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  • State police to launch online rape evidence tracking tool

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Survivors of sexual assault in Illinois will soon be able to monitor online the progress of DNA evidence related to their case. Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly announced Sunday that the Division of Forensic Services will implement an online sexual assault tracking system by year end. The system will let survivors track their rape kits as they move through the DNA testing process from the hospital, to the forensic lab and ending at the state’s attorney’s […]

  • Avenatti charged with trying to extort millions from Nike

    LOS ANGELES — Michael Avenatti, the pugnacious attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity. Avenatti, who was also accused of embezzling a client’s money to pay his own expenses, was charged with extortion and bank and wire fraud in separate cases in New York and California. He […]

  • Illinois prosecutor shot and killed in Wisconsin home

    BEAVER DAM, Wis. — An Illinois prosecutor was shot and killed over the weekend in Wisconsin in what authorities allege was a case of domestic violence. Police say 30-year-old Stacia Hollinshead, of Sycamore, Illinois, was killed at a home in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, on Saturday night. A Beaver Dam man was arrested at the home, and charges were pending. Hollinshead was an assistant state’s attorney in DeKalb County, west of Chicago. County State’s Attorney Rick Amato issued a statement expressing […]

  • Infant in Italy dies after parents circumcise him at home

    ROME — An infant boy in Italy has died as the result of a circumcision performed by his parents at home, according to Italian media reports on Sunday. The ANSA news agency reported that the 5-month-old baby was brought to a hospital in Bologna by helicopter in cardiac arrest on Friday afternoon and died that night. The prosecutor’s office in the northern province of Reggio Emilia has opened a manslaughter investigation, and the infant will undergo an autopsy. The tragedy […]

  • American Airlines extends 737 Max related cancellations

    American Airlines is extending cancellations of flights through April 24 due to the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft, as federal regulators continue to investigate two deadly crashes involving the plane model. Southwest Airlines is also continuing to make cancellations. American has 24 Boeing 737 Max aircraft in its fleet, and said Sunday that it will be canceling about 90 flights a day. Not every flight that was previously scheduled to be on a Max aircraft will be canceled, and […]

  • 32 Chicago schools chosen to get $32M for academic programs

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools is giving $32 million to 32 of its schools to further develop academic programs impacting some 17,000 students. The Chicago Tribune reports that the payouts over six years will be used to expand programs in science, technology, engineering, math, fine arts and language, as well as to boost college-credit courses. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS Chief Education Officer LaTanya McDade announced last week which schools would receive the money. Officials told the Tribune that some 100 […]

  • Duncan Keith scores in OT to lift Blackhawks over Avalanche 2-1

    CHICAGO — Duncan Keith scored 1:23 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night. The defenseman took a feed from Brandon Saad, bulled his way down left wing, shrugged off a check from Nathan MacKinnon and beat goaltender Phillipp Grubauer between the legs to snap the Blackhawks’ three-game losing streak. Chicago pulled within five points of Colorado for the second Western Conference wild card. Artem Anisimov had a power-play goal for […]

  • Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ scares up $70.3M debut

    NEW YORK — Jordan Peele has done it again. Two years after the filmmaker’s “Get Out” became a box-office sensation, his frightening follow-up, “Us,” debuted with $70.3 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The opening, well above forecasts, had few parallels. It was the largest debut for an original horror film (only the “It” remake and last year’s “Halloween” have surpassed it in the genre) and one of the highest openings for a live-action original film since […]

  • Dubai denies there were plans for R. Kelly concert

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dubai’s government on Sunday forcefully denied a claim by R&B artist R. Kelly that the artist had planned concerts in the sheikhdom after he had sought permission from an Illinois judge to travel here despite facing sexual-abuse charges.In a rare statement, the government’s Dubai Media Office also denied claims by his lawyer in court that Kelly had plans to meet the sheikhdom’s ruling Al Maktoum family. “Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for […]

  • Nation awaits key findings as Mueller wraps up Russia probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller closed his long and contentious Russia investigation with no new charges, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump’s presidency. The Justice Department was expected to release the main findings as soon as Saturday. Even with the details still under wraps, the end Friday of the 22-month probe without additional indictments by Mueller was welcome news to some in Trump’s orbit who had feared a final round of charges […]

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