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Suit alleges security guards had sex with Illinois students

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges two security guards who worked at a public high school in suburban Chicago had sex with female students, and the school failed to adequately protect girls from purported predators. The 22-page...

 

Jury to consider death penalty in Chinese scholar killing

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury that convicted a former University of Illinois doctoral student of kidnapping, torturing and killing a young scholar from China now must decide if Brendt Christensen should be put to death. While the state of...

 

Admitting guilt at trial may help ex-student avoid execution

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for a former University of Illinois doctoral student accused of kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting scholar from China spent nearly two years preparing for the day they would address jurors for the first time at...

 

R. Kelly charged with 11 new sex-related counts in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors charged R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday with 11 new sex-related counts involving one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage, including counts that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years...

 

Prosecutor: Mom and daughter strangled pregnant Chicago teen

CHICAGO (AP) — A pregnant Chicago teen who was killed and whose baby was cut from her womb was strangled while being shown a photo album of the late son and brother of her attackers, a prosecutor said Friday in urging a judge to keep the...

 

Chicago to sue Jussie Smollett for costs of investigation

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse Chicago investigative costs and the city said Thursday it will sue the "Empire" actor for money spent investigating what officials say was a phony racist, anti-gay...

 

Backlash, questions follow dismissal of Jussie Smollett case

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The "Empire" star still says he was assaulted by two men late at night in downtown...

 

Prosecutors paint dark portrait of manipulative R. Kelly

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Saturday painted a dark portrait of a manipulative and sometimes violent R. Kelly, describing how he repeatedly sought out underage girls for sex, including one he encountered at her 16th birthday party and another...

 

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 R. Kelly may be stronger this time

CHICAGO (AP) — Tears streamed down R. Kelly's cheeks as a court official read a jury's not guilty verdict to all 14 counts of child pornography at his 2008 trial in Chicago. The R&B superstar had successfully dodged up to 15 years in prison and...

 

Judge OKs Chicago's historic court-monitored police reforms

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday approved a far-reaching plan for court-supervised reforms of the beleaguered Chicago Police Department, two years after a U.S. Justice Department report found a long history of racial bias and excessive...

 

Documentary puts new attention on R. Kelly sex allegations

R. Kelly, one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, has been dogged for years by allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls — accusations he and his attorneys have long denied. But an Illinois prosecutor's plea...

 

Powerful Chicago council member charged in federal probe

CHICAGO (AP) — One of the most powerful and longest-serving City Council members in Chicago history appeared in federal court Thursday on a charge that he tried to shake down a major fast-food restaurant chain seeking city remodeling permits. Alder...

 

Police try to prevent retaliation after Chicago rapper shot

CHICAGO (AP) — Police took steps on Tuesday to stave off retaliatory attacks by street gangs after a Chicago rapper known for taunting rivals on social media was shot in the head in a shootout during a funeral for his friend and a fellow rapper...

 

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...

 

Chinese man accused of spying, helping recruit US engineers

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chinese citizen living in Chicago was arrested Tuesday for allegedly spying, including by helping with the recruitment of U.S. engineers, defense contractors and scientists for intelligence services in China, federal prosecutors...

 

Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan State University, already reeling from the scandal involving a gymnastics doctor who molested young athletes, maintained ties to a prominent volleyball coach long after he was publicly accused in 1995 of sexually abusing...

 

APNewsBreak: Lithuanian claims pedophile ring in extradition

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian jailed in Chicago at her homeland's request fears death if she's extradited because she helped expose a network of influential pedophiles in the country, she told The Associated Press in...

 

Apple aims to school rivals with new iPad, education apps

CHICAGO (AP) — Apple wants to play a more prominent role in education, but it isn't willing to cut prices to make the grade. Instead, Apple is clinging to a thesis that has helped turn it into the world's most valuable company: Our products are...

 

Alleged leader of mosque bombing drew others into conspiracy

CHICAGO (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy accused of being the ringleader in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque emerges in court documents as a sometimes-threatening figure with anti-government views, but also as a person with enough intelligence...

 

3 rural Illinois men charged with Minnesota mosque bombing

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal authorities on Tuesday charged three men from rural central Illinois with the bombing of a Minnesota mosque last year and said one of the suspects told an investigator the goal of the attack was to "scare" Muslims out of the...

 

Prosecutors to seek death penalty in Chinese scholar case

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a former physics student charged with the kidnapping and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China, they told a judge in a Friday filing that also made a new allegation...

 

Judges consider if racial bias in drug stash-house stings

CHICAGO (AP) — The question of whether federal agents display racial bias by staging phony drug stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of hearings in Chicago that could determine whether agencies curtail or even...

 

Dueling statistics used at hearing on racial bias in stings

CHICAGO (AP) — Dueling experts deployed statistics to make their case Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago in a first-of-its-kind hearing to determine if phony drug stash-house stings run by federal agents dating back to the 1990s are...

 

Las Vegas shooting lawsuits stack up with 14 more filed

CHICAGO (AP) — Legal action following the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert is picking up with lawsuits filed Wednesday on behalf of 14 concertgoers, including some who were shot or injured trying to escape and one woman who is so traumatized...

 

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