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Dec 19, 2014

Child being observed at Chicago hospital to rule out Ebola

CHICAGO, Dec 19 (Reuters) – A child who arrived in Chicago
with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital
to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials said.

Federal officials screening arriving passengers at O’Hare
International Airport detected the fever, but no other symptoms
of the disease, the University of Chicago Medical Center said in
a statement.

Dec 19, 2014

Five dead, dozens ill from bacteria linked to caramel apples

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Five people have died and 21 others have been hospitalized in recent weeks in a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples, federal health officials said on Friday.

A total of 28 people infected with listeria have been reported from 10 states, according to a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Dec 19, 2014

Child under observation at Chicago hospital to rule out Ebola

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A child who arrived in Chicago with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials said.

Federal officials screening arriving passengers at O’Hare International Airport detected the fever but no other symptoms of the disease, the University of Chicago Medical Center said in a statement.

Dec 17, 2014

Chicago area landlord gets life in prison for deadly arson fire

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A suburban Chicago landlord has been sentenced to life in prison for setting a fire that killed seven people, including four children, in a scheme to cash in on property insurance, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Lawrence Myers, 64, of Cicero, west of Chicago, had been convicted by a jury in November on seven counts of murder for his role in the 2010 blaze.

Dec 17, 2014
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No room at the inn? U.S. atheists see holiday displays vandalized

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(“Beware of Dogma” billboard of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin, 19 Nov 2008/Jeffrey M. Dean)

Holiday hooliganism is no longer limited to thieves running off with baby Jesus from a nativity scene or vandals throwing eggs at mangers.

Dec 12, 2014

No room at the inn? Atheists see holiday displays vandalized

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Holiday hooliganism is no longer limited to thieves running off with baby Jesus from a nativity scene or vandals throwing eggs at mangers.

Atheist decorations also have become a target for destruction after their addition to some public forums in recent years as a counter-argument to menorahs and creches, a Wisconsin-based secularist group said on Friday.

Dec 11, 2014

Chicago cop to be disciplined for playing ‘Alabama’ song at protest

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police said on Thursday that the officer who blasted the song “Sweet Home Alabama” out of his squad car last weekend during a racial equality march will be disciplined.

The 1974 song by the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has been taken by some as supporting former Alabama Governor George Wallace, a segregationist, but members of the band have said the lyrics were misunderstood.

Dec 10, 2014

Alleged head of Chicago branch of Mexican drug cartel arrested

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The alleged head of the Chicago-area branch of a Mexican drug cartel faces federal charges with seven others for a plot that involved carrying heroin and cocaine from Mexico to the United States in passenger buses, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Pablo Vega Cuevas, 40, who prosecutors say leads the local cell of the Guerreros Unidos cartel, and his brother-in-law, Alexander Figueroa, 37, both of Aurora, Illinois, were arrested on Tuesday in Oklahoma, and three others were arrested in the Chicago area. Arrest warrants have been issued for three others, including one believed to be in Mexico.

Dec 10, 2014

Three arrested for vandalizing Mary, Joseph statues in Chicago suburb

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Suburban Chicago police have arrested three male juveniles for taking the heads off statues of Mary and Joseph in the garden of a Catholic church during the weekend, officials said on Wednesday.

One of the three was heard yelling “Long live Satan!” while committing the vandalism at St. Odilo in west suburban Berwyn. The vandals also knocked down a statue of Jesus and threw eggs at a Nativity scene in front of the church, said city administrator Brian Pabst.

Dec 9, 2014

Chicago police investigating rape allegation against Uber driver

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police said on Tuesday they are investigating an allegation that a driver for the online car service Uber raped a female customer.

Chicago police said in a statement that they have been in contact with the woman as well as Uber personnel, but declined to give further details.