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Rauner: Tax cuts, business reforms would prompt economic growth Video included

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is going after Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's record on veterans. More>>

New school year puts safety in the spotlight Video included

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School is back in session for 400,000 Chicago Public School students.
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4 dead, 36 wounded in Labor Day weekend shootings

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Four men were killed and at least 36 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city over Labor Day weekend. More>>

Locals react to latest beheading of American journalist Video included

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says the United States should take a hard line against the Islamic State group. More>>

Waukegan man charged after selling heroin to police

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A north suburban man was arrested last week after he sold heroin to an undercover detective in Waukegan. More>>

Garrett Popcorn changing name of 'Chicago Mix'

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Garrett Popcorn is changing the name of their popular "Chicago Mix." The delicious concoction of caramel and cheese popcorn will now be known as the "Garrett Mix."
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Girl, 7, reported missing from Gurnee

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Police are asking for the public's help finding a 7-year-old who is missing from north suburban Gurnee. More>>

South Side high school temporarily put on lockdown after shots reported

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A South Side high school was temporarily put on lockdown Tuesday morning, the first day of school for CPS students, after police received a call of shots fired nearby. More>>

Homeless man beaten to death in Logan Square Video included

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Police are investigating the murder of a homeless man who was beaten to death in an alley in Logan Square.

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Jury selection begins in O'Laughlin murder case Video included

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Jury selection begins Tuesday in the murder trial of 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin. More>>

Quinn: Eating crackers on minimum wage challenge

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Gov. Pat Quinn says his experience trying to live on the minimum wage for a week has meant graham crackers for dinner. More>>

Police: Man tried to lure kids into van on Northwest Side

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Police are warning residents after a man tried to lure a group of children into a van Monday afternoon in the Forest Glen neighborhood on the Northwest Side. More>>

$900K winning lottery ticket sold on Near North Side

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A Near North Side newsstand sold a winning $900,000 ticket for Saturday's Lucky Day Lotto drawing. More>>

State starts accepting medical marijuana requests

Thousands of patients in Illinois will be able to start requesting permission to use marijuana under a new state law. More>>

Man charged with throwing baby from vehicle

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A South Shore man was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly beat his girlfriend and her son early Monday before throwing her 8-month-old daughter from a moving vehicle, which then ran the baby over in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side. More>>

School to begin in Chicago with more safety guards Video included

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Chicago children will walk past even more guards on their first day of school than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day. More>>

Officials: One dead after house explosion in LaSalle County

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At least one person is dead after a house explosion Monday night in southwest suburban Streator, which is about 60 miles southwest of Joliet. More>>

Kids, parents make final preparations as CPS set to begin Video included

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The Labor Day holiday is over and school is set to begin at 7:45 Tuesday morning for Chicago Public Schools students.
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Supt. McCarthy comments on fatal shooting of unarmed Chicagoan Video included

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Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Monday defended the conduct of an off-duty cop whose shooting of an unarmed man was caught on surveillance cameras a year ago. More>>

Ferguson police begin using body cameras; Chicago next? Video included

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Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri have begun using body cameras, and now the cameras may soon be used in Chicago as well.
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'Major' fire reported at Evanston towing company

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Firefighters were battling a blaze that started Sunday afternoon at a towing company in north suburban Evanston. More>>

Oak Lawn bookstore lives on in a digital world Video included

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There are a lot of stories on these shelves. More>>

US Rep. Duckworth announces she's pregnant

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she's pregnant and expecting a baby girl in early December. More>>

Inbound Kennedy reopens after semi rollover at Addison

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All lanes of the Kennedy Expressway are open again after a rollover crash involving a semi that temporarily closed all inbound lanes Monday afternoon on the Northwest Side. More>>

US eating habits improve a bit, except among poor

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A new study says Americans' eating habits have improved - except among the poor. More>>

Man run over, killed after fight in Little Village

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A man died Sunday morning after being beaten and run over with a car in the Southwest Side Little Village neighborhood. More>>

Chicago Heights teen drowns playing in Kankakee River

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A 14-year-old boy from south suburban Chicago Heights drowned while playing in a river with friends Sunday in Kankakee County. More>>

Study: Action-packed TV might make you snack more

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Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show. More>>

Bridge work to cause Kennedy detours Wednesday near downtown

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Work on the Ohio Street bridge over the Kennedy Expressway will require some ramp closures and will create significant detours for drivers downtown Wednesday night. More>>

