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Woman kills retired Illinois State trooper, injures 2 others in Chicago-area cigar lounge shooting
iStock (CHICAGO) -- A retired Illinois state trooper was killed and two other troopers, one current and one retired, were injured in a shooting at a Chicago-area cigar lounge Friday night, authorities said.The woman who police identified as the shooter, Lisa V. McMullan, of Chicago, eventually turned the gun on herself and died at the scene, according to a statement from the Lisle Police Department.The incident took place at the Humidor Cigar Lounge in Lisle, located about 25 miles west of Chicago.Surveillance video captured the shooting and showed several people sitting in a room watching television, according to police.Around 10:13...
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Councilwoman reconciles with anonymous caller who left threatening voicemail
iStock (NEW YORK) -- A newly-elected Massachusetts city councilwoman who publicized an intimidating anonymous voicemail, was confronted by the caller, again. This time the conversation was less about hate and more about "reconciliation."Earlier this week, Councilwoman Julia Mejia posted a five-minute video on YouTube where she used a man's hateful voicemail to send a message to him and her constituents to join in a conversation about their concerns.Mejia reached out to the person on the other end of the Jan. 17 call on Friday and patiently got the man -- identified as "Mike" -- to chat with a different tone.The...
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Why is Vladimir Putin racing to amend Russia's constitution?
iStock (MOSCOW) -- Ever since Vladimir Putin announced a dramatic overhaul of Russia's constitution and the removal of his longtime prime minister and cabinet, Russians have been asking themselves a single question: What is Putin up to?Since the Jan. 15 announcement, Putin hasn't slowed down.He put forward a bill on Monday containing constitutional amendments and by Thursday the Russian Parliament had approved its first reading, 432-0.A constitutional council specially formed to advise on the potential changes had not even convened before the amendments were submitted, fully written.At the same time, the nation's new prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin, who replaced Putin's...
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Terry Crews insists 'America's Got Talent' is "the most diverse place" he's ever worked
NBC/Trae Patton (NEW YORK) -- America's Got Talent host Terry Crews apparently had a very different experience on the set of NBC's variety series. Amid the network's investigation into Gabrielle Union's departure from the show following claims of a toxic culture, Crews tells NBC's Today that he begs to differ. “First of all, I can't speak for sexism because I’m not a woman, but I can speak on behalf of any racism comments. That was never my experience," he said. "In fact, it was the most diverse place I have ever been in my 20 years of entertainment." "The Top...
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Second coronavirus case confirmed in US
jarun011/iStock (CHICAGO) -- A second U.S. case of the new coronavirus has been confirmed in a patient in Chicago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The patient, a woman in her 60s and a Chicago resident, had traveled to Wuhan, China, in late December. She was admitted to the hospital and is in stable condition, according to Illinois health officials.The patient called her doctor ahead of time before seeking treatment and has not taken public transportation or attended any large gatherings, Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health said Friday."This is a single travel-associated...
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Uber bringing fleet of self-driving cars to Washington, DC
Andrei Stanescu/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Uber is bringing a fleet of self-driving cars to the nation's capital to begin mapping out prospective routes -- aided by human drivers at first -- starting on Friday.The new self-driving cars that are expected to hit the roads in Washington, D.C., will have the initial goal of data collection, and will have a human vehicle operator maintaining control of the car at all times, Uber said in a blogpost."We are using a phased approach to develop and deploy our self-driving vehicles, taking the necessary steps to operate safely in every city," Danielle Burr, the head...
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Usain Bolt reveals girlfriend Kasi Bennett is pregnant
Nick Caito / ESPN Images (NEW YORK) -- Olympian Usain Bolt is officially adding to his family tree.The retired sprinter and his longtime girlfriend, Kasi Bennett, announced they're expecting their first child together.An excited Bolt shared the news in a new Instagram post on Thursday, showing a photo of a pregnant Bennett wearing a billowing red dress."I just want to say a KING or QUEEN is about to be HERE. @kasi.b," he wrote, captioning the image.Bennett also took to Instagram to share the news, along with additional photos from her pregnancy shoot."Our biggest blessing," she captioned one photo, where she's...
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