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Stolen Car Triggers Fatal Pileup in Chicago

Fire Department rep says crash involving 8 vehicles is 'among the worst' he's seen

(Newser) - A car speeding the wrong way down a Chicago street smashed into numerous vehicles at an intersection on Wednesday, bursting into flames and leaving the two occupants dead inside. Outside, there was chaos with several people injured across seven vehicles, including children. "This is a really bad crash,"...

Obama Center Construction Halts After Noose Is Found

Builder puts up $100K reward for information

(Newser) - Construction on the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago was stopped Thursday after a noose was found on the site. Chicago police have begun an investigation, and the builder has offered a $100,000 reward for information that helps identify the person responsible for what it called a "shameful act,...

He Slaughtered 6 Relatives, Including His 2 Young Cousins

Diego Uribe Cruz sentenced to life over 2016 murders

(Newser) - A judge on Monday sentenced a man to life in prison for killing six members of his family, including two young boys, inside their Chicago home in 2016, the AP reports. A jury last month found Diego Uribe Cruz guilty of six counts of first-degree murder in the slayings in...

At Least 14 Injured in Halloween Shooting

3 children are among the injured on Chicago street

(Newser) - At least 14 people, including three children, were injured in a drive-by shooting in Chicago's Garfield Park neighborhood on Halloween night, police said. The youngest victims are a 3-year-old, an 11-year-old, and a teenager who may be 13 years old, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said, per the AP...

Chicago Drivers Can Now Get Anti-Carjacking Stickers

They warn that vehicle will be tracked as soon as it is reported stolen

(Newser) - Chicago is the carjacking capital of America, but authorities hope stickers will help turn things around. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says owners of cars made after 2014 can register for stickers that warn would-be carjackers that the vehicle is part of a tracking program, Axios reports. Drivers signing up...

Congrats, NYC: You're Not the 'Rattiest' City in America

Chicago takes that honor in rankings by Orkin pest control company; the Big Apple comes in 2nd

(Newser) - Think "rats in the city," and many people are likely to envision the rodents who creep around in the Big Apple's alleyways and subway system. It's not New York City, though, but Chicago atop Orkin's list of the "rattiest" cities in America. USA Today...

Chicago Cops Shoot Intruder at SWAT Training Session
SWAT Training Intruder
Charged With 8 Felonies

SWAT Training Intruder Charged With 8 Felonies

Donald Patrick charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, burglary in Chicago incident

(Newser) - Update: A man who allegedly broke in to a Chicago police facility Monday—and was shot after grabbing two guns off a table during a SWAT team training session—has been charged with eight felonies. Donald Patrick, a 47-year-old Waukegan resident, has been charged with five counts of aggravated assault...

3-Year-Old Dies After Horrific Alleged Push by Aunt

Victoria Moreno shoved 3-year-old Josiah Brown off Chicago pier, watched him sink, prosecutors say

(Newser) - Update: A 3-year-old boy who authorities say was pushed off Chicago's Navy Pier into Lake Michigan by his aunt has died, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has announced, per the Chicago Sun-Times . The child, identified as Josiah Brown, was pronounced dead just after 10:15am on Sunday,...

'I Woke Up to My Windows Gone, Front Door Blown Open'

8 people were rushed to area hospitals after explosion at Chicago apartment building

(Newser) - Eight people were rushed to hospitals after being injured when an explosion Tuesday tore through the top floor of a Chicago apartment building, officials said. The explosion at the 36-unit, four-story apartment building in the South Austin neighborhood occurred about 9am, officials said. Chicago Fire Department Deputy Chief Marc Ferman...

Lollapalooza Guard Accused of Ill-Chosen Attempt to Ditch Work

Janya Williams, 18, allegedly sent message to co-worker about a supposed shooting threat

(Newser) - A teen security guard for the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago last week has been arrested after allegedly making a phony mass-shooting threat so she could try to clock out early. Per the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times , Cook County prosecutors say Janya Williams, 18, was working the fest on...

