News Talk 650 CKOM

Subscribe to News Talk 650 CKOM feed
Saskatoon's Number One News and Information Station - News, Talk, Sports, Traffic, and Weather
Updated: 33 min 16 sec ago

Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers in Illinois

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 22:35
AURORA, Ill. - A 15-year employee being fired from a manufacturing company opened fire in its suburban Chicago plant Friday, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman said 45-year-old Gary Martin “was being terminated” before he started shooting at the Henry Pratt Co. - which makes valves for industrial purposes - in the city about 40 miles (65 kilometres) west of Chicago. She told a news conference that in addition to the five employees killed, a sixth worker was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. A sixth police officer suffered a knee injury while officers were searching the building. Ziman said officers arrived within four minutes of receiving reports of the shooting and were fired upon as soon as they entered the 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse. Police said they did not know the gunman’s motive. “May God bless the brave law enforcement officers who continue to run toward danger,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at the news conference. John Probst, an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, told ABC7 that he ran out of the back door as the shooting unfolded Friday afternoon.Probst says he recognized the gunman and that he works for the company. “What I saw was the guy running down the aisle with a pistol with a laser on it,” Probst said. Probst said he wasn’t hurt but that another colleague was “bleeding pretty bad.” “It’s a shame that mass shootings such as this have become commonplace in our country. It’s a shame that a cold and heartless offender would be so selfish as to think he has the right to take an innocent life,” Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin said. At Acorn Woods Condominiums where Martin lived, a mix of brick apartments and condos nestled on a quiet street just a mile and a half from the shooting, neighbours gathered on sidewalks near Martin’s unit talking and wondering among themselves if they knew or had come in contact with him. Mary McKnight stepped out of her car with a cherry cheesecake purchased for her son’s birthday, to find a flurry of police cars, officers and media trucks. “This is a strange thing to come home to, right,” she said. She had just learned that the shooter lived close by and his unit in the complex had been taped off by police. Christy Fonseca often worries about some of the gang-related crimes and shootings around her mother’s Aurora neighbourhood. But she never expected the type of phone call she got from her mom on Friday, warning her to be careful with an active shooter loose in the town. Police cars with screaming sirens revved past her as she drove to her mother’s house, where the Henry Pratt building is visible from the porch stoop. it was only when they flipped on the television news that they realized Martin had killed people just a few hundred feet away. “In Aurora, period, we’d never thought anything like this would happen,” Fonseca, a lifelong resident of the Chicago suburb, said as she looked out at the factory. The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and monitoring the situation as he prepared to depart for a weekend trip to his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump tweeted his thanks to law enforcement officers in Aurora and offered his condolences to the victims and their families. “America is with you,” he said. ___ For The Latest on the shooting:https://bit.ly/2EcHSOO Carrie Antlfinger And Amanda Seitz, The Associated Press

Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers in Illinois

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 22:27
AURORA, Ill. - A 15-year employee being fired from a manufacturing company opened fire in its suburban Chicago plant Friday, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman said 45-year-old Gary Martin “was being terminated” before he started shooting at the Henry Pratt Co. - which makes valves for industrial purposes - in the city about 40 miles (65 kilometres) west of Chicago. She told a news conference that in addition to the five employees killed, a sixth worker was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. A sixth police officer suffered a knee injury while officers were searching the building. Ziman said officers arrived within four minutes of receiving reports of the shooting and were fired upon as soon as they entered the 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse. Police said they did not know the gunman’s motive. “May God bless the brave law enforcement officers who continue to run toward danger,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at the news conference. John Probst, an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, told ABC7 that he ran out of the back door as the shooting unfolded Friday afternoon.Probst says he recognized the gunman and that he works for the company. “What I saw was the guy running down the aisle with a pistol with a laser on it,” Probst said. Probst said he wasn’t hurt but that another colleague was “bleeding pretty bad.” “It’s a shame that mass shootings such as this have become commonplace in our country. It’s a shame that a cold and heartless offender would be so selfish as to think he has the right to take an innocent life,” Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin said. At Acorn Woods Condominiums where Martin lived, a mix of brick apartments and condos nestled on a quiet street just a mile and a half from the shooting, neighbours gathered on sidewalks near Martin’s unit talking and wondering among themselves if they knew or had come in contact with him. Mary McKnight stepped out of her car with a cherry cheesecake purchased for her son’s birthday, to find a flurry of police cars, officers and media trucks. “This is a strange thing to come home to, right,” she said. She had just learned that the shooter lived close by and his unit in the complex had been taped off by police. Christy Fonseca often worries about some of the gang-related crimes and shootings around her mother’s Aurora neighbourhood. But she never expected the type of phone call she got from her mom on Friday, warning her to be careful with an active shooter loose in the town. Police cars with screaming sirens revved past her as she drove to her mother’s house, where the Henry Pratt building is visible from the porch stoop. it was only when they flipped on the television news that they realized Martin had killed people just a few hundred feet away. “In Aurora, period, we’d never thought anything like this would happen,” Fonseca, a lifelong resident of the Chicago suburb, said as she looked out at the factory. The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and monitoring the situation as he prepared to depart for a weekend trip to his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump tweeted his thanks to law enforcement officers in Aurora and offered his condolences to the victims and their families. “America is with you,” he said. ___ For The Latest on the shooting:https://bit.ly/2EcHSOO Carrie Antlfinger And Amanda Seitz, The Associated Press

Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 22:12
Chicago police late Friday released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them. “The individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a brief statement. He gave no details of the new evidence. Smollett, who is black and gay, has said two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and “This is MAGA country!” beat him and looped a rope around his neck early on Jan. 29 before running away. He said they also poured some kind of chemical on him. Smollett, 36, said he was out getting food at a Subway sandwich shop in downtown Chicago when the attack happened. A spokeswoman for Smollett said she had no comment on the release of the two men Friday. The two men, identified only as Nigerian brothers, were picked up at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Wednesday on their return from Nigeria after police learned at least one worked on “Empire,” Guglielmi said. He said he did not know what the man’s job was. Guglielmi also said police searched the Chicago apartment where the men lived. But he said he had no information on what was found. Police earlier this week said there was “no evidence to say that this is a hoax” and that Smollett “continues to be treated by police as a victim, not a suspect.” Police have said they found no surveillance video of an attack but continue to look. Investigators also said they were contacting stores in the hope of finding out who bought the rope that was around Smollett’s neck. In an interview with ABC News, the singer and actor said he didn’t remove the rope from around his neck before police arrived “because I wanted them to see.” Smollett also said he initially refused to give police his cellphone because the device contained private content and phone numbers. He later gave detectives heavily redacted phone records that police have said are insufficient for an investigation. ___ See AP’s complete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case: https://www.apnews.com/JussieSmollett Don Babwin, The Associated Press

