<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago Breaking News, Current News, Chicago News Alerts]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usMon, 05 Dec 2016 15:07:16 -0600Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:07:16 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Egyptian Forces Clear Cairo Mosque of Protesters]]> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:29:27 -0600 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 04:34:03 -0600 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 15:59:48 -0600 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 10:55:05 -0600 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 07:34:12 -0600 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 14:34:14 -0600 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 17:20:13 -0600 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 17:40:38 -0600 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 13:00:09 -0600 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 12:15:46 -0600 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 22:05:59 -0600 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 13:42:11 -0600 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 18:51:28 -0600 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 08:35:55 -0600 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 15:46:09 -0600 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 15:38:31 -0600 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 16:45:05 -0600 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 17:48:53 -0600 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 16:10:54 -0600 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 04:33:58 -0600 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 16:10:14 -0600 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 00:47:26 -0600 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 19:27:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP11061901893.jpg

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<![CDATA[More Flooding Expected In Plains Areas]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 16:12:09 -0600 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 15:10:18 -0600 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 14:46:45 -0600 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 15:04:43 -0600 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 15:07:07 -0600 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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<![CDATA[Computer Glitch Strands United Fliers]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 08:37:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/061811+United+Airlines+computer+glitch.jpg

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<![CDATA[Tainted Water Cleanup at Fukushima Halted]]> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:17:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/fukushima-nuclear-plant-reactor-4.jpg Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant was dealt another setback as a dramatic rise in radiation levels forced a halt to the ongoing cleanup of radioactive water. The plant's operator announced that the operation had been stopped because of a radiation rise in a part of the system that was supposed to draw in cesium. About 110,000 metric tons of contaminated water—about the equivalent of 40 Olympic-sized swimming pools—have accumulated since the March 11 earthquake-tsunami disaster and posed a risk of leaking into the sea, BBC News reported. A plant official said that the company doesn’t foresee a delay in bringing the Fukushima plant under control by the end of this year; three of the unstable reactors are expected to shut down by January 2012.
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<![CDATA[NTSB Investigates B-17 Bomber Crash]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 20:47:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/B17+oswego2.jpg

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will likely focus on the number 2 engine of the Boeing B-17 when they return Tuesday to the Oswego bean field where it made an emergency landing Monday.

The World War II era B-17 made an emergency landing in a field in Oswego, Illinois shortly after taking off from the Aurora airport.

One person was slightly injured after the plane hit the ground and burst into flames, but six others escaped without injury.

NTSB investigator Tim Sorenson said the pilot of another plane noticed that the engine closest to the fuselage on the left side appeared to be on fire, then notified the crew of the Liberty Belle, who had just taken off minutes before.

The plane skidded to a stop in front of a line of trees and the passengers managed to scramble to safety before the vintage aircraft was engulfed in flames that witnesses say reached 50 feet into the air. One of the passengers suffered a minor head injury while exiting the plane

Investigators said the crew told them about an engine problem that had grounded the plane over the weekend.

"They told us that the problem was repaired," said Sorenson.

The vintage plane, built in 1944 referred to as the "Flying Fortress,"crashed and burned at Route 71 and Minkler road in Oswego, just four miles from its takeoff. The bomber was headed toward Indianapolis.

The once-restored B-17 was owned by the Liberty Foundation, which flew it around the country giving free rides to veterans and paid rides to the public. It was one of the few remaining "Flying Fortresses" still in flyable condition.

Aviation enthusiast Gary Carter said he talked to the crew Sunday night, when they told him about fuel pump problems on the number 2 engine.

"It’s not usual for a military plane of that age to have a fuel leak,” Carter said.

Fellow enthusiast Chuck Derer agreed.

“People say every radial engine makes its own spot,” he said, referring to an oil stain on the tarmac.

Derer said he saw such a stain when he toured the Liberty Belle over the weekend at the Aurora Airport.

For now, the remains of the vintage bomber are under the protection of the Kendall County Sheriff’s office in the farm field. Tuesday the NTSB plans to truck them to a secure site so the agency can continue its investigation.

The B-17 "Flying Fortress" was the most storied aircraft the United States ever produced, and easily the most romantic airplane associated with World War II. 

