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Chicago Police announce arrests in slayings of six family members — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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? — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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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Oct 26, 2016

Poll: Clinton builds lead in divided nation worried about Election Day violence  via @usatoday

Oct 26, 2016

Citing campaign tenor, school districts cancel class for Election Day  via @usatoday

Oct 26, 2016

On joining Ruth as only player to have 3 hits in consecutive WS openers, @benzobrist18 jokes "Me and the Babe. Basically the same guy."

Oct 26, 2016

RT @CarrieMuskat: #Cubs Zobrist is 2nd player to have 3 Hs in opening games of consecutive World Series. The other? Babe Ruth in 1927 and '28

Oct 25, 2016

@jvpmedia hot tickets always a commodity...Personally, I think u can get similar exhilaration enjoying the moment w/ fam/friends on couch

Oct 25, 2016

@jvpmedia i wish! but i'll happily root the cubs on from chicago.

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