CHICAGO, May 24 (Reuters) – Forecasters put seven states on
alert for severe weather on Thursday, saying a storm system
brewing in the Upper Mississippi Valley could spawn tornadoes
later in the day.
But the dangerous conditions Thursday were expected to
dissipate overnight and give way to sunny, summer-like
conditions across much of the country for the long Memorial Day
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A judge on Wednesday gave prosecutors more time to assemble their case against two men arrested on terrorism-related and possession of explosives charges ahead of the NATO summit.
Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, is charged with making a false terrorist threat, and Mark Neiweem, 28, is charged with attempted possession of explosives or incendiary devices in the days leading up the North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting on Sunday and Monday, which drew thousands of protesters to Chicago.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A judge postponed a preliminary hearing in Chicago on Tuesday for three men arrested last week ahead of a NATO summit on terrorism-related charges to give prosecutors more time to assemble the case against them.
The suspects, Brent Betterly, 24, Jared Chase, 27, and Brian Church, 20 – each being held on $1.5 million bond – appeared before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr., who granted a prosecution request and postponed the hearing until June 12.
CHICAGO, May 21 (Reuters) – Anti-war protests in Chicago
dwindled on Monday to a few hundred people at the headquarters
of U.S. defense contractor Boeing and President Barack Obama’s
re-election headquarters as the two-day summit of the NATO
military alliance ended.
Between 200 and 300 demonstrators, some throwing paper
planes, gathered in a festive atmosphere at airplane maker
Boeing. The turnout was a fraction of the thousands who
attended a march on Sunday where dozens were arrested and a
number of protesters and police injured during fierce clashes.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Two more men have been arrested in Chicago for threatening behavior before a NATO summit, bringing to five the number of people charged with terrorism-related activities or possessing explosive devices in the days leading up to the meeting of the military alliance.
Chicago resident Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, was accused of falsely making a terrorist threat, and Mark Neiweem, 28, also of Chicago, was charged with attempted possession of explosives or incendiary devices.
CHICAGO, May 20 (Reuters) – Chicago police trying to keep
the peace during the NATO summit may face their biggest test on
Sunday when thousands of demonstrators were expected to march
near the site where leaders of the military alliance begin a
Previous protests in the runup to the summit Sunday and
Monday have been lively but peaceful, resulting in fewer than
two dozen arrests over the past six days, according to the
Chicago Police Department.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The NATO summit this weekend will severely test Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who lobbied hard to win the meeting of some 60 leaders, including heads of the 28 countries in the alliance.
Will he deliver a well managed stage on which his friend and former boss President Barack Obama can act as international statesman?
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. meat industry on Thursday defended an additive that critics have called “meat glue,” saying the enzymes are safe, natural and not being used to deceive consumers.
Recent reports have highlighted how meat processors use the enzymes, formally known as transglutaminase and beef fibrin, to bind smaller cuts of beef and pork and form consistently sized, uniformly shaped larger steaks.
(Reuters) – Actor George Lindsey, who played bumbling Goober Pyle on the 1960s TV series “The Andy Griffith Show,” died on Sunday. He was 83.
Lindsey died in Nashville, Tennessee, after a brief illness, according to a statement from the Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Iowa man was convicted on Friday of mailing pipe bombs and threatening letters to investment companies in a failed bid to get the firms to artificially drive up the value of certain stocks.
A jury in federal court in Chicago found John Tomkins, a 47-year-old machinist from Dubuque, guilty of one count of using a destructive device while mailing a threatening communication, two counts of possessing an unregistered destructive device, and nine counts of mailing a threatening communication.