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Feb 4, 2014

U.S. criminals exonerated in 2013 climbs to record high: study

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – The number of U.S. criminals exonerated in 2013 climbed to a record high of 87, many of which were cleared due to DNA evidence or proof that the police forced a confession, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The states with the most exonerations last year were Texas, Illinois and New York, according to the National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Michigan Law School.

Jan 31, 2014

Nephew of Chicago’s Daley pleads guilty to causing 2004 death

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter on Friday for causing the 2004 death of a suburban Chicago man during a drunken fight, according to the prosecutor.

The case sparked controversy in the nation’s third-largest city because of a long-running Chicago Sun-Times investigation into why Richard J. Vanecko was not charged when he threw a punch that took the life of David Koschman, 21.

Jan 29, 2014

Man convicted on terror charges for 2012 Michigan shooting spree

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – A Michigan man was convicted on Wednesday of terrorism charges for a three-day October 2012 shooting spree on a busy interstate highway that injured one person and earned him the nickname “I-96 shooter,” prosecutors said.

A Livingston County jury found Raulie Casteel, 44, guilty of Michigan terrorism charges based on 23 attacks, as well as assault with a dangerous weapon, firing a weapon from a vehicle and other felony weapons charges.

Jan 27, 2014

Brutal cold shuts schools, delays travel in U.S. Midwest

CHICAGO, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Bitter cold and high winds
surging down from the Arctic pushed wind chills to dangerous
lows across the U.S. upper Midwest on Monday, forcing officials
to close schools and warn drivers off roads, and slowing public
transit and river traffic.

Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and other parts of the upper
Midwest are forecast to have two consecutive days of subzero
highs on Monday and Tuesday, while most of the Northeast will
see highs in the single digits and teens on Tuesday and
Wednesday, according to Accuweather.com.

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.