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Feb 6, 2014

Closing arguments in trial in alleged NATO summit attack plot

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Three men accused of plotting to attack high-profile targets during a 2012 NATO summit in Chicago were bent on mayhem, a prosecutor said in closing arguments on Thursday.

But a defense attorney said the three only talked big to impress undercover officers.

Feb 6, 2014

Trial of men accused of planning attacks at Chicago NATO summit nears end

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Prosecutors call the three men terrorists, defense attorneys say they were clueless stoners, and jurors could soon decide the guilt or innocence of the trio accused of plotting to attack high-profile targets during the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago.

Closing arguments are expected on Thursday in the Chicago criminal trial of the so-called NATO 3 defendants – Brian Jacob Church, 22, and Brent Betterly, 25, both of Florida, and Jared Chase, 29, of New Hampshire.

Feb 4, 2014

Man sentenced to 12 years for Michigan interstate shootings

Feb 4 (Reuters) – A Michigan man was sentenced to 12 years
in prison on Tuesday for a three-day shooting spree in October
2012 on a busy interstate highway that earned him the nickname
“I-96 shooter,” court officials said.

Raulie Casteel, 44, who was convicted last week in a
separate case involving the highway shootings, was sentenced
Tuesday in Oakland County Circuit Court on his plea of no
contest but mentally ill to assault and firearm charges.

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.