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    23 dead and 23 injured in Russia hospital fire

    23 people are dead and at least 23 are injured in a fire that broke out at a psychiatric hospital in western Russia. Hospital workers say there were 140 people in the hospital, and 50 of them were bedridden. At least 51 people were rescued unharmed. So far, the cause of the fire is not yet known.

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    5-year-old shoots himself in the hand

    A 5-year-old boy is in good condition Sunday after he accidentally shot himself in the hand. It happened Saturday afternoon in the 5900 block of South Calumet Avenue in the Washington Park neighborhood. Police say they don’t know how the boy got the gun. No word yet on whether any adults are facing charges.

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    One in custody after Wrigleyville shooting

    CHICAGO – Chicago police are still trying to piece together the events that led up to a shootout and car chase in Wrigleyville early Sunday morning.  Before it was over, several cars were damaged, one person was injured, and one person in police custody. Chicago police say more than 30 — and as many as 50 — shots were fired between a group of people walking near Racine and Patterson and another group of people in a passing car around 3 a.m. Sunday […]

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    Arrest made in California mosque fire

    COACHELLA, Calif. — Police in California have arrested a man in connection with a mosque fire that started Friday afternoon. 23-year-old Carl James Dial was booked yesterday in Riverside County Jail. He hasn’t been charged, but was arrested on suspicion of arson, felony burglary and a hate crime. Police say a few people were praying inside the mosque in Coachella, California Friday when the fire started. No one was injured, but the building has a lot of smoke damage. The […]

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    No grand jury decision yet in Sandra Bland case

    A grand jury in Texas has more work to do before determining whether to bring criminal charges in the Sandra Bland case. The Chicago area native died three days after she was arrested in a controversial traffic stop. It happened this past July in Prairie View, Texas. She was found hanged in her jail cell. The grand jury could bring charges against her jailers or the trooper who pulled her over. Prosecutors say the grand jury will convene again before […]

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    19-year-old shot and killed on the South Side

    A 19-year-old man, home from college for the holidays, was shot in the head and killed in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the city’s South Side. It happened at about 10:30 Friday night in the 700 block of 92nd street. The victim was shot while he sat in an SUV. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating.

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    Father of 3 killed in Back of the Yards shooting

    CHICAGO — One person was killed and another was injured in a shooting that happened early Sunday morning in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the city’s South Side. It happened just after midnight in the 5300 block of South Union. Family have identified the man killed as a father of three, 27-year-old Maurice Jackson.  Police say someone got out of a nearby car and opened fire. Jackson began to drive, crashing the car into a tree. He died at […]

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    Salvation Army introduces new way to pay

    The Salvation Army is making a slow transition into the 21st century this holiday season. We all recognize the bells and red kettles, but not everyone has change all the time. So the Salvation Army has started using “dip jars.” The devices allow you to swipe your debit or credit card and donate a designated amount with each swipe. The dip jars haven’t made it to Chicago quite yet. They’re being tested in Milwaukee, and parts of Colorado and California.

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    Holiday commuters head home on busiest travel day of year

    CHICAGO — Sunday was expected to be the busiest travel day of the year Sunday at O’Hare and Midway airports. Nearly a quarter of a million people are expected to pass through O’Hare and more than 80,000 are set to be at Midway. The period from Tuesday, November 24 to Tuesday, December 1 will see more than two million travelers at the city’s two airports. Airline industry association Airlines for America says this Thanksgiving will see the busiest nationwide travel […]

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    NSA ends bulk collection of cell phone data

    The National Security Agency is ending its bulk collection of cell phone metadata Sunday. The controversial program began in the wake of 9/11 under George W. Bush. The program was hidden from the public until 2013 when whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked documents detailing its existence. Under the program, the NSA accessed when calls happened, what numbers were called, and how long the calls lasted. In June, President Obama signed a measure that called for the end of the bulk collection. […]

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