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    San Diego plans to purify sewer water for drinking

    City leaders in San Diego just approved a new water purification project to turn sewage into water – for drinking. Experts say the purified water likely will exceed current quality standards and supply about one-third of San Diego’s daily needs. Some residents want more debate on the issue and question how much water and sewer rates will increase to pay for the $3.5 billion system. State reservoirs are at record lows because of a three-year drought in California.

  • Chicagoans battle record-setting cold

    The frigid temperatures dipped even lower today, and in doing so they broke a record that’s been around for more than 100 years. With an official high of just 19 degrees, Tuesday marked the coldest Nov. 18 on record in Chicago. The previous record of 22 degrees was set in 1903. The bone-chilling temperatures made it a difficult day for firefighters and anyone who has to be outside today. Temperatures are expected to rise over the weekend, but still be below normal for Thanksgiving.

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    Suspects found guilty in connection with off-duty officer’s death

    Two suspects were found guilty Thursday in connection connection with the killing of an off-duty Chicago police officer four years ago. Two different juries decided 34-year-old Toyious Taylor and 24-year-old Paris McGee should be held accountable for the deaths of off duty officer Thomas Wortham IV and one of the gunman who was killed during the 2010 robbery. The victim’s father, a retired Chicago officer himself, in court today was pleased justice was served. He wishes more young people would […]

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    CTA crackdown on illegal Ventra card use

    The CTA is losing millions of dollars because of the fraudulent use of Ventra cards. The agency is cracking down on people who are taking advantage of free or reduced-fare rides. Federal and state laws allow seniors and people with disabilities to receive Ventra cards at a discount or free. But a recent audit by the CTA found many of those cards are not being used by the authorized card holder. 1,800 cards have been confiscated over the past several […]

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    Police investigate debit card scam targeting cab customers

    A scam involving a taxi cab driver stealing debit cards is being investigated by police in Chicago and Evanston. Joe Tosch says he took a Yellow Cab from Boystown to Buena Park last month. He paid for the ride using his debit card but didn’t realize the driver gave him back a card that belonged to someone else. By the next morning, his account was empty, and the bank was calling to ask about some suspicious transactions. Police say they’re […]

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    Skilling: Temps to take major plunge Tuesday

    Get ready to bundle up Chicago, Tom Skilling says the coldest weather we’ve seen in 8 months is headed out way. We’re headed into a run of significantly below-normal temps starting with falling temps Tuesday. Skilling says “winter-level temps” could provoke a significant snow across areas of the region to Chicago’s north. He also says the chill will be reminiscent of the “take-hold and almost never let go” of last winter’s chilly weather. “It’s a bit early to read too […]

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    Family donates heart of 5-year-old girl shot in head while sitting on grandfather’s lap

    Police are asking for the public’s help to find two gunmen who shot into a home in Milwaukee, killing a five-year-old girl. Laylah Peterson was sitting on her grandfather’s lap last Thursday, when a bullet came through a window and hit her in the head. Hundreds of family and neighbors attended a vigil Sunday night outside the home where Laylah was shot. They asked anyone with information to please come forward. Her father thanked the community for supporting the family. […]

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    Four-year-old girl shot in Racine

    Police are searching for the gunman who shot a four-year-old girl in the head. Several family members were sitting in a parked car Wednesday night in Racine, Wisconsin when someone outside started shooting. The child was flown to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in critical condition. No one else was hurt. Neighbors say they heard several shots and then another car sped away. Police aren’t sure whether someone in the girl’s family was the intended targeted.

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    Charges pending after pedestrian killed in crash on Northwest Side

    An accident involving two SUV’s killed a pedestrian standing at the corner of Belmont and Austin, in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood. The 62-year old woman was taken to the hospital Tuesday night where she later died. No other injuries were reported. One vehicle knocked down a traffic light, drove through a fence and came to rest on the lawn of St. Patrick High School. Police say one person is in custody and charges are pending.

  • Thousands of Chicago election judges don’t show up for work, possibly due to robocalls

    A shortage of election judges is causing huge problems at polling places across the Chicago area. Officials blame a series of robocalls that went out judges over the weekend. Some were told they did not have enough training and others were instructed to vote a certain way in order to work. The Board of Elections tried to contact everyone but officials believe 2,000 or more judges never showed up for work. Election officials say if they find out who’s responsible […]

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