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3 people found shot to death on a party bus rented for a Friday night event in Rockford

Three people were found shot to death on a party bus early Saturday in the Rockford area, authorities said. The Rockford Register Star reports that the shooter hasn't been caught. About 3:30 a.m. officers were called to the 400 block of North Springfield Avenue for a report that several people...

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Blackhawks' 4-1 loss to Jets begins offseason turnaround effort

The final horn sounded at Bell MTS Place on Saturday night, mercifully ending the Blackhawks season. Their 4-1 loss to the Jets was a mere formality for both clubs, the Hawks with one last obligation to cross off their calendar, and the Jets enjoying a final tuneup before their Western Conference...

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Resident killed in fire at Trump Tower in New York

A man was killed in a raging apartment fire on Saturday in the New York City skyscraper named for President Donald Trump and where his business is based, officials said. Commissioner Daniel Nigro said a 50th-floor apartment at Trump Tower was "virtually entirely on fire" when firefighters arrived...

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Epic opioid battle heads to Ohio courtroom

The opioid epidemic has affected nearly every aspect of life in Vinton County. Teachers buy shoes for students whose addicted parents send them to school in footwear held together with tape. Overdose deaths have surged. Foster care is overwhelmed. The jail is bursting at the seams. The expenses...

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Bulls honor Loyola for its thrilling run to the NCAA's Final Four

The Bulls honored Loyola’s Final Four team Saturday night for its captivating run in the NCAA tournament, sitting team members in a luxury suite and introducing them to a standing ovation during a second-quarter timeout in the game against the Nets. Asked if the organization had considered using...

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Security for EPA chief Pruitt cost taxpayers millions

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's concern with his safety came at a steep cost to taxpayers as his swollen security detail blew through overtime budgets and at times diverted officers away from investigating environmental crimes. Altogether, the agency spent millions of dollars...

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Prosecutors: West Side man slashed woman's face at bus stop

A Chicago man who allegedly slashed a woman in the face with a knife at a CTA bus stop was ordered held without bail Saturday. Deandre Cavaness, 36, was charged after the stabbing, which happened Thursday about 9 p.m. in the 300 block of North Central Avenue. Cavaness approached the woman at a...

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15 killed after truck collides with junior hockey team's bus in Canada

A semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western Canada, killing 15 people and injuring 14 in a catastrophic collision that a doctor compared to an airstrike and left the vehicles obliterated in the snow. The crash sent shockwaves through the team's small hometown and a...

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Boy, 16, dead, 13-year-old wounded in West Side attack

A 16-year-old boy was killed and another boy, 13, was injured during a shooting Saturday evening in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Eight other people were wounded during separate attacks citywide, most of which happened in a two-hour burst. The two boys were walking in an alley in...

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Brazil's former president in police custody to start 12-year sentence after tense showdown

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was taken into police custody Saturday after a tense showdown with his own supporters, the capstone of an intense three days that underscored raw emotions over the incarceration of a once wildly popular leader who has been engulfed by corruption...

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Ian Happ shakes slump as Cubs rally in ninth for 5-2 win over Brewers

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo missed his second consecutive start Saturday with back tightness, and his offensive presence was missed until the top of the ninth inning. After going hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position, the Cubs came through with four runs to seize a 5-2 victory...

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Blackhawks mourn victims of tragic bus crash involving Canadian junior hockey team

The Blackhawks joined a shaken hockey world Saturday in mourning the bus crash that killed at least 15 members of a junior league team in Saskatchewan on Friday night. The Humboldt Broncos’ bus collided with a tractor-trailer en route to a playoff game, killing the team’s head coach, captain and...

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Responding to Trump's call, Mattis authorizes 4,000 National Guard troops for U.S.-Mexico border

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has signed an order to send up to 4,000 National Guard troops to to the U.S.-Mexico border but barred them from interacting with migrants detained by the Border Patrol in most circumstances. The order, issued in response to President Trump’s call for using troops...