Niederreiter leads Carolina past Edmonton, 3-1

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:57
RALEIGH, N.C. - Nino Niederreiter kept scoring goals for his new team. Curtis McElhinney kept up his mastery of the Edmonton Oilers. They pushed the Carolina Hurricanes closer to playoff position. Niederreiter scored two goals, McElhinney stopped the final 40 shots he faced, and the Hurricanes beat the Oilers 3-1 on Friday night. “Every single game matters a lot,” Niederreiter said, “so we’ve got to make sure we even win the close ones.” Lucas Wallmark also scored and Sebastian Aho had two assists for the Hurricanes, who have won 15 of 21 since Dec. 31 for the best record in the NHL in that span. Carolina, which has not made the post-season in a decade, moved a point behind idle Pittsburgh for the final wild-card playoff spot in the East. “I think we’re just getting critical plays at critical times right now,” McElhinney said. “We know what the situation is, and it’s going to take a lot for us to get into the playoffs, but the guys have been rolling since before the break, and we came out of it pretty hot. So it’s just a matter of gas pedal to the floor.” Leon Draisaitl scored his team-leading 34th goal on the Oilers’ first shot, and Mikko Koskinen made 24 saves while losing his sixth straight decision. Edmonton is 1-7-2 in its last 10 and was held to two or fewer goals in six of those games, all regulation losses. “We’re generating chances. We’re making plays,” captain Connor McDavid said. “We’re just not finding a way to score.” The well-travelled McElhinney improved to 7-0-0 against Edmonton - his best career record against any opponent. With the Hurricanes largely unable to dictate play - Edmonton was outshooting them 29-14 after two periods - he single-handedly kept them in this one, with his best saves coming on a point-blank attempt by Colby Cave with about 13 1/2 minutes left and a stop on McDavid with about 5 minutes remaining to keep it a one-goal game. Niederreiter then gave Carolina a two-goal lead with 3:37 left by taking a feed from Aho and slipping a knuckler past Koskinen. Since he was acquired from Minnesota on Jan. 17, he has eight goals in 12 games after scoring nine in 46 games with the Wild. “At the end of the day, you want to be the best player you can be, and sometimes a change helps,” Niederreiter said. “Sometimes it doesn’t, and in my case, it definitely helped a lot.” It was a successful start to what could be a pivotal stretch for the Hurricanes. They played themselves back into the playoff conversation while polishing off the club’s best five-game road trip since 1998, and of their next seven opponents, six began Friday night’s games behind them in the standings. Defence was optional early in this one, with the teams combining for three goals in the first 2 minutes, 16 seconds of the game. Goals from Niederreiter and Wallmark sandwiched Draisaitl’s slick goal on a give-and-go, before things tightened up the rest of the way. “They get the second one, and that’s the way the game goes the rest of the night,” McDavid said. “It’s funny how it works sometimes.” NOTES: Draisaitl and McDavid have combined to score 65 of the Oilers’ 158 goals. … Aho, who assisted on both of Neiderreiter’s goals, has a career-high 66 points…. Tempers flared late in the second when Niederreiter, after being hit by Kris Russell, took a run at Oscar Klefbom that sparked a brief melee. Niederreiter received a 2-minute boarding penalty. UP NEXT Oilers: Complete a three-game road trip Saturday night by visiting the New York Islanders. Hurricanes: Wrap up a back-to-back set of home games Saturday night against Dallas. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Joedy McCreary, The Associated Press

Scheidegger beats Einarson in wild-card game at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:35
SYDNEY, N.S. - After a 36-hour cross-country trip to get to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Casey Scheidegger wanted her appearance to last more than one game. A draw to the four-foot ring for the win did the trick. Scheidegger held off Kerri Einarson 7-6 in the wild-card game Friday night to earn the last berth in the women’s national curling championship. “It’s very emotional,” Scheidegger said. “You saw the girls were super emotional. It’s like winning a provincial final. We have a lot less time to turn it around but I’m hoping we can use that to our advantage and settle in quickly. “We’ve got the extra game on the ice so I think that can be a bit of an advantage as well.” Scheidegger will be known as Team Wild Card for the rest of the competition while Einarson is going home. Both teams had a hard time getting a feel for the ice at Centre 200. Einarson was particularly off, throwing just 56 per cent on the night. “I struggled that whole entire game and I feel like I let my team down,” she said. “It happens.” A quality freeze from Scheidegger in the eighth end was critical as it prevented Einarson from making a big score. Instead Einarson had a draw for three and settled for two on a measure. Scheidegger felt her throw was a game-saver. “Oh F yes, that was huge,” she said. “If we miss that, we’re probably giving up five. Big shot.” Einarson made a freeze of her own in the ninth and Scheidegger went for an aggressive in-off that didn’t work. The steal pulled Einarson even at 6-6. Einarson missed a hit and stick in the 10th that would have forced Scheidegger to go wide with her final draw. Scheidegger was left with a draw that was quite similar to her first throw in the end. “That’s sort of what we’ve struggled with all season is making those big shots when you really needed them,” Scheidegger said. “We were feeling really good the whole game but they stayed in it. They were making shots too. “All I wanted was a draw to the four-foot on my last shot. They gave that to me so I’m happy.” Many teams had travel issues this week as winter weather walloped parts of the country. Scheidegger’s rink had a flight cancelled out of Lethbridge, stayed overnight in Toronto, flew to Halifax and then took a bus up to Sydney.  A year after winning the inaugural play-in game, it’s Einarson who will depart early after the one-and-done loss. She made it to the final at the 2018 competition before falling to Jennifer Jones. The wild-card matchup features the two highest-ranked teams that did not qualify out of the provincial or territorial championships. Einarson, from Gimli, Man., holds the second spot in the national rankings, four positions higher than Scheidegger. Mistakes were the norm in the early going of the three-hour game. Einarson was forced to a single in the opening end and rubbed a guard in the second to set up Scheidegger with a draw for two. However, the Lethbridge, Alta., skip was light with her throw and settled for a single. Einarson was heavy with her draw for two in the third end and took the one point for a 2-1 lead. She stole a single in the fourth but Scheidegger pulled even with a hit and stick for two in the fifth end. Draw weight was an issue for Einarson again in the sixth as her light throw gave Scheidegger a steal of one and a 4-3 lead. In the seventh, Scheidegger stole a pair when Einarson was heavy with her final stone. Scheidegger finished at 68 per cent and her team shot at 76 per cent, slightly better than Einarson’s rink at 73 per cent. Einarson’s new lineup of third Val Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard and lead Briane Meilleur won their first four competitions of the season. They trail only Ontario’s Rachel Homan in the national rankings. Scheidegger, third Cary-Anne McTaggart, second Jessie Haughian and lead Kristie Moore opened the season with a title but have barely managed to stay above .500 since. Preliminary-round play begins Saturday. The top four teams from each division will advance to a championship pool starting Thursday. The top four teams from that pool will advance to the playoffs next weekend. The semifinal and final will be played Feb. 24. If Einarson had won, there would have been three Manitoba teams in the field. Jones is skipping Team Canada and Tracy Fleury is wearing provincial colours. Instead there will be two teams from Alberta as Scheidegger joins provincial champion Chelsea Carey. The Scotties winner will represent Canada at the March 16-24 world championship in Silkeborg, Denmark, and earn a berth in the 2020 national championship in Moose Jaw, Sask.  --- Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

