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Jan 27, 2014

Brutally cold weather shuts schools, delays travel in U.S. Midwest

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Bitter cold and high winds surging down from the Arctic pushed wind chills to dangerous levels across the upper Midwest on Monday, forcing officials to close schools and warn drivers off roads, and slowing public transit and river traffic.

“We have a surge of Arctic high pressure out of Canada that has overspread the upper Midwest and central plains,” said Andrew Krein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s northern Illinois bureau.

Jan 24, 2014

Indiana highway reopens after deadly massive multi-vehicle crash

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An icy patch of interstate highway in northwest Indiana reopened on Friday after four dozen trucks and passenger vehicles were cleared from a massive crash that killed three people and injured about 20, officials said.

Snow and whiteout conditions contributed to the crash on eastbound Interstate 94 on Thursday afternoon near Michigan City, Indiana. The investigation into the pileup is expected to take at least several weeks, police said.

Jan 22, 2014
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U.S. lawyers make public Catholic clergy abuse documents in Chicago

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(Abuse victim Joe Iacono looks on during a news conference where thousands of documents on victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy from the Chicago Archdiocese were released in Chicago, Illinois, January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young)

Lawyers for victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy on Tuesday released thousands of related documents from the Chicago Archdiocese, the latest in a series of such disclosures in the Midwest.

Jan 21, 2014

Decades of sex abuse by Chicago priests outlined in documents

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago Archdiocese had a practice of moving priests accused of sexual abuse to new parishes, where they committed more abuse against children, according to documents released on Tuesday by lawyers representing the victims.

The latest in a series of such abuse disclosures by Midwest church officials, the documents provided to lawyers by the nation’s third-largest Archdiocese concern 30 former priests accused of abusing minors during the last half century.

Jan 21, 2014

Trial to begin of three charged with planning attacks at NATO summit

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Opening statements are due to begin on Tuesday in the trial of three men accused of plotting to attack high-profile targets, including President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign headquarters, during the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago.

Brent Betterly, 25, Brian Church, 22, and Jared Chase, 29, are being prosecuted under an Illinois anti-terrorism law adopted after the September 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks.

Jan 21, 2014

Lawyers make public clergy abuse documents in Chicago

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Lawyers for victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy on Tuesday released thousands of related documents from the Chicago Archdiocese, the latest in a series of such disclosures in the Midwest.

The documents concern 30 former Chicago-area priests accused of abusing minors during the last half century, according to the Archdiocese, one of the largest in the United States with 2.2 million Catholics.

Jan 15, 2014

Body recovered from Chicago River thought to be missing student

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A body recovered on Wednesday from the Chicago River is believed to be that of a young woman who tried to help a friend after he fell into the icy waters while trying to retrieve a mobile phone.

Chicago police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office could not immediately confirm the identity, but the body was found in the area where Lauren Li, 21, a University of Minnesota honors student, went missing.

Jan 14, 2014

Beanie Babies creator gets probation for tax evasion

CHICAGO, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The billionaire creator of
Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, will serve two years of probation,
including mentoring high school students, following his guilty
plea on a tax evasion charge, but no jail time, a federal judge
ruled on Tuesday.

Warner, 69, who pleaded guilty in October, told U.S.
District Court Judge Charles Kocoras in Chicago that he was
sorry, and called it the biggest mistake of his life. Warner
already had agreed to pay a civil penalty of nearly $53.6
million.

Jan 14, 2014

Beanie Babies creator faces sentencing for tax evasion

CHICAGO, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The billionaire creator of
Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, could face up to five years in prison
when he is sentenced in Chicago federal court on Tuesday on his
guilty plea for tax evasion.

Warner, 69, who in 2013 was ranked as the 209th richest
American by Forbes, “went to great lengths” to hide from his
accountants and the Internal Revenue Service more than $3.1
million in foreign income generated in a secret Swiss bank
account, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago.

Jan 13, 2014

One dead, one missing in Chicago River after man drops phone

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An effort to retrieve a dropped cell phone ended in tragedy on Monday when a 26-year-old man died after falling into the icy Chicago River near downtown Chicago, and a 21-year-old woman who was with him was presumed dead after also going into the river, police said.

Another man who was with the two young adults was pulled from the river by rescue workers and was hospitalized, Chicago Police Officer Mike Sullivan said.