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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 »

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 »

Party Video Adds Twist to Mysterious Freezer Death

Police are identifying people in it as Kenneka Jenkins investigation continues

(Newser) - Police in suburban Chicago investigating the death of a 19-year-old found inside a walk-in freezer at a hotel are studying a Facebook Live video that has now gone viral. The video reportedly was taken inside a room at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Rosemont on Friday night during a party... 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 »

Man Says Uber Driver Ambushed Him at His Home

Now he's suing the ride-sharing company

(Newser) - A Chicago man is suing Uber after he says he was attacked multiple times—including once at his home—by a driver for the ride-sharing app last December, TMZ reports. David Riordan says he was taking an Uber home from a Christmas party when the driver, Munstr Abuseimi, became upset... More »

Sessions Slams 'Lawless' Chicago Over Lawsuit

'Comply with the law or forgo taxpayer dollars'

(Newser) - The war of words between Chicago and the federal government over "sanctuary cities" policy is heating up. Attorney General Jeff Sessions slammed the city's leaders Monday over their lawsuit against the Trump administration , saying they "have demonstrated an open hostility to enforcing laws designed to protect law... More »

Chicago Sues Over Trump's 'Unlawful Misguided Action'

Lawsuit fights back against sanctuary city crackdown

(Newser) - Chicago is fighting back against the Trump's administration's crackdown on "sanctuary cities." Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that Chicago is suing the Justice Department over efforts to place new conditions on federal law enforcement grant money as a means to force local authorities to cooperate with... More »

Chicago Victim Was Stabbed Until the Knife Broke

Cops feared that Northwestern professor would kill himself while on the lam

(Newser) - Far from their prestigious campuses, a Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford finance officer were jailed in the San Francisco area on Saturday after eight days as fugitives in the death of a young hairdresser in Chicago who was repeatedly stabbed until the knife broke, police said. The... More »

Plague Expert Among 2 Wanted for Chicago Murder

Cops also seeking British university treasurer

(Newser) - Police in Chicago have asked law enforcement agencies across the country to be on the lookout for a strange pair of murder suspects: an American bubonic plague expert and a British university treasurer. Wyndham Lathem, a 42-year-old professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern University, and Andrew Warren, a 56-year-old... More »

New 94-Story Chicago Tower Will Get 'Blow-Through' Floor

83rd floor will be completely empty for wind to blow through

(Newser) - Only one guest is allowed on the 83rd floor of Chicago’s future 94-story skyscraper : the city’s famous winds. According to the Chicago Tribune , plans for the Vista Tower, a luxury development that has already broken ground along the Chicago River, got a last-minute modification when wind tunnel tests... More »

You Had One Job, Pokemon Go Fest

Festival turns disastrous, offers thousands of refunds

(Newser) - The first-ever Pokemon Go Fest—held Saturday at Grant Park in Chicago—was forced to refund its approximately 15,000 to 20,000 attendees after it proved near-impossible for them to actually play Pokemon Go at the event, the Chicago Tribune reports. According to TechCrunch , every cell network was down... More »

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