Scheidegger beats Einarson in wild-card game at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:36
SYDNEY, N.S. - Casey Scheidegger scored a single point in the 10th end for a 7-6 win over Kerri Einarson in the wild-card game Friday night at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Scheidegger drew the four-foot ring with her final throw for the victory. Einarson struggled mightily with her draw weight throughout the game and it proved costly. Scheidegger will be known as Team Wild Card for the rest of the competition while Einarson is going home.  Einarson, who made it to the final of last year’s national championship after winning the play-in game, threw at a 56-per cent clip. She was forced to a single in the opening end as both teams tried to get a read on the ice at Centre 200. In the second, Einarson rubbed a guard to set up Scheidegger with a draw for two. However, the Lethbridge, Alta., skip was light with her throw and settled for a single. Einarson was heavy with her draw for two in the third end and took the one point for a 2-1 lead. She stole a single in the fourth but Scheidegger pulled even with a hit and stick for two in the fifth end. Draw weight was an issue for Einarson again in the sixth as her light throw gave Scheidegger a steal of one and a 4-3 lead. In the seventh, Scheidegger stole a pair when Einarson was heavy with her final stone. Scheidegger came through with a freeze in the eighth end to prevent Einarson from throwing for five. Instead she had a draw for three and settled for two on a measure. Einarson made a brilliant freeze in the ninth and Scheidegger went for an aggressive in-off that didn’t work out. The steal pulled Einarson even at 6-6. This is the second year that the wild-card game has been used. The matchup features the two highest-ranked teams that did not qualify out of the provincial or territorial championships. Einarson, from Gimli, Man., holds the second spot in the national rankings, four positions higher than Scheidegger. Einarson’s new lineup of third Val Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard and lead Briane Meilleur won their first four competitions of the season. They trail only Ontario’s Rachel Homan in the national rankings. Scheidegger, third Cary-Anne McTaggart, second Jessie Haughian and lead Kristie Moore opened the season with a title but have barely managed to stay above the .500 mark since. Preliminary-round play begins Saturday. The top four teams from each division will advance to a championship pool starting Thursday. The top four teams from that pool will advance to the playoffs starting Feb. 23. The semifinal and final will be played Feb. 24. If Einarson had won, there would have been three Manitoba teams in the field. Jennifer Jones is skipping Team Canada and Tracy Fleury is wearing the provincial colours. Instead there will be two teams from Alberta as Scheidegger joins provincial champion Chelsea Carey. The Scotties winner will represent Canada at the March 16-24 world championship in Silkeborg, Denmark, and earn a berth in the 2020 national championship in Moose Jaw, Sask.  --- Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

Graham: U.S. should be stronger on Canadians detained in China

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:21
MUNICH - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday the response by the United States to China detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese Huawei executive has not been strong enough. Graham also told Munich Security Conference delegates the international reaction to China’s arrest of ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor hasn’t been enough to persuade China that its apparent use of hostage diplomacy won’t be tolerated. “The president has been tough on China but this is one area where I think we need to make a more definitive statement, because the two people arrested in China had nothing to do with the rule of law. It was just grabbing two Canadians,” Graham said. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who appeared on the panel with Graham, mouthed the words “thank you” to Graham after he said it. Roland Paris, one of the delegates and a former foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asked Graham about it. U.S. ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft said last Saturday her country is “deeply concerned” about China’s “unlawful” detention of the two Canadians in what was her first public comments on the cases since China detained them on Dec. 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities. Meng is the chief financial officer of the Chinese tech giant Huawei and the daughter of its founder. The U.S. wants her extradited to face charges that she committed fraud by misleading banks about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran. China also re-sentenced a convicted Canadian drug smuggler, Robert Schellenberg, to death after the Meng arrest as part of an apparent campaign of intimidation and retribution against Canada. Some analysts have said the U.S. response to China’s arrests of the two Canadians has been muted. President Donald Trump himself has not commented on the Canadians. But U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has, saying China ought to release them. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders and the State Department have issued brief statements of support. Beijing threatened grave consequences for America’s neighbour and longtime ally after Meng was arrested at Vancouver’s airport. Canada has embarked on a campaign with allies to win the release of Kovrig and Spavor, and many countries have issued statements in support. “These are human beings and they only thing they did was be Canadian in China,” Freeland said. Freeland said she would be grateful if more countries spoke out. “We will all be stronger and safer if we all can do that for each other,” she said. “We can’t descend to a might-makes-right world and that’s especially essentially for middle powers.” The two Canadians were detained on vague allegations of “engaging in activities that endanger the national security” of China. They remain locked up without access to lawyers. Meng is out on bail in Canada and awaiting extradition proceedings. ___ Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report. The Associated Press

Measles ‘outbreak’ in Vancouver with nine cases; most linked to French schools

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:56
Vancouver Coastal Health says it’s facing an “outbreak” of measles with nine cases in the city this month. The number of confirmed cases more than doubled from four earlier on Friday, when the health authority said all the infections involved three French schools. Two of the schools are connected by a door and the schools use the same bus company. Medical health officer Dr. Althea Hayden says most of the new confirmed cases are linked to one of the French schools. She says eight cases were confirmed this week and another unrelated case was confirmed last week, bringing the total to nine this month. Hayden says many of the people exposed have already been vaccinated, but she’s asking anyone who may be at risk to get checked out. British Columbia’s health minister has urged people to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the highly infectious disease. Adrian Dix says it’s the responsibility of parents to ensure their children are vaccinated and to also think of other people’s kids who could be infected. He says vaccination rates could be higher and anyone who needs more information should contact their local health authority. (The Canadian Press, News1130) The Canadian Press

