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7-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots, Injures 11-Year-Old Brother

It happened in Chicago; 5 other kids injured in separate Windy City shootings on the same night

(Newser) - Two siblings in Chicago got their hands on a gun Friday, and now one of them is hospitalized. Police say an 11-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister "gained access" to a firearm in the Lawndale home, and the girl was handling the gun when it appears to have accidentally... More »

10 Healthiest, Most Unhealthy Cities in America

Head West for good health

(Newser) - Staying in shape and in a general state of wellness is (and should be) a priority for most—and where you live can have an effect on how you maintain your health. WalletHub looked at more than 170 of the most populated US cities across more than three dozen metrics,... More »

Aspiring Rapper Had His Mom Killed So He'd Get Her Money

Qaw’mane Wilson was convicted, sentenced to 99 years

(Newser) - An aspiring Chicago rapper who posted a video on YouTube of himself throwing thousands of dollars that he inherited from his mother to his “fans” has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for her 2012 murder-for-hire killing, the AP reports. Qaw’mane Wilson, 30, was sentenced Friday by... More »

In the US, an Unwanted First With Coronavirus

Chicago woman infects husband, first case of person-to-person transmission here

(Newser) - The latest person to be diagnosed with coronavirus in the US did not travel to China, unlike the first five. Unfortunately for him, his wife did. The CDC said Thursday that the unidentified man's case in Chicago is the first person-to-person transmission in this country, reports WGN . The man'... More »

Amtrak Withdraws 'Outrageous' $25K Fee for Wheelchair Users

Access Living employees can now ride for $16 each, as normal

(Newser) - Amtrak has backtracked after telling two wheelchair users they needed to pay $25,000 for a two-hour train ride that normally costs $16 per ticket. NPR first reported on the fee applied to employees of Access Living, a disability service and advocacy center, who hoped to travel from Chicago to... More »

Police Say DNA Has Identified Suspected Illinois Serial Killer

Evidence shows Bruce Lindahl murdered 16-year-old Pamela Maurer in 1976

(Newser) - A suspected serial killer strangled a suburban Chicago teenage girl in 1976 and likely killed another woman just days before she was to testify in court that he raped her, police said Monday. Lisle Police Detective Chris Loudon, who investigated the Jan. 1976 slaying of 16-year-old Pamela Maurer of Woodridge,... More »

Boy, 5, Attacked by Coyote—in Chicago

The child was outside a nature museum in Lincoln Park; man was attacked hours later

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy was attacked by a coyote Wednesday—in Chicago. The boy was outside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, which is in the city's Lincoln Park, when the animal bit him "multiple times," including on the head, per police. He was taken to Lurie Children's... More »

Carjacker Threatens Teen Girl, Gets Big Surprise

Imama Muratab says she had to protect her siblings

(Newser) - That's not dad—it's a carjacker. And we're in serious trouble. That was a 16-year-old girl's first thought when a carjacker hopped into the family SUV in Chicago on Sunday night, CBS Chicago reports. The girl, Imama Muratab, her 10-year-old brother, and 5-year-old sister were all... More »

Man Charged After 13 Shot at Chicago Party

Victims range in age from 16 to 48

(Newser) - One person has been charged in connection with a shooting early Sunday at a house party that left 13 people wounded, four of them critically, Chicago police say. The shooting stemmed from a dispute at a memorial party, Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said at a news conference. He said... More »

Party Honoring Man Who Was Shot Erupts in Gunfire

13 are wounded, 4 critically in Chicago shooting

(Newser) - A house party honoring a man who was killed erupted in gunfire early Sunday morning, injuring 13—four of them critically, the Chicago Tribune reports. Details are scant, but Chicago detectives are questioning two suspects and analyzing city police video of people pouring from the house amid further shooting. Seems... More »

Chicago Cops Say Facebook Is 'Harboring Criminals'

More than 50 arrested after investigation

(Newser) - Private Facebook groups have "emboldened" sellers of illegal drugs and guns to connect with potential buyers over the social media site, Chicago police said Tuesday, as leaders announced that a two-year undercover investigation led to more than 50 arrests. Police leaders, including former LAPD chief Charlie Beck, who's... More »

Chicago's Police Chief Fired Over Incident in Vehicle

Mayor accuses Eddie Johnson of lying about when he was found asleep in his running SUV

(Newser) - Chicago was getting a new police chief, but it wasn't supposed to be this fast. On Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Superintendent Eddie Johnson effective immediately over a strange incident in October in which Johnson was found asleep at a stop sign in his running vehicle, reports the Chicago ... More »

Hospital Staff Helps Fulfill Dying Man's Last Wish

Javier Rodriguez, 23, weds high school sweetheart in Chicago

(Newser) - "He wanted his tombstone to say 'husband.'" And with Wednesday's wedding inside the tiny chapel at University of Chicago Medical Center, Javier Rodriguez's wish can come true. The 23-year-old wed his high school sweetheart in front of 50 friends, family, and hospital staff just... More »

'Seven Loud Gunshots' Shock Indie Rocker

Police investigating whether Wilco's Jeff Tweedy was targeted

(Newser) - Chicago police are investigating whether Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy was the target of a shooting in which a bullet was fired through his door. Tweedy was at home with his wife—their two sons were out—around 2am Tuesday when the pair heard "seven loud gunshots," police rep... More »

Suspect Killed Student Who Ignored Catcalls: Prosecutors

Suspect followed Chicago woman to her car, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A 19-year-old University of Illinois at Chicago student was sexually assaulted and murdered by a man angry that she didn't respond to his catcalls, prosecutors say. At a hearing Monday, prosecutors said 26-year-old suspect Donald Thurman spotted Ruth George as she walked past a bus stop on campus around... More »

Jussie Smollett Saga Takes Yet Another Turn

Former 'Empire' actor files counterclaim against city of Chicago

(Newser) - The latest in the Jussie Smollett legal saga: The former Empire actor has countersued Chicago after the city sued him in April in an attempt to recoup the cost of the police investigation into what authorities say was a hoax attack staged by the actor in January. Smollett had already... More »

Here Are the 'Darkest Corners of America'

Trying to be good? Don't go to these 'sinful' cities IDed by WalletHub

(Newser) - A little bit of hedonism never hurt anybody—but in what WalletHub calls "the darkest corners of America," some of our worst vices are in overdrive. The site examined more than three dozens indicators of "evil deeds" in upward of 180 US cities, broken out into seven... More »

Chicago Teachers OK 'Historic' Deal

Among other things, teachers get a 16% raise

(Newser) - Chicago teachers on Friday approved the contract deal that ended an 11-day strike and includes pay raises, $35 million to enforce limits on class sizes, and a pledge to supply each school with a nurse and a social worker, the AP reports. The Chicago Teachers Union’s 25,000 members... More »

The 'Willy Wonka's of Coffee' Is Now Open

Starbucks opens its biggest store ever in Chicago on Friday

(Newser) - An "immersive, theatrical experience" is opening in Chicago on Friday, but it's not a Broadway show or some performance-art piece, unless you consider swirling milk foam on a venti latte particularly artistic. The world's largest Starbucks—or what USA Today calls something "between a shrine to... More »

Single in America? These Are the Best Places to Be

Be sure to avoid Pearl City, Hawaii

(Newser) - Almost half of US adults are unmarried, but WalletHub wants to change that. With the goal "to help America's singles find love," the site compared living costs, including the cost of restaurant meals and movie tickets; the availability of recreational activities; the share of singles; and more... More »

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