Cubs honor Jackie Robinson West little leaguers

The Chicago Cubs are tipping their hats to a championship team at Wrigley Field: The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars.
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Suspected 'No Boundaries Bandit' nabbed in western suburbs

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The alleged “No Boundaries Bandit,” suspected of robbing more than a dozen banks in the Chicago area, was arrested Sunday in the western suburbs, according to a Cicero official. More>>

Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight

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McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the... More>>

Chicago police: Murders down, but shootings up Video included

The Chicago Police Department says there were fewer murders in the first eight months of 2014 than in the same period last year. But they also indicate there were more shootings. More>>

More rain, storms possible for rest of Labor Day

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After a drizzly start to Labor Day, the Chicago area could see more rain and possibly a thunderstorm later Monday, forecasters said. More>>

Mannheim interchange work to close I-190 ramps starting Tuesday

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Part of the Mannheim Road interchange at Interstate 190 near O'Hare Airport will be closed starting Tuesday for ongoing construction. More>>

Boy finds body in Gary pond

Authorities say a boy out fishing found a man's body in a northwestern Indiana pond. More>>

Bishop Trotter shows support for Oberweis in U.S. Senate race Video included

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Another prominent Chicago figure has joined the crusade to elect Illinois' "dairy king" to the U.S. Senate. Bishop Larry Trotter has thrown his support behind Republican Jim Oberweis. More>>

FOX Furry Friend of the Week: Cat Ezra Video included

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FOX 32 News has teamed up with no-kill shelter PAWS Chicago to bring you an adoptable pet each week. This week, we're featuring an adorable cat named Ezra! More>>

Master Chef casting call coming to Chicago

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Master Chef is one of the hottest shows on FOX, featuring a series of showdowns in the kitchen.
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Gang member to plead guilty in murder from 11 years ago

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An affiliate of the Two Six street gang is admitting his role in an 11-year-old East Chicago murder, the Post-Tribune is reporting. More>>

Elmhurst couple in murder-suicide were doting parents: neighbors Video included

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A day after an elderly couple and their developmentally disabled adult children were found shot to death inside an Elmhurst home, four white crosses bearing their names lined a fence outside the well-maintained home on a quiet side street. More>>

Rollover crash on Dan Ryan temporarily closes inbound express lanes

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The inbound express lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway were temporarily closed at 39th Street Sunday afternoon after a single-vehicle rollover crash. More>>

Quinn to live on minimum wage for week

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is hoping to show first-hand what it's like to live on the state's minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. More>>

Man dies after being pulled from Lake Michigan on North Side

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A man died after he was pulled from Lake Michigan near Foster Beach on the North Side Sunday morning. More>>

Gary courthouse to be closed ‘until further notice' after fire

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The Lake County Courthouse in Gary will be closed indefinitely following a small fire Thursday that damaged a key electrical component, the Post-Tribune is reporting. More>>

White Sox honor Jackie Robinson West Little League All-Star team

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The coaches and players on the Jackie Robinson West Little League All-Star team were honored Saturday by the Chicago White Sox. More>>

Prosecutors: Man in CTA stabbing permanently disfigured

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A commuter was permanently disfigured after another CTA passenger slashed him in the face with a hunting knife.
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Ex-teacher urges court to toss sex conviction

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A former Hammond, Ind., teacher who pleaded guilty to possessing naked pictures of two students now claims he's innocent because the pictures were not lascivious in nature. More>>

FBI: North Side bank robbery is suspect's second

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A man suspected of robbing a Lakeview neighborhood bank earlier this month struck again Saturday morning in the Edgewater neighborhood, the FBI said. More>>

Four more speed cameras activating next week

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Four new speed cameras will start issuing warnings to drivers next week in the Pilsen, Norwood Park, McKinley Park and North Lawndale neighborhoods. More>>

Highway interchange named for former Chicago mayor

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A highway interchange near downtown Chicago has been named for former Mayor Jane Byrne. More>>

Kraft Recalls American Singles Cheese Slices

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Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier. More>>

Chicagoans unite to promote peace this weekend Video included

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After all the violence in Chicago last weekend, several groups came together in different parts of the city with a common goal -- to promote peace this weekend. More>>

One Direction has guests shuckin' and jivin' at Soldier Field this weekend Video included

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Tens of thousands of people -- mostly girls and some parents -- made their way into Soldier Field Friday night to see One Direction.
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Jackie Robinson player, family have no permanent home Video included

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One of the players from the Jackie Robinson West Little League team is living with friends and family because he has no permanent home, but help is on the way. More>>

