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It Was a Slow Death for Woman Killed for Her Unborn

2 suspects now charged with first-degree murder of infant

(Newser) - Clarisa Figueroa faces a slew of charges in the death of a pregnant woman allegedly killed for her unborn baby. Now, a new one. Both Figueroa, 46, and her daughter, 24, appeared at court in Chicago on Thursday to face first-degree murder charges in the death of that infant, who... More »

'Final Punishment' Comes in Laquan McDonald Case

4 Chicago cops are fired for allegedly trying to justify Jason Van Dyke's actions

(Newser) - It's been nearly five years since 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was fatally shot by a Chicago cop, and four cops are just now learning the consequences of their actions in the aftermath of his death. The Chicago Tribune reports three on-the-scene officers have just now been fired for allegedly falsifying... More »

'Chance the Snapper' Finally Nabbed in Chicago

American alligator was likely an illegal pet

(Newser) - It took a week, but "Chance the Snapper" is finally out of Chicago's Humboldt Park Lagoon. Chicago police confirm to CNN that the 4- to 5-foot-long American alligator was caught sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning by Florida alligator expert Frank Robb. Surprisingly, Robb used a fishing... More »

Gator Turns Up in Most Unlikely of Places

Officials attempting to trap reptile in popular Chicago park

(Newser) - An alligator has made a home in one of Chicago's most popular parks. A crowd gathered around Humboldt Park Lagoon on the city's West Side Tuesday as officials responded to a 911 call about a Facebook post showing an alligator in the area, reports the Chicago Tribune . A... More »

They Thought He Was Dead. Then He Showed Up at a Party

2 families suing Chicago PD, hospital after one family took wrong man off life support

(Newser) - The grief-stricken family of Alfonso Bennett was planning his funeral after taking him off life support—until he showed up at a party. ABC News reports on the story out of Chicago that now has two families suing the city's police department and Mercy Hospital for a tragic case... More »

Stabbing Causes Stampede at Chicago Fireworks

Police say 16 people were injured

(Newser) - Chicago police say a fight at the annual fireworks show at Navy Pier caused panic that injured more than a dozen people. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says three people were stabbed during a fight that followed the Fourth of July display, which draws thousands of people to the Lake... More »

10 Best, Worst Cities to Celebrate July 4

The Big Apple promises the best time, while San Bernardino falls last

(Newser) - Tomorrow is Independence Day, meaning you still have time to get to where the best celebrations are going to be. WalletHub tries to suss those out for you, looking at the 100 most populous cities in the nation across five major categories: affordability, attractions and activities, safety and accessibility, the... More »

Job Seeker Gets Recruiter Email With Offensive Movie Line

Connie Cheung was 'shocked' agency worker sent her racist line from 'Full Metal Jacket'

(Newser) - When Connie Cheung received an email from a recruiting agency about an office manager assistant position she'd applied for, what should've been info on the next steps for the job was something entirely different. "Me love you long time," was the only message in the email... More »

Parades in NYC, Other Big Cities All Commemorate This 1969 Event

It's the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which sparked modern gay-rights movement

(Newser) - As Pride Month comes to a close, New York threw a massive LGBTQ Pride March, as other cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle, also hosted parades commemorating the 50th anniversary of the clash between police and gay bar patrons that sparked the modern gay-rights movement. New York's Pride... More »

Eric Trump: Bar Worker Committed 'Disgusting Act' Against Me

Employee at Chicago cocktail lounge allegedly spit on president's son Tuesday night

(Newser) - Eric Trump was visiting the Windy City Tuesday night, but a stop at a local hot spot apparently proved less than pleasant for him. NBC reporter Mary Ann Ahern was the first to report on the alleged incident at the Aviary cocktail bar, where word that Trump had been spit... More »

Police Release Video in Jussie Smollett Case

Body cam footage shows actor with rope around neck

(Newser) - Police in Chicago have released more than 70 hours of video relating to the bizarre Jussie Smollett case—including body camera footage from officers responding to the hate crime the actor allegedly staged. In footage from his home, Smollett can be seen with a white rope around his neck, NBC... More »

A Big Surprise Turn in Jussie Smollett Case

Special prosecutor to investigate 'unprecedented irregularities,' and Smollett may not be in the clear

(Newser) - A judge has ordered that a special prosecutor investigate "the unprecedented irregularities" in prosecutor Kim Foxx's handling of the Jussie Smollett case. And Smollett himself may face new legal trouble as a result. Foxx should have requested a special prosecutor when she recused herself from the case, Judge... More »

Cops: Instead of Calling Police, Walgreens Called This Guy

Louis Hicks charged with murder after allegedly shooting woman thought to be shoplifter: police

(Newser) - Police say a man has been charged with murder and pretending to be an officer in the shooting death of a woman inside a Chicago Walgreens store. Chicago Police rep Anthony Guglielmi says Louis Hicks, 33, turned himself in Wednesday night, the AP reports. Police have said a store manager... More »

America's 10 Best Cities for 'Staycations'

Honolulu is No. 1

(Newser) - Looking to start your vacation as soon as you clock your last hour at work? WalletHub looks at the best cities for "staycations," looking at more than three dozen metrics in the "Recreation," "Food and Entertainment," and "Rest and Relaxation" categories. Virginia Beach,... More »

Algorithm Finds 51 Eerily Similar Chicago Murders

'It just screams serial killer'

(Newser) - The bodies turned up in some of Chicago's most derelict places: alleys, abandoned buildings, weed-choked lots, and garbage containers, per the AP . The victims were mostly black women who had been strangled or suffocated. Authorities believed many were prostitutes or drug addicts or both. There was evidence of sexual... More »

First-Time Home Buyers Should Look Here

First American locates 10 most affordable cities for the group

(Newser) - Americans looking to buy their first home should consider the Midwest and South, according to insurance firm First American . The company uses its own calculations, saying "any affordability metric that includes existing homeowners is wildly misleading to first-time homebuyers" since the former group can already afford a home, per... More »

Ex-Cop Talks About Busting the Cop Who Trained Her

Shannon Spalding appears on the show 'Whistleblower'

(Newser) - Shannon Spalding says she was faced with a grueling task: taking down a fellow cop who had once trained her. But after becoming an undercover Chicago narcotics officer in 2006, she saw the damage being done. "People would say … 'I can't believe you're going to... More »

Movement Aims to Kick Chicago Out of Illinois

Conservative activists largely behind the push

(Newser) - Cook County, which includes Chicago, and the five urban counties surrounding it are largely Democratic. But though Illinois has a Democratic governor and Democratic majorities in the state Senate and House, the rest of the state is increasingly Republican, a political professor emeritus says. That may explain why there's... More »

Synagogue Workers Saw Broken Bottles. Then, 'Puddles of Oil'

Jewish community in Chicago on edge after attempted arson, vandalism incidents

(Newser) - All Jewish schools, businesses, and synagogues are getting "special attention" from Chicago police this week after an arson attempt and vandalism at a number of synagogues. Rabbi David Wolkenfeld tells the Chicago Tribune someone tried to set fire early Sunday at the Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in... More »

Nobody Alerted Police, State About Womb-Cutting Case

Weeks passed before Family Services was told

(Newser) - Police and Illinois' child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn't alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed, the AP reports. The woman, Clarisa Figueroa, was charged... More »

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