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Chief: Man shot by Chicago police infiltrated SWAT training

CHICAGO (AP) — A man climbed five stories of a fire escape to infiltrate a Chicago police facility Monday while officers were undergoing a SWAT training exercise and grabbed at least two guns before he was shot and wounded by police, the chief...

 

Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor is laid to rest, at last

CHICAGO (AP) — A 21-year-old sailor was laid to rest Tuesday following a decades-long effort to identify remains pulled from Pearl Harbor, more than 80 years after he was killed in the attack that propelled the United States into World War II. Memb...

 

R. Kelly jury selection focuses on 2019 documentary

CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection in R. Kelly's federal trial on charges that he rigged his 2008 state child pornography trial began Monday with the judge and attorneys quickly focusing on whether would-be jurors watched a 2019 documentary about sex...

 

Tulsa shooting highlights vulnerability of hospitals

Hospitals, like schools, are not typically designed to guard against the threat of a determined gunman entering the building to take lives. The vulnerability of health care facilities was highlighted by a shooter who killed four people and then...

 

Jury begins deliberations in trial of actor Jussie Smollett

CHICAGO (AP) — The jury in Jussie Smollett's trial started deliberating Wednesday, after a prosecutor said there is "overwhelming evidence" that the former "Empire" actor lied to police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist attack and his d...

 

Lawyer: Jussie Smollett 'a real victim' of attack in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett "is a real victim" of a "real crime," his attorney said in opening statements at the ex-"Empire" actor's trial Monday, rejecting prosecutors' allegation that he staged a homophobic and racist attack in Chicago after...

 

Sheriff: Newly ID'd Gacy victim's death was news to family

CHICAGO (AP) — When the discovery of more than two dozen bodies stashed under John Wayne Gacy's house near Chicago was making headlines all over the world in the late 1970s, Francis Wayne Alexander's family in North Carolina didn't think much of...

 

Activist, historian among 25 `genius grant' recipients

CHICAGO (AP) — A historian devoted to keeping alive the stories of long-dead victims of racial violence along the Texas-Mexico border and a civil rights activist whose mission is to make sure people who leave prison are free to walk into the...

 

Woman injured in police shooting says cops let boyfriend die

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A woman who was shot by police last week in suburban Chicago said Tuesday that officers did nothing more than cover her boyfriend with a blanket after he was shot and left him on the ground to die. Tafara Williams, 20, spoke...

 

As cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well

For many states and counties in the U.S., the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic in April unfolded on their television screens, not on their doorsteps. But now, some places that appeared to have avoided the worst are seeing surges of infections,...

 

Police: Illinois warehouse shooting suspect killed himself

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 48-year-old man suspected in the fatal shooting of two co-workers and the critical wounding of another at a Springfield, Illinois, warehouse died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the city's police chief said F...

 

St. Patrick's Day parades nixed, from New York to Dublin

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade has been postponed for the first time in its 258-year history because of coronavirus concerns, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday. The postponement of the March 17 parade adds to the...

 

Illinois patient's death may be first in US tied to vaping

CHICAGO (AP) — Health officials said Friday that an Illinois patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping has died and that they consider it the first death in the United States linked to the smoking alternative that has become...

 

Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Smollett probe

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of lying to the police by claiming he was the victim...

 

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...

 

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