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    Jailhouse informant ends testimony in Peterson trial

    CHESTER, Ill. –The prosecutions key witness who secretly recorded Drew Peterson is off the stand after four days of testimony. Antonio Smith said he was hoping for a better life by helping federal authorities in convicting Peterson in the alleged murder for hire plot of Will County States Attorney James Glasgow. Smith wanted his time cut and money for his assistance, but he admits nothing was ever promised. Smith testified that in the fall of 2014 Peterson told him he […]

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    7-year-old boy punches armed robber in Maryland

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — A 7-year-old boy fought back when armed robbers hit a video game store. The boy was shopping with his dad at GameStop last week. Security video recorded two men wearing masks walk into the store. When they ordered all the customers against a wall, the boy starts throwing punches. The man overpowers the boy and drags him behind the counter with his dad. No one was hurt. The men got away cash from the register and some […]

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    Prison inmate testifies at Drew Peterson trial

    CHESTER, Ill. — Hours of audio recordings have been played in court this week in the Drew Peterson murder for hire case.   The majority of the recordings are difficult to hear and the jurors were provided transcripts. Inmate Antonio Smith testified that after several recorded conversations in November of 2014, authorities provided him with a picture of James Glasgow with two others to show Peterson, in hopes of confirming they had the right guy.  Smith said he forwarded the photo […]

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    Teen identifies alleged kidnapper, man now a suspect in two more cases

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — A man arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl is now suspected in two other cold cases. Jeffrey Willis was arrested last week. The teen told police she escaped by jumping from his minivan and running for help. During a search of his home and minivan police found a gun, handcuffs, sedatives and videos of women bound and gagged. Police are now investigating Willis in connection with the disappearance of a woman three years ago […]

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    Watch emotional video of couple revealing their surprise adoption to family

    NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — After struggling for many years with infertility and a previous failed adoption, Lacey and Banks Farris were finally able to adopt a baby girl at birth. They decided to surprise their family and friends with their adoption announcement by showing up at their front doors with their new little girl, Finley. The couple captured their reactions and made a now-viral video of everyone meeting Finley for the first time — and it’s beautiful. The video was posted to […]

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    Wisconsin elementary school’s drinking water contaminated with antifreeze

    HARTFORD, Wisc. — Officials at an elementary school in Wisconsin are trying to figure out how antifreeze contaminated the school’s drinking water. The water was tested after cracked pipes were discovered in the building’s air conditioning system. Bottled water is being provided while the problem is fixed. They’re still not sure how the antifreeze got into the water or exactly how long the problem has been going on. Water quality tests show the levels of antifreeze are low and officials […]

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    Police search for man who exposed himself to child in western suburbs

    OAK PARK, Ill. — Police are searching for a man who exposed himself to a child. An 11-year-old girl told police the man exposed himself as she was jogging near Barrie Park on Sunday. She first saw him in the backyard of a home in the 1100 block of South Harvey Avenue and then again from the backyard of another home a block away. He did not speak or approach her and she was not physically harmed. Police say it […]

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    Chicago launches new website for hundreds of preschool programs

    CHICAGO — The city is launching a new online enrollment program for preschool age students. The website allows parents to fill out universal Pre-K applications. Officials say it will streamline the enrollment process. Parents can access more than 600 preschool programs available from Chicago Public Schools and the Department of Family and Support Services. The site is accepting applications now for the 2016-2017 school year. Families will be notified about placement beginning June 13.

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    Arkansas judge accused of swapping sex for reduced sentences

    CROSS COUNTY, Ark. — A judge is stepping down after being accused of having sexual relationships with defendants who appeared in his courtroom. Judge Joseph Boeckmann handed in his resignation Monday. Public documents say a judicial ethics committee had uncovered thousands of photos showing men posing nude at the judge’s home. Defendants have come forward to say Boeckmann offered them lighter sentences in exchange for sex. Officials believe the abuse spans decades, including from his time as a deputy prosecutor.

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    Farmer pays tribute to Prince

    EDGELEY, N.D. — A farmer is paying tribute to Prince. Gene Hanson used a tractor to carve out the singer’s logo in one of his fields. His wife, Darlene, says she didn’t know about the drawing until she saw it on Facebook and it went viral. Gene says he’s not a big Prince fan, but the subject came up during his coffee group and he thought it would be fun to try. Gene has carved other things in his fields […]

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