<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago Breaking News, Current News, Chicago News Alerts]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usThu, 19 Oct 2017 06:20:16 -0500Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:20:16 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[American-Canadian Family Out of Captivity After 5 Years]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:35:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+US+HOSTAGES+FREE+THUMB.jpg

American Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their three children have been released by a Taliban-linked group after being held captive for five years. The couple was captured while hiking near Kabul, Afghanistan in 2012 and held by the Haqqani network. Coleman was pregnant at the time and gave birth to three children while in captivity.

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<![CDATA[Video Captures Dramatic Moment During Mexico Quake]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:02:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+MEXICO+EARTHQUAKE+SB.jpg

Ana Paula Hernandez captured the moment a deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico as she attempted to hide under her office desk.

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<![CDATA[Deadly 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mexico]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:26:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT_MEXICO_EARTHQUAKE_091917_1-150585103631000002.jpg

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico Tuesday in the state of Puebla, which is about 80 miles southeast of Mexico City. This latest quake comes less than two weeks after an 8.1 earthquake hit the country, killing nearly 100 people.

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<![CDATA[Japan Reacts to North Korean Missile Fired Over Country]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:26:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+JAPAN+REAX+NK+MISSILE+THUMB.jpg

North Korea fired another missile over Japan Friday. The missile flew over the island of Hakkaido and landed in the Pacific Ocean. Experts estimate the ballistic missile flew over 2,300 miles, which would mean it is capable of reaching Guam.

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Irma’s Path of Destruction]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:53:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+Hurricane+Irma+THUMB2.jpg

Hurricane Irma has cut a huge path of destruction through several Caribbean islands on its path toward the United States. See what the aftermath looked like as some of those islands began to recover.

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<![CDATA[Ahead of Irma, Florida’s Key Largo Is a Ghost Town]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:25:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+IRMA+KEY+LARGO+THUMB.jpg

A time-lapse video of the drive north on US-1 from Key Largo shows near-empty roads after Floridians evacuated ahead of Hurricane Irma. The storm is expected to slam into the area early Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm.

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<![CDATA[Cellphone Video of Hurricane Irma Over Turks And Caicos]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:33:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+HURRICANE+IRMA+TURKS+CAICOS+THUMB.jpg

Dramatic cellphone video captures Hurricane Irma as it approached Turks and Caicos. The storm is responsible for at least 11 deaths and is expected to hit Miami early Sunday morning.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Deadly Terrorist Attacks in Barcelona, Cambrils]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:14:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-833993788.jpg At least 14 people were killed and many more injured in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, after a white van jumped a curb and slammed into people on a busy sidewalk, police said. The alleged driver fled the scene of the crash. South of Barcelona in Cambrils, police killed five suspects after authorities said they also drove a car into people, injuring six, in a linked attack. Those suspects wore fake bombs.

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<![CDATA[Country Music Artist Glen Campbell Dies at 81]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:49:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+GLEN+CAMPBELL+DEATH+THUMB.jpg

Country music legend Glen Campbell died Tuesday following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The musician was 81. During his recording career, Campbell released more than 70 albums and sold more than 45 million records, including the popular hits “Gentle on My Mind” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

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<![CDATA[Explosion at Minneapolis School]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:15:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT_MINNEAPOLIS_SCHOOL_EXPLOSION_080217-150169756219600001.jpg

One person has been found dead and another is still unaccounted for after an explosion Wednesday morning caused the partial collapse of a Minneapolis college prep school. Authorities say it was a natural gas explosion.

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<![CDATA[May: UK Threat Level Raised to Critical]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 17:20:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TheresaMay-149557577419400001.jpg

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the United Kingdom's threat level has been raised from severe to critical, its highest level, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, a day after a suicide bombing in Manchester left 22 dead and 59 wounded.