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual assault: British newspaper

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:19
LONDON - A British newspaper says police in London are investigating an allegation of sexual assault made against former British Columbia premier Gordon Campbell. The Daily Telegraph says Scotland Yard is investigating a complaint from a woman who was an employee at the Canadian High Commission when Campbell was high commissioner. The newspaper says in a story published online on Friday that the complainant alleges she was groped in 2013 and filed a complaint with police in January. The woman is named by the newspaper, but The Canadian Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault without their active consent. The Metropolitan Police in London could not be reached for comment on Friday. Campbell also could not be reached for comment but the Daily Telegraph says a spokesman for him says the alleged incident was investigated and dismissed. “This complaint was transparently disclosed and became the subject of a full due diligence investigation at the time by the government of Canada and was found to be without merit,” the newspaper quotes the unnamed spokesman as saying. The newspaper says Scotland Yard issued a statement confirming it is investigating an allegation of sexual assault that occurred in 2013 after it was contacted by a 54-year-old woman on Jan. 3. The statement says the woman alleges she was sexually assaulted at an address in Grosvenor Square and that no arrests have been made as it continues its investigation. The Canadian Press was not able to contact the woman quoted by the Daily Telegraph. The Daily Telegraph says the woman alleges a “hand went up my backside” as she climbed the main staircase at Canada House on her way to a meeting. In a statement, Global Affairs Canada said it cannot comment on specific allegations for privacy reasons. “The government of Canada takes any allegations of sexual assault and harassment extremely seriously,” the emailed statement said. “This kind of alleged misconduct in the workplace is absolutely unacceptable.” Campbell was premier of British Columbia from 2001 until 2011. He was appointed high commissioner in 2011 and left the diplomatic post in 2016. The Canadian Press

Gunman kills 5 people, wounds 5 police at Illinois business

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:12
AURORA, Ill. - An employee of a manufacturing company opened fire at its suburban Chicago plant Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman identified the gunman as 45-year-old Gary Martin and said he was believed to be an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. - which makes valves for industrial purposes - in the city about 40 miles (65 kilometres) west of Chicago. She told a news conference that officers arrived within four minutes of receiving reports of the shooting and were fired upon as soon as they entered the 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse. Police said they did not know the gunman’s motive. “May God bless the brave law enforcement officers who continue to run toward danger,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at the news conference. Hospitals reported treating at least seven patients from the shooting, though their conditions weren’t released. Two of the officers were airlifted to trauma centres in Chicago, Ziman said. She said a sixth officer suffered a knee injury. Officials did not say the total number of people injured including police and civilians. Dozens of first responder vehicles converged on the building housing the company in Aurora after police received multiple calls about an active shooter at 1:24 p.m. CST. Several ATF teams also responded to the shooting and were at the scene, according to the agency’s Chicago spokeswoman, and the FBI said it also responded. John Probst, an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, told ABC7 that he ran out of the back door as the shooting unfolded Friday afternoon.Probst says he recognized the gunman and that he works for the company. “What I saw was the guy running down the aisle with a pistol with a laser on it,” Probst said. Probst said he wasn’t hurt but that another colleague was “bleeding pretty bad.” “It’s a shame that mass shootings such as this have become commonplace in our country. It’s a shame that a cold and heartless offender would be so selfish as to think he has the right to take an innocent life,” Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin said. At Acorn Woods Condominiums where Martin lived, a mix of brick apartments and condos nestled on a quiet street just a mile and a half from the shooting, neighbours gathered on sidewalks near Martin’s unit talking and wondering among themselves if they knew or had come in contact with him. Mary McKnight stepped out of her car with a cherry cheesecake purchased for her son’s birthday, to find a flurry of police cars, officers and media trucks. “This is a strange thing to come home to, right,” she said. She had just learned that the shooter lived close by and his unit in the complex had been taped off by police. The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and monitoring the situation as he prepared to depart for a weekend trip to his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump tweeted his thanks to law enforcement officers in Aurora and offered his condolences to the victims and their families. “America is with you,” he said. Presence Mercy Medical Center was treating two patients and a third had been transferred by helicopter to another hospital, spokesman Matt Wakely said. Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital each had one patient from the shooting, spokeswoman Kate Eller said. Rush Copley Medical Center received three patients from the shooting and all are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, spokeswoman Courtney Satlak said. ___ For The Latest on the shooting:https://bit.ly/2EcHSOO Carrie Antlfinger And Amanda Seitz, The Associated Press

Payless ShoeSource to shutter all of its remaining US stores

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:37
NEW YORK - Payless ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have closed down in the last year. The Topeka, Kansas-based chain said Friday it will hold liquidation sales starting Sunday and wind down its e-commerce operations. All of the stores will remain open until at least the end of March and the majority will remain open until May. The debt-burdened chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April 2017, closing hundreds of stores as part of its reorganization. At the time, it had over 4,400 stores in more than 30 countries. It remerged from restructuring four months later with about 3,500 stores and eliminated more than $435 million in debt. The company said in an email that the liquidation doesn’t affect its franchise operations or its Latin American stores, which remain open for business as usual. It lists 18,000 employees worldwide. Shoppers are increasingly shifting their buying online or heading to discount stores like T.J. Maxx to grab deals on name-brand shoes. That shift has hurt traditional retailers, even low-price outlets like Payless. Heavy debt loads have also handcuffed retailers, leaving them less flexible to invest in their businesses. But bankruptcies and store closures will continue through 2019 so there’s “no light at the end of the tunnel,” according to a report by Coresight Research. Before this announcement, there have been 2,187 U.S. store closing announcements this year, with Gymboree and Ascena Retail, the parent of Lane Bryant and other brands, accounting for more than half the total, according to the research firm. This year’s total is up 23 per cent from the 1,776 announcements a year ago. Year-to-date, retailers have announced 1,411 store openings, offsetting 65 per cent of store closures, it said. Payless was founded in 1956 by two cousins, Louis and Shaol Lee Pozez, to offer self-service stores selling affordable footwear. _______________ Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzio Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press

