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Pregnant Chicago woman slain, baby cut from her womb

CHICAGO (AP) — A pregnant woman who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb, police and family members said. ...

Man's claim gives false hope in yearslong missing boy case

CINCINNATI (AP) — A day of false hope has given way to questions about why a man would claim to be an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago. The FBI declared the man's story a...

A look at the cast of characters in the Jussie Smollett saga

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett, a successful but not A-list actor, burst into the world's consciousness in January after he reported being the victim of a racist and anti-gay attack. In the two months...

Dismissal of Smollett case brings backlash, more questions

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The "Empire" star still says he was ...

Smollett case focused unwanted attention on Chicago police

CHICAGO (AP) — The surprise decision by prosecutors to drop charges against Jussie Smollett angered Chicago's police superintendent and mayor, who said the alleged hoax was costly to investigate and d...

Illinois governor's schedule includes recommended attire

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — What if you were governor of Illinois and didn't have a thing to wear? If you're J.B. Pritzker, you look at your daily schedule. During his...

Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breaches levees

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday wh...

Contrasts abound for 2 black women in Chicago mayoral runoff

CHICAGO (AP) — A political outsider who campaigned on reforming Chicago's police department after a white officer's fatal shooting of a black teenager said Wednesday that voters likely had the high-pr...

Aurora shooting victims ranged from intern to plant manager

CHICAGO (AP) — The victims of a disgruntled employee who opened fire at a suburban Chicago industrial warehouse were co-workers ranging from an intern to the plant manager. A look at the victims: ...

Aurora attacker took gun to work he shouldn't have owned

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The man who opened fire and killed five co-workers including the plant manager, human resources manager and an intern working his first day at a suburban Chicago manufacturing ware...

Deep freeze expected to ease, but disruptions persist

CHICAGO (AP) — The painfully cold weather system that put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze was expected to ease Thursday, though temperatures could still tumble to record lows in some p...

As cold stalks Midwest, focus is on protecting vulnerable

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Winter's sharpest bite in years moved past painful into life-threatening territory Tuesday, prompting officials throughout the Midwest to take extraordinary measures to protect t...

Lawyer: R. Kelly denies all sexual misconduct allegations

CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for R. Kelly said Friday that the R&B star denies all allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls, including those made in a recent documentary, ...

Yvonne Staples of Staples Singers siblings dies in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Yvonne Staples, whose voice and business acumen powered the success of her family's Staples Singers gospel group, has died at age 80. Staples died Tuesday at home in C...

Navy IDs 2 dead, 8 missing sailors from the USS John McCain

The U.S. Navy has found the remains of two of the 10 sailors missing after the USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore. Divers recovered the remains of Electronics...