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February 09, 2017

Daily News Roundup: Salvation Army to Pay Millions in Pa. Thrift-Store Collapse

$227 Million Settlement Reached in Collapse of Philadelphia Charity Shop: A source familiar with the deal tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the Salvation Army will pay $200 million of the settlement for victims of the June 2013 disaster in which a downtown building undergoing demolition collapsed and crushed an adjacent thrift store, killing seven people and injuring 12. The agreement ends a lawsuit that accused the charity of ignoring warnings that the next-door structure could imminently collapse.

Red Cross Halts Afghanistan Work After Deadly Attack: The International Committee of the Red Cross suspended operations in the country following the ambush of an aid convoy in the northern Jowzjan Province that left six employees dead, Reuters reports. The provincial governor said Islamic State militants are active in the region.

Global Charities in Fight Over Cameroon's Pygmies: Survival International, which advocates for tribal people, says anti-poaching groups supported by the World Wildlife Fund are beating and killing Baka pygmies who enter former tribal lands that are now wildlife preserves, the Thomson Reuters Foundation writes. The conservation charity says the allegations are unsubstantiated and that it is working to protect Baka rights.

Audrey Hepburn's Sons in Court Battle Over Children’s Charity: The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund is suing Sean Ferrer, one of the late actress’s two sons, for allegedly interfering with the nonprofit’s use of her image and memorabilia for fundraising, Variety reports. The charity is chaired by Luca Dotti, Mr. Ferrer’s half-brother.

Wise Giving Alliance Clears Wounded Warrior Project of Misspending: After an investigation of Wounded Warrior’s controversial outlays for salaries and travel, the charity-watchdog arm of the Better Business Bureau restored its seal of approval for the veterans nonprofit, saying the group’s spending has been “consistent with its programs and missions,” writes The Washington Post.

Billionaire Philanthropist J.B. Pritzker Mulling Run for Ill. Governor: The investor and Hyatt hotel heir announced that he is “seriously considering” entering the Democratic race to challenge Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in 2018, NBC 5 Chicago reports. Mr. Pritzker, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1998, is a major backer of early-childhood-education efforts. Read a Chronicle profile of Mr. Pritzker and a column he co-wrote on early education.