13 hospitalized after O'Hare shuttle bus crash Video included

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At least 13 people, including an off-duty firefighter, were injured after a shuttle bus was involved in a crash near O'Hare International Airport, clogging traffic heading to one of the terminals at the start of the busy Labor Day travel period. More>>

1 injured when car crashes into garage in western suburb Video included

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A man was airlifted to the hospital Friday morning after the car he was driving crashed into a garage and rolled over in West Chicago. More>>

Paramedic becomes father after delivering own baby on Edens Video included

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An off-duty paramedic delivered his own baby girl on the Edens Expressway Friday morning. More>>

Motorboat that sank, killing three, finally found, 7 miles offshore

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The Chicago Police Marine Unit, after scanning the depths of Lake Michigan daily for two months, has found the 33-foot motorboat that sank off the coast of Chicago in late May, killing three of four occupants. More>>

Northwest suburban teacher wanted for sexually assaulting girl

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A northwest suburban grade school teacher who allegedly sexually assaulted a girl two years ago may have fled the country, police said. More>>

Illinois governor grants 38 clemency requests

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has taken action on 124 clemency petitions, granting 38 and denying 86. More>>

Men tried to lure 12-year-old Aurora girl into vehicle

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Two men tried to lure a 12-year-old girl into a vehicle as she walked to school Friday morning in west suburban Aurora. More>>

School lockdown lifted after gunshots, manhunt in Beach Park

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The Lake County Sheriff's office is investigating a report of shots fired in north suburban Beach Park Friday morning which forced two schools to cancel bus service and put the district in a soft lockdown. More>>

Adjusted CTA bus schedule for fall starts Sunday

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Check your bus schedules, Chicago.
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Police trying to arrange Chief Keef's surrender on Lake County warrant

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A week after a warrant was issued for Chief Keef's arrest for missing a court hearing, the Chicago rapper has still not turned up, prompting officials to push his attorney to arrange his surrender. More>>

Uptick in travel expected over Labor Day weekend, roadwork halted Video included

The Illinois Department of Transportation says it will suspend non-emergency roadwork over the Labor Day weekend to help reduce congestion and speed traffic. More>>

Woman found guilty in Joliet double murder Video included

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A Will County judge on Friday found a 20-year-old woman guilty in a 2013 double murder in Joliet that generated headlines for its brutality, the Sun-Times is reporting. More>>

IU student from Libertyville dies at sorority house

An Indiana University spokesman says foul play isn't suspected in the death of a 20-year-old student from suburban Chicago at a campus sorority house. More>>

Chicago fantasy football league prepares for memorable draft Video included

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This weekend, people around the world will be gathering together to draft their fantasy football teams. But for one local fantasy league, this draft will be a little different. More>>

New revelations in fatal car accident in Naperville

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A Geneva man accused of being drunk when his car plunged into a west suburban Naperville pond initially pointed the finger at his two friends who drowned as a result of the crash, according to prosecutors. More>>

Husband of woman killed in I-55 crash sues trucker

The husband of a victim of a crash on Interstate 55 south of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against the driver of the truck that plowed into several slowly moving vehicles, killing five. More>>

Electrical fire closes courthouse in Gary

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A small electrical fire Thursday at the Lake County Courthouse in Gary forced the evacuation of the building and will force its closure until at least Sept. 3, the Post-Tribune is reporting. More>>

Woman seriously wounded in Little Village shooting

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A woman was shot and seriously wounded Thursday night in the Little Village neighborhood. More>>

Illinois Tollway lowers cost of I-PASS temporarily

The upfront cost of an I-PASS account for the Illinois Tollway system is getting cheaper. More>>

Suit: Bob Rohrman Auto Group illegally collected employees' wages

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Two former employees of the Bob Rohrman Auto Group are suing the company, alleging that they and other employees were forced to give up part of their wages as a way to help dealerships make up profit losses.
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Father trapped in Cook County Jail files lawsuit Video included

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A Chicago man who was stuck inside the Cook County Jail for 32 hours earlier this month has now filed a lawsuit alleging negligence.
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Englewood residents selected to represent Chicago at UN Peace Conference Video included

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Chicago does not have the highest murder rate in America statistically, but the violence here has become part of our reputation around the globe. More>>

The legacy of Michael Jordan: drafted 30 years ago

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Michael Jordan was drafted by the Chicago Bulls 30 years ago on June 19, 1984.
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Yoga teacher inspires Englewood residents to improve community Video included

