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    House Ethics Committee investigates Rep. Bobby Rush

    The House Ethics Committee is investigating Democratic Congressman Bobby Rush. The Independent Office of Congressional Ethics referred an unspecified matter to the committee last month. The committee, which investigates allegations of misconduct, says it’s look at Rush does not indicate a violation has occurred. It will release its findings in November. Rush admitted in April that his conduct was being investigated, and says he has been cooperating since the beginning.

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    House approves cell phone unlocking bill, heads to Obama

    It’s about to get easier for cell phone users to switch carriers. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Friday to roll back a ban on “unlocking.” Many cell phones sold in the U.S. are “locked” to their carrier, meaning that software inside them prohibits them from being used on another wireless network. The bill would allow customers to legally break those locks, in order to take their phones to another carrier. The legislation cleared the Senate last week. […]

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    Police storm Canadian plane after threat, passengers capture video

    Dramatic cell phone video shows a tactical squad storming an international flight after a passenger made a threat. A pair of U.S. fighter jets escorted a Sunwing Airlines flight bound for Panama, back to Toronto Friday morning about 45 minutes after taking off. Officials say the plane was over West Virginia, when an agitated passenger made a direct threat against it. Heavily armed police stormed the plane once it landed, yelling “heads down, hands up!” as they entered the cabin. 25-year-old […]

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    Ex-State Rep. Keith Farnham considering plea deal

    Former State Representative Keith Farnham is considering a plea deal in the federal child pornography case against him. Farnham is accused of emailing videos of children being molested. He resigned after his home and office in Elgin were raided in March, citing unspecified health issues. Farnham is under house arrest with an electronic monitoring bracelet.  He is also barred from using the internet or having any contact with children under the age of 18. A judge gave his attorneys until […]

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    Report: Off-duty CPD officer investigated over Jeter autographs

    The New York Yankees filed a complaint with the Chicago Police Department over the actions of one of its officers. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the off-duty 9th District officer was working as extra security at U.S. Cellular Field during a four-game series between the White Sox and Yankees in May. The officer apparently broke protocol, and asked Derek Jeter to sign several autographs for a police charity fundraiser. It was witnessed by a Yankees’ security guard, all of whom […]

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    Quinn signs birth-control ballot question

    Illinois voters will be asked if they support a state law requiring health insurance providers to offer prescription birth control coverage to employees. Governor Quinn signed a measure Sunday to put the non-binding referendum on the November ballot. Illinois already requires insurance plans to cover contraceptive drugs for women. Quinn says the question is important after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that some private companies can refuse to pay for contraceptives, based on the religious beliefs of its owners. Republicans […]

  • Report: NSA watches more ordinary web users than targeted ones

    A Washington Post investigation reveals ordinary internet users far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided a large number of intercepted conversations to the newspaper. It found that nine out of ten of those, were not the intended surveillance targets.  Rather, they were caught in a net the agency cast for someone else. Many of the files were on Americans. U.S. intelligence officials declined to confirm or deny […]

  • Florida residents trap python in grill

    Residents of a neighborhood in south Florida are still talking about the unwanted visitor they received last week. A 12-foot long Burmese Python slithered into their community in Florida City on Thursday night. They called 911, but it was going to be a half-hour before reptile specialists could arrive. Residents couldn’t wait, so several of the braver ones took matters into their own hands and trapped the python in a barbeque grill. Officials say the python was not a pet, […]

  • Capacity crowd celebrates July 4th at Navy Pier

    Navy Pier hosted Chicago’s only lakefront Fourth of July fireworks display. So many people showed up, that the pier had to start turning people away.  Capacity was reached more than two hours before the fireworks began. For those who are still feeling festive, or are one of the thousands who were turned away, Navy Pier is still having its weekly Saturday night fireworks display tonight at 10:15 p.m.

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    Former coach acquitted of sexually abusing 2 students

    A jury acquitted a former high school basketball coach who had been charged with sexually assaulting an underage student, and attempting to assault another. Prosecutors accused Kevin Jones of using his position to take advantage of the 17-year-old girls.  One of them said she had sex with Jones in a motel, which he denied. He was found not guilty on Thursday of criminal sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and attempted criminal sexual assault charges. Jones was a varsity basketball coach […]

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