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    ‘Why are you in my house?:’ Man finds stranger living in his attic

    SEATTLE — A man who heard strange noises coming from his attic was shocked to find he wasn’t alone in his home. When Davis Wahlman arrived home Monday night he noticed some lights were on. Davis didn’t think too much about it until something woke him up in the middle of the night. He confronted a woman who tried to lock herself in a bedroom. “I’m like who the heck are you? Why are you in my house? And she […]

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    Cheerleader threatens lawsuit after being cut during tryouts

    TALLAHASSEE, Flor.  —  A high school cheerleader is threatening to file a lawsuit unless she is put on the varsity team at Leon High School. The team’s coach says the girl fell twice during tryouts and judges voted to cut her from the team. The girl will be a senior this year and her name is not being released. The school district has overruled cheerleading judges in the past and is still deciding how to rule in this case. “I […]

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    Chicago clergy delivers list of reforms to police department

    CHICAGO — Dozens of religious leaders and community activists marched to Chicago police headquarters today to deliver a list of 15 police reforms. Protesters say the reforms are non negotiable and have a timeline for their implementation. The group also demanded a meeting with Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Johnson is in Washington, D.C. for a police conference, but Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said some of the reforms have already been adopted and that police are committed to making more reforms to […]

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    Police review board urges changes to department’s use of deadly force policy

    CHICAGO — The Independent Police Review Authority is making a list of recommendations for Chicago police including stricter guidelines for the use of deadly force. Among the changes, IPRA suggests officers use deadly force against a “fleeing felon” only when the suspect presents an immediate threat of harm. Currently, officers can fire weapons in order to prevent escape regardless of the threat imposed. The recommendations also suggest that officers be given better training in de-escalation tactics. The Fraternal Order of […]

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    Girl scalped by carnival ride recovering, hopes to return to school this Fall

    OMAHA, NE — The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was scalped after her hair got tangled in a carnival ride is speaking out about her daughter’s recovery. Lulu Gilreath was critically injured in the accident last May. She spent a month in the hospital and has undergone six surgeries, including two skin grafts and 22 blood transfusions. She also went through hyperbaric oxygen therapy for tissue and leech therapy for her scalp. Doctors were able to save 25% of […]

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    No new classroom cuts in CPS budgets released today

    CHICAGO — New CPS school budgets were unveiled Wednesday. No new classroom cuts are being made but schools will still operate under last winter’s reduction in the base amount schools are paid for each student. The mid-semester cuts were expected to save the district $120 million next year. There are also expected to be changes in how the district allocates money for special education. CPS CEO Forrest Claypool said, “Just a few weeks ago, CPS faced the real prospect of […]

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    Beer nutrition labels coming soon, for some brands

    Calories, carbohydrates and protein – everything you ever wanted to know about beer will soon be on some labels. Major brewers in the U.S. have agreed to add nutrition labels to beer by 2020. It’s a voluntary move from companies like Heineken and Corona. But Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors said they would only provide that information online or on cardboard packaging. The craft beer industry, which represents more than 10% of U.S. sales, would not commit to adding labels.

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    Governor announces bipartisan commission to change school funding

    CHICAGO — Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders are creating a new commission to change the way schools are funded in Illinois. Rauner announced the creation of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission during a news conference today at the Thompson Center. He said the bipartisan commission will work to develop an equitable, adequate and affordable school funding formula. One of the biggest changes Rauner wants to see is less of a dependence on property taxes to fund schools. “We’re […]

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    Girl, 18, killed by stray bullet that came through window in Calumet City

    CALUMET CITY, Ill. — Jessica Rogers, 18, was killed by a stray bullet while inside a relative’s home in South Suburban Calumet City. Her cousin thought it was a firecracker and then found Jessica on the kitchen floor bleeding from a neck wound Saturday night. The teen was pronounced dead Sunday night at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. She was getting ready for her senior year at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills. Police have no one in custody.

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    Osama bin Laden’s son threatens revenge on U.S. for killing his father

    Osama bin Laden’s son is threatening revenge against the United States for killing his father. In a 21 minute speech titled “We Are All Osama” released by As-Sahab Saturday, Hamza bin Laden tells Americans they are accountable for the decisions of their leaders. Military analysts believe Hamza bin Laden may be preparing to take over leadership of Al-Qaida. Osama Bin Laden was killed in May of 2011 during a U.S. raid at his compound in Pakistan.