Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Australian police: 15 detained as raids thwart Islamic State beheading plot ]]> Lead story image

Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They detained 15 people and raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney, though nine of those brought in were freed before the day was over. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ A guide to Scotland as it votes on independence ]]> Lead story image

The people of Scotland are deciding Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:37:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Scotland votes in historic independence referendum ]]> Lead story image

Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands Thursday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage with England that built an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:39:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Scientists’ colossal squid exam a kraken good show ]]> Lead story image

It was a calm morning in Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ King Richard III died painfully on battlefield ]]> Lead story image

The reviled king suffered nearly a dozen injuries on the battlefield, but the fatal blows were probably only sustained after he had to abandon his horse, according to a new paper. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:52:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ World Health Organization: Nearly $1 billion needed to contain Ebola ]]> Lead story image

The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could cost nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:20:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Timeline: Tracing the rise of Ebola in West Africa ]]> Lead story image

Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea and then spreading to another country and then two more nations with authorities being alternately alarmed or confident. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:01:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hurricane Odile slams Baja California, destroying homes, hotels ]]> Lead story image

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Odile weakened to a tropical storm Monday night after blazing a trail of destruction through Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels, and left entire neighborhoods as disaster zones. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:19:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Former Auschwitz guard, 93, charged with 300,000 counts ]]> Lead story image

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp, prosecutors said Monday. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ US man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor ]]> Lead story image

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:26:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Video shows ISIS beheading British aid worker ]]> Lead story image

Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and late Saturday British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned his slaying as “an act of pure evil.” ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:30:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Northern Ireland’s Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dead at 88 ]]> Lead story image

For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: “No” and “Never.” The Protestant minister who became the province’s most divisive politician used the slogan “Ulster Says No!” to oppose Anglo-Irish negotiations over the future of Northern Ireland. Mr. Paisley died Friday at age 88, his wife said. ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:58:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pistorius, guilty of ‘culpable homicide,’ faces up to 15 years ]]> Lead story image

A judge has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide — but not guilty of murder — in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Though disappointed, prosecutors will wait until sentencing to decide whether to appeal. ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:22:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pistorius can’t be found guilty of murder: judge ]]> Lead story image

The judge in Oscar Pistorius’ trial said Thursday he can’t be found guilty of murder but that he was negligent in the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, raising the possibility that the double-amputee Olympian will be convicted of culpable homicide. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:37:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ British royal couple expecting second child ]]> Lead story image

LONDON — British royal couple the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are expecting their second child, royal officials said Monday. The duchess is also being treated for severe morning sickness The couple’s Clarence House office said they and their families were “delighted” with the baby news. The former Kate Middleton was being treated at Kensington Palace for severe morning sickness, Clarence House said. She was hospitalized for the same condition, hyperemesis gravidarum, during her first pregnancy with Prince George, who was born in July 2013. She recovered after a short hospital stay and gave birth without further complications. The … ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 06:54:00 -0500