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<![CDATA[Trump Denies Asking Comey to Close Flynn Probe]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 16:53:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+TRUMP+PRESSER+051817THUMB.jpg

President Donald Trump responded to questions about the Russia investigation at a news conference Thursday with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Trump denied the allegation that he urged former FBI Director James Comey to back off his investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

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<![CDATA[Egyptian Forces Clear Cairo Mosque of Protesters]]> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:29:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/egypt+protests1.JPG
Egyptian security forces cleared a Cairo mosque Saturday where protesters had taken refuge and organized an open-air morgue and makeshift field hospital for injured supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. As military forces encircled the al-Fath mosque in Ramses Square, gunman positioned on the mosque's minaret fired on the forces below, triggering the ouster of pro-Morsi protesters, The Associated Press reported. Security officials said the raid was prompted by fears that the Muslim Brotherhood planned to stage a sit-in at Ramses Square similar to those broken up by the military on Wednesday. Also Saturday, disturbing video emerged showing an apparently unarmed protester being shot with his arms raised as he walked toward armored vehicles. With Egypt's death toll rising to 800 over four days of violence, the country's interim government said it was mulling whether to ban the Brotherhood. The group, which rose to power in Egypt's first democratic elections a year ago, has been banned for most of its 85-year history, the AP reported.
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<![CDATA[5 Women Die in Limousine Fire on Calif. Bridge]]> Mon, 06 May 2013 05:34:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/limofirenew.jpg

Five women in their 30s died Saturday night when a stretch limousine burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge over the San Francisco Bay, police confirmed to NBC News.

Four other people in the limo escaped with burn and smoke inhalation injuries, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said. The car's driver was unhurt. 

Montiel said the women were "probably killed by the fire," though the cause of death has not been confirmed, NBC News reported.

Witnesses told NBC Bay Area the white Lincoln Town Car was not involved in an accident prior to catching on fire. It was not clear what could have sparked the flames. 

The car was driving from Alameda to Foster City, Montiel said.

When asked if an "explosion" had occurred, Montiel told NBC News it was unconfirmed, however he did say the "vehicle was partially engulfed."'

A viewer named David Solomon sent in the picture above that he said of was of the limo.

The fire was first reported around 10 p.m. in the third lane of westbound state Highway 92, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

The bridge, located about 20 miles southeast of San Francisco, connects San Mateo and Alemada counties. The westbound lanes were closed for several hours.

 

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<![CDATA[Ambulance Crashes Into School Bus on Northwest Side]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:59:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ambulance+crash+bus.jpg

Two paramedics were taken to the hospital after an ambulance crashed into a school bus at Grand and Central Avenues near Hanson Park Saturday morning.

The paramedics were responding to a call at the time of the crash, according to Police News Affairs.

Both paramedics were taken to area hospitals in stable condition and no children were reported to be on the bus at the time of the crash.

The driver of the bus did not suffer any injuries in the accident and police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

This is the second school bus accident to hit the area this week.

On Friday, a driver was killed and dozens of children were taken to hospitals after a jeep collided with a school bus.

All 35 people aboard the bus survived the crash that happened just after 8 a.m. at the intersection of Kilbourn Road and Illinois Route 173 in Wadsworth, 45 miles north of Chicago, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran Jr. said.

Authorities said the driver of a Jeep Wrangler that collided with the bus, 62-year-old Philip Smith, of Beach Park, died of traumatic injuries. Two people from the Cherokee were taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash after witnesses gave conflicting testimonies. 

Authorities originally said the female driver may have ran a red light, but later said some witnessess discounted that claim. 

It was later noted that the intersection where the crash occurred has a history of being a "high severity crash location" before traffic signals were installed last year. 

