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Chicago fires head of security at O'Hare, Midway for not disclosing why he lost Tollway job

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CHICAGO -- The city of Chicago fired the head of security at O'Hare and Midway airports Thursday for what City Hall sources said was his failure to disclose critical details of his prior employment at the Illinois Tollway, after a confidential memo obtained by the Tribune revealed numerous allegations of sexual harassment against him.

The ...Read more

Shooting suspect charged in slaying of judge, wounding of judge's girlfriend

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CHICAGO -- A man with a long prison stint in his background for attempted murder fatally shot a Cook County judge and wounded his girlfriend outside the judge's residence earlier this month, Chicago police said Thursday in announcing the first-degree murder charges.

At a news conference Thursday evening at police headquarters, Cmdr. Rodney ...Read more

At the altar and on the streets, a pastor urged peace

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LOS ANGELES--Three days before the rioting began, the Rev. Cecil L. Murray took to the pulpit for his Sunday sermon.

"Be cool," Murray implored. "Even in anger, be cool."

For weeks, the 62-year-old pastor of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church had watched anger and distrust grow in his community with each replaying of the video -- the...Read more

This Democratic bastion flipped for Trump. After 100 days, voters have no regrets

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PUEBLO, Colo. -- To read the polls and hear the pundits, President Donald Trump's first 100 days have been an utter disaster, ranking among the worst in history. But that's not how Karen Malady sees it.

The 59-year-old accountant was drawn to Trump's unconventional candidacy from the start, unlike other Republicans who came around reluctantly. ...Read more

Over 100 days of Trump, the weight of the office becomes apparent

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WASHINGTON -- When President Donald Trump brought 55 teachers of the year from around the country into the Oval Office, Arizona's top teacher, Michelle Doherty, began to cry, apparently in happiness.

"Sorry, I'm always crying," she said.

"You know the Oval Office can do that," Trump said, smiling.

That vignette, one of thousands in the blur ...Read more

As LA riots mark 25 years, a look at how LAPD would handle things today

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LOS ANGELES -- The riots that consumed Los Angeles 25 years ago had many causes -- grinding poverty and hopelessness in South Los Angeles, a police force with a reputation for treating minorities poorly, the not-guilty verdict against the white officers caught on tape beating black motorist Rodney King.

But the police tactics -- or lack of them...Read more

Are Americans safer than they were 100 days ago?

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's signature campaign promise was simple: Make America safe again. From day one he would rebuild a depleted U.S. military while taking measures to protect Americans from immigrant criminals in the U.S. illegally roaming the streets, from terrorist plots and from drugs pouring over the border.

"This American carnage ...Read more

Showdown at UC Berkeley over Ann Coulter invitation fizzles into shouting match

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BERKELEY, Calif. -- Authorities expected violence. They issued warnings to those in the Berkeley area to steer clear of the fray. Behind face shields and helmets, they lined the streets, girding themselves for disorder.

But Thursday's anticipated showdown incited by an invitation for Ann Coulter to speak at the campus turned out to be more of a...Read more

Trump order could open California coast, Arctic to new oil and gas drilling

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President Donald Trump on Friday is expected to sign an executive order that could open large parts of the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans to new oil and gas drilling, a prospect that elicited a fierce backlash in California and elsewhere even before details of the order were clear.

The move, which is certain to face legal and political ...Read more

Trump tells Reuters 'major conflict' with North Korea possible

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TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump said he sees the chance of a "major, major conflict" with North Korea over its nuclear program, though he prefers a diplomatic solution, according to an interview with Reuters.

"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely," Trump told Reuters. "We'd love...Read more

Husband kills wife in front of 4 kids after being told unborn baby not his, police say

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- After brutally pummeling his pregnant wife to death with a pipe wrench in front of their four children Wednesday night, Claude Sejour called 911 and waited outside his home for authorities to arrive, according to a Hollywood Police report.

When police arrived, they found Sejour, 48, with blood on his white button-down shirt, ...Read more

Witness in Durst murder case describes 'bloodcurdling moment' while watching 'The Jinx'

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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles County judge gave prosecutors the go-ahead Thursday to begin searching dozens of boxes of documents belonging to Robert Durst -- a boon for the district attorney's office as it builds its murder case against the eccentric New York multimillionaire.

The 74-year-old real estate tycoon is accused of shooting his best ...Read more

The death penalty has long divided Americans. Here's why those who oppose it are winning

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A series of executions in Arkansas has reignited the long-standing battle over the death penalty.

Beginning last week, the state tried to put eight men to death over 11 days before the drugs it uses in executions expired. After legal challenges, half of the executions were blocked in court.

Yet, despite the high-profile executions in Arkansas ...Read more

Trump signs order for probe into aluminum imports

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WASHINGTON -- Domestic aluminum has emerged as a priority industry for President Donald Trump, who ordered his administration to fast-track an investigation of whether imports are jeopardizing national security.

Trump signed the executive order Thursday, eight days after ordering a similar study of steel imports.

The investigations by the ...Read more

Asian-American band challenges ruling rejecting trademark for its name

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PITTSBURGH -- Simon Tam had the idea for his band name, The Slants, in 2004, and it finally formed -- with three other Asian-Americans from Portland, Ore. -- in 2006.

It was three years later that a friend told him he ought to get a U.S. trademark for the band name, to protect it for marketing.

But when Tam filed the paperwork with the ...Read more

Dozens hurt as protesters storm Parliament in Republic of Macedonia

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SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Protesters stormed the Parliament building in the Republic of Macedonia, police and party officials said, injuring dozens of people as a 5-month-old political crisis spiraled into violence.

Scores of demonstrators forced their way into the legislature after the opposition Social Democrats and parties representing ethnic ...Read more

Analysis: How some of Supreme Court's conservative opinions may lead to liberal victory on sanctuary cities

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WASHINGTON -- Liberal sanctuary cities in California and elsewhere may well win their legal battle against President Donald Trump thanks to Supreme Court rulings once heralded by conservatives, including a 2012 opinion that shielded red states from President Barack Obama's plans to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income Americans.

On Tuesday, ...Read more

N.Y.'s Jackie Robinson Museum, which has a high-minded mission, marks groundbreaking

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NEW YORK -- Since 2008, when an empty gallery in lower Manhattan lined its windows with striking sky-blue posters advertising the Jackie Robinson Museum, pedestrians have been trying to get in and callers have been pestering the switchboard for information about when the museum would open.

After a decade-long struggle to raise the funds, that ...Read more

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Trump gives 'dirty war' records to Argentina's leader

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday handed over to Argentine President Mauricio Macri a trove of declassified documents from the South American nation's military-led "dirty war."

The documents contain hundreds of pages of presidential notes, CIA memos, FBI reports and other ...Read more

Trump's former national security adviser under Pentagon investigation for Russia payments

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WASHINGTON -- Former national security adviser Michael Flynn's legal troubles worsened Thursday when a House committee disclosed that the Pentagon inspector general is investigating whether the retired Army three-star general violated military rules by accepting foreign payments.

Flynn was warned in 2014, when he was retiring from the military,...Read more

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