Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ History buffs race to preserve dialect in Missouri ]]> Lead story image

A small circle of history researchers is racing to capture the last remnants of a little-known French dialect that endures in some old Missouri mining towns before the few remaining native speakers succumb to old age. So-called Missouri French is spoken by fewer than 30 people in Old Mines, southwest of St. Louis. ]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ala. man claims penis mistakenly amputated during circumcision ]]>

An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit. ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:38:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation ]]>

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation following turmoil in government. Yatsenyuk made the announcement from the dais of the parliament after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition. “I am announcing my resignation in connect with the collapse of the coalition,” Yatsenyuk said. He said the parliament could no longer do its work and pass necessary laws. The nationalist Svoboda party and the UDAR movement led by former boxer Vladimir Klitscho pulled out of the group of legislators that took over after former President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted by protesters … ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began ]]> Lead story image

Arizona officials say a murderer who was sentenced to death has died nearly two hours after his execution started. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:33:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge rules Colorado gay marriage ban unconstitutional ]]>

A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling until an appeals court hearing next month. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:34:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Photo: Father beats man unconscious for molesting his son, 11 ]]> Lead story image

A Daytona Beach father beat an 18-year-old man unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son early Friday morning, police said. ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ In Seattle, delivering legal pot illegally ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE (AP) — William “Jackrabbit” Large pulls his SUV onto the side of a downtown Seattle street, parking behind an Amazon Fresh delivery truck and carrying a product the online retailer doesn’t offer: marijuana. The thin, bespectacled Large is a delivery man for Winterlife, a Seattle company that is among a group of new businesses pushing the limits of Washington state’s recreational pot industry by offering to bring marijuana to almost any doorstep. “It’s an opportunity that should not be missed,” Large says with the kind of fast-talking voice meant for radio. While delivery services have existed for years to … ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Journalist, activist released by US Border Patrol ]]> Lead story image

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Prominent immigration activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who has lived and worked in the U.S. illegally for years, was released by U.S. Border Patrol agents on Tuesday after they detained him at a South Texas airport. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said Vargas was stopped going through security at the airport in McAllen, only a few miles from the Mexico border. A spokeswoman for Define American, Vargas’ advocacy group, confirmed his release Tuesday afternoon. It’s common for the Border Patrol to release people on their own recognizances, with notices to appear in court … ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returns to regular US Army duty ]]> Lead story image

Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, was returned to regular Army duty Monday and will be made available to Army investigators for questioning about his disappearance in 2009. ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:26:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Guatemalan boy who died hoping to reach brother in Chicago buried in hometown ]]> Lead story image

A 15-year-old Guatemalan boy whose death became a symbol of the perils facing children attempting to illegally cross in to the United States was buried in his hometown Saturday, amid prayers and tears from his family. When his decomposed remains were found, Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez had scribbled inside his belt buckle the phone number of an older brother in Chicago he had hoped to reach. ]]> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:56:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kitten thrown off Georgia bridge, swims to shore ]]>

Animal control officers say a 10-week-old kitten that was thrown over the railing of a bridge and into the Intracoastal Waterway survived and is recovering at an animal shelter, and police seeking the person who tossed him. ]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge: Gay couples can keep marrying in Colorado ]]> Lead story image

DENVER (AP) — Gay couples can keep getting married in Colorado, even though the state’s gay marriage ban is still in effect, a judge ruled Thursday. The decision by District Court Judge Andrew Hartman added to the national confusion over same-sex marriage, as he found a county clerk can continue giving marriage licenses to gay couples despite what the state’s attorney general calls “legal chaos” as the issue makes its way to the Colorado and U.S. Supreme Courts. An hour after Hartman issued his ruling, Denver’s clerk said she will join her counterpart in the liberal college town of Boulder … ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:34:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girl hoped to have been cured of HIV has relapsed ]]>

A Mississippi girl born with the AIDS virus and in remission for several years despite stopping treatment now shows signs that she still harbors HIV and therefore is not cured. The news is a setback to hopes that very early treatment with powerful HIV drugs might reverse an infection that has seemed permanent once it takes hold. ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:32:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police back off on plan to take explicit photo ]]>

Police in Virginia say they no longer will pursue efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old in an effort to prove a sexting case against him. Police and prosecutors faced a wave of criticism following media reports that they had obtained a warrant to take photos of the teen’s erect penis. ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:32:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ AIDS research team in Iowa loses $1.38M grant over fake results ]]>

An AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get a final payment of $1.38 million it had been awarded from the National Institutes of Health after a team member admitted last year to faking research results. ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:26:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 404 Memphis police officers call in sick ]]>

Memphis police say more than 400 officers have called in sick in the past week in what appears to be a deliberate action to protest planned health care cuts. ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:16:00 -0500