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Wisconsin man gets life in prison for kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents

Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.

Free food and Memorial Day deals for active military and veterans Monday

Businesses across the nation are showing veterans and active-duty military personnel a little love to thank them for their service Monday.

Texas authorities deny withholding Sandra Bland cellphone video

Her cellphone video shows Trooper Brian Encinia, who is white, drawing a stun gun while ordering Bland out of the car.

Theresa May says she’ll quit as Conservative leader June 7

She will stay as caretaker prime minister until the new leader is chosen, a process likely to take several weeks.

US charges Julian Assange with publishing classified info

The Justice Department has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with receiving and publishing classified information.

62,000 pounds of raw beef recalled for possible E. coli

Days ahead of Memorial Day weekend, more than 62,000 pounds of raw beef products are being recalled.

Trump takes his hands off the wheel

Infrastructure fix held hostage by president in effort to block oversight by Congress

Trayvon Martin’s mother announces run for local office in Florida

Sybrina Fulton says her activism after her son’s death has prepared her to serve on the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

Vienna Beef recalls hot dogs for possible contamination

The hot dogs were produced on May 2 and were shipped to locations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.

Trump warns Iran not to threaten US or it will face ‘end’

Iran’s foreign minister quickly responded in kind on Twitter with his own message: #NeverThreatenAnIranian.

Report says Ohio State doc abused 177, officials were aware

Many told investigators that they thought his behavior was an "open secret" and that they believed their coaches, trainers and other team doctors knew about it.

Easterseals is not only still around — it’s big, important and based in Chicago

Easterseals has 34,000 employees in 5,000 locations worldwide, making it the largest non-profit health care organization in the United States.

Alabama passes near-total abortion ban with no rape, incest exceptions

Alabama’s Republican governor signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation Wednesday, making performing an abortion a felony.

Abortion rights advocates promise legal battles ahead if Alabama bill is enacted

Abortion rights advocates urged Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to reject the bill and vowed swift legal action if it is enacted.

Teachers wade through propaganda when searching for climate change info

There are materials produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading info.

Facebook limits livestreaming to restrict broadcasting of hate, terror attacks

Facebook said it's tightening up the rules for its livestreaming service with a "one strike" policy applied to a broader range of offenses.

Fewer babies as US birth rate reaches record low

Whether more U.S. women are postponing motherhood or forgoing it entirely isn't yet clear.

In attempt to spare layoffs, editor at 188-year-old Springfield paper resigns

Illinois' capital-city newspaper, The State Journal-Register, a 188-year-old institution tied intimately to Abraham Lincoln, is without a news chief after its editor Angie Muhs resigned in hopes of sparing more layoffs, according to a staff writer.

Alabama’s near-total ban on abortion heads to governor

Alabama's Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what would be the nation's most stringent abortion ban to the state's Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. The bill would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison.

Trump considered mass deportation of migrant families, including in Chicago

Officials considered arresting thousands of migrant families who had final deportation orders and removing them in a flashy show of force.

3 dead, 3 missing after small tour planes collide in Alaska

Three people were killed after two sightseeing airplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided in midair Monday near a southeast Alaska town, the Coast Guard said.

Oklahoma jury: Woman guilty of killing daughter by forcing crucifix down throat

Police found Geneva Gomez lying inside her mother's home, arms spread out as if she'd been crucified; a large crucifix was on her chest.

Robocalls targeted by legislative crackdown

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin pledged to not use robocalls again for campaign purposes.

Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions bribery scheme

The 56-year-old actress could face prison time after she admitted to participating in the nationwide college bribery scam.

Former President Jimmy Carter recovering ‘comfortably’ after hip surgery

Spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said in a statement Monday afternoon that Carter fell at his home in Plains, Georgia, while leaving to go turkey hunting.

Carbon dioxide levels highest in human history

Carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere hit a stunning new milestone over the weekend.

Washington prepares to offer first ‘public option’ health insurance in US

Here's a look at the public option health insurance plan set to be signed into law in Washington on Monday. In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker pitched IllinoisCares, public health insurance option plan, during his 2018 campaign.

These were the 10 most popular names for boys and girls in 2018

The Social Security Administration announced the top 10 baby names of 2018 on Friday. It is one of the best sources for measuring a name's popularity since most people get a social security card at birth.

Mister Rogers’ home state to celebrate ‘1-4-3 Day’ in his honor

Fred Rogers will be honored in Pennsylvania on May 23 or "1-4-3 Day," a day to exhibit acts of kindness and share stories of good deeds. Rogers used the number 143 to say "I love you," as each digit reflects the number of letters in each word in the phrase.

Obama Foundation launches 1st My Brother’s Keeper strategy in Chicago

"There are young men in this city playing by the rules who aren't getting opportunities they deserve. President Obama sees himself in these young men"

Cook County at high risk for measles outbreak in 2019, report says

Only four months into 2019, the number of measles cases reported is "already the highest since measles was declared eliminated in 2000."

Farrakhan refers to ‘satanic Jews’ in defiant response to Facebook ban

At the Rev. Michael Pfleger's invitation, Farrakhan spoke and pushed back against Facebook's decision to ban him: "I used that platform with respect."