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    Flight from Chicago makes emergency landing after struck by lightning

    A flight out of Chicago had to make an emergency landing after it was struck by lightning. United Airlines flight 4613 was on its way to Charleston, South Carolina, Monday. One passenger said he smelled something burning after lightning jolted the plane. No one was hurt. The pilots landed at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Crews found that the air conditioning unit was damaged. All 47 passengers were put on a bus to Charleston.

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    Wallenda walk in Chicago grounded by state law?

    Illinois state law could force daredevil Nik Wallenda to make some changes to his planned stunt in Chicago. Wallenda plans to walk a tightrope 600 feet above the Chicago River. He and his family members are known for pulling similar stunts over Niagra Falls and the Grand Canyon. Each time Wallenda goes on the rope, he does not use a net or a harness to help him in case he falls. That could be a problem in Illinois. The state’s […]

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    Feds: We’re not investigating Chicago Police Officers

    The U.S. Justice Department says that it is not investigating any shootings involving Chicago police officers. That comes after an attorney suggested that it was. The discussion started with a letter, dated August 29, from attorney Daniel Herbert. Herbert specializes in representing police officers who are accused of misconduct. In his letter to Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo, Herbert says, “It has come to my attention that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office are investigating certain police-involved […]

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    Former Jeopardy champ from Arlington Heights charged with child sex assault

    A former “Jeopardy” champion is charged with child sex assault. Jerome Slowik is from Arlington Heights, but he was charged in Wisconsin. He pleaded not guilty and faces trial in October. Wednesday night, Slowik said the matter would all be cleared up. In January, Slowik won $121,000 as a five day Jeopardy champion. The game show did not invite him to an upcoming tournament of champions, but they would not say if it’s because of the child sex assault case.

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    Mystery of moving boulders in Death Valley solved

    An unlikely answer may explain how large boulders move across the desert all by themselves. That’s what the slithering stones in Death Valley, Calif., do. These boulders leave trails as they move, but no one understood how. But some scientists set up GPS trackers and cameras to find the answer. They say the movement is caused by ice, even though this is usually one of the hottest places on earth. But in the winter, there are lake beds that can freeze. […]

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    Report: Russian hackers hit Chase & other banks

    Russian hackers may have stolen account information from JPMorgan Chase and four other banks. Checking and savings account information were reportedly stolen, but the number of accounts affected isn’t known. Neither Chase, nor the FBI, confirmed the attack. Companies “of our size unfortunately experience cyberattacks nearly every day,” JPMorgan spokeswoman Trish Wexler said in a statement. “We have multiple layers of defense to counteract any threats and constantly monitor fraud levels.” Bloomberg.com said the FBI was investigating an incident in […]

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    Rapper Common visits Ferguson

    Rapper Common was in Ferguson, Missouri, visiting where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed. A Ferguson police officer shot and killed Brown over two weeks ago. That shooting sparked days of protests, which sometimes included violence and looting. Common asked for a moment of silence during an appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday. Brown was buried on Monday. There was a peaceful march the following night. About 100 people attended. Police arrested one man for carrying a concealed gun […]

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    Couple takes fatal fall during selfie

    A couple from Poland died after they fell off a cliff while posing for a selfie. That happened Saturday, when the couple visited the cliffs of Cabo da Roca, in Portugal, with their children. Emergency workers had to wait a day before they could recover the bodies because of poor weather conditions. A Spanish couple saw the victims fall and called authorities. Polish diplomats are now looking after the children, ages 5 and 6, until family members arrive. For more […]

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    Ebola outbreak surpasses 1,800 cases

    The number of Ebola cases in Africa has surpassed 1,800 cases, according to the World Health Organization. More than 900 of those patients have died. A top WHO official says there are ways to stop the virus. Dr. Keiji Fukuda, assistant director general for health security at the WHO, says international authorities need to raise their response to the crisis. He also blames the spread on weak health facilities in the underdeveloped nations. A WHO panel will discuss today on […]

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    CTU president Karen Lewis still undecided about Chicago mayor’s race

    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says she hasn’t decided on running for mayor yet. Lewis tells the Chicago Tribune that she expects to begin collecting signatures to get on the ballot later this month. But she will not file paperwork with the state election board for a few more months. “I think it’s important to see where the numbers are (on the petitions), how many people want to get involved and what the reaction is before taking the step” […]

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