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Chicago Police announce arrests in slayings of six family members

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - Police on Thursday announced the arrest of a 22-year man and his teenage girlfriend, who they say methodically killed six of the man's family members in their home on Chicago's Southwest Side in early February. The arrests of Diego Uribe and Jafeth Ramos, 19, come as Chicago is in the midst of an alarming surge of violence.

Census shows big U.S. cities continue to grow

usatoday.com — All but one of the nation's 20 largest cities saw their population grow last year, with metropolises like Austin, Denver and Houston among those seeing the most significant growth, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday.

Chicago cop who fatally shot Rekia Boyd resigns

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - A Chicago Police officer who killed an innocent bystander when he shot into a group of people during a 2012 incident resigned from the city's police department on Tuesday, stepping down from his post two days before the police board was set to hold a hearing that could have led to his firing.

Chicago mayor wants new oversight agency for troubled police department

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday announced plans for a major overhaul of how oversight of the troubled Chicago Police Department should be conducted.

Wife of Chicago cop in Laquan McDonald shooting: He's not a monster

usatoday.com — CHICAGO -The wife of a Chicago police officer awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge for a 2014 shooting that triggered racial tension in the city says her husband is not a "monster," but acknowledged he became emotionally closed off before the incident.

Minnesota trial of ISIL recruits could provide peak into terror group

usatoday.com — Federal prosecutors in Minneapolis on Wednesday began laying out their case against three young Somali-American men who allegedly plotted to join the Islamic State.

Voices: Can Cubs fans adjust to misery-free baseball?

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - My wife jokingly asked my 5-year-old daughter, as we tucked into our breakfast on Sunday, which section of the paper she thought I would reach for first. Of course, I grabbed the sports section before my little girl could answer.

Ferguson swears in new police chief

usatoday.com — The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson swore in a new police chief on Monday, turning to a veteran African-American officer from Miami to try to help the department rebound less than two years after racially-charged protests put the community in the international spotlight.

Prosecutor asks to recuse herself in Laquan McDonald case

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - The prosecutor in charge of the high-profile murder case against a Chicago police officer for the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald asked a judge Thursday to allow her to recuse herself and instead appoint a special prosecutor. The move by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez marks an about-face.

Chicago schools say transgender kids should use bathrooms matching identity

usatoday.com — CHICAGO- As the national debate over bathrooms for transgender people grows more contentious, Chicago Public Schools said its students, teachers and staff could use whichever restroom matches their gender identity. CPS officials are diving into the issue amid a torrent of legislation and ordinances across the country that calls for transgender people to use facilities matching their sex at birth.
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Sep 24, 2016

RT @emilynussbaum: You can’t plan to let God sort ‘em out. He’s completely disorganized as it is.

Sep 23, 2016

Obama vetoes terrorism lawsuit bill, setting up override battle  http://usat.ly/2d31415  via @USATODAY

Sep 22, 2016

RT @DanLinden: .@MelBrooks pretends to pull President Obama’s pants down after he receives National Medal of Arts at White House. https://t.co/tT6YFuokb3

Sep 22, 2016

Emanuel: Violence-plagued Chicago needs to bolster 'moral compass'  http://usat.ly/2dnLYYh  via @USATODAY

Sep 22, 2016

Speaker who offers benediction before Rahm's speech on violence in Chicago prays, "Lord, we need a miracle." https://t.co/6rPxqY6HDC

Sep 21, 2016

RT @CLTgov: CORRECTION UPDATE: Civilian who suffered gunshot wound during protests is on life support, critical condition. Not deceased.

Sep 21, 2016

RT @RPQuintanilla: @AamerISmad unless there are measures to help lift people out of poverty, hiring more police will have limited success.


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