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A Missouri legislator was robbed days before taking office. At sentencing, that legislator spoke on the robber’s behalf and offered to help rehabilitate him. 
Chicago police officers won't face criminal charges for the fatal 2016 shooting of Paul O'Neal, prosecutors said today. O'Neal, 18, was unarmed and shot in the back after a car chase. A body camera didn't record the shooting. Our story from '16: 
RT @StarTribune: 'Coats, hats and gloves:' Minneapolis kids rap tips for Super Bowl guests
The @USCG icebreaker we were riding on has freed 47 boats from the ice already this winter — sometimes four or five in a single day. Its crew managed to get a thousand-foot freighter moving with just a few passes. 
Here’s what it looked like from the deck of the Coast Guard’s Mackinaw.
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