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<![CDATA[White House Press Secretary Discusses Conn. School Shooting]]> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:55:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/whitehouse4.jpg White House Press Secretary Jay Carney discusses Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

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<![CDATA[Nelson Mandela Leaves Hospital]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 08:34:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP071006064407.jpg Former South African President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, 93, has reportedly left the hospital where he stayed overnight for minor diagnostic surgery to pinpoint the root of a recurrent abdominal complaint. According to NBC News, Mandela underwent a laparoscopy Saturday, a routine procedure in which surgeons make a small incision in the belly to insert a thin, lighted tube to inspect stomach organs. In a statement, the office of sitting South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mandela has gone home and that there is nothing "seriously wrong with him."
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<![CDATA[Watch 2011 In Review]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 15:34:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lsdstranded_722x406_2182044369.jpg Take a look at the biggest stories of 2011.]]> <![CDATA[CME, Sears Tax Break Fails ]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:20:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/AP100506144144.jpg

The Illinois Senate liked the idea of providing tax breaks to both Sears Holding Corp and CME Group, Inc.

The Senate voted 36-18 to pass a tax relief package that gives a total of $100 million in tax savings for Sears Holding and CME, which owns Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

The House was a different story.

State representatives voted 99-8 against the legislation. Legislators may try again later on Tuesday evening.

Gov. Pat Quinn supported bill also increases the current five percent tax credit for low income individuals and families to 10 percent and raises the personal exemption taxpayers can claim.

"This bill is about tax relief to the places where we could get it, targeted to the people who need it, while at the same time we attract and retain the businesess we have here today, " stated Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) to the Sun Times.

The House is working on a version that offers Sears and CME the same tax breaks, but increases the tax credit for the working poor to 7.5 percent and does not include personal exemption changes. They have not voted on their version as of yet.

Earlier this year, Sears Holding and CME raised concerns over possible tax increases and threatened to leave the state.

The House failure will surely re-ignite that discussion.

 

 



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<![CDATA[Salmonella Concern Prompts Salad Recall]]> Sat, 01 Oct 2011 18:40:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/thorntons-salad.jpg

A chain of gas and convenience stores with locations in the Chicago area is voluntarily recalling some salad products because they're potentially contaminated with Salmonella.

Thornton's is recalling its garden salds and chef salads manufactured and distributed by Greencore U.S.A. to select stores in Chicago, Cincinnati, OH, Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Evansville, IN, Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN.
 
The product comes in a black bowl with clear lid and is marked with expiration dates 9/30/2011, 10/2/2011, and 10/3/2011 on the label on the front of the package. The garden salad comes in a 6 oz container and the chef salad comes in a 5.6 oz container.

The potential for contamination was noted when a lot of grape tomatoes revealed the presence of Salmonella. Salads produced for Thorntons contain grape tomatoes from the same lot.
 
No illnesses have yet been reported.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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<![CDATA[SAT Reading Scores Fall to Lowest Level on Record]]> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:00:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-teacher-school-education-15.jpg
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<![CDATA[School Districts Adopt 4-Day School Week]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 13:15:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/classroom+desk+%5Bgenericsla%5D.jpg
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<![CDATA[Mayor Meets With Family of Slain Girl]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 23:05:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gibson+shooting+new.jpg

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among those offering condolences to the family of a 6-year-old girl killed the day before she was scheduled to start school.

Arianna Gibson was sleeping on her grandmother's couch the 7400 block of South Sangamon Street when the house was hit by gunfire. Two other teens were also wounded in the shooting.

A prayer vigil was held Monday in the girl's honor, but the victim's mother, Demitta Collins, and her grandmother were taken to nearby Liberation Christian Center to meet with Emanuel and the family's pastor.

"He said I don’t have to worry. My family don't have to worry," Collins said of her meeting with the mayor.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy expressed disgust Monday at a news conference while talking about the incident and revealed a potential break in the case.

"We have a person in custody who's being questioned," McCarthy said. "We have a lot of information we have to follow up on before we get that person charged. But right now it’s a very, strong, strong lead."

The two teens victims, A 17-year-old female and a 17-year-old man, were listed in good condition.

On Saturday, the whole block had gathered for a party. Arianna was among dozens of children who played with sidewalk chalk and ate barbecue ahead of their first day of school. She was scheduled to begin classes at Libby Elementary.

