the case, deciding not to press charges, the website reported. No arrests were made.

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