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These US Cities Are Heaven for Mosquitoes

Los Angeles tops Orkin's top 50 list

(Newser) - Time to break out the repellent: Mosquito season is bearing down upon us. Pest control company Orkin wanted to see which cities in America have the most issues with the flying pests, so it analyzed the numbers on how many customers it provided residential mosquito treatments to in major metro...

10 Best US Cities for Vacation Destinations

Atlanta takes the top spot on WalletHub's travel destinations list

(Newser) - Atlanta in July? That's the No. 1 pick by WalletHub for US cities that double as excellent summer vacay destinations. The site looked at 100 of the most populated cities in America, using more than three dozen metrics in six key areas: travel costs and hassles (including delays); what...

Chicago's 'Rat Hole' Is No More
Chicago Kills Its 'Rat Hole'

Chicago Kills Its 'Rat Hole'

Questionable landmark, an imprint of a rat on a sidewalk, is removed by DOT

(Newser) - The "rat hole" is gone. A Chicago sidewalk landmark some residents affectionately called the "rat hole" was removed Wednesday after city officials determined the section bearing the imprint of an animal was damaged and needed to be replaced, reports the AP . The imprint has been a quirk of...

Jesse Jackson's Successor Exits Civil Rights Organization

He'd taken over leadership of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, founded by Jackson in 1971

(Newser) - The successor to the Rev. Jesse Jackson at the civil rights leader's Rainbow PUSH Coalition is stepping down from the organization after less than three months. The Rev. Frederick Haynes III, a Dallas pastor, tells the AP he submitted his resignation Tuesday. "I remain committed to honoring the...

Woman Who Cut Baby Out of Mom's Womb Sentenced

Both the young mom and the infant died in horrific Chicago crime

(Newser) - A Chicago woman accused of luring a pregnant teenager to her home and cutting her baby from her womb with a butcher knife nearly five years ago pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday and was sentenced to 50 years in prison, the AP reports. Clarisa Figueroa, 51, seated in a wheelchair...

Chicago Shooting Kills 7-Year-Old Girl, Wounds 7

Two shooters open fire on family gathering

(Newser) - Eight people were shot including a young girl who was killed in what Chicago police believe was gang-related violence on the city's South Side on Saturday night, per the AP . The 7-year-old girl was shot in the head and died, while a 1-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy were...

Chicago Sues Glock
Chicago Is Taking
Glock to Court

Chicago Is Taking Glock to Court

Lawsuit says it's too easy to convert pistols to illegal machine guns

(Newser) - The city of Chicago sued Glock Inc. on Tuesday, alleging the handgun manufacturer is facilitating the proliferation of illegal machine guns that can fire as many as 1,200 rounds per minute on the streets of the city. The lawsuit alleges Glock unreasonably endangers Chicagoans by manufacturing and selling semiautomatic...

129K Kids in Chicago Exposed to Lead in Water
68% of Kids
in Chicago
Exposed to
Lead in Water

68% of Kids in Chicago Exposed to Lead in Water

That's 129K children under 6, researchers say

(Newser) - More than two-thirds of kids aged 5 or younger in Chicago are exposed to lead in drinking water, which can mean many harmful consequences, according to a new study. The Guardian previously analyzed 24,000 city water tests, finding water from a third of homes contained lead above 5 parts...

Chicago Won't Renew ShotSpotter Contract
Chicago Drops ShotSpotter

Chicago Drops ShotSpotter

Mayor says city won't renew contract with provider of controversial detection system

(Newser) - Chicago won't renew its ShotSpotter contract and plans to stop using the controversial gunshot detection system later this year, Mayor Brandon Johnson's office announced Tuesday. The system, which relies on an artificial intelligence algorithm and network of microphones to identify gunshots, has been criticized for inaccuracy, racial bias,...

