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Oct 4, 2013

U.S. Catholics back Pope Francis on changing church’s focus

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Pope Francis’ comments that the Catholic Church should not focus so much on homosexuality, abortion and contraception have met with strong approval from U.S. Catholics, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Friday.

Sixty-eight percent of American Catholics agree with comments the Pope made to that effect in an interview published last month in the Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica, while 23 percent disagreed, according to the poll. There was little difference in opinion between observant and less-observant Catholics, women and men, and among age groups, the poll found.

Oct 2, 2013

Model for Chicago Picasso sculpture could fetch $35 million: Christie’s

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A model for the cubist sculpture that Pablo Picasso gave to the city of Chicago could fetch as much as $35 million when it is sold at auction next month – a record for a sculpture by the artist, Christie’s said on Wednesday.

Picasso never visited Chicago but he admired the city and donated a 50-foot-tall (15-meter) steel work, which was completed in 1967 and sits in the city’s Daley Plaza.

Oct 1, 2013
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One in five American Jews say they have no religion, Pew survey finds


(HaZamir International Jewish High School Choir sings at the Temple Emanu-El during the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day in New York April 7, 2013. REUTERS/Allison Joyce)

One out of five Americans who consider themselves culturally or ethnically Jewish say they do not believe in God or they do not follow any particular faith, in a sign of the changing nature of American Jewish identity, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Sep 24, 2013

Four men now charged in Chicago shooting that hurt 13

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Gang members sprayed bullets into a Chicago city park last week – injuring a three-year-old boy and 12 other people – after one of them had been grazed by a bullet hours earlier, police said on Tuesday.

The four men, who are being held without bond on charges of attempted murder, were not aiming at anyone in particular, but believed the park was controlled by a rival gang, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said.

Sep 19, 2013

Obamacare supporters in Ohio begin petition drive to expand Medicaid

Sept 19 (Reuters) – An Ohio panel on Thursday approved a
petition designed to pressure the Republican-led state
legislature to expand the Medicaid health program for the poor
as part of President Barack Obama’s health reform law.

The aim is to allow about 275,000 additional Ohio residents
to be eligible for Medicaid under the new reform law, a proposal
supported by Republican Governor John Kasich but not yet acted
on by state lawmakers.

Sep 18, 2013

Beanie Babies creator pleads guilty to tax evasion

CHICAGO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The billionaire creator of
Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, was charged on Wednesday with tax
evasion and agreed to plead guilty and pay a penalty of almost
$53.6 million, according to prosecutors and his attorney.

Warner, 69, 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.

Sep 12, 2013

Chicago Mayor Emanuel apologizes for past police torture

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an apology on Wednesday after the City Council approved $12.3 million in settlements to two men who said they were tortured by a former police commander employed during previous city administrations.

The settlements award $6.15 million each to Ronald Kitchen and Marvin Reeves, who both spent 21 years in prison for the 1988 murders of two women and three young children. They were released and exonerated in 2009.

Sep 10, 2013

Chicago mayor touts drop in crime but murder rate remains high

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Tuesday his program to flood violent neighborhoods with more police had been successful in reducing crime, although Chicago’s murder rate remains the highest of the nation’s three largest cities.

At a news conference in a high-crime neighborhood on the city’s South Side, Emanuel said he wants residents of every neighborhood to feel safe enough to let their kids walk to school, play in the street or sit on their front porch.

Sep 8, 2013

Dogs help stressed U.S. military veterans cope with civilian life

CHICAGO (Reuters) – When retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Justin Madore has nightmares, his dog Cody is there to wake him up.

“Cody gets up in my bed and starts pounding on me – it’ll knock my wife right out of bed,” said Madore, 37, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. “The dogs become a part of us – they know when there’s something off.”

Sep 5, 2013

Nebraska governor says he favors death penalty for man charged in four killings

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has told Omaha’s head prosecutor that he endorses efforts to seek the death penalty for a man charged with committing four murders in two weeks.

Republican Heineman expressed his support of Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine in a letter made public on Thursday. Kleine has said he would “likely” seek death for Nikko Jenkins, 26, who has been accused of killing Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena on August 11, Curtis Bradford on August 19, and Andrea Kruger on August 21.