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  • TSA tests beefed up security measures for carry-ons

    TSA is testing enhanced security measures on carry-ons. The new procedures would require agents to remove more items for sceening. The agency says passengers are cramming so much stuff into their carry-ons, that agents ave a hard time spotting signs of explosives. Passengers already have to remove their laptops for testing.  Now they’ll have to remove anything larger than a cell phone for screening. They’re testing the new measures at ten airports around the country.

  • Parents of Penn State student who died in hazing ritual speak out

    The parents of a Penn State University student who died during a fraternity hazing ritual are speaking out. Tim Piazza’s father, Jim, says his dying son was treated like road kill. He died in February after falling down a flight of stairs during a fraternity initiation. A grand jury found he was put through a hazing ritual called the gauntlet and forced to drink dangerous amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time. Tim’s parents hold the school and […]

  • 13 students survive elementary school bus crash with minor injuries

    KIRKWOOD, Mo. — A nine-year-old boy in Missouri tells what it was like to be thrown from his school bus after it crashed through a guardrail and slid down a ravine. “We were going everywhere.  I hit my head on the door and then I flew out the door,” said Hamid Socoro. The bus had swerved, trying to avoid a speeding car, when it crashed into the guardrail. Authorities say the driver’s ability to keep the bus from tipping over […]

  • CPS short more than half a billion dollars

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools is short more than half a billion dollars. CPS and city officials say the state still owes CPS $467 million in aid.  It’s been held up by the state budget impasse. That money is needed for the teachers pension fund and it’s due by June 30.  CPS also has a $129 million budget gap. Officials say without an infusion of cash, CPS will fall short of making its’ pension contribution. That could violate state law […]

  • Fidget spinners are banned in some CPS classrooms

    CHICAGO — Fidget spinners have been described as the “must have toy” of the year. The colorful fan-like spinners have saturated schools and playgrounds.  But teachers in some classrooms of the Chicago Public School system are saying “enough”. The toys were initially sold as a device to help kids with autism and attention disorders calm down and stay focused.  Now their massive popularity is causing a huge distraction. Some schools are now insisting that kids have a doctor’s note prescribing the […]

  • Judge denies bond for teen charged in police-involved shooting

    CHICAGO — An alleged gang member appeared in bond court today in connection with the shooting of two Chicago police officers last week. Angel Gomez, 18, is charged with two counts of attempted murder. The judge denied bond, saying Gomez is a threat to the community. Police say he was driving a minivan that was being followed by plain-clothes police in an unmarked van. They say Gomez and the others in the van were involved in another shooting earlier that […]

  • State Dept. deletes retweet of Ivanka book tweet

    (CNN) — An official State Department Twitter account retweeted a tweet promoting Ivanka Trump’s new book, “Women Who Work,” raising ethics questions. It has since been deleted. “Thank you to my beautiful sisters for the support of my #WomenWhoWorkBook!” Ivanka Trump wrote in the initial tweet from her personal account, alongside photos of Tiffany and Lara Trump posing with the book. It was retweeted by the @GenderAtState account, which is run by the Office of Global Women’s Issues, a policy […]

  • Car crashes into home in Oak Lawn

    OAK LAWN, Ill. —  Oak Lawn police arrested a man after he drove a car into a house. Police arrived at the scene in the 4900 block of W. 91st Street around 2:30 a.m. They found a four-door car smashed into the front of the house.  The driver was given a field sobriety test. Neighbors say this isn’t the first time a car has crashed into a house on this block.  In fact, neighbors say a car crashed into the […]

  • Will County judge lashes out at DCFS for leaving toddler, siblings in home

    JOLIET TOWNSHIP, Ill. — A Will County judge is questioning how child welfare workers could have missed signs of trouble, in a home where the body of a one-year-old child was found last week. Semaj Crosby was found dead under a couch, a day after her family reported her missing. Her cause of death hasn’t been determined, but authorities say it is suspicious. The judge is in disbelief that DCFS caseworkers allowed other children to stay in the roach and bedbug-infested […]

  • SpaceX scrubs today’s spy satellite launch, reschedules for tomorrow

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (CNN) — Elon Musk’s SpaceX has pushed back its launch of a mysterious satellite for the U.S. intelligence community because of a sensor issue. Liftoff, which was scheduled for Sunday morning, is now slated for Monday at 7 a.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX lead mechanical design engineer John Federspiel, who hosted the company’s webcast, said the SpaceX team decided to halt the launch “out of an abundance of caution” after […]