After She Spoke of 'Toxic' Marriage, a Murder-Suicide

Sania Khan said stigma in South Asian communities make it hard for women to flee unhealthy relationships

(Newser) - After his ex-wife discussed their "toxic" marriage and divorce on TikTok, a Georgia man allegedly drove 11 hours, shot and killed the woman, then turned the gun on himself as cops closed in. That's according to Chicago police, who heard a gunshot and a groan as they arrived...

NASCAR Plans Race Through Downtown Chicago

Street race will mark NASCAR's 75th season next year

(Newser) - NASCAR will celebrate its 75th season with an unprecedented street race through downtown Chicago in yet another radical change to the once staid schedule. The Cup Series will race against the backdrop of Lake Michigan and Grant Park next July 2 in the debut race of a three-year deal with...

Police: Parade Shooting Was Planned Weeks in Advance
Police: Parade Shooting Was
Planned Weeks in Advance
the rundown

Police: Parade Shooting Was Planned Weeks in Advance

Authorities have to yet talk about a potential motive

(Newser) - Authorities provided an update Tuesday on the investigation into Monday's parade shooting in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, but the big question continues to elude them—why? "We have no information to suggest at this point it was racially motivated, motivated by religion, or any other protected...

After Parade Shooting, 2 Jarring Comparisons
After Parade Shooting,
2 Jarring Comparisons
the rundown

After Parade Shooting, 2 Jarring Comparisons

Doctor and senator say gunfire, resulting injuries were like those in war

(Newser) - Monday's mass shooting at a parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park has led to some disturbing comparisons:
  • Like war: "Those are wartime injuries," Dr. David Baum, who treated victims after the shooting, tells CNN . "Those are what are seen in victims of war, not

Yelp Rebuffs Hybrid 'Hell,' Closes 3 of Its Offices

Company makes bigger push toward remote work by closing NYC, Chicago, DC campuses

(Newser) - Many employers are still resistant to telecommuting, even after two years of a pandemic during which distance work became more the rule than the exception. Yelp isn't one of them. The AP reports that the crowd-sourced reviews site will be closing its Chicago, New York City, and DC offices...

Daring Rescue Rewarded: 'We Need More Anthonys in the World'

Chicago man Anthony Perry, 20, pulled a man off electrified rail at subway station

(Newser) - A Chicago man who jumped onto train tracks to rescue someone who'd fallen onto an electrified rail at an L station earned more than praise for his heroic act: He's also been given a car. Anthony Perry, 20, was surprised this week with a 2009 Audi A8 from...

Cops: Man Jumped to His Death From Chicago's Trump Tower

Man in his 40s has not been identified

(Newser) - Tragedy at Trump Tower: Police in Chicago say a man jumped to his death from the 16th floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in an apparent suicide just before noon on Wednesday, CBS Chicago reports. The man, believed to be 45 to 50 years old, jumped from the...

Suit: Boy, 13, Was Surrendering When Chicago Cops Shot Him

Family has sued over May 18 incident, which may leave the teen permanently paralyzed

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy shot in the back by a Chicago police officer on May 18 was unarmed and had his arms raised to surrender when he was hit by the bullet, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. The bullet severely damaged part of the Black teenager’s spine, possibly rendering...

Cops Offer Reward After Chicago's 'Walking Man' Set on Fire

Homeless man Joseph Kromelis, a city fixture for decades, was attacked while sleeping on street

(Newser) - A homeless man known to Chicago locals for decades as the "Walking Man" was severely burned this week after a brutal attack as he slept on the street. Police say 75-year-old Joseph Kromelis, was lying on the ground in the city's River North neighborhood around 3am Wednesday when...

Shoppers Run as Gunfire Erupts in Mall

A man was killed, police say, and 2 people were wounded

(Newser) - A shooting at a suburban Chicago shopping mall left one man dead and two other people wounded, including a teenage girl, while shoppers ran for cover, police said. A person of interest was taken into custody after the Friday night shooting at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago mall in Rosemont,...

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