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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 6:40 p.m. EST

February 15, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency along the southern border and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court. That may be the only thing Trump said Friday that produced near-universal agreement. The American Civil Liberties Union has announced its intention to sue, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several Democratic state attorneys general already have said they might go to court.

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The chief of police says five people were killed and five officers were wounded in a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman told reporters that the officers were fired upon Friday afternoon as soon as they entered the Henry Pratt Co. building in Aurora. Ziman says the gunman was also killed.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration has sanctioned Venezuela’s oil chief and key intelligence officials under President Nicolas Maduro, tightening pressure on the embattled leader. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that PDVSA head Maj. Gen. Manuel Quevedo has been instrumental in propping up what he called Maduro’s illegitimate regime.

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police spokesman confirms that the two suspects arrested in the reported hate crime involving black actor Jussie Smollett are black. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi also says the suspects were arrested on suspicion of assault and battery. He says department policy prohibits him from naming the victim but says that he can say the two Nigerian brothers were arrested in connection with the case involving the ”‘Empire’ cast member.” Smollett is an actor on the show.

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney Gloria Allred tells The Associated Press she has contacted law enforcement about concerns one of her clients may be the person in a VHS tape recently given to Chicago prosecutors that purportedly shows R&B star R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl. The Los Angeles-based lawyer said by phone Friday she has “made law enforcement in a different jurisdiction” than Chicago aware of her concerns. Allred represents multiple R. Kelly accusers, some of whom haven’t come forward publicly.