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Asian Carp DNA Found in Chicago Area Near Lake Michigan

A silver carp captured in June 2017 in the Illinois Waterway below the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam, about 9 miles from Lake Michigan. (Courtesy Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

Officials say genetic material from Asian carp has been detected near Lake Michigan, but a follow-up search turned up none of the invasive fish.

Illinois Not Alerted to Early Clues in Womb-Cutting Case

A memorial of flowers, balloons, a cross and photo of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez are displayed on the lawn, Friday, May 17, 2019 in Chicago, outside the home where Ochoa-Lopez was murdered last month. (AP Photo / Teresa Crawford)

Police and Illinois’ child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn’t alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed.

Incoming Chicago Mayor Has Path to Historic Police Reforms

Lori Lightfoot celebrates at her election night rally at the Hilton Chicago after defeating Toni Preckwinkle in the Chicago mayoral election, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Lori Lightfoot will have a powerful ally in seeking to fulfill a campaign promise to overhaul the Police Department: a judge with authority to hold reform slackers in contempt.

Trade War, Heavy Rains Weigh on Deere & Co.

In this May 10, 2019, file photo John Deere Agricultural machinery made by Deere & Company sits staged for transport near cranes at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Washington. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Deere cut its profit and sales expectations for the year as a trade war between the U.S. and China escalates and farmers try to recover from a planting season besieged by heavy rains.

Expert: Fetal Abduction Rare Yet Endures Over 30 Years

Arnulfo Ochoa, the father of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, is surrounded by family members and supporters, as he walks into the Cook County medical examiner’s office to identify his daughter’s body, Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Of the roughly 30 documented fetal abduction cases between 1987 and 2015, most of the mothers were slain and it’s typical for them to have been stalked or lured somewhere under false pretenses, an expert said. 

Pregnant Chicago Woman Slain, Baby Cut From Her Womb

Arnulfo Ochoa, the father of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, is surrounded by family members and supporters, as he walks into the Cook County medical examiner’s office to identify his daughter’s body, Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

The body of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was found early Wednesday. She was last seen leaving her high school on April 23, the same day paramedics were called to a home several miles away on the Southwest Side about a newborn with problems breathing.

Tony Award-Winning ‘Hamilton’ Ending Chicago Run in January

(Joan Marcus / Broadway in Chicago)

Producers made the announcement Thursday, saying the production playing at downtown Chicago’s CIBC Theatre would close Jan. 5, 2020. 

Author of Flattering Trump Biography Gets Pardon From Trump

In this Jan. 13, 2011 file photo, Conrad Black arrives at the federal building in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher whose media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London.

Trump Criticizes Prosecutors at Event for Fallen Officers

President Donald Trump sits with Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump used a ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers on Wednesday to criticize big-city prosecutors he asserts don’t go after criminals who pose a severe threat to public safety. He singled out prosecutors in Chicago and Philadelphia.

Rolling Stones North American Tour to Start in Chicago

In this Oct. 22, 2017, file photo from left, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones perform during the concert of their “No Filter” Europe Tour 2017 at U Arena in Nanterre, outside Paris. (AP Photo / Michel Euler, File)

The Rolling Stones are ready to get back on the road after postponing their North American tour because Mick Jagger needed medical treatment.

Study: Illinois Sometimes Brushes Aside Child Abuse Allegations

In this May 13, 2019 photo, Dana Weiner, policy fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, discusses a review of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ Intact Family Services program, during a press event at DCFS. (Ashlee Rezin/Sun Times via AP)

Illinois’ child welfare agency is so intent on keeping children with their parents even when they have strong evidence of abuse that it has sometimes left those children in grave danger, a study released Wednesday found.

Comedian Tim Conway of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ Dies at 85

A Feb. 15, 1983 file photo shows comedian Tim Conway. (AP Photo / WF, File)

Tim Conway, the stellar second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, has died, according to his publicist. He was 85.

