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Women Lawyers Sue to Stop Masturbating Inmates

Even pizza didn't get them to stop

(Newser) - Public masturbation is so rampant in Chicago's Cook County Jail that officials offered inmates pizza to stop, a federal lawsuit claims. Hundreds of female public defenders and law clerks working at the jail and other lockups have had to endure "on an almost daily basis" inmates who "... More »

Trick or Treat? Hillary Jokes About Halloween Costume

Clinton says maybe she'll dress up as 'the president'

(Newser) - When Hillary Clinton said she was "ready to come out of the woods," she meant it. Clinton has been working the news-show circuit , promoting her new memoir , and speaking up more on Twitter . She's even gotten her sense of humor back, making a snarky tweet over the... More »

Dorm Washing Machines Contain Nasty Surprise

'I’m just wondering who’s doing this pooping'

(Newser) - In a turn of events that would send even the most independent of college students running home to mom with their basket of dirty clothes, students at Southern Illinois University tell the Daily Egyptian someone has been pooping in their dorm's washing machines. Residents of Abbott Hall say poop... More »

Lawyers: Pics of Kenneka Jenkins' Body 'Raise More Questions'

But police have officially ended the investigation into her death

(Newser) - Authorities on Friday officially closed their investigation into the death of Kenneka Jenkins , who was found "frozen solid" in a freezer in the unused kitchen of a Chicago-area hotel Sept. 10, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. According to the Chicago Tribune , Rosemont police—after a thorough investigation that included interviews... More »

Report: Vegas Gunman Booked Hotel Overlooking Lollapalooza

There's no indication Stephen Paddock checked into Chicago's Blackstone Hotel

(Newser) - An eerie pattern may be emerging regarding the Las Vegas gunman: After police earlier confirmed that Stephen Paddock rented a room through Airbnb at Las Vegas' Ogden hotel, which overlooked the Life Is Beautiful alternative-music festival that took place the weekend prior to the Jason Aldean concert, comes a report... More »

Teacher Who Stopped School Shooter 'Is Chuck Norris, Basically'

Angela McQueen tackled the unidentified student shooter Wednesday in Illinois

(Newser) - "Lives were saved by a quick response of a teacher here," CNN quotes Mattoon Police Chief Jeff Branson as saying after a student opened fire at an Illinois high school on Wednesday. "If that teacher had not responded as quickly as they had, I think the situation... More »

Illinois Mom Wakes to House Fire That Masked a Horror

As Pamela Ringenberg slept, her husband murdered their young sons

(Newser) - An Illinois mother of two woke to the sound of her smoke alarm going off in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. But Pamela Ringenberg couldn't find her phone to call 911—nor could she find her husband and two young sons. The Bloomington Police Department says there was... More »

Police Release Kenneka Jenkins Video

Surveillance footage shows her alone in kitchen

(Newser) - Police have released surveillance video of Kenneka Jenkins, the Chicago teen whose death in a walk-in hotel freezer after a party last weekend has led to protests and theories that she was murdered. The footage , which appears to be from a motion-activated camera at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Rosemont,... More »

Activist: Video Shows Kenneka Jenkins Walk Into Freezer Alone

(Newser) - A Chicago activist says he has seen proof that some of the darker theories surrounding the death of teenager Kenneka Jenkins are untrue. Andrew Holmes says he has watched surveillance video that shows the 19-year-old walk into the Crowne Plaza hotel's walk-in freezer by herself, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.... More »

Cops Make Concession in Case of Teen Found Dead in Freezer

Surveillance video will be released to Kenneka Jenkins' mom

(Newser) - There are still more questions than answers in the death of Kenneka Jenkins, the Chicago 19-year-old found dead in a hotel's walk-in freezer over the weekend, but officials have agreed to release surveillance video from the Crowne Plaza hotel in Rosemont, Ill., to Jenkins' mother. The move came amid... More »

Harvey Victims Could Get Free Home ... in Harvey

Officials in Harvey, Ill., say 10 homes are up for grabs

(Newser) - "Harvey" might now be associated with death and devastation, but one Midwestern city is doing a little something to change that. Harvey, Illinois, is offering 10 homes for free to families who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Harvey. City spokesman Sean Howard tells NBC Chicago the... More »

Prosecutors: Men's Twisted Fantasies Led to Stabbing

Professor allegedly flew man to US to help him kill

(Newser) - Two men from the academic world joined forces to live out their twisted murder fantasy, prosecutors said at a hearing for Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren in Chicago Sunday. Prosecutors said Lathem, a microbiology professor at Northwestern University, and Warren, a treasurer at Oxford University, communicated for months in an... More »

Can You Read This Witch Spell? A Chicago Library Needs You

The Newberry is asking for public's help in translating 17th-century charms manuscript

(Newser) - In the market for some 17th-century spells written by (possible) real-life witches? The Book of Magical Charms, a handwritten manuscript penned by two unknown Brits in the 1600s, is shelved at Chicago's Newberry Library, along with two similar books, Quartz reports. The charms manual includes everyday tips and remedies,... More »

Guitar, Pill Bottles, Blood: Pics From Cornell's Hotel Room

Police report includes photos, details of what bodyguard and emergency workers found

(Newser) - A guitar lying on a chair. A plane ticket in pieces. A bathroom floor stained with blood. These are just some of the images contained in a Detroit Police Department report regarding the May death of Chris Cornell, obtained from an FOIA request by the Detroit Free Press . The Press... More »

Illinois Ends Budget Standoff, Ups Income Tax Rate 32%

It was nation's longest fiscal impasse since the '30s

(Newser) - The Illinois House voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of a budget package, giving the state its first spending blueprint in more than two years and ending the nation's longest fiscal stalemate since at least the Great Depression, the AP reports. Thursday's action eases some financial... More »

As Suspect Joined Vigil for Missing Student, FBI Listened

He described 'ideal victim,' made threats: prosecutors

(Newser) - When friends gathered last week at a vigil for missing University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang, they had no idea the man suspected of killing her was in their midst. But Brendt Christensen not only attended the June 29 event at the university's Urbana-Champaign campus while under FBI surveillance,... More »

FBI: Grad Student Taken by Man Who Visited Kidnapping Sites

Authorities believe 26-year-old Yingying Zhang is dead

(Newser) - Authorities believe a Chinese grad student missing in Illinois is dead, abducted by a man who researched kidnappings on a fetish website, CNN reports. Yingying Zhang, 26, was last seen on surveillance video June 9 getting into a black Saturn Astra on the University of Illinois campus. According to the... More »

Trump Promised to Send the Feds Into Chicago. He Just Did

President tweets 'crime and killings' have reached 'epidemic proportions'

(Newser) - Because of "crime and killings" now at "epidemic proportions," President Trump has sent the feds into Chicago, he tweeted Friday morning. His announcement aligns with previous tweets in which he called the city's murder rate "record setting" and the situation "totally out of control,... More »

Illinois Heads Toward Unwanted First Among States

'Junk' status looms amid budget impasse; Powerball sales suspended

(Newser) - Illinois residents just got a tangible reminder about their state's budget impasse: As of Wednesday night, they can't buy Powerball tickets. And after Friday night, they won't be able to buy Mega Millions tickets. State lottery officials are suspending sales for a simple reason: They don't... More »

FBI Believes Missing Illinois Student Was Kidnapped

$50K reward offered in search for visiting scholar

(Newser) - The Champaign County, Illinois, branch of Crime Stoppers is offering the biggest reward in its history in the search for a visiting student from China who disappeared more than a week ago. Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old who was a month into a yearlong appointment at the University of Illinois, was... More »

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