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Zoo Performs First-Ever Rhino CT Scan

It was easier to bring the scanner to the rhino than the other way around

(Newser) - A rhinoceros at a suburban Chicago zoo has undergone what's believed to be the first CT scan performed on the species. It was no easy task. Layla is 7 1/2 years old and 2,300 pounds and lives at Brookfield Zoo. Zoo officials say the scan was needed to... More »

Pitcher's Brain Hemorrhages in the Dugout

Danny Farquhar remains in critical condition

(Newser) - A Chicago White Sox pitcher suffered a ruptured aneurysm that caused his brain to hemorrhage during a Friday game in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports. Danny Farquhar, 31, had just given up a double and a homer in an inning of relief against the Houston Astros when he vomited and... More »

Guess Who's Back in the USA?

Meghan Markle returns to Chicago to secure a UK visa ahead of her wedding

(Newser) - Meghan Markle apparently blew into her old Windy City stomping grounds on Thursday, but the future Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales was a woman on a mission, not a nostalgia tour, reports TMZ . With little more than a month until her wedding to Prince Harry, Markle was back... More »

Officer Fired for Dragging Man From Plane Is Suing Airline

He blames United, Chicago for incident

(Newser) - The Chicago aviation security officer who dragged a physician off a United Airlines flight last year is suing the airline and the city, claiming that their negligence led to his firing. In the lawsuit, James Long argues that United should have known that calling security to remove David Dao, 69,... More »

Megachurch Pastor: 'I Have Been Accused of Many Things'

Bill Hybels steps down, acknowledges 'making people feel uncomfortable'

(Newser) - A pastor and former spiritual adviser to President Clinton has stepped down from one of the largest evangelical churches in the country over allegations of misconduct with women. Bill Hybels, 66, planned to retire from the Chicago-area megachurch he founded 43 years ago in October. But at Willow Creek's... More »

2 Synthetic Pot Users Dead After Severe Bleeding Reports

54 other cases of severe bleeding have been tied to fake weed in Illinois

(Newser) - Two people have now been reported dead among dozens of cases of synthetic marijuana users who've turned up at Illinois hospitals in recent weeks complaining of severe bleeding. Per CNN , the more than 50 cases all involve hospitalizations in and around Chicago, where complaints have ranged from bloody noses... More »

Synthetic Pot Users in Chicago Bleeding From Eyes, Gums

Officials are looking for source

(Newser) - Synthetic pot is causing a bloody mess in the Chicago area. "What we are seeing is people are coming in with various types of bleeding,” CBS Chicago quotes the chief medical officer of the Illinois Department of Public Health as saying. “Whether it’s nose bleeds, bleeding... More »

White Sox Give Job Back to Man Wrongly Behind Bars for 23 Years

Nevest Coleman is proud to be back as a groundskeeper at Guaranteed Rate Field

(Newser) - It's been nearly a quarter-century since Nevest Coleman helped powerwash and pull back the tarp at Comiskey Park, the Chicago White Sox stadium now known as Guaranteed Rate Field. But the 49-year-old is back on the job, after 23 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit.... More »

University Donors Want $100M Gift Returned

Suit claims U of Chicago hasn't followed 2015 agreement

(Newser) - A $100 million donation to the University of Chicago, meant to fund research on global conflict resolution, is now at the center of a conflict itself. With a lawsuit filed late last month, the Pearson Family Members Foundation aims to reclaim what would be the third-largest donation in the university'... More »

OpenTable Sorry for Employee's 'Disgraceful' Scheme

Worker fired after logging 300 fake reservations on rival service

(Newser) - Tactics are apparently rough in the business of online dinner reservations. An employee for OpenTable, the nation's No. 1 such service, made 300 fake reservations over three months at dozens of Chicago restaurants through rival service Reserve, reports Eater Chicago . The idea was to make Reserve look bad. As... More »

Bankruptcies Due to Unpaid Tickets Skyrocket in One US City

And it's disproportionately affecting black drivers

(Newser) - About 7% of Chicago's 2016 operating budget—nearly $264 million—came from traffic and parking tickets. To get that funding, the city is forcing thousands of poor, disproportionately black drivers into bankruptcy, ProPublica Illinois found in a deep dive into a decade's worth of tickets. About 1,000... More »

Seeking a Budget-Friendly V-Day? Here's Where to Go

San Francisco, surprisingly

(Newser) - Flowers, chocolates, a candlelit dinner. Combined, they might make for a successful, if cliched Valentine's Day—but at a cost. US consumers celebrating V-Day will spend an average of $143.56 this year, $7 more than in 2017, per the National Retail Federation . Hoping for more bang for your... More »

Chicago Police Commander Fatally Shot on Duty

Paul Bauer had been at 'active shooter' training

(Newser) - A Chicago police commander attending an "active shooter" training session became the highest-ranking officer killed in the city in decades when he was shot after confronting a suspect Tuesday afternoon. Police officials and other sources tell the Chicago Tribune that Cmdr. Paul Bauer was fatally shot near a government... More »

Airline Cancels 220 Flights After Running Low on De-Icer

Southwest axed all flights from Chicago airport

(Newser) - Thousands of travelers booked on Southwest Airlines flights out of Chicago's Midway Airport had to change their plans after the airline found out that it didn't have enough de-icing fluid—for the second time this winter. An airline spokesperson said Southwest had "actively worked to manage" its... More »

What Makes This Death Penalty Case in Illinois Unusual

Yingying Zhang disappeared in June

(Newser) - University of Illinois graduate student Yingying Zhang disappeared in June. The Chinese woman's body has not been found, but federal prosecutors believe that Brendt Christensen is responsible for her murder—and they announced Friday that, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' blessing, they will pursue the death penalty in their... More »

Report: 75 Women Strangled in Chicago, Most Cases Unsolved

'Chicago Tribune' tracks deaths over last 17 years

(Newser) - An investigation by the Chicago Tribune has found that at least 75 women have been strangled or smothered over the last 17 years, though arrests have been made in just a third of the cases. The newspaper reports that the women's bodies were found in vacant buildings, alleys, garbage... More »

Parents Sue School to Let 11-Year-Old Use Medical Pot

Illinois state law bans use of drug on school grounds

(Newser) - Most parents would celebrate a school that specifically bars students from using marijuana on its premises. Not an Illinois couple. JS and MS, as they’re identified in court documents, are suing the state after a Schaumburg school district barred their 11-year-old daughter from using a medical cannabis patch and... More »

This Is the Best City in America for Staying Active

So eat all the deep-dish pizza you want, Chicagoans

(Newser) - If your New Year's resolution involves getting active, your location could play a role in your success. WalletHub reviewed sports facilities, outdoor activities, fitness club fees, and other metrics in the 100 most populated US cities and found getting active is a piece of cake in some areas, much... More »

Bitter Cold Is Breaking Records —and Windows

Sharks are freezing, too

(Newser) - Just how cold is it across much of North America? Sharks are freezing to death and windows are cracking. Weather.com notes daily record cold high temperatures were tied or set in 29 spots from the Midwest to the South and East on Thursday, including in Baltimore, Boston, and New... More »

Anti-Gambling Activist Takes Heat for Big Sweepstakes Win

Some call her a hypocrite, but Kathy Gilroy says sweepstakes differ because they're free to enter

(Newser) - For decades, Kathy Gilroy has crusaded against gambling, saying it can lead to addiction, bankruptcy, crime, and suicide and that it "erodes society's values and work ethic," per the Chicago Tribune . But the suburban Chicago woman recently won $25,000 by playing a sweepstakes game at a... More »

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