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As Texas Bakes, a New Weather Warning for Oklahoma

More twisters may be headed to Sooner State, while heat index in Texas hovers near 120 degrees

(Newser) - Forecasters are warning of another day of heightened risk of dangerous tornadoes in the Midwest on Saturday and telling people in South Texas it may feel like close to 120 degrees Fahrenheit almost four weeks before summer starts. The weather service in Oklahoma compared the day to "a gasoline-soaked...

How the Illinois Mass Stabbing Unfolded

Police say Christian Soto killed 4 people, including letter carrier, 15-year-old girl

(Newser) - A 22-year-old man has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in a frenzied stabbing and beating rampage that left four people dead in a matter of minutes in a northern Illinois city, authorities said Thursday. Christian Soto is also charged with seven counts of attempted murder and home...

4 Killed in Illinois Mass Stabbing
4 Killed in Illinois
Mass Stabbing

4 Killed in Illinois Mass Stabbing

Rockford's police chief says motive for 'heinous crime' is unknown

(Newser) - Four people were killed and five were hurt in stabbings in northern Illinois on Wednesday, authorities said. A suspect is in police custody and was being questioned Wednesday afternoon, according to Rockford Police Chief Carla Redd. She said: "We have four individuals who are deceased. We have one that'...

129K Kids in Chicago Exposed to Lead in Water
68% of Kids
in Chicago
Exposed to
Lead in Water

68% of Kids in Chicago Exposed to Lead in Water

That's 129K children under 6, researchers say

(Newser) - More than two-thirds of kids aged 5 or younger in Chicago are exposed to lead in drinking water, which can mean many harmful consequences, according to a new study. The Guardian previously analyzed 24,000 city water tests, finding water from a third of homes contained lead above 5 parts...

5 Killed in Illinois School Bus Crash

3 kids, 2 adults were killed when bus collided with semitruck

(Newser) - Five people, including three children, were killed Monday after a school bus and semitruck collided on a highway in western Illinois, authorities said. The bus was traveling eastbound on Illinois Route 24 when it crossed the center line into the westbound lanes and the path of the semitruck. Both vehicles...

Trump's Lawyers File Quick Appeal of Illinois Ruling

Other states' ballot cases already are before the Supreme Court

(Newser) - An Illinois judge who decided Wednesday that Donald Trump's name shouldn't be on the state's Republican primary ballot put her ruling on hold until Friday to give the former president a chance to appeal it. He didn't need that long. Late Wednesday night, minutes before midnight,...

Illinois Removes Judge Who Reversed Rape Conviction

Robert Adrian abused his position, oversight body says

(Newser) - An Illinois judge whose decision to reverse the conviction of a man he found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl drew outrage has been removed from the bench. The Illinois Courts Commission found that Adams County Judge Robert Adrian circumvented the law and engaged in misconduct, the AP reports. The...

Illinois Keeps Trump on the Ballot
Illinois Keeps Trump
on the Ballot

Illinois Keeps Trump on the Ballot

Election board declares it doesn't have the authority to kick him off

(Newser) - Illinois' election board on Tuesday kept former President Trump on the state's primary ballot, a week before the US Supreme Court hears arguments on whether his role in the 2021 attack on the Capitol disqualifies him from the presidency. The board's unanimous ruling comes after its hearing officer,...

Cop Delivers DoorDash Order After Arresting Driver

'My deputies always follow through,' the Illinois officer's boss wrote online

(Newser) - You never know who's going to show up on your front porch with your food order, but for one Illinois customer, her meal delivery came via an especially surprising "driver." Sky News and NBC News report on a DoorDasher who was making a delivery in St. Charles...

Suspect in Chicago Shooting Spree That Killed 8 Dies in Texas

Romeo Nance, 23, shot himself in confrontation with police

(Newser) - A man suspected of shooting and killing eight people in suburban Chicago is believed to have fatally shot himself after a confrontation with law enforcement officials in Texas, police said late Monday. Police in Joliet, Illinois, said on Facebook that at about 8:30pm Central time 23-year-old Romeo Nance was...

