Head of Chicago nonprofit accused using grant funds on self

Posted on May 23, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - A trial is underway of the head of a Chicago nonprofit who is accused of using a $60,000 Illinois grant to help impoverished youth for personal expenses. Franshuan Myles is charged with wire fraud and mail fraud stemming from her work at the now-defunct Divine Praise Inc. She has pleaded innocent. Federal prosecutors say the 39-year-old Myles started using grant for personal gain almost immediately after the money showed up in ...

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Apollo 11 relic owned by Illinois woman to be auctioned off

Posted on May 23, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois woman's bag of moon dust brought to earth by Apollo 11 astronauts will be auctioned off later this year. The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/2qaZSjj) Nancy Lee Carlson of suburban Chicago bought the moon dust for $995 at a 2015 government auction. After she sent it to Johnson Space Center for authentication, officials deemed it government property and confiscated it. The government said the "rare artifact" was ...

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Boeing blamed for maintenance errors on Air Force One

Posted on May 22, 2017

By ROBERT BURNSAP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Air Force is blaming Boeing mechanics for accidental contamination of the oxygen system aboard one of the modified Boeing 747 planes known as Air Force One used for presidential travel. The plane was undergoing maintenance at a Boeing facility in San Antonio, Texas, when the mishap occurred in April 2016. No one was injured. An Air Force accident investigation report released this ...

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Student killed by hammer throw wasn’t paying attention

Posted on May 22, 2017

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) - An investigation has determined that a suburban Chicago college student was not paying attention to the hammer throw at a track and field meet last month when he was struck and killed by an errant throw. The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2qI6F6v ) reports that Wheaton Police Detective Andrew Unlir says Ethan Roser was watching two other volunteers playing with a stick during warmups of the April 22 event at Wheaton ...

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APNewsBreak: 2 more leaks found along Dakota Access pipeline

Posted on May 22, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Dakota Access pipeline system leaked more than 100 gallons (380 liters) of oil in two separate incidents in North Dakota in March as crews prepared the pipeline for operation. They're the $3.8 billion pipeline's second and third known leaks. A state Health Department database shows 84 gallons (320 liters) spilled at a pipeline terminal in Watford City on March 3. An agency of the federal Department of Transportation ...

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Chicago development renews interest in housing program

Posted on May 22, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Officials of a 30-year-old housing agency originally intended to stop white flight in northwest Chicago say it's seeing renewed interest, partly due to anxiety about a proposed apartment complex. The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2qHymwj ) reports the Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program launched in the 1980s. It allows members to get property appraisals and pays for shortfalls when owners sell their houses, as long as they ...

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Illinois counties team up to make jury pools more diverse

Posted on May 22, 2017

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Two judges in Illinois say a new pilot program aimed at ensuring minorities are well represented in local jury pools will be "revolutionary." The Journal Star (http://bit.ly/2qHwhR5 ) reports that Peoria, Rock Island, St. Clair, Sangamon and Winnebago counties will gather demographics on their jury pools for the next year and then use ZIP codes to make sure they get a diverse group based on population. Chief Judge Paul ...

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Chicago seeks to assure immigrants they’re welcome in city

Posted on May 22, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago has launched a campaign hailing the contribution of immigrants amid a harder line taken by President Donald Trump on immigration issues. The campaign is called "One Chicago." Its stated aim is to assure immigrants they're welcome in the nation's third largest city. Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially kicked it off at an event Sunday. He spoke emotionally about his own grandfather coming to the U.S. at age 13. Videos of immigr...

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Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse

Posted on May 22, 2017

By CARLA K. JOHNSONAP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) - Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery: Does treating opioid addiction with medication save lives? Or does it trade one addiction for another?Health Secretary Tom Price's recent comments - one replying to a reporter's question, the other in a newspaper op-ed - waver between two strongly held views. Medication-assisted treatment, ...

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