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  • Singer on Mexican 'The Voice' dies in Chicago after shooting

    June 18, 2016 10:21 PM

    CHICAGO -A Chicago singer who appeared on the Mexican version of "The Voice" in 2011 has died after he was shot in an ambush while celebrating his birthday with friends. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that 45-year-old Alejandro "Jano" Fuentes died on Saturday. He was shot three times... more »
  • US cities see unexplained rise in violent crimes this year

    June 5, 2016 3:07 PM

    CHICAGO - Violent crimes ranging from homicides to rapes to robberies have been on the rise in many major U.S. cities so far this year. But experts can't point to a single reason why and the jump isn't enough to suggest there's a trend. Law enforcement officials are seeking a... more »
  • Bossier Parish deputy, former Tiger leaves department to join pro baseball team

    April 28, 2016 4:38 PM

    BOSSIER PARISH - The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office bid farewell to a deputy who has signed a contract to become a professional baseball player. Thursday was Randy Ziegler's final day on the job. He's headed to Nebraska to play for the Lincoln Saltdogs, a minor league team of the... more »
  • Arrieta throws 2nd no-hitter as Cubs beat Reds

    April 22, 2016 12:40 AM

    CINCINNATI, OH - Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs pitched his second no-hitter in a span of 11 regular-season starts, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds in a 16-0 rout Thursday night. The reigning NL Cy Young winner threw the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season. Arrieta (4-0) struck... more »
  • Chicago schools to close as teachers launch one-day strike

    April 1, 2016 3:56 AM

    CHICAGO- Picket lines and protests will likely meet students and parents who show up at Chicago school buildings Friday. Teachers in the nation's third-largest district are launching an unprecedented one-day strike. They say it's aimed at getting lawmakers to adequately fund education and other programs. The walkout will close schools... more »
  • Chicago removes sales tax on tampons, sanitary napkins

    March 16, 2016 4:52 PM

    CHICAGO - The Chicago City Council has rescinded a city sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins. Wednesday's vote followed a recommendation that was made without opposition by the City Council's finance committee last week. The items are taxed 10.25 percent in Chicago. The vote will remove Chicago's portion of... more »
  • Nearly 900 flights canceled, 500 delayed in US

    December 28, 2015 10:01 AM

    UNDATED- Nearly 900 flights have been canceled across the U.S. and another 500 have been delayed due to the large storm system moving through the middle part of the country. Flight-tracking service FlightAware showed that more than a third of the cancellations were at Chicago's two main airports. Another large... more »
  • Two people killed by Chicago police officer identified

    December 26, 2015 12:28 PM

    CHICAGO - The Cook County medical examiner has identified two people killed in a Chicago police shooting as a 19-year-old black man and 55-year-old black woman. Spokeswoman Becky Schlikerman says Quientonio Legreir and Betty R. Jones were killed early Saturday on the city's West Side. Jones was pronounced dead at... more »
  • US Attorney General announces civil rights probe

    December 7, 2015 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D. C. - Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced a federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago police department. The investigation will search for patterns of unconstitutional policing practices throughout the police force. The announcement comes nearly two weeks after the city released the explosive video of a white... more »
  • Lollapalooza to mark 25th anniversary by adding 4th day

    December 3, 2015 12:02 PM

    CHICAGO - Lollapalooza is adding a fourth day to the 2016 music festival to mark its 25th anniversary. Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell made the announcement Thursday. The festival will start Thursday, July 28, and run through Sunday, July 31. The extra day means there will be more than 170 musical... more »
  • Suspect arrested in University of Chicago threat

    November 30, 2015 1:34 PM

    CHICAGO - Federal authorities say a suspect is in custody related to a threat at the University of Chicago that led to the school canceling all classes and activities scheduled for Monday on its main campus. Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago, says the individual... more »
  • University of Chicago cancels Monday classes after threat

    November 29, 2015 10:24 PM

    CHICAGO - The University of Chicago is cancelling all classes and activities on its main campus Monday following an online threat of gun violence. The university says in a statement Sunday night that a threat from an unknown person was passed on to the university by the FBI. The threat... more »
  • Burger King manager: Police erased video of Chicago shooting

    November 28, 2015 3:17 PM

    CHICAGO - A Burger King manager who accuses Chicago police of erasing surveillance video in the case of a black teenager shot last year by a white officer says he has testified before a federal grand jury investigating the shooting. Jay Darshane tells the Chicago Tribune that the FBI also... more »
  • Chicago protesters block store entrances

