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Politics Sep 26Amy Coney Barrett, high court pick, is Scalia’s heir
Although Amy Coney Barrett is the president’s choice to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she is more aptly described as heir to another departed Supreme Court justice: conservative hero Antonin Scalia.
Nation Aug 26Only Native American on federal death row executed
The only Native American on federal death row is set to die Wednesday for the slayings of a 9-year-old and her grandmother nearly two decades ago, though many Navajos are hoping for last-minute intervention by President Donald Trump to halt…
Nation Aug 17Review cites ‘operational failures’ in Smollett prosecution
A special prosecutor in Chicago says Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her office abused their discretion in the case against actor Jussie Smollett but did nothing criminal.
Economy Apr 23Legal battles loom as businesses hit by virus sue insurers
The Billy Goat Tavern and millions of other shuttered businesses nationwide have turned to their insurers to help recoup their losses following state-mandated closures, but insurers have widely rejected the claims.
World Apr 11Crime drops around the world as COVID-19 keeps people inside
The coronavirus pandemic that has crippled big-box retailers and mom-and-pop shops worldwide may be making a dent in illicit business, too.
Politics Feb 19WATCH: Former Gov. Blagojevich praises Trump from Chicago home after release
Blagojevich landed at O'Hare airport hours after walking out of a Colorado prison where he served eight years, promising to work for judicial and criminal justice reform while maintaining his innocence.
Politics Feb 18WATCH: Trump commutes former Gov. Blagojevich sentence, pardons others
The former governor was convicted of political corruption in 2010, just months after he appeared on Trump's reality TV show, "Celebrity Apprentice."…
Nation Aug 23Special prosecutor appointed to investigate Jussie Smollett case
The former "Empire" actor, who is black and gay, maintains that the January attack was not orchestrated. But if the special prosecutor, former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, determines that the charges shouldn't have been dropped, he could recommend that they…
Nation Jul 25Prosecutor says more people could be charged in R. Kelly case
More charges and more defendants could be added to the federal case against R. Kelly in Chicago that currently alleges child pornography and other crimes by the R&B singer and two associates, a prosecutor told a judge Thursday.
Nation Jun 06R. Kelly pleads not guilty to additional sex charges
Among the 11 new counts are four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.