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    Former drug CEO takes the fifth

    The controversial former drug CEO Martin Shkreli refused to answer questions at a Capitol Hill hearing. Shkreli headed Turing Pharmaceuticals when the company bought the rights to the life-saving drug Daraprim and immediately hiked its price by 5,000%, to $750 per pill. When a congressional committee demanded an explanation, Shkreli invoked the fifth amendment and refused to answer any questions. He infuriated some of the congressmen by appearing to smirk during the hearing. Shkreli insists he did nothing illegal; afterwards, […]

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    CPS sells $725M in bonds at extraordinarily high interest rate

    CHICAGO — The Chicago School Board’s financial troubles are forcing the school system to pay extraordinary borrowing costs. CPS just sold $725 million in bonds Wednesday, at an 8.5% interest rate; that’s 141 times the rate paid on a typical bank savings account. Chicago taxpayers will ultimately pay that cost. Governor Bruce Rauner called the bond sale a mistake; he ordered state education officials to pursue a takeover of Chicago schools. As a form of protest, the Chicago Teachers Union […]

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    U of C professor resigns amid sexual misconduct probe

    CHICAGO — A professor at the University of Chicago has resigned amid a sexual misconduct investigation. The New York Times reports, molecular biologist Jason Leib made unwelcome sexual advances to several young women, during a retreat for graduate students. The investigation found, Leib also engaged in sexual activity with a woman who was passed out drunk. Leib quit last month before any charges were brought; he hasn’t commented on his resignation.

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    Child abuse incident investigated at Hammond elementary school

    HAMMOND, Ind. — A couple from Hammond reported a case of child sexual abuse at Lafayette Elementary School. The couple says it happened January 7th. The parents say a gym teacher rubbed their 6-year-old son inappropriately in a school bathroom during gym class. They pulled the boy out of Lafayette the next day and transferred him to another school. Hammond police say they’ve questioned the boy 10 times, and his description of the encounter hasn’t changed. So far, no one […]

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    Mayor Emanuel’s approval rating hits all-time low

    CHICAGO — A new Chicago Tribune poll suggests, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has hit an all-time low in popularity. According to the poll, only 27% of Chicagoans approve of the job he is doing.  41% believe he should resign.  55% would support legislation to allow a Chicago mayor to be recalled. 59% of those surveyed say Emanuel is not honest and trustworthy. 70% believe his administration is not transparent. Only 25% believe Emanuel is in touch with people like them. The […]

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    Pentagon sweetens maternity leave for military women

    The Pentagon is expanding — or at least standardizing — maternity leave benefits to its military women. Women in all branches of the service will now get a full 12 weeks off after the birth of a child. That’s an increase of six weeks for women in the Army and Air Force, but a six-week decrease for women in the Navy and Marines. About 200,000 women will be eligible. The Pentagon hopes the benefit will boost recruitment of women.

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    Chicago police officer will sue estate of teen he fatally shot

    CHICAGO — The police officer who shot and killed teenager Quintonio LeGrier on the day after Christmas will sue LeGrier’s estate. Officer Robert Rialmo answered a domestic disturbance call in West Garfield Park and wound up shooting LeGrier and a neighbor, he says, because LeGrier attacked him. Rialmo’s attorney Joel Brodsky confirmed for WGN-TV this morning that he’ll file a civil suit against LeGrier’s estate in a couple of weeks, citing emotional distress and assault. LeGrier’s family says there was […]

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    CPS demands $10M from disgraced former CEO

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Public School system is demanding that its disgraced former CEO repay it $10 million. Barbara Byrd-Bennett pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks to steer school contracts to her former employer, the Supes Academy. The Sun-Times reports, her successor, Forrest Claypool, will use a state law to try to force Byrd-Bennett to return triple the total of her combined salary in Chicago plus all of the kickbacks she was promised. There’s been no comment from Byrd-Bennett’s lawyers; and […]

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    Video captures professional skier’s scary 1,000-foot fall down mountainside

    A professional skier had a terrifying tumble – 1,000 feet down the side of a mountain. It happened last spring in Alaska. Angel Collinson was taking part in a survival workshop when she lost control; all she could think was, “Protect my neck and face.” She says she jammed a couple fingers, and lost everything in her backpack; other than that, she’s fine.

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    Burger King employee quits, steals all chicken nuggets

    UPDATE: The following story has since been debunked as a hoax. Click here for more details. A Florida man quit his job at Burger King, then he cleared out his locker and a whole lot more. Before leaving, the man scooped up every last chicken nugget in the freezer and took them all home. The man, who goes by the name Zealot on Twitter, tweeted a picture of the stolen nuggets. He wrote: “TODAY WAS MY LAST DAY WORKING AT BURGER […]

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