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    New Starbucks lawsuit

    HOUSTON, TX — A new lawsuit against Starbucks also names the employee who served a woman coffee. Katherine Mize says she suffered severe burns while being handed a hot cup of coffee at a drive-through in Houston two years ago. The burns were so severe Mize says she lost a month of work and has scars on her legs. “She handed it to me with her hand over the top and dropped it,” said Mize. “I caught it and so […]

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    Chicago-area leaders call for end to gun violence

    CHICAGO — Religious and local political leaders weighed in Tuesday on the tragedy of gun violence and the inability of Washington to take action. In a written statement, Chicago’s Archbishop urged Catholics and people across the city to demand action from their political leaders.  Archbishop Blase Cupich waded into the politically volatile issue of assault weapons, saying, “We can start by getting these combat weapons off our streets.  Not to act only gives in to the despairing falsehood that there is nothing we can […]

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    Robert De Niro breaks ground on new Nobu Hotel in Chicago

    CHICAGO – Two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro helped break ground for a new hotel in the West Loop Monday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined De Niro, his hotel partner and chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and others with their ceremonial shovels at the future site of the the Japanese themed Nobu Hotel and restaurant chain. De Niro is one of the investors in the project . The hotel is going up at Randolph and Peoria in the West Loop. It will have 103 rooms […]

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    Prince William first royal on cover of LBGT magazine

    Prince William becomes the first royal on be on the cover of an LGBT magazine. He appears on the new cover of Attitude magazine, a leading British gay publication. The Prince met recently with editors at Kensington Palace along with a group of people who have endured homophobic bullying. The Duke of Cambridge also released a statement: “No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason and no one should have to put up with the kind […]

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    CPS invites Governor Rauner for tour after he calls schools ‘crumbling prisons’

    CHICAGO — Governor Rauner’s controversial comments this week — calling some Chicago schools “crumbling prisons” — is not sitting well with aldermen and school officials. Several gathered today at Brentano Elementary Math and Science Academy in the Logan Square neighborhood to invite the governor for a tour. The dispute is part of the state’s budget stalemate. CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has said that schools won’t open this Fall if Governor Rauner and lawmakers in Springfield can’t reach a funding deal.

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    Mother delivers own baby in just 10 minutes while home alone

    FORT WORTH, Texas — A new mom delivered her own baby in just 10 minutes while she was home alone with the help of a 911 dispatcher. Allison Marquardt went into labor last month but realized she would not make it to the hospital. So she called 911. (dispatcher) “Are you alone?” (Caller) “Yes.” (Dispatcher) “I want you to  assume the most comfortable position and take deep breaths between your contractions.” Marquardt laid down on her bedroom floor as Gillinger began […]

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    Video captures Missouri officer Tasering teen, leaving him brain damaged

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A former police officer in Missouri has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for an arrest that left a teenager brain damaged after the officer used his stun gun. It happened during a traffic stop in 2014. Bryce Masters is repeatedly heard on the dashcam video asking why the officer had stopped him and whether he was under arrest. According to court documents, former Officer Timothy Runnels had his Taser gun deployed for about 20 […]

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    Safe Passage workers celebrated as schools face an uncertain future

    CHICAGO — Today’s rally at Chicago State honored the 1,300 Safe Passage workers who spend five hours a day, five days a week to keep 75,000 CPS students safe on their way to and from school. In the past week, it was a Safe Passage worker’s quick action after talking to a second grader that led to the recovery of a weapon near one campus. Another worker de-escalated a fight between two adults. Earlier this year, another still applied pressure […]

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    Man says pacemaker saved him from bee attack

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — A man who was attacked by a swarm of bees may have been saved by his pacemaker. Albert Katanov was checking out a house for sale last week in Phoenix. He was not aware there bee hives in the tree outside and under the eaves of the house. He was stung more than 1,000 times, suffered an allergic reaction and lost consciousness. Katanov says doctors checked the pacemaker in the hospital and discovered it fired not once or […]

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    Toy jewelry kits recalled over lead concerns

    175,000 toy jewelry kits from China are being recalled over concerns about lead. The products are called Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations and include three different versions: the Shimmer N’ Sparkle Cra-Z-Art Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations Ultimate Gem Machine, the Shimmer N’ Sparkle Cra-Z-Art Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations Gem Charm and Slider Bracelets, and the My Look Cra-Z-Art Cra-Z-Jewelz Gem Creations Ultimate Gem Machine. They have a slider bracelet that contains high concentrations of lead, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The kits […]