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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 »

His $1K Investment Became $2M. Then He Gave It All Away

'You have to do some good in this world,' says Russ Gremel

(Newser) - It cost Chicago's Russ Gremel $1,007 to buy almost 28,000 shares in local company Walgreens some 70 years ago. Today, those shares are worth $2 million, but Gremel isn't enjoying the payoff of his good investment—at least not in the traditional sense. Instead, he's... More »

Teen Leaps to His Death After Sex Video Accusations

Corey Walgren's parents say school officials, cop literally 'scared him to death'

(Newser) - Corey Walgren was a popular hockey player and fisherman with good grades, a close-knit family, and plans to apply to college soon. And yet, on Jan. 11 , soon after an ordinary text exchange with his mom about his class schedule for the following year, the 16-year-old high school junior jumped... More »

Tragedy at Wrigley as Lifelong Cubs Fan Falls to His Death

Richard E. Garrity, 42, suffered head trauma after falling over a railing

(Newser) - A man who struck his head after tumbling over a railing at Chicago's Wrigley Field has died, reports the AP . The Cook County medical examiner's office says 42-year-old Richard E. Garrity of Wheaton was pronounced dead Wednesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Authorities say Garrity fell over... More »

Woman Accused of Trying to Poison Husband's Baby

Andrea Vazquez-Hernandez wanted to 'punish' him, toddler's mom: prosecutors

(Newser) - An Illinois toddler who was a "constant reminder of a forbidden relationship" escaped serious injury at the hands of her stepmom, and now that woman will stand trial for her alleged actions, prosecutors say. The Chicago Tribune reports that 37-year-old Andrea Vazquez-Hernandez is accused of spiking her 17-month-old stepdaughter'... More »

Cops: Teens' Phone Theft Leaves Father of 7 Dead

Three are charged after victim was dragged by fleeing car, say Chicago police

(Newser) - A 43-year-old Chicago man trying to sell his old iPhone instead ended up dead at the hands of three teenage girls, police say. Trinidad Bueno-Sanchez, also identified as Javier Bueno, had arranged to sell an iPhone 6 using the Offer Up app and met a prospective buyer in a Chicago... More »

Body of Missing Toddler Found in Mother's 'Deplorable' Home

Police are calling the girl's death 'suspicious'

(Newser) - The body of a 1½-year-old girl was found at a "deplorable" Illinois home that she and her mother shared with squatters after her mother reluctantly allowed detectives inside to search and a day after she reported her daughter missing, police said Thursday. Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson said Semaj... More »

Michelle Obama Mural Ignites Fight—Between Artists

Gelila Mesfin says mural artist Chris Devins stole her depiction of former first lady

(Newser) - A mural of Michelle Obama painted in Chicago, not far from where she grew up, has generated interest both for the painting and for artist Chris Devins, who told DNAinfo on Friday he "wanted to present her as what I think she is," which is draped in colorful... More »

Cops: Chicago Men Conspired to 'Drench Syria With Blood'

ISIS sympathizers charged with terrorism, police say

(Newser) - Two suburban Chicago men who posed for photos holding a black Islamic State flag at a Lake Michigan beach park were arrested Wednesday on federal terrorist charges, reports the AP . An FBI sting begun in 2015 compiled evidence that Joseph D. Jones and Edward Schimenti sought to provide material support... More »

The Cop Who May Have Framed Dozens, the City That Did Nothing

BuzzFeed's Melissa Segura says many players in Chicago may have played a part

(Newser) - Retired Chicago police detective Reynaldo Guevara is accused of framing dozens for murder from the '80s into the early 2000s, allegedly beating out confessions, coaxing witnesses during suspect lineups, and sending more than 50 people away for a combined 2,300-plus years. Melissa Segura examines one case in particular... More »

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 »

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