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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 »

Chicago Boy Shot in 2016 Shoots Himself in Hand

5-year-old found father's illegal gun

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy who was struck in the face last year by a stray bullet fired during a drive-by shooting accidentally shot himself in the hand this week with a gun his father had obtained illegally, Chicago police say. Kavan Collins found the loaded, uncased gun under a mattress in... More »

A Bite on the Butt: Tales of Harassment at Ford Plants

Supervisors, union reps among those accused by female workers: 'NYT'

(Newser) - From Hollywood to Capitol Hill, and now to the auto industry. An in-depth investigation from the New York Times finds sexual misconduct is rampant at Ford's factories, specifically at the Chicago Assembly Plant and Chicago Stamping Plant, which employ some 5,700 workers, roughly a third of whom are... More »

Day Care Workers Arrested After Mom Demands Video

Toddlers were burned with hot glue gun

(Newser) - Two workers at a Chicago day care were fired and arrested after a disturbing incident that left five toddlers injured. Police say surveillance video captured one of the workers burning the 2-year-olds with a hot glue gun while the other woman watched and laughed, People reports. Lizandra Cosme, 32, has... More »

Chicago Passes Grim Milestone

The city has passed 600 homicides for the 3rd time since 2003

(Newser) - An awful milestone in Chicago, which has now seen more than 600 homicides for the second year in a row. There had been at least 609 homicides recorded in the city as of early Monday; by this time last year, that number was 711, but the number by this point... More »

They Weathered War, PTSD, and Prison. Love Prevailed

The 'New York Times' has the story of Samuel Siatta and Ashley Volk

(Newser) - A loop of blue dental floss is one of Ashley Volk's treasured possessions, and it's introduced at the start of a New York Times article on a moving story of a modern love that overcame great obstacles. The Chicago woman first spotted it on the ring finger of... 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 »

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 »

Chicago Deli Co-Owner Loses Job Over Vegas Tweet

'White people shooting white people isn't terror...it's community outreach'

(Newser) - A Chicago man has been removed from the Jewish deli his family has owned for three generations after tweeting about the "relief" he felt in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Soon as I heard it was country music, I felt relief,"... 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 »

Battle to Host Amazon's New HQ Gets Prickly

Tucson's 'really cool' cactus gift is rejected

(Newser) - Amazon has rejected the 21-foot saguaro cactus that southern Arizona economic leaders planned to send as a gift to CEO Jeff Bezos, in a bid to attract the company's second headquarters. "Unfortunately we can't accept gifts (even really cool ones)," an Amazon tweet read. Amazon says... More »

4 Shot Dead in Car in Chicago, Including Pregnant Woman

'This is a blood sport for them,' says local politician of alleged gang violence

(Newser) - Chicago police say four people were shot and killed while sitting in a car, including a woman who investigators believe was pregnant. Police say the attack happened Friday night on the city's southwest side in Brighton Park, when one or more people in an SUV opened fire on the... More »

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