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Nov 18, 2014

Indiana releases details on unidentified serial murder victim

CHICAGO (Reuters) – She was in her 30s or 40s, likely Hispanic, 5-feet 6-inches tall and has healed fractures in her nose. That is all authorities know about the woman believed to be a serial killer victim, whose skeletal remains were found a month ago in Gary, Indiana.

The Lake County coroner in northwestern Indiana released the scant details on Tuesday, hoping the information will lead to the identification of one of seven victims of Darren Vann, who has been charged so far in two murders.

Nov 12, 2014

U.S. veterinarians issue guidelines for handling pets exposed to Ebola

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An American veterinary group issued guidelines on Wednesday on how to handle and potentially quarantine pet cats and dogs that may have been exposed to humans with Ebola.

Dogs and cats are not known to be capable of getting or spreading Ebola. But Spanish health officials killed a dog belonging to a nurse who got Ebola, stirring widespread protest. U.S. authorities quarantined the dog of an American nurse with the virus.

Nov 6, 2014

Appeals court upholds gay marriage bans, reversing trend

By Fiona Ortiz

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, reversing the trend in federal courts to strike down such bans and piling pressure on the Supreme Court to take up the matter.

The ruling by the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is the first ruling by a federal appeals court upholding bans on same-sex marriage.

Nov 6, 2014

U.S. appeals court upholds gay marriage bans, reversing trend

Nov 6 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld
gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee,
reversing the trend in federal courts to strike down such bans
and piling pressure on the Supreme Court to take up the matter.

The ruling by the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is the
first ruling by a federal appeals court upholding bans on
same-sex marriage.

Nov 5, 2014

Illinois Democratic Governor Quinn concedes election to Republican Rauner

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Democratic Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday conceded the election to Republican challenger Bruce Rauner after a $100 million mud-slinging race that has put a wealthy political newbie in charge of the financially troubled state.

Unofficial results show Rauner took 51 percent of the vote with close to 100 percent of precincts reporting. Quinn trailed by about 157,000 votes, taking some 47 percent. Libertarian Chad Grimm took 3 percent.

Nov 5, 2014

Illinois prosecutors probing election-disrupting robocalls

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois state prosecutors are investigating robocalls that targeted Chicago election workers, causing voting snafus that have led Democratic Governor Pat Quinn to refuse to concede he lost his race to wealthy Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has launched a criminal investigation, her office said on Wednesday.

Nov 3, 2014

Chicago-area teen tried to take siblings to join Islamic State

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday ordered pre-trial detention for a Chicago-area 19-year-old accused of trying to fly with his two younger siblings to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State.

Mohammed Hamzah Khan of suburban Bolingbrook was arrested a month ago at O’Hare International Airport as he tried to board a plane to Turkey, and later charged with attempting to provide material support to a group the United States has designated a terrorist organization.

Oct 31, 2014

‘Tis the season: to tour Halloween light displays

, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Breathtaking
purple-and-orange light displays, zombie graveyards, mutilated
mannequins and singing inflatable pumpkins are just some of the
front-yard Halloween decorations that Americans are expected to
spend $7.4 billion on this year.

In the Chicago suburb of Naperville, the displays got so
elaborate that Annette Wehrli decided to set up a tour.

Oct 30, 2014

Apple’s Cook signals front line of new gay rights battle

By Dan Levine and Fiona Ortiz

(Reuters) – In his essay coming out as gay, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook criticized an Arizona proposal that would have given private business owners the ability to deny services to gay people on religious grounds.

Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward.

Oct 30, 2014

Illinois releases prisoner, bringing wrongful conviction full circle

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A celebrated Illinois wrongful conviction case went full circle on Thursday when authorities freed a man sentenced for a 1982 double murder and said they believe another man exonerated 15 years ago is probably the murderer after all.

Prisoner Alstory Simon, who in 1999 confessed to shooting and killing teenagers Marilyn Green and Jerry Hillard on Chicago’s South Side, was released from the Jacksonville Correctional Center in Central Illinois.

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      "Fiona Ortiz is Reuters' chief correspondent for Spain. She has also lived and worked as a journalist in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Portland, Oregon."
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