"Whoever hurt my baby are wrong for that. That was a little 6 year old. She didn't deserve this," Collins said.

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<![CDATA[Go to there: TechWeek]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 14:42:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*160/2009.04.arrow.jpg

You've gotta hurry, but if you set your own hours it shouldn't be a problem to head on over to the Merchandise Mart's Conference Room B at 2 p.m. for an inspiring panel featuring five local tech founders sharing their war stories. Sam Yagan (OKCupid.com), Troy Henikoff (Excelerate Labs), Jack Philbin (Vibes Media), Will Scott (Lextech Global Services), and Ajay Goel (JangoMail) will go over their hiring and managing practices, share their biggest mistakes, and how they've arrived their winning mojo today.

There are a bunch of other great events going on for TechWeek all day, but this afternoon's session clearly stands out.

 

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<![CDATA[Inside the Deadly Mackinac Race]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 19:51:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mackinac-boat-1.jpg

A sailor aboard a racing sailboat that took part in the annual Race to Mackinac Island has posted dramatic images of the frightening storm that ultimately claimed the lives of two racers.

Greg Alm wore a helmet cam while taking part in the race aboard the J109 Realt Na Mara and said the only light source he could work with came from lightning blasts that fired off during the violent squall.

Alm declined to be interviewed for this story, but said the vessel stopped by the capsized Wingnuts boat as the crew of the Sociable tried to extricate them from the water.

The following passage accompanied the above video on YouTube:

The worst of the storm hit just after midnight which made bolts of lightning our only light source.

The evening's weather reports indicated winds were not expected to exceed 30 knots. As the wind built, our tack line exploded; we were knocked down immediately and stayed horizontal from winds of 54 knots for about 15 minutes.

Shortly after being knocked down, with no steerage, lightning flashed and another boat, just to weather, without sails was planing right towards us. Thankfully, they managed to alter course and avoid a collision.

Once the winds calmed a bit, lights shined on our boat followed by the release of an emergency flare. We approached the vessel we now think was the Sociable who was first at the scene of the capsized WingNuts. They told us there were 8 people in the water.

We began searching the area immediately. In a short period of time, more than a dozen boats were at the site; and, after about 45 minutes, the rescue helicopter joined the search as well. We received word that 6 of the 8 crew were rescued. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were lost.

The Coast guard ultimately found two bodies floating in Lake Michigan. The Chicago Yacht Club identified them as the boat’s skipper, Mark Morely, and Suzanne Bickel, both of Saginaw, Mich.

The crew of a competing boat, Sociable, notified the Coast Guard early Monday that the 35-foot sailboat WingNuts capsized near the Fox islands, west of Charlevoix, during the Chicago Yacht Club's annual Race to Mackinac, Petty Officer George Degener told the Associated Press.

The Sociable crew said eight people aboard WingNuts went into the water, and that they recovered six of them, according to the Coast Guard. All six recovered were wearing life preservers, and they were taken to the Coast Guard station in Charlevoix for evaluation, the agency said.

A 41-foot boat from Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, a helicopter from Air Station Traverse City and the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw were involved in the search. The Coast Guard said 4- to 6-foot waves were reported, and air and water temperatures were in the low 70s.

According to the race website, 355 boats and roughly 3,500 crew members took part in this year's race, which starts at Chicago's Navy Pier and finishes off of Mackinac Island, near where lakes Michigan and Huron meet.

The first race was held in 1898, and organizers began holding it every year starting in 1921. This year's race is the 103rd running.



