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    Chicago Teachers Union holding mock strike vote

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union will see how its members feel about a strike Thursday. A practice vote is being held in every Chicago Public School. The union’s Facebook page says this will prepare teachers for a possible strike authorization vote. This comes after CPS CEO Forest Claypool said drastic cuts will be made in February without a state bailout. “There will be fewer teachers,” Claypool wrote in a ChicagoTribune op-ed.  “There will be larger class sizes. And the […]

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    Man proposes to girlfriend with a ring made from his wisdom tooth

    ​ LOS ANGELES — A couple says they were never very traditional, and now they have the engagement ring to prove it. Before Lucas Unger proposed to Carlee Leifkes on Halloween, he knew better than to buy a diamond ring. To Carlee, diamonds were overrated. “My birthstone is a diamond. I don’t need one to prove how much someone loves me,” said Leifkes. So Unger proposed with a ring, made from his own wisdom tooth, instead. Leifkes shared a photo of […]

  • Austin Parrish, Preston Mosley, and Austin Rucks visit Sallie Cole days after rescuing her from rising flood water in Kountze, Texas.

    Teenagers rescue elderly woman from flooded home

    (KOUNTZE, TEX) 93 Year old Sallie Cole was trapped inside her Texas home when the water came in. The flood around her house was high, and she was trapped. The water was rising by the minute, and her grandson couldn’t get to her. But three teenagers saw him on the side of a road and decided to help. Austin Rucks, Preston Mosley, and Austin Parrish all worked together to reach the house.”Like a lake pretty much, just a big ole […]

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    Hillary Clinton in Chicago for 3 campaign fundraisers

    CHICAGO –Hillary Clinton is in the Chicago area Monday for several fundraisers for her presidential campaign. Arriving fashionably late, Clinton spent her first fundraiser at the Gold Coast home of Tanya and Michael Polsky, the CEO of Invenergy. Admission is $2,700 per-person. Afterward, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to introduce Clinton at a reception for the city’s legal community at the Hyatt. The last fundraiser is in Evanston, at the home of Eric Janssen, the president of Chicago Real Estate […]

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    University of Illinois newspaper apologizes after publishing controversial cartoon

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —  The campus newspaper at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is apologizing for a cartoon it published. On Tuesday, The Daily Illini published a syndicated cartoon showing trick or treaters. One person is seen climbing a fence, saying, “I’m going as an illegal immigrant.” Minority groups on campus were outraged and said the cartoon was racist. The Daily Illini apologized for publishing the cartoon, saying it was a careless oversight. The worker who put it in was suspended. […]

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    Father’s homecoming picture with daughter’s date goes viral

    A father now has a picture to prove the warning he had for his daughter’s boyfriend. He told him, “Whatever you do to my daughter, I will do to you.” Taking pictures before the homecoming dance turned out to be the perfect time to live up to that. Professional photographer Sharee Schock was taking pictures of her daughter and her date at their home. The girl’s father, Benjamin, was also there. Once he saw the date wrap his arms around […]

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    Adult-sized Little Tikes car up for auction on eBay

    LONDON — Many children can say that Little Tikes’ Cozy Coupe was their first car. Plastic doors, plastic seats, and all manual power as you go as fast as your feet can take you. Eventually, you grow out of it. But now, you don’t have to. A man in England built a street friendly, adult-sized Little Tikes car. The fully functional red and yellow car seats a driver and a passenger. The car goes 70 mph, has a manual transmission, […]

  • Michelle Sulzicki, a teacher in Connecticut, charged with having sex with teenage boy

    Teenage student says he could be the father of teacher’s baby

    STRATFORD,  Conn. — A teacher in Connecticut is charged with having a sexual relationship with a student. Stratford police say the investigation started when a 15-year-old boy reported the relationship. Police say the boy told investigators that he and teacher Michelle Sulzicki had been having sex for two years. He’s now concerned that he might be the father of her five-month-old daughter. Sulzicki is charged with first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, illegal sexual contact with a minor and risk […]

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    Planned Parenthood no longer taking money for fetal tissue

    NEW YORK — Planned Parenthood will no longer accept reimbursement for fetal tissue used for research. This comes after an anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress, released secretly filmed videos that portray Planned Parenthood officials as looking to profit from selling post-abortion fetal tissue. Members of Congress reacted by threatening to pull federal funding to the point where it could have led to a government shutdown. Planned Parenthood is keeping its programs that make fetal tissue available, but it will […]

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    PHOTOS: President Obama takes photos with couple before their wedding

    SAN DIEGO –A bride and groom are supposed to avoid each other before their wedding, but one couple broke that rule. Brian and Stephanie Tobe were getting married at The Lodge at Torrey Pines which overlooks the Torrey Pines Golf Course. That just happened to be where President Obama was playing golf that day. The bride and groom were still getting ready when their photographer said the president was nearby shaking hands.. That’s when the bride ignored the wedding day myths […]


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