Alaska court strikes down ‘medically necessary’ abortion law

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:29
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday struck down as unconstitutional a state law and regulation seeking to define what constitutes medically necessary abortions for purposes of Medicaid funding. The court, in a 4-1 decision, upheld a 2015 lower court ruling that had also barred the measures from being enforced. Both the law, passed in 2014, and regulation, penned during the administration of then-Gov. Sean Parnell, sought to define medically necessary abortions. Supporters argued the state should not be required to pay for elective abortions. The measures were challenged by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. The majority opinion written by Justice Susan Carney states that disparate restrictions on government funding for women based on their choice of abortion or childbirth deter the exercise of a fundamental right because rejection of one option entails embrace of the other. The state argued the feasibility of a program like Medicaid depended on the ability to set limits, according to the decision. However, the legislative record contained no evidence that Medicaid had actually funded non-medically necessary abortions, the ruling states. The law and regulation violate the state constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, the court ruled. Justice Craig Stowers dissented, saying he believes the Legislature can constitutionally determine as a matter of state policy what is medically necessary for purposes of Medicaid funding. He said the court in the majority opinion “goes to great lengths in construing the statute and regulation to ensure that the conclusion of unconstitutionality is inevitable.” The order listed Stowers as chief justice, a title he held at the time of arguments. Jessica Cler, Alaska state director for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, praised the court for striking down “this cruel, inequitable restriction on abortion access for low-income women. Politics have no place in the exam room, and today Alaska’s highest court agreed, again.” State Department of Law spokeswoman Cori Mills had no immediate comment. The law defined medically necessary abortions as those needed to avoid a threat of serious risk to a woman’s life or physical health from continuation of a pregnancy. That could mean a serious risk of death or “impairment of a major bodily function” because of one of 21 different conditions, such as congestive heart failure, seizures and epilepsy. It also included a more general category: “another physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy that places the woman in danger of death or major bodily impairment if an abortion is not performed.” The regulation is similar but also included consideration of psychiatric disorders. Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual assault: British newspaper

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:16
LONDON - A British newspaper says police in London are investigating an allegation of sexual assault made against former British Columbia premier Gordon Campbell. The Daily Telegraph says Scotland Yard is investigating a complaint from a woman who was an employee at the Canadian High Commission when Campbell was high commissioner. The newspaper says in a story published online on Friday that the complainant alleges she was groped in 2013 and filed a complaint with police in January. The woman is named by the newspaper, but The Canadian Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault without their active consent. The Metropolitan Police in London could not be reached for comment on Friday. Campbell also could not be reached for comment but the Daily Telegraph says a spokesman for him says the alleged incident was investigated and dismissed. “This complaint was transparently disclosed and became the subject of a full due diligence investigation at the time by the government of Canada and was found to be without merit,” the newspaper quotes the unnamed spokesman as saying. The newspaper says Scotland Yard issued a statement confirming it is investigating an allegation of sexual assault that occurred in 2013 after it was contacted by a 54-year-old woman on Jan. 3. The statement says the woman alleges she was sexually assaulted at an address in Grosvenor Square and that no arrests have been made as it continues its investigation. The Canadian Press was not able to contact the woman quoted by the Daily Telegraph. The Daily Telegraph says the woman alleges a “hand went up my backside” as she climbed the main staircase at Canada House on her way to a meeting. Global Affairs Canada could not be reached for comment. Campbell was premier of British Columbia from 2001 until 2011. He was appointed high commissioner in 2011 and left the diplomatic post in 2016. The Canadian Press

Gunman kills 5 people, wounds 5 police at Illinois business

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:16
AURORA, Ill. - A gunman opened fire at a manufacturing plant in suburban Chicago on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman told a news conference that the gunman was 45-year-old Gary Martin and said he was believed to be an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. in the city about 40 miles (65 kilometres) west of Chicago. She told reporters that officers arrived within four minutes of receiving reports of the shooting and were fired upon as soon as they entered the 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse. Police said they did not know the gunman’s motive. “May God bless the brave law enforcement officers who continue to run toward danger,” Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at the news conference. Hospitals reported treating at least seven patients from the shooting, though their conditions weren’t released. Two of the officers were airlifted to trauma centres in Chicago, Ziman said. She said a sixth officer suffered a knee injury. Officials did not say the total number of people injured other than the police officers. Dozens of first responder vehicles converged on the building housing the company in Aurora after police received multiple calls about an active shooter at 1:24 p.m. CST. Several ATF teams also responded to the shooting and were at the scene, according to the agency’s Chicago spokeswoman, and the FBI said it also responded. John Probst, an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, told ABC7 that he ran out of the back door as the shooting unfolded Friday afternoon.Probst says he recognized the gunman and that he works for the company. “What I saw was the guy running down the aisle with a pistol with a laser on it,” Probst said. Probst said he wasn’t hurt but that another colleague was “bleeding pretty bad.” The company makes valves for industrial purposes. The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and monitoring the situation as he prepared to depart for a weekend trip to his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump tweeted his thanks to law enforcement officers in Aurora and offered his condolences to the victims and their families. “America is with you,” he said. Presence Mercy Medical Center was treating two patients and a third had been transferred by helicopter to another hospital, spokesman Matt Wakely said. Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital each had one patient from the shooting, spokeswoman Kate Eller said. Rush Copley Medical Center received three patients from the shooting and all are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, spokeswoman Courtney Satlak said. Carrie Antlfinger And Amanda Seitz, The Associated Press

Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievances with NFL

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:00
NEW YORK - With a public hearing looming and the threat of owners and league officials facing depositions, the NFL settled collusion cases brought by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. The league, about to celebrate its 100th season, faced criticism from all sides thanks to the protest movement started by Kaepernick. Many Kaepernick supporters wanted to see him back on the field, while other fans said they wouldn’t watch if the league allowed players to protest during the national anthem. The league and Kaepernick’s lawyer sent out statements Friday saying that “the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances” and that a confidentiality agreement would prevent either side from commenting further. It remains unclear if the NFL admitted wrongdoing or how much money Reid, Kaepernick or others may have received. Considering the lost salary both players claimed and legal costs, the settlement could have climbed into the tens of millions of dollars. “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the league statement said. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.” Kaepernick’s lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted a similar statement . The protests slowed down this season, as the NFL made contributions to organizations chosen by players and promised more attention to social justice issues. But the controversy reignited every time there was a development in the case. A hearing was scheduled for later this month. Kaepernick and Reid filed collusion grievances against the league, saying they were blacklisted because of protests during the national anthem at games. Kaepernick has not played in the league since 2016, while Reid missed three games last season before signing with Carolina. Kaepernick contended the owners violated their collective bargaining agreement with players by conspiring to keep him off teams. While the players seemed intent on pursuing the cases, the league might not have been eager for those deposed - including Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners and league executives - to appear. Still, for the players to prove collusion is a mighty challenge because, according to the 2011 labour agreement between the union and league, a “club, its employees or agents” must have “entered into an agreement” to limit contract offers. Kaepernick filed his grievance in August 2017. Arbitrator Stephen B. Burbank sent it to trial, denying the league’s request to throw out the former 49ers quarterback’s claims. Burbank’s decision meant there was enough evidence of collusion to keep the grievances going. A wave of protests by NFL players began in 2016 after Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to call attention to police brutality and racial inequality. The protests grew into one of the most polarizing issues in sports, with President Donald Trump loudly urging the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” While he has been away from the playing field, Kaepernick has become an advocate for battling social and racial injustice. On Thursday, a person with knowledge of the conversations told the AP that Kaepernick turned down a chance to join the fledgling Alliance of American Football , seeking $20 million or more from the upstart league that pays its players $225,000 over three seasons. Safety Reid recently re-signed with the Panthers for three years and more than $22 million. He noted then that he got “fair market value” after making just $1.69 million last season from the Panthers. “If anything, it proves my point from last year,” Reid said. “I didn’t sign until the (fourth) week and did for almost the league minimum. And this year I signed a more substantial contract. And nothing has changed. I’m still the same player.” Officials with the players union said Friday afternoon that they had just learned of the settlement and had no details. “We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them,” the NFLPA said in statement. “We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.” Kaepernick has one strong supporter in Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “I think it’s a win for Colin,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “I think he wants to go back and start playing again. I think that’s what he wants. He had a statement that he had to make through his demonstrations, but he’s a quarterback and I think he should be working.” ___ AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds contributed. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Barry Wilner, The Associated Press

Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt, B.C.

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:48
Greg and Gerry Latham spent Friday morning scrambling to pack up family heirlooms as a series of sinkholes threatened to destroy their dream retirement home on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. The Lathams are among 14 families in an upscale seaside neighbourhood in Sechelt preparing to obey an evacuation order and they said they didn’t know if they would be allowed to return. “I’m standing in my beautiful home that has absolutely no furniture in it, looking out at the view, the eagles flying by,” Gerry Latham said through tears. “I’m just trying to figure out what to leave behind.” Although the sinkhole risk was documented before most of the homes were built, the Lathams said they weren’t told about the problem before buying. The situation has sparked lawsuits from several residents. Sinkholes throughout the Seawatch subdivision prompted the District of Sechelt to order the evacuation and declare a state of emergency due to “imminent threat to life” on Friday afternoon, following an evacuation alert last week. The homes, with views overlooking Sechelt Inlet, are similar to others in a nearby subdivision valued at over $1 million, although the BC Assessment Authority values most of the buildings in the Seawatch subdivision at zero. An engineering report issued to the district Feb. 7 says future sinkholes or landslides within the subdivision could damage infrastructure or buildings, and injury or death are possible consequences.  A statement issued by the district says Concordia Seawatch Ltd. built and sold the subdivision despite engineering reports as early as 2006 describing the development of sinkholes. “The Seawatch subdivision was designed, built, marketed, and sold by a private company. The District of Sechelt cannot accept the argument that when a private sector venture falters, the cost should be borne by the Sechelt taxpayers,” the statement said. Ron Davis of the Concordia Group of Companies said in an emailed statement that the developer “has great concern and compassion for the homeowners and families that are now being required to leave their homes. “As the developer and others are currently involved in civil litigation relating to the Seawatch Development, we are not providing further comment at this time,” he said. After buying the property in 2004, Concordia submitted a geotechnical report before development began, then provided letters of assurance signed by several engineers certifying proper construction of the roads, water and sewer lines, the district said. It said Concordia’s geotechnical engineer issued a report in 2006 documenting sinkholes that had developed and setting out how the infrastructure should be designed. The company was required to register a restrictive covenant against title to all of the subdivided lots, the district said. “This means each property owner should have been aware of the geotechnical attributes of the land,” it said. The first major sinkhole to appear after residents moved in was in June 2012. In February 2015, another large sinkhole damaged a home, forcing the owners to move out. The Lathams’ street began deteriorating early last year, leading to a road closure. The most recent sinkhole appeared on Christmas Day and was 400 cubic metres in size and 25 metres deep, but  it was immediately filled in by the company, the district said. “There is a very high probability of at least one sinkhole collapse each year based on the recent history of the site,” an engineering report to the district says. Several homeowners have launched lawsuits against the district, Concordia, its contractor, engineering firms, the home warranty provider and real estate agents. Some lawsuits have been dropped but two owners have ongoing litigation, the district said. A trial is set for March 23, 2020. The district’s statement says the most comprehensive solution to the problem would involve drilling wells, continuous pumping to remove groundwater, partial infrastructure replacement and repairing roads. But it says that would cost $10 million based on a 2015 estimate and the district cannot afford it without a referendum to raise property taxes immediately by 8.5 per cent. The provincial government will not offer assistance because the situation does not qualify under the emergency response program, the statement says. Despite early reports about the sinkhole risk, the Lathams said it was never disclosed to them by real estate agents, the developer, the district or the lawyer who conducted a title search for them. The couple said they can’t afford to enter the lawsuit, which has cost their neighbours $400,000 over four years.  The Lathams said they fear they’ve lost the $1 million plus $250,000 in improvements they sank into what they thought would be their retirement home. They’re now preparing to move into a 1,000-square-foot rental. “There’s been a lot of comments coming back to us saying, ‘Well you should have done your due diligence, you should have known better.’ People who live on the Sunshine Coast, who have lived here their entire lives, say, ‘Well we could have told you that,’ ” Gerry Latham said. None of the residents of the subdivision lived on the coast until they moved there, she said. The Lathams moved from Vancouver and she said they went through the same process as any other home they’ve purchased in their lives. “Where we erred, in my mind, was we trusted. We trusted the developer and the district that they were selling us a piece of property that had no issues,” she said. Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