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<![CDATA[Live: Casey Anthony Murder Trial Closing Arguments]]> Sun, 03 Jul 2011 09:35:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CaseyAnthony.C.jpg

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<![CDATA[Japan to Nationalize Nuke Plants: Report]]> Sun, 03 Jul 2011 16:46:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Fukushima+Daiichi+plant.jpg Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, may be broken up, The Mainichi Daily News reported Sunday. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku has hatched a plan that would slash the company's holdings from 7 trillion to 1.6 trillion yen. It calls for a sale of the company's power distribution business and for state control of its operations. TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata already knows about the proposal, though it has otherwise been kept secret in order not to disrupt markets. Last month, the government helped draft legislation to help TEPCO compensate those impacted by the nuclear plant.
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<![CDATA["500-Year" Flood Overwhelms N.D. City]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 16:38:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/minotflooding.jpg

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<![CDATA[Syrians Flee to Lebanon as Army Approaches]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 17:45:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/060811+syria+refugees.jpg Hundreds of Syrians fled into Lebanon Saturday as the Syrian regime's military overtook a town near that border and another near the Turkish border. A day earlier, security forces opened fire on demonstrators protesting Bashir Assad's rule. Activists said that 20 people, including two children, were killed, and a Lebanese security official said at least six Syrians who crossed the border had gunshot wounds. Most of those who entered Lebanon came from the town of Qusair, which Syrian forces moved into Friday, according to activists. Meanwhile, BBC News reported that Syrian tanks have also entered the village of Najia, near the already-occupied Jisr al-Shughour.
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<![CDATA[Car Bomb Kills at Least 35 at Afghan Medical Center]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 18:48:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/062511+Afghanistan+car+explosion.jpg An SUV carrying explosives blew up in front of a clinic in the Logar province of Afghanistan Saturday, killing at least 35 people. "The driver didn't stop, and he entered the compound and reached the main building of the health center, where the truck detonated," said provincial health director Dr. Mohammad Zaref Nayebkhail. The clinic collapsed as a result, and over 53 people were wounded. Din Mohammad Darwaish, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said that many more could have died, too, as people were buried in the rubble, BBC News reported. The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack; its spokesperson said that it did not target public places and that the bomb was detonated by “someone with an agenda."
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<![CDATA[American Pilot Jailed Over Pirate Ransoms]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 17:10:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/somalihandcuffs_06192011.jpg A Somali court in Mogadishu sentenced six foreigners to prison sentences and handed them fines over charges they illegally brought money into the country. Among the six were two pilots, one of whom is American. Authorities seized two aircraft purported to carry $3.6 million, which the pilots said was a ransom to be paid to Somali pirates. "We sentenced the two pilots, who are American and British nationals, to 15 years imprisonment and a $15,000 fine each," Judge Hashi Elmi said.
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<![CDATA[Yelena Bonner, Rights Activist and Sakharov's Widow, Dies]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 05:33:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bonner_06192011.jpg Yelena Bonner, a Russian rights activist and the widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, died of heart failure in Boston Saturday. She was 88 years old. As a tireless advocate for human rights, Bonner rose to prominence through work with her husband in the Russian dissident and human rights movement. In the 1970s and '80s, the couple's apartment was the headquarters for Russian opposition. As she once wrote in her memoir, as noted in The Guardian: "I hope to live out my life until the end worthy of the Russian culture...and I am proud that mine has been the difficult lot and happy fate to be the wife and friend of academic Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov."
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<![CDATA[8 NATO Troops Killed In Afghanistan]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 17:10:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Afghanistan_06192011.jpg NATO experienced a deadly day in Afghanistan, announcing early Sunday that a service member was killed by an insurgent attack, The Associated Press reported. Three NATO soliders were killed in fighting Saturday and four more died in a vehicle accident. These casualties brought the death toll to eight for the day, 38 for the month, and 244 for the year. The nationalities of the dead have not yet been released.
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<![CDATA[Hundreds Of Thousands Displaced In Sudan]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 01:47:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sudan_06192011.jpg Violence along Sudan's north-south divide is raising concerns for the Nuba people, under attack once again by government forces and militias. Half a million are said to be displaced as a result, and a Nuba leader says 3,000 people have simply disappeared, The Guardian reports. Fighting erupted in South Kordofan as Khartoum officials prepared to disarm the Nuba on June 5. Fighting has since worsened in the country's northern mountains. The Sudanese Comprehensive Peace Agreement put in place six years ago is at risk of collapsing and the entire Nuba population is on the verge of disappearance, as tensions from Sudan's 22-year civil war may reemerge.
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<![CDATA[Libya: More Civilians Killed by NATO]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 20:27:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP11061901893.jpg