    November 27, 2015 2:55 PM

    CHICAGO - Hundreds of protesters are blocking entrances to stores in Chicago's high-end shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the police shooting of a black teenager. Some of the demonstrators linked arms to form human chains in front of main entrances to stores on both sides of... more »
  • Protesters march in Chicago shopping district

    November 27, 2015 12:22 PM

    CHICAGO - A protest march has begun in Chicago's shopping district, with the Rev. Jesse Jackson in the middle of a crowd that's shouting, "What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!" Several hundred demonstrators have gathered in the drizzling rain, many with umbrellas and plastic-wrapped signs.... more »
  • Chicago protest to target main shopping area

    November 27, 2015 10:22 AM

    CHICAGO - Not just holiday shoppers will be taking to Chicago's Magnificent Mile today. Also planned is a protest over the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a white police officer. The black teen was shot 16 times. Protesters say they'll be marching down part of Michigan Avenue, in... more »
  • Chicago releases video of officer shooting teen

    November 24, 2015 6:39 PM

    CHICAGO - Chicago officials have released a video of a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager last year. The move Tuesday follows a judge's order last week to release the squad car dash-cam footage. Seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014. Police say... more »
  • Chicago officer charged in killing of black teen

    November 24, 2015 11:28 AM

    CHICAGO - A white Chicago police officer has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting a black teenager. Charges announced Tuesday come as the city prepares to release a squad-car video of Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014. The... more »
  • Fire breaks out in Chicago's Hancock skyscraper

    November 21, 2015 4:40 PM

    CHICAGO - Authorities say a fire that broke out about halfway up the John Hancock Center, one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers, has been put out. Five people were injured. Flames and thick smoke poured out of an east side window on the 50th floor Saturday. Authorities said the fire did... more »
  • Hastert set to plead guilty in hush-money case

    October 28, 2015 7:46 AM

    CHICAGO- Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday in his hush-money case as part of an agreement with prosecutors. The hearing in Chicago federal court will be the 73-year-old Republican's first court appearance since entering his initial not guilty plea in June. An indictment accused him... more »
  • Nike opening store with only Michael Jordan items in Chicago

    October 22, 2015 9:14 AM

    CHICAGO- Nike is opening a Michael Jordan-only store in Chicago's Loop this weekend. The new Jordan Brand store opens Saturday. It will sell merchandise with the trademarked Michael Jordan "Jumpman" silhouette. Nike also plans stores in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto featuring the former Chicago Bulls star. Jordan Brand... more »
  • Man suffers heart attack during marathon

    October 11, 2015 4:36 PM

    CHICAGO - A man running in the Chicago Marathon has been revived by a paramedic after suffering an apparent heart attack. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says the man in his 60s fell to the ground about 9:40 a.m. Sunday at Lake Shore Drive and Melrose Street on the... more »
  • Arrieta, Cubs silence Pirates 4-0 to win NL wild-card game

    October 8, 2015 9:02 AM

    PITTSBURGH, PA.- Jake Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and the Chicago Cubs rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game on Wednesday night. Arrieta struck out 11 without a walk. He also dusted off getting plunked by Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson... more »
  • FAA proposes nearly $2 million fine against drone operator

    October 6, 2015 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - The government is proposing a record $1.9 million fine against an aerial photography company for flying drones in crowded New York and Chicago airspace without permission. The Federal Aviation Administration says SkyPan International Inc. of Chicago operated 65 unauthorized flights between March 2012 and December 2014 in some... more »
  • New plans scale back proposed George Lucas museum in Chicago

    September 11, 2015 12:19 PM

    CHICAGO - New plans for filmmaker George Lucas' proposed museum on Chicago's lakefront include a scaled-back design and more green space. The plans were unveiled in federal court Thursday during a hearing in a nonprofit group's lawsuit filed to prevent the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art from being built... more »
  • Lawyer accused of coaching clients to lie ruled not guilty

    August 31, 2015 9:01 PM

    CHICAGO- A federal judge ruled that a lawyer charged with coaching lies to his clients was actually doing good legal work and a found him not guilty. Judge Harry Leinenweber pointed to the use of lawyer Beau Brindley's use of question-and-answer scripts as he explained his not guilty verdict.... more »
  • One dead after tent collapses at music festival

    August 2, 2015 6:05 PM

    WOOD DALE, Ill. - One person has died and several people are injured after a tent collapsed at a festival in suburban Chicago. A tent at the Wood Dale Prairie Fest collapsed during a storm on Sunday afternoon. Wood Dale Deputy Police Chief Mike Rivas told the newspaper that one... more »
  • Nearly 30 people wounded in overnight shootings

