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    Texas family finds scissors in birthday cake

    ARLINGTON, Texas — A grocery store chain in Texas is investigating how a pair of scissors ended up in a customer’s cake. A woman in Arlington, Texas, took pictures and video of the scissors sticking out of the bottom of the cake last weekend. She says the guest of honor was about to perform a family tradition of putting her face in the cake when someone noticed the blades. The woman says her mother could have been injured. The store […]

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    Mother found dead in home with 3 sons was strangled, medical examiner says

    CHICAGO — Latoya Jackson, the mother found dead with her three young sons, was strangled according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The bodies were found July 18 at their home on South Drexel Avenue in the East Chatham neighborhood. A source close to the case tells the Tribune a belt was found around Jackson’s neck. The medical examiner is still trying to officially identify the boys’ bodies and determine how they died. No arrests have been made.

  • Hot and sticky weather hanging over Chicago

    CHICAGO — Hot and sticky sums up the Chicagoland forecast — prompting words of caution for anyone heading to lollapalooza this weekend. It will feel like it’s in the mid 90’s in some locations today. City health officials warn to save outdoor activities until this evening, wear light-colored clothing and drink plenty of water. Crews setting up for Lollapalooza this weekend at Grant Park are forced to work in the stifling conditions. For fans heading to the three day music […]

  • NYPD officers accused of punching suspect during arrest

    BROOKLYN, NY — Video showing several police officers punching a suspect during an arrest is now being reviewed by the new york police department. The video starts with four officers trying to pin the man to the ground. It happened on Sunday at a Target store in Brooklyn. Employees called police reporting a man acting strange and refusing to leave the store. Shoppers got involved and tried to stop the officers. By the time the man was taken away 20 […]

  • Letter carrier saves injured man trapped in home for 10 days

    HULL, Ala. — An injured man trapped in his home for 10-days was saved by the woman who delivers his mail. Cissy Cartwright has been a letter carrier in Hull, Alabama for more than 20 years. Tommy Hope is on her route. The 66-year-old fell in his home on July 4 and broke several bones. He was stuck on the floor for 10 days and couldn’t reach the phone. He survived on rainwater from a bucket on the porch. Cartwright […]

  • New hotel run by robots opens in Japan

    The world’s first robot hotel is now open in Japan. Translated from Japanese the name of the hotel is “Strange Hotel.” Guests who speak Japanese are greeted by humanoid robots. But English-speaking guests are met by a robot that looks like a dinosaur. Droids also bring luggage to your room and clean. There are some humans on staff but owners plan to have robots run 90% of the property. They say it keeps costs down.

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    Kankakee woman imprisoned for 1987 murder seeks new trial

    KANKAKEE, Ill. — A woman serving life in prison for her role in a murder nearly 30 years ago is asking for a new trial. Nancy Rish is expected to be in court Friday┬áin Kankakee. Her attorneys will ask a judge to consider new testimony that could set her free. Rish’s co-conspirator and ex-boyfriend, Danny Edwards, also is serving a life sentence for the murder of a wealthy man in 1987. Stephen Small was buried alive and held for ransom, […]

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    Lawsuit questions drug testing for Wisconsin welfare recipients

    MADISON, Wis. — A lawsuit challenges a new requirement that welfare recipients in Wisconsin undergo mandatory drug testing. The provision is part of a new state budget signed by Governor Scott Walker who is a Republican presidential candidate… The Wisconsin attorney general filed the lawsuit against the federal government yesterday. It seeks to clarify whether the state can make drug testing mandatory to satisfy the work requirement for benefits.

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    Smartphone app leads police to ice cream thieves

    WEST WEBER, Utah — A livestreaming smartphone app led police right to some teenage burglars. The app is called Periscope. Police in West Weber, Utah say two 16-year-olds were using the app last weekend as they broke into a semi-truck. Several tubs of ice cream were stolen. Someone who saw the theft online called police. Even though the teens used a fake profile officers were able to locate them. The teens now face burglary and theft charges.

  • Chicago police investigate offensive graffiti at special needs elementary school

    CHICAGO –Chicago police are increasing patrols around a special needs school covered in offensive graffiti. Beard Elementary School in the 6,400 block of West Strong Street serves students with mental and physical disabilities. Anti-semitic graffiti and other slurs were painted on the school sometime on Sunday. Two nearby garages and cars also were targeted. Detectives are looking for witnesses and any surveillance cameras in the neighborhood that may have recorded the incident.

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