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Oct 14, 2015

U.S. agency warned consumers on ‘herbal Viagra’ linked to Odom

CHICAGO, Oct 14 (Reuters) – U.S. health authorities warned
consumers recently about dangers of so-called herbal Viagra,
non-prescription products sold to enhance sexual performance,
reportedly used by former professional basketball player Lamar
Odom, who is in critical condition in a Las Vegas hospital. The
cause of Odom’s collapse is not known.

The hospital has not commented on his condition, but
entertainment website TMZ.com reported that Odom was on life
support after collapsing in a legal brothel in Nevada on

Oct 14, 2015

FDA warned consumers recently on ‘herbal Viagra’ linked to Odom

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. health authorities warned consumers recently about the dangers of so-called herbal Viagra – non-prescription products sold to enhance sexual performance – reportedly used by former NBA star Lamar Odom, who is in critical condition in a Nevada hospital.

Entertainment website TMZ.com reported Odom was on life support after collapsing in a legal brothel in Nevada on Tuesday. Brothel owner Dennis Hof said in an email that staff there had reported Odom was taking herbal sexual enhancement capsules.

Oct 9, 2015

In Chicago, Cubs baseball fans dare to dream as playoffs begin

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Every Chicago Cubs fan can recite the bitter moments over decades past when they dared to hope their eternally doomed team would make the playoffs or even win a World Series, only to see catastrophe strike.

This year Cubs followers are shedding hardened layers of pessimism as the team – which has not won a World Series in more than a century and has not played in one since 1945 – heads into the post-season against arch-rivals the St. Louis Cardinals.

Oct 8, 2015

Hope for the best, expect catastrophe – Chicago Cubs fans savor wild-card win

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Cubs fans savored a rare moment of post-season victory on Wednesday after star pitcher Jake Arrieta led the team to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, a wild-card game shut-out that allows the Cubs to proceed in the play-offs.

Cubs fans have had a unique history of misery – the professional baseball team has gone without a World Series win since 1908, when Theodore Roosevelt was president.

Oct 1, 2015

Federal appeals court hears arguments on Wisconsin abortion law

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Federal appeals court judges on Thursday
challenged Wisconsin to defend its suspended law requiring
abortion doctors to have privileges to admit patients to a
nearby hospital, in a case that could help propel abortion
rights back to the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge William Conley in March blocked the
Wisconsin law that requires doctors to have admitting privileges
at a hospital located within 30 miles (50 km) of his or her
practice. Conley ruled the health benefits, if any, of the law
were outweighed by the burden on women’s health due to
restricted access to abortions.

Sep 30, 2015

Thousands line up for rare corpse flower bloom near Chicago

, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Thousands of curiosity
seekers lined up in the blustery, dark Chicago Botanic Garden on
Tuesday night to catch a rare glimpse of a 4-1/2-foot
(1.4-meter) tall corpse flower in full bloom, but not in full

The garden in a north Chicago suburb planned to stay open
until 2 a.m. on Wednesday to let the crowds see the blooming
corpse flower – properly known as the titan arum or
Amorphophallus titanum – during the 24 to 36 hours it is
expected to stay in bloom.

Sep 28, 2015

Ex-House Speaker Hastert negotiating plea deal: U.S. attorney

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers for former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert are negotiating a possible plea deal on charges that he tried to hide large cash transactions as part of a hush-money scheme, a top Illinois U.S. attorney said on Monday.

Hastert, 73, was charged in May with illegally structuring large withdrawals of cash to evade detection. Federal prosecutors allege he promised to pay $3.5 million to an unnamed individual from his hometown of Yorkville, Illinois, to conceal past misconduct. He has pleaded not guilty.

Sep 28, 2015

Missouri AG finds no evidence Planned Parenthood mishandled fetal tissue

By Fiona Ortiz

(Reuters) – An investigation in Missouri found no evidence
that Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis clinic mishandled fetal
tissue or engaged in unlawful activity, Attorney General Chris
Koster’s office said on Monday.

Koster’s office had launched an investigation after an
anti-abortion group released videos over the summer alleging
that Planned Parenthood in other states illegally sold fetal

Sep 23, 2015

Chicago man arrested, charged in connection with Bali suitcase murder

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago man was arrested on Wednesday for his long-distance role in the August 2014 murder of Chicago-area woman Sheila von Wiese-Mack, who was killed in Bali by her daughter’s boyfriend and stuffed into a suitcase, prosecutors said.

Robert Bibbs, 24, is charged with conspiracy in the murder because he advised the killer in hope of sharing in an inheritance, according to charges brought by federal prosecutors.

Sep 23, 2015

Gacy probe leads to closing of 1979 Chicago missing persons case

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A John Doe murdered in San Francisco in 1979 has been identified as a teenager who went missing in Chicago a year earlier, thanks to ongoing efforts to identify victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, the Cook County sheriff said on Wednesday.

Andre “Andy” Garth, 16 when he disappeared, was not a victim of Gacy, Chicago’s so-called Killer Clown who murdered 33 young men in the 1970s.

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      "Fiona Ortiz is a general news correspondent for Reuters Americas based in Chicago and covering the Midwest. Previously, she was Reuters' chief correspondent in Madrid, where she covered political and economic news and ran a bureau of some 25 correspondents who wrote about everything from the debt crisis to sports. Fiona has been with Reuters since 1996 and has had assignments in Guatemala, Mexico, Chile and Argentina."
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