    July 5, 2015 2:43 PM

    CHICAGO - Authorities say a 7-year-old boy who was celebrating the Fourth of July with his family was among three people who were shot and killed overnight in Chicago. At least 27 other people were wounded in overnight shootings. Police say 7-year-old Amari Brown was shot after someone opened fire... more »
  • Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup

    June 16, 2015 8:10 AM

    CHICAGO- The Chicago Blackhawks are drinking from the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons. Duncan Keith scored the game-winner and Corey Crawford finished with 25 saves as the Hawks closed out the finals in six games, beating Tampa Bay 2-0. The game was scoreless until Keith followed... more »
  • Twins who ran major US drug ring sentenced to 14 years each

    January 27, 2015 11:50 AM

    CHICAGO - A federal judge has sentenced twin Chicago brothers to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion U.S. drug franchise using cocaine and heroin supplied by Mexican cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Prosecutors asked for leniency for Pedro and Margarito Flores at Tuesday's sentencing... more »
  • The Who, Elton John among 2015 Jazz Fest lineup

    January 12, 2015 11:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fans of The Who, Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga should make plans to head to New Orleans in April. Organizers for the 46th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival released their lineup Monday for the 2015 music festival. The annual event covers... more »
  • Robertson, White Sox reach 4-year deal

    December 9, 2014 4:18 AM

    SAN DIEGO, CA - A person familiar with the negotiations says closer David Robertson and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a four-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the agreement had not been announced. A right-hander who turns 30 in April, Robertson had spent... more »
  • Walkouts staged to support Ferguson protests

    December 1, 2014 2:45 PM

    ST. LOUIS - Protesters across the U.S. have walked off their jobs or away from classes in support of the Ferguson protesters. Monday's walkouts stretched from New York to San Francisco, and included Chicago and Washington, D.C. At the University of Missouri-St. Louis, three dozen students rallied outside the library... more »
  • Rodgers throws 6 TDs, Packers rout Bears 55-14

    November 10, 2014 1:59 AM

    GREEN BAY, WI - Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes to tie the Green Bay game record and match the NFL record for a half, and the Packers routed the reeling Chicago Bears 55-14 on Sunday night. Rodgers was 18 of 27 for 315 yards, throwing scoring passes of 73... more »
  • "Don't touch my girlfriend"

    October 21, 2014 7:46 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Obama turned some heads with a joke that unfolded while he was casting his early vote for the November election Monday in Chicago. A young woman was voting next to him when her boyfriend decided to use a wisecrack, "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend." The President... more »
  • Ebola screening starts Thursday at 4 US airports

    October 14, 2014 12:54 PM

    NEWARK, NJ - Customs and health officials at airports in Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Newark will take the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries starting Thursday. Federal health officials say the entry screenings add another layer of protection to halt the spread of the Ebola virus that has... more »
  • Senator to seek probe of sabotage at Chicago airports

    September 28, 2014 3:12 PM

    CHICAGO - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he'll seek an investigation into how a contract employee was able to sabotage a regional control center and bring Chicago's two international airports to a halt. Durbin told The Associated Press on Sunday that he will ask inspectors general at the U.S. Department... more »
  • Flights resume at Chicago airports

    September 26, 2014 2:47 PM

    Chicago, Ill.- Flights have begun taking off and landing again at Chicago's two airports after a fire at a suburban air traffic control center forced hundreds of cancellations. All flights in and out of O'Hare and Midway airports were halted for more than five hours, causing disruptions across the... more »
  • Children killed in fire on Chicago's South Side Play Video

    September 8, 2014 7:04 AM

    CHICAGO, IL - Four children were killed early Monday in a fire on Chicago's South Side, authorities said. Chicago Fire Department Chief Michael Fox told reporters at the scene that the first firefighters to arrive found "heavy fire blowing" from the building's windows. The blaze appeared to start on the... more »
  • Court bristles at 'traditional' marriage argument

    August 26, 2014 10:30 AM

    CHICAGO - Federal appeals court judges considering whether to uphold gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin are reserving their toughest questions for the states, asking how the bans help society, especially children of same-sex couples. A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments... more »
  • Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

    August 20, 2014 9:47 AM

    HARVEY, IL - Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the last four hostages have been released unharmed to end a standoff with two armed men in a southern Chicago suburb. Dart says the two adults and two children still being held were freed Wednesday morning without a shot being fired.... more »
  • Official: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in Chicago suburb Play Video