 

Over 238,000 were produced, only 12 flyable examples remained before Monday's crash (a total of 53 survive in one form or another).

The B-17 was considered nearly indestructible. German Luftwaffe pilots said it took, on average, 20 hits to bring one down.  The majority were based in southern England, and flew across the English Channel on long bombing runs over Germany and occupied Europe.  If there was an aircraft which defeated the Nazis, this was it.

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<![CDATA[Chile Volcano Grounds Flights in Australia, New Zealand]]> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 15:59:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/puyehue.jpg An ash cloud from an erupting volcano in Chile, drifting all the way to the Atlantic and Indian oceans, has grounded dozens of flights and affected thousands of passengers in Australia and New Zealand. Australia’s own Qantas Airways canceled 56 flights, while Virgin Australia suspended 34 domestic flights. Air New Zealand didn’t cancel or delay service but adjusted its routes to steer clear of ash, said a company representative. New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority said that the ash could interrupt flights for a week. Southern Chile's long-dormant Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano chain, whose eruption has continued for over a week, has disrupted flights and grounded planes throughout South America, BBC News reported.
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<![CDATA[Syrian Troops Enter Northern Town]]> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 15:58:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/syrianrefugees.jpg Syrian forces and tanks crossed into the town of Jisr al-Shughour Sunday morning as heavy gunfire was reported. The government said the town was under the control of “armed men” who killed 120 police officers last week; state TV claimed the groups in the area carried out a “massacre.” Residents of Jisr al-Shughour, which has been the scene of demonstrations, spoke of a mutiny by security forces who they said battled with other troops to halt the killing of citizens. The latest action by the government has forced more people to flee towards the Turkish border, which 4,000 had already crossed, BBC News reported. In response, the U.S. has called on Syria to allow the International Committee for the Red Cross to aid the refugees and wounded.
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<![CDATA[First New Photos of Giffords Released]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 06:47:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/061211+Gabrielle+Giffords.jpg

