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Fourth student dies from Michigan high school shooting

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Jussie Smollett said one of his attackers was white but changed story after brothers’ arrest: Detectives

When a CPD detective confronted the former "Empire" actor about the discrepancy, Smollett allegedly said, "Well, he acted like he was white by what he said."

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Las Vegas police investigating Trey Songz after sexual assault allegation

Las Vegas police said sex crimes detectives received a complaint about a Sunday incident involving the singer/actor at a Strip hotel. Sunday was his 37th birthday.

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192 vehicles towed on first night of winter parking ban

Forty fewer drivers were caught unaware compared with last year, when 232 vehicles were towed.

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CTA train operator beaten at Red Line Garfield station

The employee was attacked by two teenagers while the train was stalled.

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Man killed in Lincoln Square — third neighborhood shooting since Friday

The Lincoln Square area has seen several shootings recently, and police say they are increasing patrols along the Western and Lawrence avenue corridors.

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Abortion rights at stake in historic Supreme Court arguments

The stakes for the fate of the Roe v. Wade decision have never been greater.

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Man dies after climbing over railing, falling to street at Western Blue Line station in Logan Square

The man fell about 30 feet from the stairs at 1900 N. Western Ave., officials said.

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Showdown vote on Chicago ward map called off

Ald. Michelle Harris, chairman of the City Council’s Rules Committee, said a citywide ward map will be introduced Wednesday, but no vote will be taken. That will allow to public input while negotiations continue in hopes of avoiding a referendum, Chicago’s first in 30 years.

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Man shot to death by masked gunman in Woodlawn

He was standing in the 6200 block of South Eberhart Avenue when a man wearing a ski-mask approached and fired shots.

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At Sen. Durbin event for Mayor Lightfoot, GOP Rep. Rodney Davis swings by and makes bold prediction

Republican Davis doubts the new congressional maps Illinois state Dems created will actually yield 14 Democratic districts.

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Omicron on the horizon: COVID-19 hospitalizations hit nearly 10-month high as latest variant looms: ‘We need to be serious’

With Illinois facing its fifth surge of the pandemic even before the arrival of the Omicron variant, officials say it’s time to take extra precautions — but not yet shutter businesses or schools.

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1st of 4 accusers takes stand at Ghislaine Maxwell trial

The witness, using the pseudonym "Jane," was the first of four alleged victims expected to testify against Maxwell at a New York City trial where she is charged with recruiting and grooming girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to at least 2004.

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‘I know 1000%. You and your brother did nothing wrong’ Jussie Smollett texted to Abimbola Osundairo: Detective

Before the staged attack, Smollett also texted Osundairo, saying, "Might need your help on the low. You around to meet up and talk face to face?" CPD Detective Michael Theis testified.

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After 18 VA patients contract COVID in hospital and 1 dies, top doc rips staff for coming to work sick, not masking

"We have committed very real harm to a large number of patients this week," Dr. Sarah Unterman, chief of staff for the hospital, said in a memo excoriating the "horrific and disturbing" situation.

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More than 1,000 people have been murdered in Cook County this year, the most since 1994

As of Tuesday, the medical examiner’s office had recorded 1,009 murders this year — 100 more than this time last year. The youngest person killed was a 1-month-old boy, the oldest an 84-year-old man.

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Heist for the holidays: Shipping container, filled with holiday donations, stolen from Englewood lot

A 53-foot-long white shipping container stolen from an Englewood lot sometime over the weekend contained about $50,000 in donated toys, clothes and other Christmas gifts.

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Pandemic spikes need for Christmas toy donations, leaving group pleading for donations

Operation Cover Chicago has received twice as many requests for toys this Christmas and hopes to give 20,000 Chicago-area children toys this year.

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Marine Academy official removed after sending anti-vax email to families

Commandant Larry Kaifesh was "spreading false information about vaccines, which is just contrary to everything Dr. [Allison] Arwady and I have been preaching and speaking about," CPS CEO Pedro Martinez said Tuesday.

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Chris Cuomo suspended by CNN for helping brother in scandal

Transcripts released Monday shed new light on CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s behind-the-scenes role advising his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in the face of sexual harassment allegations that forced him from office.

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Less than 13% of CPS students under 12 vaccinated so far, officials say

While shots have only been approved for younger children for a few weeks, less than half of CPS students aged 12 and up have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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President Biden signs veterans’ maternal health bill sponsored by Rep. Underwood, Sen. Duckworth

GOP Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, seeking another House term, announced the backing of two GOP House incumbents from Illinois, Darin LaHood and Mike Bost.

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‘Dread Head Cowboy’ sentenced to 90 days in jail on contempt charge for sparring with judge

Activist Adam Hollingsworth, who is representing himself against animal cruelty charges, was led out of court after repeatedly interrupting Cook County Judge Michael McHale.

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Student kills 3, wounds 8 at Michigan school: Authorities

Authorities arrested the suspect at the school and recovered a handgun. They didn’t immediately release the names of the suspect or victims.

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City cancels public meeting on health impact of proposed metal shredder on Southeast Side

Another meeting over the rebranded General Iron will be scheduled after complaints that officials aren’t doing enough to involve residents in its health analysis.

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Hate crime investigation launched after racist, antisemitic graffiti found on Highland Park synagogue

Someone scrawled a racial slur attacking Black and Jewish people on an outside wall sometime before Nov. 20, police said.

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FDA panel backs first-of-a-kind COVID-19 pill from Merck

A Food and Drug Administration panel voted 13-10 that the drug’s benefits outweigh its risks, including potential birth defects if used during pregnancy.

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Tracking of COVID variants across the United States has improved after a slow start

Viruses mutate constantly. To find and track new versions of the coronavirus, scientists analyze the genetic makeup of a portion of samples that test positive.

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He’s baaaack! Lessons from the Smollett case

Whether cracked or attacked, there is insight to be wrung from the actor’s saga.

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Houston man who used COVID relief money on Lamborghini, strip clubs gets more than 9 years in prison

Prosecutors said Lee Price III also used the money to buy a Rolex and an $85,000 Ford F-350 pickup truck and to pay off a loan on a residential property.

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CVS, Illinois AG respond to rise in retail robberies, opioid theft

All 392 CVS locations in Illinois will now feature time-delay safes to prevent narcotics thefts. The measure is a response to a recent rise in retail and pharmacy theft.

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Man fatally struck on Dan Ryan Expressway at 50th Street

The accident happened around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in the southbound local lanes of Interstate 94, according to Illinois State Police.

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Author Alice Sebold apologizes to man cleared in 1981 rape

Anthony Broadwater, 61, was convicted in 1982 of raping Sebold when she was a student at Syracuse University. He served 16 years in prison. His conviction was overturned on Nov. 22 after prosecutors reexamined the case and determined there were serious flaws in his arrest and trial.

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South Side religious leader calls for Lightfoot to drop casino bidder tied to problematic housing complex

Bishop Larry Trotter said Related Midwest shouldn’t be rewarded with a casino because of its poor ownership of the Parkway Gardens housing complex.

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Texas families fight fracking near day care center, homes amid health worries from natural gas drilling

Living close to drilling sites has been linked to health risks, especially to kids. Many of the wells Total Energy has drilled in Arlington are near Latino and Black or low-income communities.