    August 20, 2014 2:15 AM

    HARVEY, IL - Negotiators have worked late into the night trying to persuade two men barricaded in a home in a Chicago suburb to end their standoff with police and release the last of six children and two adults they took hostage. Harvey police said four children have been freed... more »
  • Pelicans center Davis shines for Team USA basketball

    August 17, 2014 11:30 PM

    CHICAGO - Anthony Davis gave the hometown fans something to cheer about, as the Chicago native and New Orleans Pelicans center led the charge for team USA in a 95-78 exhibition win over Brazil on Sunday. Davis led team USA with 20 points, including several spectacular dunks as well... more »
  • Chicago PD: Man shoots CEO before killing self

    July 31, 2014 11:37 AM

    CHICAGO - Chicago police say a demoted worker shot and critically injured his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself at their office in a downtown high-rise office building. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says a worker at a technological company entered the 17th-floor office Thursday and met with his CEO before... more »
  • Cubs to pitch another Wrigley expansion plan

    July 10, 2014 4:31 AM

    CHICAGO, IL - The squabble between the Chicago Cubs and the owners of the rooftop venues that peek over the walls of Wrigley Field is heading back to City Hall. The Cubs will ask the city's landmarks commission Thursday to approve a massive $500 million renovation project that is even... more »
  • Bears WR Morgan charged with assault in DC

    April 29, 2014 8:22 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chicago Bears wide receiver Josh Morgan has been arrested and charged with punching a man outside a Washington nightclub. DC police spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf confirmed Monday night that a man named Josh Morgan was arrested early Sunday and charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor. The Bears... more »
  • Teen charged with decapitating body

    December 27, 2013 8:45 AM

    CHICAGO - Police say they've charged a teenager with murder in the death of a 41-year-old man whose decapitated body was found in a Chicago apartment on Christmas Day. Police said in a statement Thursday that 18-year-old Alexis Valdez is charged with one count of first-degree murder. The Cook County... more »
  • Holiday lifts Pelicans in 3OT win over Bulls

    December 3, 2013 6:34 AM

    CHICAGO- Jrue Holiday made a three-point play with 2.6 seconds remaining in the third overtime Monday night, giving the New Orleans Pelicans a 131-128 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Holiday had 19 points and 12 assists for the Pelicans. He made an 18-footer with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation to... more »
  • Man with muscular dystrophy finishes marathon

    October 14, 2013 8:46 AM

    CHICAGO- A man with muscular dystrophy was the last runner to cross the finish line of the Chicago Marathon - nearly 17 hours after he started the race. Thirty-eight-year-old Maickel Melamed of Venezuela made it across the finish line of the 26.2-mile race at 1:30 a.m. Monday. About 100 people... more »
  • Fake cop at it again

    July 25, 2013 7:32 PM

    Chicago- A teen who was busted once before for impersonating a cop was caught doing it again. Vincent Richardson is 19 and was released on a promise to appear in court next month. At 14, he dressed in a Chicago cop's uniform and was convincing enough that he was issued... more »
  • Former Saints DT Sedrick Ellis retiring

    July 25, 2013 2:30 PM

    BOURBONNAIS, Il. - The Chicago Bears say defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis has decided to retire rather than report to training camp. The Bears announced the move on Thursday. They are scheduled to begin practicing on Friday, but Ellis won't be there. Taken with the seventh overall pick by New Orleans... more »
  • Wrigley Field's Jumbotron plan heads to final vote

    July 24, 2013 10:32 AM

    CHICAGO - Chicago's City Council is set to consider a proposed $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field that includes a massive Jumbotron in left field. Aldermen are scheduled to give the final vote on the project Wednesday. The vote comes one day after it got crucial approval from a... more »
  • Detroit's Cabrera to be evaluated

    July 23, 2013 10:43 AM

    CHICAGO - There was good news and bad news for the Tigers last night. They beat the White Sox in Chicago 7-3, but in the process All-Star Miguel Cabrera left the game with a sore hip flexor. The reigning American League Triple Crown winner will be evaluated today.... more »
  • Blackhawks look to close out Bruins

    June 24, 2013 10:35 AM

    BOSTON - The sixth game of the Stanley Cup Finals is being played tonight in Boston and if the Bruins don't beat the Blackhawks, the season will be over. Chicago tops the best of seven series 3-2 and can clinch the Cup and the NHL Championship with a win... more »
  • Stanley Cup series back in Chicago