AP Source: Barr Launches New Look at Origins of Russia Probe

In this May 1, 2019, file photo, Attorney General William Barr appears at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was “lawful and appropriate.”

What Helps Prevent Dementia? Try Exercise, Not Vitamin Pills

If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, new guidelines for preventing dementia advise.

‘Empire’ to Get 1 More Season on Fox Amid Schedule Shake-Up

In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the “Empire” FYC Event in Los Angeles. (Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP, File)

“Empire” will return for its final season this fall on Fox — with Jussie Smollett a question mark — and should count itself lucky.  Fox is hitting the reset button for the 2019-20 season by cancelling eight shows and adding 10 new ones.

Legendary Actress and Singer Doris Day Dead at 97

In this Jan. 28, 1989 file photo, actress and animal rights activist Doris Day poses for photos after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award she was presented with at the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. (AP Photo, File)

The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Doris Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home. She was 97. 

Mourners Gather to Honor 4 Killed in Waukegan Factory Blast

Emergency personnel work at the scene of an explosion at AB Specialty Silicones on Sunset Ave. and Northwestern Ave. on the border between Gurnee and Waukegan. The explosion happened Friday, May 3. (John Starks / Daily Herald via AP)

More than 100 people gathered Friday along a chain-link fence outside a badly damaged Illinois silicone factory to remember four men who died in an explosion at the facility.

Judge Transferring Decision on Jussie Smollett Special Prosecutor

Former state appeals court Judge Sheila O’Brien walks out of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago after a hearing about appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the Cook County state’s attorney’s office handling of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s case, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. insisted Friday he was merely transferring the matter, not recusing himself. 

AJ Freund’s Parents Plead Not Guilty in His Beating Death

JoAnn Cunningham, left, and Andrew Freund Sr. have each been charged in the murder of their 5-year-old son, Andrew "AJ" Freund. A criminal complaint filed Thursday, April 25, 2019, outlines first-degree murder, aggravated battery and several other charges against the couple. A judge set bail at $5 million for each parent. (McHenry County Sheriff's Department via AP)

JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr. of Crystal Lake appeared in McHenry County court Friday, the day after a 30-page grand jury indictment was handed down in the case.

Fourth Victim of Waukegan Blast Identified, Friday Memorial Planned

Emergency personnel work at the scene of an explosion at AB Specialty Silicones on Sunset Ave. and Northwestern Ave. on the border between Gurnee and Waukegan. The explosion happened Friday, May 3. (John Starks / Daily Herald via AP)

AB Specialty Silicones general manager Mac Penman on Thursday identified the final employee who died in the May 3 blast as 24-year-old Daniel Nicklas of Beach Park. 

R. Kelly Judgment Withdrawn After Lawyers Say He Can’t Read

Musician R. Kelly arrives at the Daley Center for a hearing in his child support case on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo / Matt Marton)

A Cook County judge on Wednesday reinstated a lawsuit against Kelly after his attorneys argued his illiteracy kept him from reading and responding to court documents he’d been served with.

Iran Threatens More Uranium Enrichment If No New Nuke Deal

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Iran threatened Wednesday to resume higher enrichment of uranium in 60 days if world powers fail to negotiate new terms for its 2015 nuclear deal a year after President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord.

Illinois Lawmakers Vow to Fix Lapses in Child Welfare System

(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday took aim at the state’s Department of Children and Family Services, which has been haunted for decades by deaths wrought of abuse and neglect.

Uber, Lyft Drivers Plan to Strike in Cities Across the US

Organizers are planning demonstrations in 10 U.S. cities Wednesday, including Chicago. The protests arrive just ahead of Uber’s initial public stock offering, which is planned for Friday.

Midwest Rivers Recede, But Flooding Danger Lingers

Ryan Lincoln maneuvers his boat through floodwater in downtown Davenport, Iowa, on Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Kevin E. Schmidt / Quad City Times via AP)

The swollen Mississippi River and its tributaries were receding in many flood-ravaged communities on Monday, but concerns remained high because of the threat of heavy rain over the next few days.