Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Joan Rivers died of complication from procedure at doctor’s office, medical examiner rules ]]> Lead story image

Joan Rivers died from low blood oxygen during a routine medical procedure to check out voice changes and reflux, the New York City medical examiner’s office ruled Thursday. ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:30:23 -0600 <![CDATA[ Cops finish pizza delivery after Pizza Hut driver injured ]]> Lead story image

PORTLAND, Ore. — After a pizza delivery driver was injured in a crash in Portland, Oregon, two police officers completed the delivery for him. Steve Huckins said that he and his wife were concerned Sept. 1 when the officers showed up at their home, but they started laughing when they received the pizza. They’re thanking Officers Michael Filbert and Royce Curtiss for going out of their way. The Pizza Hut driver hurt his neck and back in the collision at an intersection. AP … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:34:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state ]]> Lead story image

Last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don’t recognize gay marriages. ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:44:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Pentagon says Khorasan group was nearing U.S. attack ]]> Lead story image

In a separate action from the air strikes against the Islamic State group, the U.S. bombed a cell of al-Qaida militants in northwestern Syria after concluding they were close to attacking the U.S. or Europe, Pentagon officials say. ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:06:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Police: 3 people dead in shooting at UPS facility ]]> Lead story image

Police say three people have been killed in a shooting at a UPS facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham police Lt. Sean Edwards tells The Associated Press that the gunman was killed along with two other people in the Tuesday morning gunfire. ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:58:28 -0600 <![CDATA[ Kentucky firefighter shocked during ‘ice bucket challenge’ dies ]]>

A central Kentucky firefighter injured in an “ice bucket challenge” has died a month after a power line shocked him and another man. ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:52:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ White House intruder prompts boost in security ]]> Lead story image

The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, officials said Saturday. ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:24:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Man commits suicide after killing 6 grandkids, daughter: cops ]]> Lead story image

BELL, Fla. — A man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at a home in a small town in North Florida Thursday, a sheriff said. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:40:24 -0600 <![CDATA[ 2 charter schools run by Des Plaines-based Concept Schools added to Ohio misconduct inquiry ]]> Lead story image

A state inquiry in Ohio into allegations of misconduct inside Concept Schools, the embattled charter-school chain based in Des Plaines, has been expanded to two additional Ohio cities. The FBI has been investigating Concept charter schools in Ohio and several other states, including Illinois. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:34:47 -0600 <![CDATA[ NASA’s Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend ]]> Lead story image

Mars, get ready for another visitor or two. This weekend, NASA’s Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday night. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:39:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ 2014 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winners unveiled ]]> Lead story image

CHICAGO — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants.” The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced on Wednesday the 2014 recipients, who will each receive $625,000 to spend any way they like. Three Illinois winners include Mark Hersam, 39, of Northwestern University in Evanston; Tami Bond, 50, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Tara Zahra, 38, University of Chicago. Hersam is a … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:03:38 -0600 <![CDATA[ Obama to send 3,000 from military to help fight Ebola in W. Africa ]]>

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:30:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Others pitch in to finish deceased Scout’s project ]]>

About 70 people worked this weekend to help finish an Eagle Scout project left incomplete after a Pittsburgh area teen died during football practice. ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Dad in Georgia hot car death charged with murder ]]>

A Georgia man whose son died after he was left in a hot car for seven hours has been charged with murder in the toddler’s death. ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:34:00 -0600