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Surgery a Success on Baby With 4 Legs

The procedure took 5 surgeons 6 hours to complete

(Newser) - Many new parents joke about counting fingers and toes when their baby is born, but a mother in the Ivory Coast was confronted with an entire extra pair of legs—and those legs were growing out of her baby girl's spine. The cause is actually straightforward: Baby Dominique (her... More »

Cops: Teen Girl's Gang Rape Was on Facebook Live

40 people watched without calling police

(Newser) - Around 40 people watched a 15-year-old girl being gang-raped on Facebook Live and none of them bothered to call authorities, police in Chicago say. Police say the girl, who went missing on Sunday, was tracked down after her mother showed Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson screenshots of the disturbing attack... More »

Amid Tragic Chain of Events, a Heroic Rescue Takes Place

Todd Zobrist saved infant from submerged SUV

(Newser) - A fast-acting paramedic dove into the frigid waters of an Illinois lake where an SUV was submerged Thursday and found an infant floating inside, then administered CPR while on the hood and swam the child to shore, authorities say. The infant was one of seven siblings who survived a tragic... More »

Fake 'Animal Control' Officers Are Stealing People's Dogs

Stolen purebreds have likely been sold: police

(Newser) - Men posing as animal control officers are stealing dogs in southern Illinois, authorities say, leading officials to warn dog owners not to leave their pets unattended. Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis says two men seen driving a white pick-up truck with "Animal Control" written on the side are suspected... More »

Cops: Father Killed Twins, Told Wife to 'Live and Suffer'

Girls, 16, killed in Chicago-area murder-suicide

(Newser) - "I want you to live and suffer like I did," Randall Coffland can be heard saying to estranged wife Anjum Coffland in a 911 call released Sunday. Police say Coffland made the call after killing his twin 16-year-old daughters in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles on Friday,... More »

Lawsuit: Autistic Boy Drowned as Lifeguard Used Computer

Mom seeks $100K from Chicago Board of Education

(Newser) - As a special education class splashed in a swimming pool at a high school in Chicago, the lifeguard who was supposed to be on duty was using a computer in a nearby office, according to a lawsuit. That's just one reason Yolanda Juarez believes her 14-year-old son drowned. In... More »

Rapper Slams Governor, Gives $1M to Chicago Schools

Chance the Rapper urges Gov. Bruce Rauner to start doing his job

(Newser) - Chance the Rapper demanded action Monday as he handed a $1 million check to his hometown's struggling school system. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner "still won't commit to give Chicago's kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums," Chance said, per the Chicago Tribune . "Gov. Rauner,... More »

New Twist in Cold Case That Was 'Solved,' Then Unsolved

Investigation that resulted in now-vacated conviction is itself being investigated

(Newser) - In 1957, Illinois 7-year-old Maria Ridulph was abducted and murdered. In 2011, a suspect was arrested and convicted the following year. Then, in 2016, he was set free after a prosecutor and a judge determined he could not have committed the crime. Now, the investigation into that man, Jack Daniel... More »

RFK Son Is Getting Into the Family Business

Chris Kennedy seeks Democratic nomination for Illinois governor

(Newser) - The eighth of Robert F. Kennedy's 11 children is planning a career change from business to politics. Chris Kennedy launched a bid for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor on Wednesday, saying in a video message that the state is "headed in the wrong direction" and he will... More »

'Blue-Green Fireball' Lights Up Midwest Skies

Meteor captured on dashcam could be seen in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana

(Newser) - If you happened to be up late after the Super Bowl (and also follow the National Weather Service Chicago's Twitter account), you would have gotten a sneak peek at the natural phenomenon that the rest of the world is now seeing. "Check out this INCREDIBLE video," the... More »

Dairy Queen Shuts Down Franchisee After Racist Rant

Illinois location shut down, franchisee banned

(Newser) - Dairy Queen has given the boot to one of its franchisees after he allegedly unleashed a racist tirade against a customer. Deianeira Ford visited a Zion, Ill., DQ on Wednesday with her two young children and asked for a refund after her order was mixed up. Owner James Crichton gave... More »

Man Gets 22 Years in Prison After Stealing TV Remote

Eric Bramwell 'repeatedly thumbed his nose at the law': state's attorney

(Newser) - If 22 years in prison seems harsh for stealing a TV remote control, Eric Bramwell probably agrees—but, based on his past criminal history, authorities in Illinois say it's a well-deserved sentence. Per the Chicago Tribune , the 35-year-old Melrose Park man was handed his fate on Wednesday by DuPage... More »

4 Charged With Hate Crime After Video of Beating Goes Viral

Suspects in Facebook Live video overheard saying they hoped video would go viral

(Newser) - Four people have been arrested and charged with a hate crime in the beating of an 18-year-old with mental disabilities that was broadcast on Facebook Live in what a police rep is calling a "reprehensible" 30-minute video. The man's parents had dropped him off at a McDonald's... More »

Man Sues McDonald's Over Extra Value Meal That Isn't

Lawsuit claims meal deal costs 41 cents more than a la carte option

(Newser) - If there's one thing all Americans can count on in this crazy world, it's that a McDonald's Extra Value Meal will deliver exactly what it promises: extra value. Or so we thought. An Illinois bus driver is suing McDonald's and a local franchisee for tarnishing the... More »

Illinois Lost More People Than Any Other State This Year

Residents fleeing to warmer climates, better job opportunities

(Newser) - Illinois can claim a dubious honor for the third year running: It's the state that's lost the most people for the year, the Chicago Tribune reports. US Census data published Tuesday revealed the Prairie State said goodbye to 37,508 people between July 1, 2015, and July 1,... More »

Where This Mound Stands Was a City Larger Than Paris

Exploring what remains of Cahokia in modern-day Illinois

(Newser) - What drove the rapid decline of the largest city of North America some seven centuries ago? Annalee Newitz takes an up-close look for Ars Technica after traveling to the outskirts of East St. Louis, Ill., this past summer to help archaeologists dig up what evidence they can of Cahokia, which... More »

A Baby Died in 1972. Now, a Trial

'Baby Joey' died from blunt force trauma, and caregiver Gary Warwick is charged

(Newser) - An Illinois man will be tried for murder 44 years after a child in his care was found slumped on a toy motorcycle. Gary Warwick was caring for his girlfriend's son in Belleville when he said he found 1-year-old Joey Abernathy unconscious shortly after midnight on Dec. 30, 1972,... More »

Rant Against Black Workers at Michaels Caught on Tape

Chicago customer says she was discriminated against

(Newser) - An irate customer in a Chicago Michaels store created what NBC Chicago calls a "30-minute ordeal" that has since gone viral. Another customer, Jessie Grady, caught part of the incident on her phone, showing the white customer berating two black employees for what she says was an attempt to... More »

Repo Man Pays Off Elderly Couple's Car, Doesn't Stop There

'It was a miracle come true'

(Newser) - "I may be getting soft in my old age," Jim Ford tells the Belleville News-Democrat . The Illinois repo man showed up at the house of Stanford Kipping, 82, and his wife Patty, 70, at 1am to repossess their 1998 Buick for the bank but couldn't bring himself... More »

The Repo Man Came. Then He Made Their Day

Illinois' Jim Ford raised money to save elderly couple's car

(Newser) - An elderly Illinois couple has something to be thankful for after a repo man who took their car had a change of heart and helped them get it paid off. Illini Asset Recovery co-owner Jim Ford tells KTRK-TV that after repossessing the Buick from Stan and Pat Kippling, he pulled... More »

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