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Daughter charged after mom's body found in Chicago freezer

Feb. 02, 2023 18:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman has been accused of keeping her mother's dead body in a freezer for nearly two years while living in a nearby apartment. Eva Bratcher, 69, appeared in court Thursday on charges of concealing her 96-year-old mother’s death and possessing a fraudulent...

3 charged with clashing with cops in separate Jan. 6 cases

Feb. 02, 2023 17:16 PM EST

Three men have been arrested on accusations that they clashed with police officers during separate incidents at the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday against men from Vermont, Illinois and...

Chicago suburb settles lawsuit over boy's shooting for $12M

Feb. 02, 2023 14:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The family of a suburban Chicago boy who was 12 when an officer shot him in the knee during a 2019 police raid will receive $12 million under a settlement of the family’s lawsuit. The settlement, which will be paid by the village of Richton Park’s insurance...

Disbarred, bankrupt lawyer Girardi charged with client theft

Feb. 01, 2023 20:23 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disgraced ex-lawyer Tom Girardi, once celebrated for winning massive settlements, has been indicted by federal grand juries in Los Angeles and Chicago on charges he stole more than $18 million from clients, prosecutors announced Wednesday. The charges are the...

Freight car derailment in Detroit disrupts Amtrak service

Feb. 01, 2023 15:38 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Some Amtrak commuter service between Detroit and Chicago has been disrupted after freight cars derailed along tracks on Detroit's southwest side. An Amtrak spokesman said several routes were canceled through Friday, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday. ...

Appeals court upholds restraining order on Illinois gun ban

Jan. 31, 2023 18:53 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appellate court on Tuesday upheld a temporary restraining order on enforcement of the state's three-week-old law banning semiautomatic weapons, enacted largely in response to the mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland...

Body of 96-year-old woman found in Chicago garage freezer

Jan. 31, 2023 18:42 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The body of a 96-year-old woman has been found inside a freezer in a garage behind a northwest Chicago apartment building. Police responded Monday afternoon to the building in the city's Portage Park neighborhood after receiving a call from a relative who lives in...

Column: Kennedy takes bold risks with NASCAR family business

Jan. 31, 2023 12:53 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ben Kennedy may someday be the head of NASCAR. If it happens, it won't be a case of nepotism. Yes, he is the the great-grandson of NASCAR’s founder, but the 31-year-old graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in sports management and has...

Judge drops R. Kelly sex-abuse charges at prosecutor's wish

Jan. 31, 2023 11:50 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge dismissed sex-abuse charges against R&B singer R. Kelly on Tuesday based on the recommendation of a Chicago prosecutor. The hearing lasted just minutes and came a day after Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx said she was comfortable dropping the case...

Adult Happy Meals, McRib, feed McDonald's sales in Q4

Jan. 31, 2023 11:38 AM EST

Adult Happy Meals and other limited-time promotions boosted traffic at McDonald’s restaurants during the fourth quarter despite higher prices. But the company warned that inflation __ particularly in Europe __ will continue to weigh on its operations this year. Global same-store...