Children's Hospital Has Suspect in Cyberattack

Chicago's Lurie says a 'known criminal threat actor' is to blame

(Newser) - A large children's hospital in Chicago remains hobbled by a cyberattack that began more than a week ago, cutting doctors and nurses off from digital patient records and limiting parents' ability to communicate with their kids' caregivers. Officials at Lurie Children's Hospital said Thursday that they are still...

Suspect in Chicago Shooting Spree That Killed 8 Dies in Texas

Romeo Nance, 23, shot himself in confrontation with police

(Newser) - A man suspected of shooting and killing eight people in suburban Chicago is believed to have fatally shot himself after a confrontation with law enforcement officials in Texas, police said late Monday. Police in Joliet, Illinois, said on Facebook that at about 8:30pm Central time 23-year-old Romeo Nance was...

These Are the Most, Least Active US Cities

Honolulu takes the top spot on WalletHub's list, while North Las Vegas comes in last

(Newser) - If you haven't ditched your New Year's fitness resolutions yet and are looking for the best place to help them come to fruition, WalletHub has some insight on that. To seek out the cities in America with the most active lifestyles, the site pulled out the 100 most...

Texas Sidesteps NYC Rule About Busing Migrants

Migrants now being bused to New Jersey and given train tickets to New York

(Newser) - In response to migrants being sent to New York City from southern states, Mayor Eric Adams last week issued an order requiring charter bus companies to provide city officials with drop-off times, locations, and lists of passengers at least 32 hours in advance. The bus companies quickly found a workaround....

This Is America's Most Christmas-y City

Atlanta is No. 1 on WalletHub's list of where the spirit of the season shines, affordably

(Newser) - Looking to get your Yule on? WalletHub has sought out the cities across the US where celebrating Christmas doesn't have to break the bank. The site looked at 100 of the nation's largest cities, tapping into more than two dozen metrics in five main categories: traditions and fun,...

Chicago Got Tough on Migrant Buses. Texas Turned to Planes

First flight arrived Tuesday with 120 migrants

(Newser) - Texas has begun flying migrants from the US-Mexico border to Chicago after the city took a tougher stance on the buses that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has been sending north since last year, the AP reports. The first flight of 120 migrants arrived Tuesday, according to Abbott's office. The...

Inmate Convicted on Blind Man's Eyewitness Testimony Is Freed

Darien Harris released from prison after 12 years behind bars

(Newser) - Darien Harris is a free man, a dozen years after he was convicted of murder based largely on the eyewitness testimony of a man who'd been legally blind for more than a decade before testifying in the trial. Prosecutors originally said they'd retry Harris after a judge vacated...

He Wanted to Be a Cop, Ended Up Wrongfully Imprisoned

Brian Beals, 57, spent 35 years behind bars in 'egregious' case

(Newser) - A Chicago man who spent 35 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit was freed Tuesday after a judge vacated his conviction and dismissed all charges. Brian Beals, 57, struggled to find the right words to describe his feelings as he stood outside Robinson Correctional Center in...

This Is the Most Fun City in America

Las Vegas tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - "Work hard, play hard" isn't just a Wiz Khalifa song—it's the mantra of many a worker who needs hard-core recreation to look forward to to get through the workweek. That kind of fun is easy to find in certain cities, per WalletHub , which looked at 182...

Can $500 a Month for a Year Change a Life?
What Happened When Chicago
Gave Her $500 a Month

What Happened When Chicago Gave Her $500 a Month

A look at how one woman's life was impacted by the yearlong Resilient Communities Pilot

(Newser) - You hear about them every so often: pilot programs that give a select group of people a guaranteed income for a specific amount of time in a quest to see if such an approach can make a difference in the fight against poverty. In a deep dive for Chicago Magazine ...

Commuter Train Crashes, Injuring Dozens

(Newser) - A commuter train collided with rail equipment Thursday morning in Chicago, injuring nearly 40 people, some of them critically, fire officials said. The city's Fire Department said the Chicago Transit Authority train crashed into snow-removal equipment just before 10:35am on the North Side near the Howard CTA station....

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