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    Fire at high-rise on South Side

    A fire at a high-rise at 73rd and South Shore Drive. The flames broke-out in an apartment on the 14th floor on Thursday. The fire was contained to just that unit. The flames are now out. No one is injured. Firefighters are now doing searches and well-being checks.

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    Spotify offers President Obama a job

    If President Obama wants a new career right away after he leaves the White House on January 20, there’s one company that’s looking to hire him. The streaming music service, Spotify, posted a position on its website for “President of Playlists.” It says the employee needs to “have at least eight years experience running a highly-regarded nation.” It also calls for “someone with good team spirit, excellent work ethic, a friendly and warm attitude, and a Nobel Peace Prize.” USA Today […]

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    4 charged with hate crime, kidnapping in Facebook Live torture of man with special needs

    CHICAGO — Four people accused of torturing a mentally disabled man were charged with a hate crime and aggravated kidnapping among other charges Thursday. The attack was streamed live on Facebook. The disturbing 30-minute video shows a man tied up and his mouth covered, cowering in the corner of room. His attackers laugh and shout “f*ck Donald Trump” and “f*ck white people” as they kick and punch him and and cut into his forehead with a knife. Here is a rundown of […]

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    Surveillance video captures thief stealing package from Lansing home

    LANSING, Ill. — If you are waiting for holiday packages to arrive at your home, don’t let them sit on your front doorstep for too long. Thieves are ready to pounce. Tina Stiles, who’s a WGN employee, was a victim. Her home security camera captured someone stealing a package. She says she received an email that a shipment was delivered by UPS, but when she arrived home, the package was gone. The shipment contained a sweater and two pairs of slippers worth about […]

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    Woman, 21, injured after car crashes into Chicago police station

    CHICAGO — A car plowed through the wall of a Chicago Police station. The vehicle hit a light pole first, then barreled into the 8th District’s community room at 63rd and Homan on Friday morning. The 21 year-old female driver is in critical, but stable condition at a hospital. No word yet on what caused the crash.

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    3 women killed, 1 injured in car crash in Posen

    POSEN, Ill. — A combination of alcohol and speeding is believed to have caused a fatal car accident in Posen. The crash happened at 143rd and Harrison early Thursday morning. A BMW plowed into four parked vehicles, and ejected all of the passengers in the BMW. Three women are dead, and another female is in critical condition. The driver, a male, is said to be cooperating with the investigation. Authorities believe he was drunk, and speeding. Harrison Avenue was closed earlier Thursday […]

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    United passengers won’t get to use overhead bins under Basic Economy fare

    If you decide to take advantage of United Airlines’ new, Basic Economy fare, pack lightly. Travelers will only be allowed to bring on board just one personal item that fits under the seat in front of them, such as a purse, backpack or briefcase. They won’t get to use the overhead bin beginning next year. Basic Economy travelers who want to check a bag will have to pay United’s regular fee of $25 for one bag, and $35 for a second […]

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    Driving on less than 5 hours of sleep is like driving drunk, study says

    CHICAGO — If you don’t get enough sleep, you are increasing your chances of crashing while driving. A new, AAA study says driving on less than five hours of sleep is like driving drunk. The report also says missing just one or two hours of sleep can double the risk of a crash. It’s recommended people get at least seven hours of sleep daily. AAA warns that drowsy driving is a factor in 20% of fatal crashes each year.

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    Fine lifted for Montreal man who gives free hugs

    MONTREAL, Canada —  Free hugs almost cost a man nearly $100. For about a year, Tommy Boucher has been giving random strangers hugs in Montreal. But, when he tried it with a police officer at a train station, the officer asked him for his permit. He didn’t have one, so he got a $101 ticket. Authorities said he violated a rule that prohibits people from selling or offering services without a permit. The transit agency has since lifted the fine.

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    Thousands of workers join ‘Fight for $15’ protests at O’Hare and across Chicago

    CHICAGO —  A nationwide “Day of Disruption” didn’t really disrupt much as the Fight for $15 made its way to O’Hare Airport Tuesday afternoon, where demonstrators and the SEIU say workers need to earn $15 an hour to raise their families. Protests started off early Tuesday morning outside a corporate McDonald’s at Chicago and Damen. About 60 people were arrested after sitting in the middle of the intersection. It wasn’t long before police moved them out and into two waiting buses to get their ticket, […]