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  • Barr, Mueller trade barbs as Russia probe rift goes public

    WASHINGTON — Private tensions between Justice Department leaders and special counsel Robert Mueller’s team broke into public view in extraordinary fashion Wednesday as Attorney General William Barr pushed back at complaints over his handling of the Trump-Russia investigation report and aimed his own criticism at the special counsel. Testifying for the first time since releasing Mueller’s report, Barr said he was surprised Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether President Donald Trump had tried to obstruct justice, and that he felt […]

  • Nurse charged with sexually assaulting woman in vegetative state who gave birth

    PHOENIX — A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman in a vegetative state who then gave birth last month at a Phoenix health care facility, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said Wednesday. Nathan Sutherland, a licensed practical nurse who was caring for the woman at the Hacienda HealthCare facility, has been arrested and is being booked on preliminary charges of sexual assault and vulnerable-adult abuse, Williams said on Wednesday. Williams confirmed Sutherland worked at […]

  • Petition challenges may delay start of early voting in mayoral election

    WGN Investigates CHICAGO — The February mayoral election highlights how complicated it can be to get on a ballot. Usually candidates with the most money can put on a strong plan to gather the signatures needed—but those petitions are often challenged. A potential candidate needs 12,500 signatures to get in the ballot for the mayoral race—one of the highest amounts in the country. In a race for alderman, it’s 473. WGN Investigates’ Lourdes Duarte explains the process that could delay […]

  • White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

    WASHINGTON — Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties. Without a resolution, parts of the federal government will shut down at midnight Friday. President Donald Trump kept up the pressure on Democrats on Monday, tweeting: “Time for us to save billions of dollars a year and have, at the same time, far greater […]

  • Owner of suburban car dealership closes shop, leaves customers with few answers

    WGN Investigates ROSELLE, Ill. — Buying a car is never easy, but what should’ve been a simple deal turned into a headache for one man. Chris Knoll was in the market for a used vehicle when he found Clover Motors in Roselle. He paid $6,500 for a 2007 Ford Escape. “I figure go to a small mom and pop shop and help out local economy, local mechanic who’s flipping cars would be a good thing,” Knoll said. When he tried to […]

  • Website that helps people have affairs pushes to get more Chicago customers

    CHICAGO — The website Ashley Madison made headlines in 2015 when the names of users were revealed by hackers. The story led to an $11.2 million settlement with customers. Now the website is running under new management and they are pushing to make gains in the Chicago market. Billboards are up throughout the city with the tag line “Life is Short.  Have An Affair” and it’s likely that you’ll see others. New president Ruben Buell said that within the first […]

  • US asks Turkey for recording evidence in regard to Jamal Khashoggi disappearance

    ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times local): 11:25 p.m. America’s top military officer has met with Saudi Arabia’s defense chief amid deteriorating relations between the two nations after the disappearance and apparent death of a Saudi journalist who lived in the U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met Wednesday […]

  • Rauner blames illegal immigration for Chicago crime during debate with Pritzker

    CHICAGO – With just under a month left until elections, Democrat J.B. Pritzker and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner met face-to-face Tuesday and tackled everything from illegal immigration to Mike Madigan during at a debate in front of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board. Rauner blamed illegal immigration for unemployment and crime in Chicago and accused of Pritzker of wanting Illinois to have sanctuary cities. “…massive numbers of illegal immigrants take jobs away from American and Chicago citizens,” Rauner said. “Union workers […]

  • Nurse hailed as hero after saving Chicago Ridge man’s life at gym

    CHICAGO RIDGE, Ill. – A man from Chicago Ridge is grateful to be alive after he had a heart attack at the gym, but was resuscitated by a nurse who happened to be at the same location. Hank Gnaidek, 66, believes that if it weren’t for nurse Krista Ryan, he wouldn’t be here today. “There were tears in my eyes. She was my Guardian Angel,” he said. Gnaidek was working out at a gym around 6 a.m. two weeks ago. […]

  • Bouncy houses grow in popularity, but also come with possibility of injuries

    WGN Investigates Inflatable amusement parks continue to grow in popularity.  There are more than a dozen in the Chicago area and across the country. The increase in inflatables, or bouncy houses, also comes with an increase in injuries. In 2016, there were an estimated 20,700 injuries nationwide linked to the popular inflatable structures. WGN Investigates tracked down the local emergency calls coming in to dispatch centers about the inflatable amusement parks. Here’s the transcription from just a few of those 911 calls: “I […]

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