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Feds charge DEA agent with trafficking drugs, guns with gang

Dec. 11, 2018 7:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A former suburban Chicago police officer is accused of trafficking drugs and guns to a violent international street gang and then joining the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency so he could continue. Forty-one year old Fernando Gomez was arrested Tuesday in Chicago — the same day a...

Men accused in mosque attack face federal trial in Minnesota

Dec. 11, 2018 6:21 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three members of an Illinois militia group accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque will have their federal cases consolidated for trial in Minnesota. Michael Hari, Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris were arrested in March in connection with last year's explosion at Dar Al-Farooq Islamic...

Michigan governor seeks Illinois' help with Asian carp plan

Dec. 11, 2018 6:15 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is urging his Illinois counterpart to help pay for a project to keep invasive carp from establishing themselves in the Great Lakes. Snyder sent a letter Tuesday to fellow outgoing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, seeking support in fortifying a waterway. Snyder...

9,000 firearms and counting: Illegal guns flood Chicago

Dec. 11, 2018 12:31 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Ke'Shon Newman's daily routine is guided by guns — the hundreds of illegal pistols, revolvers and other firearms that torment his South Side neighborhood. He walks on brightly lit streets, the ones lined with Jamaican jerk and seafood joints, minimarkets, the White Castle, a Shell gas...

Fox sparks 2nd-half rally, Kings beat Bulls 108-89

Dec. 10, 2018 11:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — De'Aaron Fox put together another impressive offensive display on Monday night. And all he wanted to talk about was defense. Fox scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, helping the Sacramento Kings rally for a 108-89 victory over the lowly Chicago Bulls. The speedy Fox went 8 for 11...

Packers look to keep momentum going under Philbin

Dec. 10, 2018 8:02 PM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — One week, one win for Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin. Now, the self-effacing, self-deprecating Philbin wants to keep the momentum going from Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons to keep alive Green Bay's slim playoff hopes. At the least, there are positive vibes in the...

Bears on verge of playoffs after 'D' dominates against Rams

Dec. 10, 2018 6:44 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears were in trouble, leading by nine with the Rams in prime position following a big interception return by Joe Johnson III on an overthrown ball by Mitchell Trubisky. On the next play, with Los Angeles at the 27, Kyle Fuller picked off a wobbly pass by Jared Goff. In...

Chicago man campaigning for local candidate shot in the leg

Dec. 10, 2018 4:43 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police say a volunteer for a City Council candidate was shot in the leg as he was speaking on Facebook Live while campaigning in one of the city's most violent neighborhoods. Police say that Maxwell Omowale Justice was speaking to the camera as he was handing out flyers and trying to...

The myths and truths about Chicago's guns and murder rate

Dec. 10, 2018 4:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are wrestling with gun violence, blamed largely on gangs. President Donald Trump has frequently singled out the city for criticism , calling the crime problem "a total disaster" and claiming Chicago has the strongest guns laws in the nation and still hasn't been able to curb...

Glenn Beck gives $50K to Lincoln artifacts debt

Dec. 10, 2018 9:52 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Media personality and political commentator Glenn Beck is pitching in to keep a trove of artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln in the 16th president's hometown. Beck's charity, Mercury One, has donated $50,000 toward a $9.2 million debt owed for a collection of 1,400 artifacts...