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Alabama man kills former UPS supervisors and himself a day after being fired

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A recently-fired UPS employee on Tuesday shot dead two supervisors at the company facility where he had worked in Birmingham, Alabama before turning the gun on himself, police said.

The gunman, who was wearing a brown UPS uniform, had been terminated a day earlier, police said, adding that his motive was not immediately clear.

The shooting occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. at a large, brick UPS service center atop a hill in the Inglenook section of Birmingham, close to the airport, police said.

Officers found the two victims along with the gunman, who had arrived at the facility in a Honda SUV and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper told reporters.

Police fired no shots, he said.

“When these people came to work today, they had no idea that this would be their last day here on Earth,” Roper said.

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A handgun believed to be the one used in the shooting has been recovered, police said.

Both of the victims were men, police said.

Police were holding off on releasing the names of the dead, whose family members had not all yet been notified, said Birmingham Police spokesman Lieutenant Sean Edwards.

At least a dozen others were present in the building at the time of the shooting, but no one else was wounded, police said.

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A group of grief counselors could be seen entering the UPS facility on Tuesday afternoon.

UPS confirmed the incident and said it was cooperating with police.

(Reporting by Sherrel Wheeler Stewart; Additional reporting by Colleen Jenkins and Letitia Stein; Writing by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Bill Trott and Sandra Maler)

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LGBTQ pride ‘forces’ people to accept ‘a perverted and non-biblical view of sexuality’: West Virginia Republican

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West Virginia state Sen. Mike Azinger penned an angry op-ed for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, scorning the idea of LGBTQ acceptance and warning that it is a massive plot to indoctrinate people against Christian values.

"Tolerance, in the face of the violation of the commandments of God, is no virtue at all," said Azinger, a manager of a contracting firm with a master's degree in pastoral theology. He ripped into the local newspaper for covering an LGBTQ pride event the previous Saturday, thundering that, "Sexual deviancy is going mainstream."

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The Italian job: 2026 Winter Olympics will be staged in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo

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Milan/Cortina d'Ampezzo was named as hosts of the 2026 Winter Olympics on Monday, beating off a bid from Stockholm/Are in Sweden and giving Italy the showpiece event for the third time.

The 2026 Olympics will run from February 6-22, said the International Olympic Committee.

Italy has twice previously hosted the Winter Games -- in 1956 in Cortina d'Ampezzo and 2006 in Turin. Sweden has only hosted the Summer Olympics, in 1912 in Stockholm.

IOC members gave the Italian bid the nod by 47 votes to 34.

"It's an historic day and a victory of all Italians," said Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini.

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Christian university president quits after massive backlash over inviting Mike Pence

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Vice President Mike Pence's role in toxic administrations caused such a backlash that a Christian university is now searching for a new president.

"Taylor University President Paul Lowell Haines has resigned from the nondenominational Christian university a month after hosting Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker," Religious News Service reported Monday.

Students and alumni had protested the invitation.

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