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Nov 5, 2015

Boy shot dead in Chicago was targeted in gang rivalry: police

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A 9-year-old boy targeted by a gang was lured to an alley and shot dead earlier this week in what police on Thursday called a new low in Chicago’s gang violence.

Initially, police had believed that the fourth grader, Tyshawn Lee, was killed in crossfire.

Nov 5, 2015

Chicago teachers take practice vote for possible strike

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Chicago public school teachers, negotiating a
new contract amid severe statewide budget troubles, plan to take
a practice strike vote on Thursday to prepare for a possible
walk-out in response to budget cuts, a union official said.

The purpose of the vote in the nation’s third-largest city
is to test both the process of collecting the vote and teacher
sentiment as negotiations with school officials continue, said
Jesse Sharkey, vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union.

Nov 4, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court halts execution of Missouri man

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday halted the
execution of a Missouri man who murdered three people in a
convenience store robbery in 1994 to allow an appeal on whether
he may suffer undue pain from the lethal injection drug due to a
medical condition.

Ernest Johnson, 55, was scheduled to die by lethal injection
at the state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri. The U.S. Supreme
Court on Tuesday rejected a separate motion to halt the
execution.

Nov 3, 2015

Missouri scheduled to execute man for 1994 triple murder

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Missouri on Tuesday plans to execute a man who murdered three people in the robbery of a convenience store in 1994.

Ernest Lee Johnson, 55, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at around 6 p.m. at the state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri, unless granted clemency by the state’s governor or the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear his case.

Nov 3, 2015

Americans becoming less religious, especially young adults -poll

Nov 3 (Reuters) – Americans are becoming less religious,
judging by such markers as church attendance, prayer and belief
in God, and the trend is more pronounced among young adults,
according to a poll released on Tuesday.

The share of U.S. adults who say they believe in God, while
still high compared with other advanced industrial countries,
slipped to 89 percent in 2014 from 92 percent in 2007, according
to the Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Study.

Oct 28, 2015

Ex-U.S. House Speaker Hastert to plead guilty in hush-money case

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was expected to plead guilty on Wednesday morning in a hush-money case stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct.

The planned guilty plea in a Chicago federal court, first disclosed earlier this month, would mark a dramatic downfall for someone who once ranked among the country’s most powerful politicians.

Oct 27, 2015

Ex-House Speaker Hastert expected to plead guilty in hush-money case

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis
Hastert, once one of the most powerful men in the country, is
expected to plead guilty on Wednesday in a hush-money case
stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct from decades ago.

Hastert, 73, was charged by federal prosecutors in May with
trying to hide large cash transactions as part of a payoff
scheme and lying about it to the Federal Bureau of
Investigation.

Oct 26, 2015

Dog named Trigger shoots owner in the foot in Indiana

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – A dog named Trigger shot his 25-year-old owner in the foot in a bizarre accident that had Indiana officials on Monday reminding hunters to take safety lessons.

Allie Carter of Avilla was wounded during a waterfowl hunt on Saturday morning at the Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area in northern Indiana, according to Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Oct 18, 2015

Chicago boy, 6, accidentally shoots, kills brother, 3: police

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago man has been charged with child endangerment after his three-year-old son was shot and killed by his six-year-old brother while the two were playing, police said on Sunday.

The six-year-old found the loaded revolver on top of the refrigerator and shot little brother Eian Santiago in the head on Saturday evening, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The older brother’s name was not disclosed.

Oct 15, 2015

Ex-U.S. House Speaker Hastert to plead guilty in hush-money case

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has
reached a deal with prosecutors and is expected to plead guilty
to wrongdoing in a hush-money case, his lawyers told a federal
judge in Chicago on Thursday.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys did not say to which
charge he would plead, or whether Hastert, the Republican
speaker from 1999 to 2007, would serve time in prison.