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The Latest: Lawyer call Smollett man of character, integrity

Feb. 21, 2019 11:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Lawyers for Jussie Smollett say the Chicago Police Department put on an "organized law enforcement spectacle" when its superintendent detailed investigators' findings about the alleged attack on the "Empire"...

Rick Byrd wins 800th career game; Belmont beats E. Illinois

Feb. 21, 2019 10:44 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rick Byrd won his 800th career game as Belmont rolled past Eastern Illinois 99-58 on Thursday night. Byrd joined Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, North Carolina's Roy Williams, West Virginia's Bob Huggins and Coastal Carolina's Cliff Ellis as active Division I coaches...

Case against Jussie Smollett resembles detailed movie script

Feb. 21, 2019 9:32 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — As authorities laid out their case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and starred in a short movie. Prosecutors said Smollett gave detailed instructions to the accomplices who helped him stage...

Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

Feb. 21, 2019 8:01 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who told police that Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself were linked to the actor through the "Empire" television series, and court documents filed Thursday allege one of the men provided Smollett with designer drugs. Smollett appeared in court...

A look at why brothers in alleged hoax appear off the hook

Feb. 21, 2019 7:54 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who played central roles in what Chicago police say was a staged racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett are, compared to the "Empire" actor, so far walking away legally unscathed. Police outlined their case against the 36-year-old actor at a news conference Thursday,...

Chicago Bears release tight end Dion Sims

Feb. 21, 2019 5:33 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have released tight end Dion Sims. Signed by Chicago in 2017 after spending his first four years with Miami, Sims caught 17 passes for 189 yards over 22 games the past two years. But he went from making 14 starts to playing in just eight games last season —...

All officers hurt in Aurora shooting released from hospital

Feb. 21, 2019 4:27 PM EST

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Police say all five of the officers who were wounded last week in a deadly shooting at a warehouse in suburban Chicago have been released from the hospital. The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports that four of the officers hurt were released by Sunday, and the fifth was released Thursday. The...

Chicago police chief angry over alleged Smollett hoax

Feb. 21, 2019 4:23 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson took it personally when detectives determined that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett allegedly lied about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack . Speaking Thursday at a news conference, Johnson said he was angry and offended that another...

Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack

Feb. 21, 2019 3:32 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — "Empire" actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police last month that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Some key moments in the story: Jan. 22 — Smollett receives a racist and homophobic threatening letter at the studio in Chicago...

Defense asks for July 1 trial in Chinese scholar case

Feb. 21, 2019 11:02 AM EST

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys for a man accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China say they could be ready for a trial to begin July 1. A judge already denied a request from Brendt Christensen's attorneys to delay proceedings until October, but said he would be open to a...