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Wilmington isn’t Chicago or Los Angeles, Baltimore or Detroit.
It is a city of less than 72,000 people known primarily as the birth-
place of chemical giant DuPont and as a cozy home for big banks
and Fortune 500 fi rms. But an Associated Press and USA TODAY
Network analysis of Gun Violence Archive data — gathered from
media reports and police press releases, and covering a 3½ year
period through June of this year — reveals that Wilmington far and
away leads the country in its rate of shootings among young peo-
ple ages 12 to 17.
Associated Press
Equifax breach exposes 143
million people to identity theft
SAN FRANCISCO — Credit monitoring company Equifax
has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security
numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Amer-
icans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of
having their identities stolen.
The Atlanta-based company, one of three major U.S. credit
bureaus, said Thursday that “criminals” exploited a U.S. website
application to access fi les between mid-May and July of this year.
The theft obtained consumers’ names, Social Security numbers,
birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers.
The purloined data can be enough for crooks to hijack the identities
of people whose credentials were stolen through no fault of their
own, potentially wreaking havoc on their lives. Equifax said its
core credit-reporting databases don’t appear to have been breached.
“On a scale of one to 10, this is a 10 in terms of potential identity
theft,” said Gartner security analyst Avivah Litan. “Credit bureaus
keep so much data about us that affects almost everything we do.”
Lenders rely on the information collected by the credit bureaus
to help them decide whether to approve fi nancing for homes,
cars and credit cards. Credit checks are even sometimes done by
employers when deciding whom to hire for a job.
Equifax has established a website, https://www.equifaxsecu-, where people can check to see if their personal
information may have been stolen. Consumers can also call 866-
447-7559 for more information.
Hurricane Irma slams Turks and
Caicos on path to Florida
CAIBARIEN, Cuba — Hurricane Irma battered the Turks and
Caicos Islands early Friday and Cuba evacuated tourists from
beachside resorts as the fearsome storm continued a rampage
through the Caribbean that has killed at least 11 people, with Flor-
ida in its sights.
Waves as high as 20 feet were expected in the Turks and Cai-
cos. Communications went down as the storm slammed into the
islands, and the extent of the devastation was unclear.
The fi rst hurricane warnings were issued for parts of southern
Florida as the state braced for what could be a catastrophic hit over
the weekend. Following in Irma’s wake was Hurricane Jose, with
some of the islands hit hardest by Irma in its expected path.
Irma weakened from a Category 5 storm to Category 4 on Fri-
day morning with maximum sustained winds near 155 mph, but it
remained a powerful hurricane.
Irma rolled past the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thurs-
day and spun along the northern coast of Cuba on Friday morn-
ing. Thousands of tourists were evacuated from low-lying keys off
the Cuban coast Thursday in anticipation of 20-foot storm surges.
Buses loaded with tourists began streaming out of Santa Maria,
Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and other keys dotted with all-inclu-
sive resorts.
Delaware city struggles as
a gun plague affl icts its youth
WILMINGTON, Delaware — When the shots rang out —
“pop, pop, pop,” and then a thunder roll of gunfi re — Maria Wil-
liams hit the fl oor.
Donald Trump Jr. fl ed father’s
name before embracing it
AP Photo/Moyses Zuniga
A monument surrounded by debris is cordoned off in the
aftermath of an 8.1-magnitude earthquake in San Cristob-
al de Las Casas, state of Chiapas, Mexico, early Friday.
Mexico hit by biggest
quake in century, 5 killed
MEXICO CITY — A major earthquake off Mexico’s
southern coast killed at least fi ve people, with the president
saying Friday it was the biggest in a century to hit the coun-
try. Houses toppled and the quake produced tsunami waves
and sent people running into the streets in panic.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake’s
magnitude as 8.1, but President Enrique Pena Nieto says it
was 8.2, making it the largest in Mexico in 100 years. He
also said it was bigger than the 8.1 quake in 1985, which
killed thousands and devastated large sections of Mexico
“It was a large-scale earthquake,” Pena Nieto said of the
latest temblor. “It had a bigger magnitude than the one Mex-
icans knew in 1985.”
The death toll could rise as authorities assess the damage.
The president said that 62 aftershocks followed the
quake and it’s possible that one as strong as 7.2 could strike
in the next 24 hours. Pena Nieto also said that serious dam-
age had been caused and that 1 million customers initially
had been without power following the quake, but that elec-
tricity had been restored to 800,000 of them.
The bullets sprayed through her front door and window, leaving
perfectly cylindrical holes in the glass. They blasted clear across
the nursery, where her 2-year-old daughter’s toys were strewn on
the carpet. They burrowed into the kitchen cabinetry — and hit her
teenage son and daughter.
Amid their screams, “All I could think of was, ‘I’m not losing
another child,’” Williams recalled, tears spilling down her cheek.
Her 18-year-old stepson — William Rollins VI, known as Lil
Bill — had been gunned down two years before, another victim of
Wilmington’s plague of teens shooting teens. His shooter was 17.
NEW YORK — Donald Trump Jr. has been in the public eye
since becoming the fi rst-born child of a magnate, but the fl ashes of
him were fl eeting — a boy caught in his parents’ messy divorce, a
20-something accessory on a reality show, a hunter in gory photos
with exotic prey.
His current image has been cemented for many with his
full-throttle embrace of his father’s campaign and his some-
times ruthless, no-penance turns, appearing on a white national-
ist’s radio show, likening Syrian refugees to poisonous Skittles and
using Holocaust imagery to describe purported media bias. When
approached with an offer of Russian help defeating Hillary Clinton,
he oozed enthusiasm, emailing back “I love it.”
But even as many Americans who despise his politics have
come to see him as nothing more than a consigliere, many who
know him insist he’s all courtesy and humility up close.
“I know the father’s an animal — we all know that. But the
son is a doll,” said Randy Narod, a one-time business partner of
Trump Jr.
The 39-year-old presidential namesake stepped into his most
scrutinized role yet Thursday, appearing for questions by staff
members of the Senate Judiciary Committee as lawmakers probe
Russian meddling in the election that handed his father the White
S. Korea braces for another
possible N. Korea missile test
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is closely watching
North Korea over the possibility it may launch another intercon-
tinental ballistic missile as soon as Saturday when it celebrates its
founding anniversary.
Seoul’s Unifi cation Ministry spokeswoman Eugene Lee said
Friday that Pyongyang could potentially conduct its next ICBM
tests this weekend or around Oct. 10, another North Korean holi-
day marking the founding of its ruling party.
North Korea has previously marked key dates with displays of
military power, but now its tests appear to be driven by the need to
improve missile capabilities.
The North is just coming off its sixth and the most powerful
nuclear test to date on Sunday in what it claimed was a detona-
tion of a thermonuclear weapon built for its ICBMs. The coun-
try tested its developmental Hwasong-14 ICBMs twice in July and
analysts say the fl ight data from the launches indicate the missiles
could cover a broad swath of the continental United States, includ-
ing major cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago, when perfected.
North Korea fi red the ICBMs at highly lofted angles in July to
reduce ranges and avoid other countries. But South Korean offi -
cials say the next launches could be conducted at angles close to
operational as the North would seek to test whether the warheads
survive the harsh conditions of atmospheric re-entry and detonate
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