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There are entire neighborhoods where old folks are afraid to come out of their homes, young people hang out at their own risk and strangers don't dare drive through. These are places that have our city at a Tipping Point between hope and despair.
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Hollywood star Hill Harper hopes to inspire juveniles awaiting trial Video included

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Hill Harper came to Chicago and paid a visit behind bars, hoping to strike a chord with young men at the Tipping Point. More>>

Chicago-Asia 2014 Peace Exchange combats violence Video included

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There's a growing anti-violence movement, led by young people, who are bringing their message into Chicago classrooms. More>>

Special Olympics: Athlete Allison Leehaug

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Special Olympics is full of fierce competitors and Allison Leehaug is perhaps among the most fierce. More>>

FOX 32 News Special on Education: Chicago at the Tipping Point Video included

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In a FOX 32 News Special Report on Education, we explore K-12 education in Illinois -- what's good with it, what's bad with it, what's fixable, and maybe not fixable.

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CPS implementing `five essentials` to create better schools, seeing results Video included

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The emotion is real when you start messing with neighborhood schools. Parents are fed up with years of reforming, re-staffing, merging, closing, taking over and turning around with mixed results for students.

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Ill. school funding system produces vastly disparate levels of spending Video included

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They are the most fiercely fought-over questions in Illinois politics. And they help to explain other fights, including the current battle over the state income tax. When it comes to public school funding, who should pay? And, how much is enough? More>>

How technology is changing the way children learn Video included

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Tots on laptops and tablets, they are masters at home and now they're swiping their way through school too. More>>

School inequity: Does education quality depend on where you live? Video included

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The wide range of needs in different schools, and even within schools, makes it tough to reach a consensus on how to improve education. More>>

Tipping Point: Technology in education Video included

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Young individuals are masters of technology at home, and now, they're swiping their way through school too. More>>

Special Olympics: Athlete Amelia Hernandez

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Growing up on the west side of Chicago, Amelia Hernandez has been competing in Special Olympics since she was 7 years old.
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Tipping Point: Price for a CPS education varies by location Video included

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A child growing up in the Austin neighborhood is getting a Chicago Public School’s education that costs about $9,500 a year. In Oak Park, a child receives an education worth more than $13,000 a year.
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Miami student's wallet returned anonymously with extra $20 to show 'world is a great place' Video included

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A Miami Marlins fan who lost his wallet during a game had also lost hope of ever finding it again until a fellow fan returned it but not without asking for a special favor. Cristhian Reyes, a senior at Miami Senior High School, had gone out to Opening Day to catch the hometown Marlins take on the Colorado Rockies. When Reyes reached into his pocket, a sinking feeling hit him: his wallet was gone. "I was looking all over, like the seats, to see if I had just dropped it," Rey... More>>

Pensions pose latest challenge for Chicago mayor Video included

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Rahm Emanuel has been a force in politics and now the hard-charging mayor intent on fixing what ails the nation's third-largest city. More>>

Vandals Flip Smart Cars in San Francisco

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Police were investigating why four Smart cars were flipped over during an apparent vandalism spree early Monday morning in San Francisco.  More>>

Surprise 'Wedding' Lets Dying Father Walk Daughter Down Aisle

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A noble photographer refused to let a father's pancreatic cancer prevent him from walking his youngest daughter down the aisle. More>>

$77,000 raised for mom accused of leaving kids in locked car Video included

While some have expressed outrage this single mom's actions, she's also developed support from all over the U.S. from people who say they sympathize with her situation. FOX 10's Marc Martinez reports.
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Person hurt in Northfield shooting, Chief Keef allegedly involved

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A person is hospitalized in intensive care after being shot Wednesday morning in north suburban Northfield. More>>

Homeless man `wins` lottery, first thought is to share prize

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Once in a while, a story comes along that affirms there are good people in the world. There are people who are genuinely grateful for the smallest things, with the instinct to share even when they have next to nothing. More>>

Netflix falls victim to phishing scam

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If you are a Netflix customer, listen up: There could be a very new phishing scam greeting you when you try to log onto your account. More>>

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  • Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression

    Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:44:35 GMT
    Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe,...
    Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering...
  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:23:08 GMT
    The World Food Program says it provided food to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria last month.
    Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant...
  • Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes

    Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:24:18 GMT
    Amnesty International has accused the militant Islamic State group of carrying out a systematic campaign of mass killings, abductions and ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq that could amount to war crimes.
    An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq targeting indigenous religious minorities, as well as conducting mass killings of men and...

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