Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ FAA extends ban on low-flying airraft over Ferguson ]]>

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has extended a ban on flights operating below 3,000 feet over Ferguson, Missouri, for a week “to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.” The Washington Post said the notice, now effective through Aug. 25, was issued at the direction of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. The St. Louis County Police Department had asked for the initial restrictions last week because its helicopter was shot at during looting and unrest. That notice had lasted through Monday. The FAA agreed to order the first round of restrictions early last week to give police helicopters … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:31:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Thomas Augustine, Labor Department chief and dog musher, dead at 93 ]]> Lead story image

Thomas Augustine would come around a curve and see them — dogs waiting for owners who would never return. “People would abandon them in the country, places where we traveled,” Mr. Augustine told the Chicago Sun-Times last year. “We could see them standing beside the road, waiting for the people who left them there to come back and pick them up. But the people who had left them did not come back.” Still, these were lucky dogs. Mr. Augustine and his wife, Agnes, adopted them. They kept a sled dog team on their five-acre farm on South Western Avenue in Beecher. Mr. Augustine, as musher, would race them. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:54:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Guilty plea expected by marathon bombing suspect’s friend ]]> Lead story image

BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack. Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, is accused of removing a backpack containing emptied-out fireworks from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after realizing he was suspected of carrying out the 2013 attack with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Prosecutors said Kadyrbayev and another friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, decided to take the items from Tsarnaev’s room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth several days after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260. The … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 27-year-old who helped popularize ALS ice bucket challenge dies ]]>

Funeral arrangements have been set for a man who died over the weekend after diving off a building into Nantucket Harbor hours after fundraising for a Lou Gehrig’s disease charity in honor of his friend who inspired the ice-bucket challenge. ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:38:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ferguson city leaders urge people to “allow peace to settle in” ]]> Lead story image

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson city leaders urged people to stay home after dark Tuesday to “allow peace to settle in” and pledged to try to improve the police force in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police. In a public statement, the city said the mayor, the City Council and employees have been exploring ways to increase the number of African-American applicants to the law enforcement academy, develop incentive programs to encourage city residency for police officers and raise money for cameras that would be attached … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:56:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ US officials confirm American journalist, Northwestern grad James Foley beheaded by Islamic State ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON (AP) — A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist. Separately, Foley’s family confirmed his death in a statement posted on a Facebook page that was created to rally support for his release, saying they “have never been prouder of him.” “He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people,” said the statement, which was attributed to … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:18:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ announcer Don Pardo dead at 96 ]]> Lead story image

Don Pardo, one of TV’s best-known announcers for his work on “Saturday Night Live” and the original “Jeopardy!,” has died at the age of 96. “There was no greater thrill than hearing Don Pardo bellow your name for the first time in the opening credits of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” said longtime cast member Tina Fey. With his death, Fey said, “Late night will never sound as cool again.” ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:20:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers ]]> Lead story image

The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. The White House said President Barack Obama notified Congress Sunday that the widened mission would be limited in duration and scope. ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:02:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ More charges planned against Amish-kidnap suspects ]]> Lead story image

More charges are expected soon against a northern New York couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually abusing them, a prosecutor said Sunday. ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Teenage gunman in Denver suburb had been deemed not a high threat ]]> Lead story image

A teenager who fatally shot another student at his suburban Denver high school last year had been deemed “not a high-level of threat” after shouting a death threat against his debate coach three months earlier, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Uzo Aduba, Joe Morton, Jimmy Fallon among creative arts Emmy winners ]]> Lead story image

Uzo Aduba was among the winners of creative arts Emmy awards announced Saturday. Aduba was honored for her breakout role as a prisoner known as “Crazy Eyes” in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:37:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson ]]> Lead story image

Anger spurred by the death of a black teenager at the hands of a white police officer boiled over again when protesters stormed into a Missouri convenience store — the same store that Michael Brown was accused of robbing. ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Execution drug cost quadruples for Texas prisons ]]>

Texas is paying four times more for its execution drugs from a new supplier, putting it in line with a local consumer rate but well below the cost in at least one other death penalty state. ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ SeaWorld plans bigger killer whale environments ]]> Lead story image

Stung by criticism of its treatment of killer whales, SeaWorld said Friday that it will build new, larger environments at its theme parks and will fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild. ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police cite threats, won’t name cop who shot unarmed teen ]]> Lead story image

The police chief in a St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager said he’s holding off on publicly identifying the officer because of death threats. ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:48:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Michigan Governor: State taking ‘dramatic’ action on floods ]]>

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says the state has brought in additional squads of state troopers and other resources as part of broader efforts to help deal with severe flooding in the Detroit area. ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:42:00 -0500