Ottawa, provincial governments commit to addressing abuse in sports

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:41
Canadian politicians are banding together to address harassment, abuse and discrimination in sports, but details on their plans remain slim.   Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport, announced in Red Deer, Alta., on Friday that the federal government, along with each province and territory, has signed a declaration to tackle and prevent harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport. “This pan-Canadian declaration will drive a systemic culture shift to prevent abuse, discrimination and harassment in sport,” she told reporters following a meeting with federal, provincial and territorial representatives ahead of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. “Athletes must be at the centre of everything that we do. They have a voice and we must listen. They are not commodities, they are people and they need to be respected.” The move brings various levels of government together on the issue and will drive action going forward, ensuring there are policies in place to address abuse, and concrete measures are implemented to prevent it, Duncan said. While the declaration includes commitments to eliminate gender-based violence against women and girls in sport, and work on concussion prevention and awareness, Duncan did not provide details on what steps would be taken next. “This is a priority for all jurisdictions going forward. This will be on all federal-provincial-territorial meetings going forward. There’s still work to be done and we’re considering at the national level a range of options,” she said. The news comes amid headlines about Canadian athletes being subject to abuse, including a CBC investigation published on Sunday which reported that “at least 222 coaches” were convicted of sexual offences from 1998-2018. The report also said 34 other cases of accused coaches are currently before the courts. An investigation of numerous sexual harassment complaints prompted Marcel Aubut to resign as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee in 2015. In June, several former members of Canada’s ski team spoke publicly about the abuse suffered at the hands of former coach Bertrand Charest in the 1990s. Charest was convicted last year of 37 offences of sexual assault and exploitation. A group of Canadian wrestlers, including Olympic champion Erica Weibe, wrote to Duncan in December, appealing for an independent body to investigate harassment and abuse. They claimed that a conflict of interest and inconsistency in the current system had created an environment of fear and mistrust. Duncan told reporters on Friday that she believes a “third-party mechanism” is important when it comes to investigating abuse cases. “I’m working on it,” she said. Tackling abuse in sport will take co-operation from an array of groups, said Duncan, a former gymnast and long-time coach. “This is a long-standing systemic problem, it is a culture problem and it’s going to take our athletes, it’s going to take our parents, our families, our national sport organizations working together, it’s going to take governments working together,” she said. The declaration shows that Ottawa, along with all of the provincial and territorial governments are committed to doing what they can to ensuring athletes are in a safe environment, said Ricardo Miranda, Alberta’s minister of culture and tourism. “Now we have jurisdictions in agreement to share information and work together, things that perhaps that may not have happened in the past, that have allowed for certain situations to present themselves,” he said. - By Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver, with files from Lori Ewing Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

Veterans Diana Matheson, Erin McLeod back with Canada team for Algarve Cup

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:38
Veterans Diana Matheson and Erin McLeod return to the Canadian lineup for the Algarve Cup later this month. Both players were not summoned for last month’s camp in Spain and friendly win over Norway as a precaution after rehabbing injuries. While both have suffered long-term knee injuries in the past, Matheson had been sidelined by a toe issue while McLeod was dealing with a foot problem. Matheson, a 34-year-old midfielder from Oakville, Ont., has 201 caps for Canada. The 35-year-old McLeod, a goalkeeper from St. Albert, Alta., has 116 caps. Matheson last played for Canada at the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament last October. McLeod’s last outing was at the 2018 Algarve Cup. “The return of Matheson and McLeod is great for the team both on and off the pitch,” coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller said. “Both veterans are important people within our team and important players with tremendous experience on the international stage, so their return at this point is excellent news for the squad.” Christine Sinclair captains the team. The 35-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., who has 275 caps, scored her 178th international goal in the recent 1-0 win over Norway. She is just six goals off retired American Abby Wambach’s world record of 184. Eight members of the 23-women roster play their club football in Europe. Canada, ranked fifth in the world, will open its Algarve Cup campaign against No. 22 Iceland on Feb. 27 before playing No. 20 Scotland on March 1. It will wrap up play with a ranking match March 6. “Iceland and Scotland are very compact teams that are hard to unlock and they both have dangerous counter-attacks, so we know these are not going to be easy matches, or ones with a high scoreline,” said Heiner-Moller. The Portugal event represents Canada’s final tournament in advance of the Women’s World Cup, which starts in June. Heiner-Moller, a former assistant coach who took over the ream from John Herdman in January 2018, says he has a pretty good handle on the talent at his disposal. “Without any doubt, I think I can put down 14, 15, potentially 16 names,” he said. “Then there might be three, four players that are more or less always there,” he added. “Then there are players who on a given day impress you.”  He says he is looking at a pool of 27 or perhaps 28, from which he will choose 23 for the World Cup. Players can still make their case. “Going to the World Cup you need to pick players that are in-form,” he said. “So there’ll definitely be a slot or two for the ones who are going to impress me this spring.” Canada’s Algarve Cup roster has an average age of 25.5 years old. There are five players with more than 100 international appearances for Canada: Sinclair (275), Matheson (201), Sophie Schmidt (177), Desiree Scott (136) and McLeod (116). Six other players have more than 50 caps. Teenagers Julia Grosso, Jordyn Huitema and Deanne Rose, who turns 20 during the competition, are also part of the Algarve roster. Other Algarve Cup participants headed to the World Cup are the seventh-ranked Netherlands, No. 9 Sweden, No. 12 Spain, No. 13 Norway, No. 15 China and No. 20 Scotland. The other five participating teams are No. 17 Denmark, No. 18 Switzerland, No. 22 Iceland, No. 32 Portugal and No. 34 Poland. Canada finished fifth at last year’s tournament after beating Japan 2-0 in its final match. Canada, second to Sweden in Group B with a 2-1-0 record, was consigned to the fifth-place game after finishing as the second-best runner-up behind Portugal (2-0-1). The championship game between Sweden, and the Netherlands was cancelled due to heavy rain. Both teams were awarded first place. Canada was runner-up in 2017 and won the tournament in 2016. The Canadian women also have a friendly against fourth-ranked England scheduled for April 5 in Manchester. Heiner-Moller hopes to get a second game in that international window, as well as another two or three matches before the World Cup.     Canada Algarve Cup Roster Goalkeepers: Stephanie Labbe, Stony Plain, Alta., North Carolina Courage (NWSL); Erin McLeod, St. Albert, Alta., Vaxjo DFF (Sweden); Kailen Sheridan, Whitby, Ont., Sky Blue FC (NWSL). Defenders: Allysha Chapman, Courtice, Ont., Houston Dash (NWSL); Kadeisha Buchanan, Brampton, Ont., Olympique Lyonnais (France); Shelina Zadorsky, London, Ont., Orlando Pride (NWSL); Ashley Lawrence, Caledon, Ont., Paris Saint Germain (France); Shannon Woeller, Vancouver, Eskilstuna United DFF (Sweden); Lindsay Agnew, Kingston, Ont., Houston Dash (NWSL). Defender/Forward: Jenna Hellstrom, Sudbury, Ont., Vaxjo DFF (Sweden). Midfielders: Rebecca Quinn, Toronto, Paris FC (France); Julia Grosso, University of Texas(NCAA); Diana Matheson, Oakville, Ont., Utah Royals FC (NWSL); Desiree Scott, Winnipeg, Utah Royals FC (NWSL); Sophie Schmidt, unattached, Abbotsford, B.C.; Gabrielle Carle, Levis, Que., Florida State (NCAA); Jessie Fleming, London, Ont., UCLA (NCAA). Forwards: Deanne Rose, Alliston, Ont., University of Florida (NCAA); Jordyn Huitema, Chilliwack, B.C., Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite; Christine Sinclair (capt.), Burnaby, B.C., Portland Thorns (NWSL); Nichelle Prince, Ajax, Ont., Houston Dash (NWSL); Janine Beckie, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Manchester City (England); Adriana Leon, King City, Ont., West Ham United (England).   Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