Inmate Convicted on Blind Man's Eyewitness Testimony Is Freed

Darien Harris released from prison after 12 years behind bars

(Newser) - Darien Harris is a free man, a dozen years after he was convicted of murder based largely on the eyewitness testimony of a man who'd been legally blind for more than a decade before testifying in the trial. Prosecutors originally said they'd retry Harris after a judge vacated...

He Wanted to Be a Cop, Ended Up Wrongfully Imprisoned

Brian Beals, 57, spent 35 years behind bars in 'egregious' case

(Newser) - A Chicago man who spent 35 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit was freed Tuesday after a judge vacated his conviction and dismissed all charges. Brian Beals, 57, struggled to find the right words to describe his feelings as he stood outside Robinson Correctional Center in...

Jury Finds Egg Producers Conspired to Reduce Supply

Defendants included Rose Acre Farms, the family company of Senate candidate John Rust

(Newser) - An Illinois jury ruled this week that several major egg producers conspired to limit the country's supply of eggs in order to raise prices in a case stemming from a federal lawsuit originally filed 12 years ago, per the AP . Kraft Foods, the Kellogg Company, General Mills, and Nestle...

Can $500 a Month for a Year Change a Life?
What Happened When Chicago
Gave Her $500 a Month

What Happened When Chicago Gave Her $500 a Month

A look at how one woman's life was impacted by the yearlong Resilient Communities Pilot

(Newser) - You hear about them every so often: pilot programs that give a select group of people a guaranteed income for a specific amount of time in a quest to see if such an approach can make a difference in the fight against poverty. In a deep dive for Chicago Magazine ...

Jury Awards $7.1M to Woman Burned by Cooking Spray

Attorney says this case is just one of many against Conagra Brands involving 'defective' cans

(Newser) - A jury in Illinois has ordered Chicago-based Conagra Brands to pay $7.1 million to a Pennsylvania woman who was badly injured in 2017 when a can of commercial brand cooking spray ignited in a kitchen at her workplace and set her aflame. The verdict, issued Monday in favor of...

Landlord Pleads Not Guilty in Murder of Muslim Boy, 6

Prosecutors say Illinois man Joseph Czuba targeted victims because of their faith

(Newser) - A man accused of murder, attempted murder, and a hate crime in an attack on a Palestinian American woman and her young son pleaded not guilty Monday following his indictment by an Illinois grand jury. Joseph Czuba, 71, is charged in the fatal stabbing of six-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume and the...

Murdered Muslim Boy's Mom Asks Public to 'Pray for Peace'

'He was my best friend,' says mother of 6-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume

(Newser) - A Palestinian American woman whose 6-year-old son was killed in what police are calling a hate crime in a Chicago suburb has asked the public to "pray for peace" as she recuperates from her injuries. Hanaan Shahin issued a statement Tuesday through the Chicago chapter of the Council on...

As Crowds Mourn 6-Year-Old, Father Hopes Change Comes

Suspect appears in court on murder, hate crimes charges

(Newser) - Wadea Al-Fayoume, a 6-year-old Palestinian American who was stabbed to death Saturday, was buried Monday after a funeral that drew emotional mourners and speakers to an Illinois mosque. The service took place the same day the man charged with murder and hate crimes in the boy's death appeared in...

Biden Condemns 'Sickening' Murder of Muslim Boy, 6
'The Smallest Coffins
Are the Heaviest'

'The Smallest Coffins Are the Heaviest'

Biden condemns 'sickening' murder of 6-year-old Palestinian American boy

(Newser) - An Illinois landlord accused of stabbing a 6-year-old Palestinian American boy to death could face federal charges as well as state hate crime charges. Joseph Czuba, 71, was due in court Monday as family members prepared to bury Wadea Al-Fayoume, who was stabbed 26 times Saturday morning in an attack...

Cops: Man Angry About Hamas Attack Killed Muslim Boy, 6

Illinois man is charged with hate crime, murder

(Newser) - An Illinois woman called 911 Saturday morning to report that her landlord was attacking her and her son. Police arrived to a horrifying scene at the Plainfield Township home: the woman with more than a dozen stab wounds, a 6-year-old boy who'd been stabbed 26 times, and the suspect...

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