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The Nation in Brief

by Compiled by Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports | February 22, 2021 at 2:00 a.m.

1 person dead, 4 hurt in Missouri shooting

KENNETT, Mo. -- One person died and four were wounded in an overnight shooting at an American Legion club in southeast Missouri, police said Sunday.

KAIT-TV reported that officers found the five victims at the American Legion building in Kennett after the report of the shooting before 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Two people were flown to a hospital in Cape Girardeau in critical condition. Two other victims were being treated at local hospitals.

No arrests were reported Sunday.

The American Legion Post 66 building is near the Delta Fairgrounds in Kennett, a city of about 10,000 people in Missouri's bootheel, roughly 100 miles north of Memphis. The building is available to rent, and Kennett Mayor Chancellor Wayne told the Delta Dunklin Democrat that a private party was being held there Saturday night.

The Missouri State Patrol and Dunklin County sheriff's office are helping with the investigation.

Atlanta workers dismantling tilted crane

ATLANTA -- Crews Sunday worked to take down a crane outside a 31-story building that began tilting precariously Friday, forcing officials to evacuate several buildings in downtown Atlanta and close surrounding streets.

The construction company said Sunday that it expects West Peachtree Street to remain closed through the end of the week. It said it expected residents and people who work at area businesses to be able to return to their offices and homes before that but gave no specific timeline except to say it would be after the area was determined to be safe.

"We remain in communication with officials and property owners who are impacted by this situation," the company said.

According to local media, the massive crane was being dismantled when a mechanical failure caused it to tilt. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that after determining that the crane could fall on buildings below, firefighters cleared hundreds of people from homes and businesses.

The company said Sunday that crews are reinforcing the crane before it can be dismantled. Crews will then need to dismantle the equipment that was brought in to assist.

The crane is very close to a 31-story office tower that developers say is the tallest building constructed in Atlanta since the recession of the early 2000s. Technology giant Google is to be among its tenants.

Biden, Trudeau to meet online this week

WASHINGTON -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Joe Biden will meet virtually Tuesday, following up on a phone call they had days after Biden's inauguration.

The meeting will focus on ending the coronavirus pandemic, growing the middle class, job creation and fighting climate change, Trudeau said in a tweet.

They'll also discuss maintaining strong supply chains between the two countries and defense and security topics, Trudeau's office said.

Biden's Cabinet will meet virtually with Canada's federal ministers on a range of bilateral and global issues, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

The meetings suggest relations between the close allies and trading partners are thawing after tensions between Washington and Ottawa during the Trump administration.

The Biden-Trudeau relationship got off to a rocky start, though, when Biden canceled a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have shipped more than 800,000 barrels per day from Alberta's oil fields to U.S. refineries.

Trump sets speech at conservative event

Former President Donald Trump will speak at the conservative event known as CPAC on Sunday, his first public appearance and lengthy address since he left the White House last month.

A senior aide to Trump confirmed that he would attend the Conservative Public Action Conference, which is being held in Orlando, Fla., this year, and that he planned to talk about the future of the Republican Party as well as President Joe Biden's immigration policies, which have been aimed at undoing Trump's.

What Trump plans to talk about and what he ultimately says once he is onstage often diverge, as he discards scripts that aides prepare for him. But it will be the first time that he has spoken in a public setting since the deadly Jan. 6 riot by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol.

The former president has generally kept a low profile, except for giving a small round of interviews to sympathetic news outlets about the death of radio host Rush Limbaugh last week. Trump repeated his claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

CPAC is traditionally a cattle call for Republican candidates for office as well as aspiring figures in the party. And Trump has signaled to several allies and advisers in recent days that he is focused on running for president again in 2024. His presence could freeze the field, preventing other candidates from developing operations and networks of donors.

Trump's modern political life began with a speech at CPAC in 2011.

-- Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

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