Suspect in Chicago-area parade shooting charged with 7 counts of murder

Suspect in Chicago-area parade shooting charged with 7 counts of murder

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., (Reuters) - The man accused of opening fire on a July Fourth parade near Chicago was charged with seven counts of murder, as police revealed they had reported him as posing a "clear and present danger" after alleged threats to his family in 2019. Robert E. Crimo III, 21, is suspected of shooting his victims from a sniper's perch on a rooftop above the parade in the suburb of Highland Park, Illinois. He would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted, Illinois state attorney Eric Reinhart said. A handout…
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Fourth of July shooter on rooftop kills 6 in Chicago’s Highland Park suburb

Fourth of July shooter on rooftop kills 6 in Chicago’s Highland Park suburb

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (Reuters) -A gunman perched on a rooftop opened fire on families waving flags and children riding bikes at a Fourth of July parade on Monday, killing six and wounding more than 36 in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park. The gunman climbed to the roof of a business using a ladder in an alley, police said. The attack turned a civic display of patriotism into a scene of panicked mayhem. Hours later, police announced that they had a suspect in custody after 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III surrendered to authorities. A handout photo made available by the…
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Five killed in shooting at July 4 parade in Chicago suburb of Highland Park

Five killed in shooting at July 4 parade in Chicago suburb of Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (Reuters) -Five people were killed and several more were injured in a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park on Monday, officials said, as panicked spectators fled the scene. The city of Highland Park reported on its website that five people were dead and 16 transferred to hospital. "Numerous law enforcement officers are responding and have secured a perimeter around downtown Highland Park," the statement said. The shooting comes with gun violence fresh on the minds of many Americans, after a massacre on May 24 killed 19 school children…
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Hundreds protest Chicago police killing of 13-year-old boy

Hundreds protest Chicago police killing of 13-year-old boy

Hundreds marched through the streets of Chicago on Friday to protest the police shooting of Adam Toledo, a day after the city released a graphic video of a police officer shooting and killing the 13-year-old Latino boy in an alley two weeks ago. Demonstrators chanted "Hands up, don't shoot!" and "No justice, no peace!" while hoisting signs with messages such as "Justice for Adam Toledo" and "Stop Racist Police Terror!" in a march that remained peaceful as night fell. The demonstrators observed a moment of silence and expressed solidarity with the boy's relatives, who had implored protesters to remain peaceful.…
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Traditional Chicago Marathon not yet ruled out

Traditional Chicago Marathon not yet ruled out

The unrelenting pace of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States have fuelled further doubts on the organisation of the popular Chicago Marathon. The race, which is expected to welcome some 45,000 participants through 29 city neighborhood, is so far scheduled for Sunday 11th October. In view of recent developments, the organisers have sent an email to all registered runners explaining that at this point in time they are 'unable to say definitively whether or not the race will proceed'. Marathons involve months of specialised training and runners would generally need to take an early decision in terms of their…
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Chicago sees most violent day in almost 60 years as 18 are killed in city

Chicago sees most violent day in almost 60 years as 18 are killed in city

Chicago suffered its most violent day in almost 60 years when 18 people were killed as rioting and looting broke out amid the George Floyd protests. The fatalities figure on Sunday 31 May was the highest on record according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab, which has been tracking the data since 1961. Among those reportedly killed was a man paying his cell phone bill, a high school student and a visitor from Washington DC seeing his family for the weekend. Intense pressure on police resources as the protests turned violent could be one factor, with 65,000 calls being…
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Computer outage causes delays at several US airports

Computer outage causes delays at several US airports

Travellers have been delayed at several major US airports due to a technical issue affecting customs checks. US authorities said computers are coming slowly back online after a nationwide outage caused delays for international passengers. United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it was “experiencing a temporary outage with its processing systems at various air ports [sic] of entry” and was trying to fix the problem. It said passengers were being processed “using alternative procedures.” Los Angeles airport tweeted that its systems were slowly returning to normal, and the outage had "no significant impacts to flights". As well as…
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Chicago elects first female black mayor

Chicago elects first female black mayor

  The US city of Chicago has made history by electing an African-American woman as its mayor for the first time. Lori Lightfoot, 56, is a former federal prosecutor who has not held political office before. Lightfoot was viewed as an outsider to the race, and campaigned on a platform to end political corruption and help lower-income families. She fought off competition from 13 other candidates and dominated the final run-off election with more than 74% when the vote was called. Her final victory came on Wednesday in a run-off vote against Toni Preckwinkle - another African-American woman. Ms Lightfoot…
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First lawsuit against Boeing over Ethiopian Airlines crash

First lawsuit against Boeing over Ethiopian Airlines crash

A lawsuit against Boeing Co was filed in US federal court in Chicago in what appeared to be the first suit over an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash that killed 157 people. The lawsuit, by the family of Jackson Musoni, a citizen of Rwanda, alleges that Boeing had defectively designed the automated flight control system. The lawsuit was filed by Musoni’s three minor children, who are Dutch citizens residing in Belgium. In it they say Boeing failed to warn the public, airlines and pilots of the airplane’s allegedly erroneous sensors, causing the aircraft to dive automatically and uncontrollably. The…
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