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EPA chief Scott Pruitt spent millions on security and travel, according to sources, documents

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's concern with his safety came at a steep cost to taxpayers as his swollen security detail blew through overtime budgets and at times diverted officers away from investigating environmental crimes. Altogether, the agency spent millions of dollars...

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Mold cleanup in Main Street Triangle to cost Orland Park $200,000

As it works to generate new development within the Main Street Triangle area, Orland Park has to deal with a mold issue in a spot where a commercial use such as a restaurant has been contemplated. Village trustees recently approved a mold remediation contract with an Alsip firm to take care of...

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Chicago developers acquire sparsely occupied Oak Lawn Shopping Center for $10.3M

Two Chicago developers with a considerable portfolio of luxury residential and suburban retail assets between them have acquired the Oak Lawn Shopping Center at the corner of 95th Street and Pulaski Road. Hubbard Street Group and Keeler Real Estate jointly closed on their $10.3 million purchase...

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Lake County gears up for $100 million construction season — big projects planned for Long Grove, Buffalo Grove

Work has already begun on intersection improvements at Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin roads in historic downtown Long Grove, one of three major road improvement projects Lake County has planned for the year. Crews have begun working on relocating and extending the village's water mains into...

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Young mom with MS: 'If I need to live with this disease, then I'm going to live it with no regrets'

Marci Viland was only 23 years old back in 2007 when doctors told her the reason she was losing vision in her right eye was because she had multiple sclerosis. She was taken aback, of course. Who wouldn’t be after getting hit with the news you now had a chronic and incurable disease? Maybe it was...

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What did Joe Paterno really know about the Sandusky scandal at Penn State?

In late 2011 and 2012, the Penn State child sex abuse scandal exploded and then seemingly reached a resolution in rapid-fire fashion. In November 2011, Jerry Sandusky was arrested and charged with sexually abusing eight boys - including one in a shower on campus a decade before, an incident witnessed...

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'Our generation has failed to deal with this'; Gary gun violence forum gets emotional for lawmakers, citizens

Kandice Cole of Wheatfield fought back tears Saturday at the Glen theater in Gary as she talked about the need in Indiana for stronger laws and penalties concerning children's access to weapons. Cole and her husband, Ronald Eric Cole, Jr., were among around 50 people — including a busload of students...

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Maple Leafs coach grieves Saskatchewan bus victims, along with Canada and NHL

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock stood at the podium and fought back tears, the grief resonating across Canada and the NHL. A bus crash in his home province of Saskatchewan left 14 dead and 15 injured, three critically. A junior hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos, was headed to a playoff game...

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Man dies in house fire near Glen Ellyn; 50 firefighters work to extinguish blaze

A man has died after a house fire near Glen Ellyn late Saturday morning, fire officials said. The body of the still-unidentified victim was found in his bedroom on the second story of the home in an unincorporated area on Western Avenue between 3rd Street and North Avenue, said Lt. Craig Eldridge...

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Palestinian journalist in vest marked 'PRESS' shot dead under Israeli fire in Gaza

Yaser Murtaja had often filmed from the sky, but he never lived to fulfill his dream of flying on an airplane through the clouds. The young journalist shot drone images and video for Ain Media, a small Gaza-based news agency he started five years ago. Just two weeks ago he posted an aerial photo...

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Tiger Woods talks Jackson Park golf project and Barack Obama’s phone call

Tiger Woods confirmed what had been an urban legend in Chicago golf circles: former President Barack Obama called to ask him to take on the Jackson Park/South Shore golf project. “He actually called me about it,” Woods said Saturday after his third-round 72 at the Masters. “I’m not affiliated with...

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Fact Check: Trump is having it both ways on border policy

President Donald Trump was having it both ways over the past week, portraying a "crisis" at the Mexico border that demands the use of National Guard troops while boasting of a huge drop in illegal border crossings there. A border crisis is in the eye of the beholder, but his claims about illegal...

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