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FBI rejects young man's claim to be long-missing boy

CINCINNATI (AP) — A young man's claim to be an Illinois boy who disappeared under tragic circumstances eight years ago was disproved by DNA tests and pronounced a hoax Thursday, dashing hopes that the baffling case had finally been solved. For a...

 

Smollett indicted on 16 counts stemming from reported attack

CHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury in Chicago indicted "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs. The Cook County grand jury indictment dated...

 

Lawyer enters not guilty plea for R. Kelly in sex abuse case

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly's attorney entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client Monday as the singer faces multiple charges of sexual abuse in Chicago. Kelly, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, was arrested Friday...

 

Case against Jussie Smollett resembles detailed movie script

CHICAGO (AP) — As authorities laid out their case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and starred in a short movie. Prosecutors said Smollett gave de...

 

Illinois AG finds 500 more Catholic clergy accused of abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday issued a blistering report about clergy sexual abuse, saying that Catholic dioceses in Illinois has not released the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing...

 

Witness contradicts police account of shooting of black teen

CHICAGO (AP) — A man who witnessed a Chicago officer fatally shoot black teenager Laquan McDonald testified Thursday that police waved him away without questioning him that October 2014 night and didn't even bother to take down his name. Jose...

 

Jurors deliberating in murder trial of Chicago officer

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys in the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald sparred over what video of the deadly encounter actually proves Thursday just before jurors withdrew...

 

Officer convicted of murder in slaying of Laquan McDonald

CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago officer was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the 2014 shooting of a black teenager that was captured on shocking dashcam video that showed him crumpling to the ground in a hail of 16 bullets as he walked...

 

Official: Fireworks, cigarettes may have caused deadly blaze

CHICAGO (AP) — Investigators seeking the cause of Chicago's deadliest fire in well over a decade were searching the porch area where the blaze started for evidence of fireworks, cigarettes or other smoking materials, a fire official said Monday. Fi...

 

Second man convicted in killing of Chicago honor student

CHICAGO (AP) — A jury has found a second suspect guilty Thursday of first-degree murder in the killing of a 15-year-old high school honor student whose death in 2013 became a symbol of Chicago's random gun violence. The jury concluded Micheail...

 

Trump resurrects mobster Capone in tweet on aide's treatment

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to suggest in a tweet Wednesday that his former campaign manager Paul Manafort is being treated worse by the justice system than notorious Chicago mob boss Al Capone. Even for a president whose tweets...

 

AP News Guide: Chicago police releasing videos more quickly

CHICAGO (AP) — When a white Chicago police officer fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014, it took more than a year for video of the shooting to be released under court order. When a black man armed with a gun was fatally shot by a...

 

Inmates who clapped for cop death suspect may face reprisals

CHICAGO (AP) — Five Cook County Jail inmates who applauded as the man charged with the fatal shooting of a Chicago police commander was led by their cell could face reprisals for their actions, a jail official said Friday. Cara Smith, the chief...

 

Las Vegas victims: Man died protecting wife on anniversary

Through tearful stories of last moments together and in heart-wrenching tributes, relatives and friends are remembering the dozens of people killed in the shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip. A woman recalled how her husband shielded her from...

 

Judge: Sessions can't deny grant money for sanctuary cities

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions can't follow through — at least for now — with his threat to withhold public safety grant money to Chicago and other so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to impose new tough immigration...

 
 By Don Babwin    Regional    August 4, 2017

Official: Police closing in on Northwestern-Oxford duo

CHICAGO (AP) — Investigators think they're closing in on a Northwestern University professor and University of Oxford staffer who are wanted in the fatal stabbing of a Chicago man, a police official said Thursday. Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman...

 
 By Don Babwin    Regional    August 4, 2017

Police: Professor suspected in murder sent video apologizing

CHICAGO (AP) — A Northwestern University professor suspected in the stabbing death of a Chicago man sent a video to friends and relatives apologizing for his involvement in a crime that he called the "biggest mistake of my life," raising concern...

 
 By Don Babwin    Regional    August 3, 2017

Northwestern professor, Oxford employee sought in slaying

CHICAGO (AP) — Police are searching for a Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford employee suspected in the stabbing death of a Chicago man and have alerted law enforcement agencies around the country that the pair should be...

 
 By Don Babwin    Regional    July 30, 2017

Chicago giving departing inmates overdose-reversing drug

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago now gives at-risk inmates the overdose-reversing drug naloxone upon their release from jail and Los Angeles is poised to follow suit, putting the antidote in as many hands as possible as part of a multifaceted approach to...

 

16-year-old from Minnesota ID'd as victim of John Wayne Gacy

CHICAGO (AP) — After running away from his Minnesota home in 1976, 16-year-old Jimmy Haakenson called his mother, told her he was in Chicago, then disappeared forever. More than 40 years later, a detective from Illinois arrived at the family's...

 

Chicago police seek 2nd teen in Facebook sexual assault case

CHICAGO (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a second teenage boy in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old Chicago girl that was streamed live on Facebook, and further arrests are expected, police said Sunday. A day after announcing the...

 

Chicago police now using high-tech effort to fight crime

CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the Chicago Police Department said Wednesday that his officers are now using high-tech strategies and equipment to fight crime, an announcement that came as the city's police released statistics showing no letup in the...

 

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