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    Pregnant mother crushed, killed by dump truck in California

    MARTINEZ, Calif. — Safety regulators and police are investigating what caused a dump truck to tip over, killing a pregnant woman in her driveway. Police say a work crew had just asked 32-year old Lindsey Combs to move a car out of her driveway in Martinez, California on Wednesday. Her four-year old daughter was standing nearby and saw the truck crush her mother’s car. It happened as the driver was raising the back part of the truck to dump a […]

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    Man found dead on CTA Blue Line train

    CHICAGO — Police are investigating the death of a man found unresponsive on a Blue Line train early Monday morning. A man in his 40’s was found about 1:30 a.m. when a CTA train stopped at O’Hare International airport. Police say he was taken to Community First Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The man’s name has not been released. No details have been released about what may have caused his death.

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    Man accused of faking his own death

    A Florida businessman accused of faking his own death two years ago is now in jail on insurance fraud charges. Jose Lantigua is accused of faking an illness in 2013 while vacationing in Venezuela. Prosecutors say before faking his death, Lantigua took out $9 million in policies with seven different insurance companies. Lantigua was arrested on Saturday in North Carolina while driving with his wife. She’s also in custody.

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    Dealers paying teens to smuggle drugs via Chicago commuter trains

    LAPORTE, Ind. — Police are revealing details of a year-long investigation into drug smuggling on commuter trains between Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Police say the South Shore Railroad is frequently used to move heroine and cocaine. Criminal organizations are paying teens and young adults, who appear to be normal commuters, to smuggle the drugs. So far this year police have arrested 15 young dealers and identified 15 others.

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    Ad exec says convicted murderer responsible for famous Nike slogan

    BEAVERTON, Ore. —┬áThe famous Nike slogan “Just Do It” has been around since the 1980’s, but the advertising executive who coined the phrase says it really came from a convicted murderer years earlier. Just before he was executed by a firing squad in Utah, Gary Gilmore reportedly said “Let’s do it.” The case drew national attention and also became a book and TV movie called “The Executioner’s Song”, starring Tommy Lee Jones in 1982. In a recent interview, Dan Wieden […]

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    SAE fraternity apologizes, vows changes at chapters nationwide

    CHICAGO — A fraternity is announcing a nationwide plan of action after its chapter at the University of Oklahoma made a racist video. Sigma Alpha Epsilon is based in Evanston and officials held a news conference in Chicago Wednesday. Fraternity leaders apologized for the behavior of its members in Oklahoma and outlined a four point plan to eliminate racial discrimination at all of its chapters nationwide. They promised to investigate where the song came from, hire an inclusion and diversity […]

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    Pets may soon use medical marijuana in Nevada

    CARSON CITY, NV — Activists say there’s something missing from recent medical marijuana laws – pets. A bill was introduced in the Nevada legislature on Tuesday. “Pot for Pets” would allow owners to get marijuana for their pet if a veterinarian says the animal has an illness that might be helped by the drug. Opponents say more research is needed to determine whether marijuana has the same health effects on animals as it does in human patients.

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    Plainfield teacher accused of exchanging test answers for sexual contact with student

    PLAINFIELD, Ill. — A teacher from a high school in suburban Plainfield has been fired after being charged with criminal sexual abuse of a student. Brian Smith was arrested in February. He’s accused of sexual contact with a student in exchange for answers to a test. The school board voted last night to dismiss Smith and begin proceedings to have his Illinois teaching certificate revoked.

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    Unity breakfast puts Obama Library first, location second

    The University of Chicago and UIC hosted a unity breakfast Monday morning celebrating their commitment to bringing the Obama presidential library to Chicago. Both universities are finalists to become the library’s home. Mayor Emanuel spoke at the event saying whether the library is built on the South side or the West side, the Obama library needs to be in Chicago. It could bring thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic security to the city. New York […]

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    Minister asks for donations to buy luxury private jet

    The pastor of a Georgia megachurch is asking members, and anyone else who would like to help, to donate money for a new private jet. A video was posted on Creflo Dollar’s website for the World Changers Church International last Friday. It was taken down hours later. In the video Dollar says he needs the new $65 million Gulfstream jet so he can travel around the world to spread the gospel. Dollar says the new plane will replace his old […]

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