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    St. Charles 7th grader behind powerful YouTube video ‘The Bully’

    As the school year begins, a YouTube video written and directed by a St. Charles 7th-grader is drawing new attention to a big problem — bullying. It has over 266,000 views since being posted just one week ago. Jonah Maxwell, 12, says he wrote the script and came up the concept for the video about seven months ago. He’s had friends who’ve been bullied, and even had an experience with it himself in elementary school. Jonah says that nowadays, bullying lasts […]

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    10 killed, 57 injured in shootings across Chicago since Friday

    CHICAGO — The gun violence continued at an alarming pace this weekend. Ten people were killed and 57 others injured in shootings across the city since Friday. There have been more than 80 homicides in August in the city and 485 so far this year. That’s almost the total for all of last year, which was 490.

  • NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10:  New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner meets with people on a street corner In Harlem on September 10, 2013 in New York City. Registered voters in New York are voting today in the Democratic and Republican primary races to nominate party candidates for the New York mayoral race.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Anthony Weiner caught in new sexting scandal: report

    A published report says former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner has been caught again, texting a revealing image of himself to a woman other than his wife. The New York Post says Weiner and the woman have been texting each other for more than a year and a half. The latest text was a photo capturing a close-up of his lower body and boxers briefs. His 4-year-old son can be seen in the background of the picture. Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin is busy […]

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    Homeless pets rescued from Louisiana floods arrive at PAWS Chicago

    CHICAGO — PAWS Chicago is helping animals caught in Louisiana’s flood waters. A team of veterinarians and volunteers drove to the affected areas in Louisiana on Wednesday to rescue dozens of cats and dogs from local shelters there. The pets rescued will alleviate some of the overcrowding at shelters in the areas and make room for the influx of animals from this natural disaster. Today, the rescued pets arrived to Chicago, where they could hopefully find their forever home. The animals […]

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    Residents return to building where 3 young sisters, man killed in deadly fire

    CHICAGO — Residents of half of the building on South Essex damaged by a fatal arson fire are returning to their apartments to see if any of their belongings can be salvaged. Other tenants are being kept away, because their units are too badly damaged to reenter. Three young sisters, ages 3-months, 4 and 7-years-old, and a 56-year-old man died when the fire broke out Tuesday morning in the building at 81st and Essex on the city’s Southeast Side. Investigators quickly […]

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    WGN hosts 5-day broadcast camp for kids from Breakthrough Ministries

    CHICAGO — An organization in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood is striving to create fun and positive learning opportunities for Chicago Public School students. WGN Reporter Cortney Hall  teamed up with Breakthrough Ministries for a five-day, hands-on broadcasting camp. For more information, go to: www.breakthrough.org Watch video news packages the broadcasting students put together themselves below:        

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    WGN anchors take ‘Which John Hughes movie did this Chicago-area building star in’ quiz

    Click here to take the quiz on Chicago Tribune.com

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    Shots fired on I-57 in Matteson

    MATTESON, Ill. — A shooting on I-57 in Matteson forced a three-hour shutdown overnight. Around 1 a.m. Friday, a woman called police to say someone had fired shots at her vehicle while on the highway near Route 30. The woman was in her car alone, and was not injured. The northbound lanes of I-57 were shutdown between Route 30 and Vollmer Road. Police recovered at least six shell casings from the scene. The lanes were reopened around 4 a.m. No […]

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    WGN anchors and reporters share dog photos for National Dog Day

    CHICAGO — In honor of National Dog Day, WGN-TV anchors and reporters are sharing pictures of their pooches. Can you guess each dog’s owner? Test yourself by flipping through photo gallery above. Post your pup’s photo to our Facebook page  or tweet it to us at @WGNNews.

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    Man killed in crash on I-80/94 in Indiana

    CROWN POINT, Ind. — A man was killed in a crash involving a semi truck on I-80/94 in Indiana. The accident happened around 1:30 a.m. Friday in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80/94 near Cline Avenue and involved two cars and a semi truck — which rolled over. A man, whose age and identity has not been released, was pronounced dead. This is a developing story. Check back for details.