Officials: 1 dead, 4 police wounded in Illinois shooting

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:36
AURORA, Ill. - A gunman opened fire at a suburban Chicago industrial park Friday, killing at least one person and wounding four police officers before he was “neutralized,” officials said. Chris Nelson, spokesman for the Kane County coroner’s office, confirmed at least one person was killed. Aurora city spokesman Clayton Muhammad said four officers were wounded and in stable condition, but did not say if they were shot. Muhammad also told ABC7 that the suspect had been “neutralized.” He did not elaborate. Hospitals reported treating at least seven patients from the shooting, though their conditions weren’t released. The Kane County coroner was at the scene, and the Aurora Police Department was expected to hold a news conference Friday evening. Live TV reports showed dozens of first responder vehicles outside a building housing the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, a city of about 200,000 people about 40 miles (65 kilometres) west of Chicago. Several ATF teams responded to the shooting and were at the scene, according to the agency’s Chicago spokeswoman, and the FBI said it also was responding. John Probst, an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, told ABC7 that he ran out of the back door as the shooting unfolded Friday afternoon.Probst says he recognized the gunman and that he works for the company. “What I saw was the guy running down the aisle with a pistol with a laser on it,” Probst said. Probst said he wasn’t hurt but that another colleague was “bleeding pretty bad.” The company makes valves for industrial purposes. Police said the situation had been contained and that there was “no ongoing threat to the public,” according to a statement issued by the Kane County Sheriff’s Department on behalf of the Aurora Police Department. The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and monitoring the situation as he prepared to depart for a weekend trip to his home in Palm Beach, Florida. West Aurora School District 129 said on its website that it was keeping all students in their classrooms as police investigate, but that “teaching will continue with reduced movement.” Presence Mercy Medical Center was treating two patients and a third had been transferred by helicopter to another hospital, spokesman Matt Wakely said. Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital each had one patient from the shooting, spokeswoman Kate Eller said. Rush Copley Medical Center received three patients from the shooting and all are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, spokeswoman Courtney Satlak said. Carrie Antlfinger And Amanda Seitz, The Associated Press

‘Melrose Place’ actress to serve more time for fatal crash

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 17:22
SOMERVILLE, N.J. - A former “Melrose Place” actress was sentenced Friday to more prison time for a fatal 2010 auto accident by a judge who appeared at times reluctant to follow the guidelines set by an appeals court that had ruled her initial sentence and a second sentence were too lenient. Amy Locane was given five years behind bars, but likely will serve about 20 months if her next appeal fails, her attorney, James Wronko, said afterward. Locane left court without commenting to reporters and is seeking to be free on bail pending her appeal. She served about two-and-a-half years of a three-year sentence before her 2015 release and has completed a three-year parole term. State Superior Court Judge Kevin Shanahan appeared to be sympathetic to Wronko’s argument that double jeopardy should apply and void the resentencing, but ultimately he followed the appellate court’s instructions. He praised fellow judge Robert Reed, who imposed the initial sentences, as a respected jurist, but said Reed “made two very serious mistakes here and all have suffered for it.” An appeals court ordered Locane to be re-sentenced after determining the sentences imposed by Reed were insufficient for the crash that killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman and seriously injured Seeman’s husband, Fred Seeman. Locane smashed into their SUV as they were turning not their driveway. Locane’s blood-alcohol level was likely about three times the legal limit for driving at the time of the crash, according to a state expert. “There is not a day that has gone by that I have not thought of the pain that my actions caused the Seeman family and of course Helene Seeman,” Locane said in court Friday. “I have worked very hard to correct that behaviour and not be that person who did that on that day.” Locane, who was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and other offences, had faced up to 10 years on the most serious count. Fred Seeman sobbed as he told the judge how the crash ripped his family apart and how he nearly died from his injuries. He lashed out at Reed for “elevating the suffering of defendant’s children above what we have suffered and continue to suffer.” Reed had cited Locane’s young children, including one daughter diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, as a mitigating factor in his sentencing. Locane’s defence contended the crash was an accident and that a third motorist, whose car the actress had bumped into at a traffic light before the accident, distracted her by honking at her and chasing her after being rear-ended. Though the indictment charging Locane didn’t mention intoxication, a state expert testified her blood-alcohol level was likely three times the legal limit for driving, and that she was speeding about 53 mph in a 35 mph zone at the time of the crash. A jury acquitted her of aggravated manslaughter, but convicted her of the lesser offence of vehicular manslaughter - a second-degree crime that carries a maximum 10-year sentence. But Reed downgraded that to a third-degree offence and imposed the lightest sentence available. That prompted an appeals court in 2016 to order a re-sentencing. The panel instructed Reed to offer additional justification for his decision to downgrade the charge. After Reed gave Locane essentially the same prison sentence in 2017, an appeals court wrote last year that the sentence was “a hair’s breath away from illegal,” and ordered the lower court to try yet again. Locane acted in 13 episodes of the popular Fox series and also appeared in several movies, including “Cry-Baby” with Johnny Depp. David Porter, The Associated Press

Pages