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<![CDATA[Japanese Hold Anti-Nuke Protests on Quake Anniversary]]> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 17:29:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/061111+Japan+protest+nukes.jpg Japanese demonstrated against nuclear power Saturday, the three-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 23,000 and triggered a nuclear crisis. Some of the marchers urged the immediate shutdown of all nuclear plants and demanded stringent government radiation tests. "Since the earthquake, I've realized that nuclear power is just too dangerous for use," one shipping worker who marched told The Associated Press. Outside of protest-clogged Tokyo, residents of coastal towns destroyed by the tsunami bowed their heads at 2:46 p.m. local time, when the earthquake struck on March 11. That earthquake crippled the Fukushima power plant, whose reactors workers are still trying to bring to a cold shutdown. A recent government report stated that the amount of radiation leaked has now doubled previous estimates.
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<![CDATA[String of Attacks Leaves 21 Dead in Afghanistan]]> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 14:31:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/061111+Afghanistan+bomb+explosion.jpg Violence continued Saturday in Afghanistan as several bomb attacks left at least 21 people dead. In Kandahar, 16 people traveling by minibus were killed by a roadside bomb that the Taliban had planted and was intended for NATO or Afghan forces, a provincial police chief said. In Khost, a suicide bomber killed three policemen and a child, according to another police chief. And in Ghazni, another suicide bomber killed one child and injured three others. The news of the violence came on the heels of a United Nations report that found May the deadliest month for Afghan civilians since 2007. That report faulted the Taliban and other insurgents for 82 percent of last month's civilian deaths and NATO or Afghan forces with 12 percent of them.
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<![CDATA[Three Joplin Victims Had Rare Fungal Infection]]> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 04:29:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/052811+joplin+american+flag.jpg The death toll from the Joplin tornado disaster has now risen to 151--and three of the recent victims carried a rare fungal infection, caused when dirt is embedded under the skin, authorities said yesterday. Coroner Rob Chappel said it is uncertain whether the fungus was the cause of the deaths because the infected also had other severe injuries. According to a Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services spokeswoman, the department received eight reported cases of fungal infections and that the victims had multiple injuries and developed infections from secondary wounds. Officials said the deep skin fungal infections do not transmit between humans, CNN reported.
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<![CDATA[Sprouts Linked to Deadly German E. Coli Outbreak]]> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 04:30:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/061111+Contiminated+Vegetables+Europe.jpg Investigators in Germany announced yesterday that vegetable sprouts were the cause of the deadly E. coli outbreak that killed 31 people and sickened over 3,000. The head of Germany’s national disease control center, Reinhard Burger, said that the pattern of the outbreak had yielded sufficient proof that led to the conclusion, although no tests of sprouts from an organic farm in Lower Saxony had yielded a positive reading for the E.coli strain. Burger also said that the tainted sprouts may have either been eaten or discarded already, but he cautioned that the crisis is not over yet. Meanwhile, the warning against eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce are being lifted, and Russia is also removing the ban on European vegetable imports.
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<![CDATA[2 Troops Killed in Afghanistan Chopper Crash]]> Sun, 05 Jun 2011 08:27:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/060511+Military+helicopter+generic.jpg The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force confirmed that two service members died in a helicopter crash Sunday that occurred in eastern Afghanistan, Reuters reported. British Major Tim James, ISAF spokesman, said: "We have no indication of any enemy activity in the area at the time." A representative for the Taliban said one of its fighters used a shoulder-fired rocket to bring down the chopper in eastern Khost province’s Sabari district. According to Reuters and www.icasualties.org, there have been so far 230 foreign troop casualties in Afghanistan this year.
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<![CDATA[Syria Blocks New Protest At Israeli Border]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 12:40:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/060511+Israel+border+clash.jpg A day after as many as 23 people died in clashes with Israeli troops, Syrian police blocked pro-Palestinian marchers from breaching the border with the Israeli-held Golan Heights on Monday. Security forces set up two checkpoints and told people not to cross, The Associated Press reported. As many as 325 people were wounded on Sunday, Al Jazeera reported. An Israeli military spokesman gave no casualty numbers but said soldiers had fired warning shots first. Hundreds of protesters had gathered at the border on the anniversary of the start of the Six-Day War in 1967, which ended in Arab defeat. Israel has accused Syria of orchestrating violence at its borders in order to deflect attention from its own uprising.
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<![CDATA[Gates Backs Patience in Afghanistan]]> Sun, 05 Jun 2011 21:38:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/060511+Robert+Gates+and+Hamid+Karzai.jpg In his final visit to Afghanistan before he retires, Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Sunday against pulling combat troops out of the country too soon. "If it were up to me, I would leave the shooters for last," he said, referring to combat troops. He visited with junior soldiers while he wasn't assessing the situation. A day earlier, he urged patience with the war, recommended only moderate reductions and hinted that a turning point in the war could occur, should Osama bin Laden's death pave the way for peace talks with the Taliban. Also on Saturday, in a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Gates expressed regret over the civilian deaths caused by airstrikes.
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<![CDATA[Six Dead in NW Pakistan Bombing: Police]]> Sun, 05 Jun 2011 00:27:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/060511+Pakistan+bombing.jpg At least six people were killed today when a bomb exploded at a bus stop in northwest Pakistan, according to police. The bombing, which occurred in Matani, is the latest to hit the country since the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden last month; it also comes in the wake of a report that al-Qaida operative, Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed by an American drone. BBC News reported that at least 10 people were injured from the incident and that there is no indication of who launched the attack.
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<![CDATA[Police Break Up Indian Guru’s Hunger-Strike Camp]]> Sun, 05 Jun 2011 07:56:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/060511+Baba+Ramdev.jpg Baba Ramdev, a yoga guru who launched a hunger strike to protest government corruption in India, was removed along with thousands of supporters by police officers from a yoga function today, The Associated Press reported. Authorities detained Ramdev but later released him, according to a police spokesman in New Delhi. The guru and his supporters went on hunger strikes in India and across parts of the U.S., Europe and Africa yesterday. According to The Press Trust of India news agency, about 30 people were injured from the incident, which television channels showed police using tear gas and canes to break up the crowd. On Saturday, Ramdev had said that the government had consented to his demands and that he was anticipating a written pledge before calling off the strike.
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