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    Snapping a picture of your hotel room could help stop human trafficking

    ST. LOUIS – Snapping a picture inside your hotel room could help protect children across the globe. The TraffickCam app enables travelers to submit pictures of hotel rooms around the world. The images are matched against a national database used by police. “You just enter your hotel room, and your room number. You take four pictures, and you submit them to the website,” Washington University Researcher and TraffickCam developer Abby Stylianou said. “And then those become part of the pipeline that […]

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    ‘Ghost forest’ caused collapse of Indiana sand dune, researchers say

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Researchers are now trying to create a map of a dangerous “ghost forest” underneath a sand dune in Indiana. They say the collapse in Mount Baldy three years ago that nearly killed a 6-year-old boy was caused by sand-covered trees. The trees left cavities behind as they rotted over the years. The dunes have been closed ever since. Experts would not say whether the mapping survey would lead to the dunes being reopened. The study is expected to […]

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    Mayflies cause dangerous driving conditions on Illinois bridge

    HAVANA, Ill. — An invasion of Mayflies has led to some dangerous driving conditions in Havana, Illinois. In a post on its Facebook page, the Havana Police Department shared photos of Mayflies blanketing a bridge over the Illinois River and bugs swarming a local squad car. Police said at one point the Mayflies piled 6 inches high, and when run over, they became very slick. The bugs have already caused cars to get stuck on the bridge and motorcycle accidents. The City […]

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    Red Cross apologizes for ‘racist’ pool safety poster

    FORT MORGAN, Colo. — The Red Cross has apologized for a pool safety poster that some parents consider racist. The poster was put up at two swimming pools in Colorado. Titled “Be Cool, Follow The Rules,” it showed most white kids playing properly, and most black kids misbehaving — doing things like diving, and pushing other kids into the pool. When some parents started tweeting about it, the Red Cross said it’s removing the posters and creating new ones. One […]

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    Justin Timberlake apologizes for controversial tweet

    While “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams was accepting a BET Humanitarian Award, singer Justin Timberlake, who wasn’t even at the ceremony, was creating a social media storm. Timberlake tweeted that he was inspired by the speech about racial issues, social justice and cultural appropriation. @iJesseWilliams tho…#Inspired #BET2016 — Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 27, 2016 He then got into a back and forth with someone on Twitter who accused Timberlake of appropriating black music and culture. The person had written: “So does this […]

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    Chicago police search for missing 12-year-old

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 12-year-old. Sharonda McNickles was last seen at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the 6800 block of Dante. She may be in need of medication. She is 5 feet tall, 106 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair worn in braides. If you any information, please contact Chicago Police.  

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    Archdiocese of Chicago to test schools for lead this summer

    CHICAGO — The Archdiocese of Chicago is finalizing plans to test schools for lead this summer. The water testing is expected to begin in early July. In the wake of lead testing at Chicago Public Schools, parents began calling the Archdiocese to see if they’d be testing schools as well. They’ll test for lead in at least 200 schools. The Archdiocese say there’s no imminent threat. Here’s the full statement the Archdiocese provided to WGN: The Archdiocese of Chicago is committed […]

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    9 tornadoes struck Illinois Wednesday night

    PONTIAC, Ill.  — The National Weather Service Survey teams have determined that nine tornadoes occurred across north central and northeast Illinois Wednesday evening. These findings are the result of extensive ground damage surveys along three separate supercell paths: Amboy to Sheridan, Troy Grove to Mazon, and Pontiac to Cissna Park. Tornadoes determined thus far: Pontiac: EF-2 Marseilles to Seneca: EF-2 Cissna Park: EF-1 West Brooklyn: EF-1 Ottawa: EF-1 Troy Grove: EF-1 Ottawa 5 NW: EF-1 Mazon: EF-0 Sheridan: EF-1 The NWS says […]

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    Former Bears 1st round draft pick Greg Olson on kickball charity event

    Former Bears first round draft pick Greg Olsen talks about avoiding the Super Bowl hangover in Carolina and his kickball event for charity.

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    Chicago-area man named ‘Gambles’ wins lottery twice

    MATTESON, Ill. — His name says it all. Larry Gambles, 65, of Matteson, has won the lottery twice using the same numbers. He won $1.05 million earlier this month in the Lucky Day Lotto jackpot. “Nine years ago, I won $50,000 playing the numbers from the jerseys of my high school basketball team,” Gambles said in a news release. “I’ve been playing the same numbers ever since. I can’t believe they paid off again!” The retired school administrator bought the ticket at […]