    June 21, 2013 10:31 AM

    CHICAGO - Now that the NBA season is over all eyes can fall on the Stanley Cup Finals. The best-of-seven series is tied at 2-2 after the Blackhawks' 6-5 overtime win Wednesday in Boston. The series moves back to Chicago for Game 5 tomorrow night. Following that... more »
  • Scientists moving 15-ton magnet from NY to Chicago

    June 16, 2013 12:01 PM

    UPTON, N.Y. - A 50-foot-wide electromagnet built in suburban New York is headed on a five-week journey to Chicago. The electromagnet weighs at least 15 tons and was the largest in the world when it was built by scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the 1990s. Brookhaven scientists no longer... more »
  • Chicago joins growing club of bike-sharing cities

    June 15, 2013 10:39 AM

    CHICAGO - The newest piece of Chicago's transit puzzle will not rumble between skyscrapers on its 100-year-old elevated rail lines or utilize its fleet of hybrid buses. The city is turning to thousands of bicycles to send commuters and visitors zipping on their way. Chicago joins New York, Los Angeles... more »
  • Final two conference semifinals begin tonight

    May 6, 2013 10:24 AM

    UNDATED - The opening games of two NBA conference semifinals are taking place this evening as Miami plays host to Chicago and San Antonio is home to Golden State. The Heat advanced with a four-game sweep of the Bucks in their first-round series while the Bulls took seven games to... more »
  • Cubs chairman makes case for huge board at Wrigley

    May 1, 2013 10:02 AM

    CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts says the team needs to install a 6,000 square foot video board at Wrigley Field because it would bring in much needed revenue. Addressing the City Club of Chicago Wednesday, Ricketts said the Cubs could be making $20 million a year more in... more »
  • Bulls shock Heat, ending 27-game winning streak

    March 28, 2013 9:12 AM

    CHICAGO - The Chicago Bulls have ended Miami's quest to break the NBA record for consecutive wins. The 101-97 final ended the Heat's winning streak at 27, six short of the mark set by the 1971-72 Lakers. Luol Deng paced the undermanned Bulls with 28 points in 44 minutes... more »
  • Bears, Bushrod agree to 5-year deal

    March 12, 2013 10:11 PM

    CHICAGO - The Chicago Bears have agreed to a five-year contract with New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod, filling a major hole on the offensive line. The Bears announced the signing Tuesday. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the deal is potentially... more »
  • Moderate economic growth

    March 6, 2013 7:48 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Federal reserve says the U.S. economy was growing at a moderate level in 10 of its 12 regions with Boston and Chicago lagging. The Fed's Beige Book survey says the growth is helped by strong auto sales, a recovery in housing and improved job prospects. Consumer spending increased... more »
  • Peterson case returns with hearing for new trial

    February 19, 2013 7:10 AM

    CHICAGO - A spat between Drew Peterson's former lead trial attorney and current lawyers will appear in court. A judge will hear arguments Tuesday that Peterson deserves a new trial on grounds that former lead trial attorney Joel Brodsky botched last year's trial. Brodsky left the defense team in November... more »
  • Obama says gun violence killing too many children

    February 15, 2013 5:25 PM

    CHICAGO - President Barack Obama says that every four months, his hometown of Chicago suffers the loss of as many children as were killed in the Connecticut elementary school shooting. Obama says gun violence is taking too many children's lives, not just in mass shootings like the one in Newtown,... more »
  • Obama wraps State of Union speech tour in Chicago

    February 15, 2013 7:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is wrapping up his post-State of the Union tour by talking about how government can build what he calls "ladders of opportunity" into the middle class. During remarks Friday in Chicago, his hometown, Obama plans to discuss proposals to raise the federal minimum wage and... more »
  • Teen perfomer at inaugural events fatally shot

    January 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    CHICAGO - A 15-year-old majorette who performed at some of President Barack Obama's recent inauguration festivities has been shot to death in Chicago. Police say Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday in a South Side park and died at a city hospital. Authorities say Hadiya was one of... more »
  • Former Ill. Gov. Ryan to be released from prison

    January 30, 2013 2:39 AM

    CHICAGO - George Ryan is about to become the latest Illinois governor to go through a prison door. This time he's headed out. The 78-year-old Republican has served five-plus years for corruption. Authorities are expected to release him from a prison in Terre Haute, Ind., sometime Wednesday. He's expected to... more »
  • Poisoned lotto winner's body to be exhumed today

    January 18, 2013 2:22 AM

    CHICAGO - Authorities plan to exhume the body of a Chicago businessman Friday in hopes of learning exactly how he ingested a lethal dose of cyanide. Urooj Khan died in July as he was about to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings. His death was initially ruled a result of... more »

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