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<![CDATA[More Flooding Expected In Plains Areas]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 17:12:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/missouri-flooding.jpg Federal officials increased water releases from two of five dams in South Dakota to alleviate increased water levels along the flooded Plains. Already-drenched areas near the Missouri River are expected to worsen, with a "widespread heavy rainfall event," said a senior National Weather Service forecaster. Already, the water released from dams to alleviate flooding is more than double that of previous record water flows. The Daily Republic reported South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard as worrisome about the impact of increased water flow on levees the state and private citizens have put in place. “Now that the initial work is complete," Daugaard said, "the time has come to ask the corps why this happened and ascertain if we can prevent it from happening again.”
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<![CDATA[Syrian Troops Storm Border Town: Witnesses]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 16:10:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/061811+Syrian+refugees.jpg In the latest round of unrest in Syria, troops and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad entered the town of Bdama near the Turkish border and arrested dozens and burned down houses, witnesses told Reuters. "They came at 7 a.m. to Bdama. I counted nine tanks, 10 armored carriers, 20 jeeps and 10 buses. I saw shabbiha [pro-Assad gunmen] setting fire to two houses," a lawyer in the Jisr-al-Shughour region said. Bdama is one of the centers that provide food and supplies to Syrians fleeing the chaos elsewhere. The reports of the spread of violence come in the wake of Friday protests where activists say security forces shot and killed 16 protesters. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian foreign minister held discussions about a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria’s violent crackdown on the protesters, Al Jazeera reported.
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<![CDATA[Karzai: U.S. Talking with Taliban]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 15:46:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/karzai-6402.jpg Afghan President Hamid Karzai publicly announced for the first time that his government and the U.S. are negotiating a peace settlement with the Taliban to end the decade-long war in Afghanistan, The Associated Press reports. He told reporters Saturday that "peace talks have started with [the Taliban] already and it is going well." Karzai also said: "The foreign military and especially the United States itself is going ahead with these negotiations." The U.S. Embassy in Kabul did not comment. Reuters reported that many Afghans, including activists and women’s groups, are concerned that talks with the Taliban may reverse the gains made after the Taliban government was forced out of power in 2001.
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<![CDATA[S. Korea Accidentally Fires at Passenger Jet]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 16:04:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/061811+Asiana+Airlines.jpg South Korean Marine Corps troops mistakenly fired at a commercial aircraft flying near the sea border with North Korea, thinking it was one of the North’s fighters, said military sources Saturday. The plane was later identified as one operated by South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines; it was descending into Incheon International Airport in Seoul. Two soldiers fired at the plane, which carried 119 passengers, with their K-2 rifles for about 10 minutes around 4 a.m. Friday; a defense ministry source said the plane suffered no damage, as it was out of range from the rifles. The West Sea—which includes the maritime border—has been the scene of tension following two attacks on the South in 2010, BBC News reported.
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<![CDATA[N.Y. Target Workers Vote Down Unionization]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 16:07:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/061811+Target+Valley+Stream.jpg Efforts to make a Target store in Valley Stream, N.Y., the chain's first union shop have hit a snag: employees voted against joining the union, the company said Saturday. The union president said United Food and Commercial Workers would contest the results of the vote, which he said was marred by a "campaign of threats, intimidation and illegal acts by Target management." A Target spokeswoman denied that claim, saying the company had complied with federal labor law when it distributed flyers critical of unionization and suggested it might close the store if workers organized. Pay rates, hours and union membership among retail workers have all fallen in recent years.
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