Autopsy reveals little in lotto winner mystery
Urooj Khan died in July, the day after the Illinois lottery paid him about $425,000 for winning a scratch-off game.
March 1st, 2013
12:33 PM ET

Autopsy reveals little in lotto winner mystery

No cyanide remained in the exhumed body of Illinois lottery winner Urooj Khan, preventing investigators from determining how the toxin entered his body, the Cook County medical examiner said Friday.

Still, Dr. Stephen Cina maintained his determination from January: that blood samples taken after Khan's death in July show the 46-year-old died of cyanide poisoning, and that the manner of death was homicide.

Officials in January exhumed the body of Khan who died the day after the Illinois lottery issued him a check for about $425,000 for winning a scratch-off game hoping to determine how cyanide entered his system.

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September 18th, 2012
06:21 PM ET

Chicago teachers vote to suspend strike

[Updated at 6:43 p.m. ET] Delegates for striking Chicago Public Schools teachers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to suspend their nine-day strike, meaning classes will resume Wednesday, according to delegates who attended a union meeting.

About 800 delegates from the teachers union gathered at midafternoon to vote on whether to suspend the walkout, which began September 10.

The vote came a day after school officials asked a judge to declare the strike illegal and order the teachers back to work. A Cook County judge had scheduled a hearing on that request Wednesday.

Any contract agreement with the school system would need to be ratified by the more than 29,000 members of the union. The strike has kept about 350,000 students out of class for seven school days.

Teachers walked off the job September 10, objecting to a longer school day, evaluations tied to student performance and job losses from school closings.

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Jennifer Hudson's ex-brother-in-law found guilty of murder
William Balfour, the former brother-in-law of singer Jennifer Hudson, is shown in a booking photo.
May 11th, 2012
05:48 PM ET

Jennifer Hudson's ex-brother-in-law found guilty of murder

A former brother-in-law of entertainer Jennifer Hudson was found guilty Friday afternoon of murder and other charges in connection with the 2008 slayings of Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

William Balfour, who was tried in Chicago, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Authorities accused Balfour of fatally shooting Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and the singer's brother, Jason Hudson, 29, in their Chicago home in October 2008. The body of Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found three days later in an abandoned vehicle.

Prosecutors portrayed Balfour as a jealous man who killed the three people in a rage at the thought that his wife Julia Hudson, who is Jennifer Hudson's sister had a boyfriend.

He was found guilty of three counts of first degree murder and one count each of home invasion, residential burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, and aggravated kidnapping.

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June 9th, 2011
06:35 PM ET

Chicago man convicted in Denmark plot, acquitted in Mumbai attack

Chicago businessman Tahawwur Hussain Rana was found not guilty Thursday on federal charges of conspiracy to provide material support to the Mumbai terrorist attacks of 2008.

But Rana was convicted on one count of conspiracy to provide material support in a plot to bomb the offices of a Danish newspaper that had published irreverent cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, and on one count of providing material support to the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.

The Chicago businessman was accused of facilitating the November 2008 terrorist attacks that killed more than 160 people in Mumbai, India. But the defense argued that he was an unwitting victim betrayed by a business associate and longtime friend.

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Judge: Loughner not competent to stand trial in Arizona shootings
No longer bald and clean-shaven as he was shortly after his January arrest, Loughner on Wednesday had a full head of hair, along with facial hair.
May 25th, 2011
03:18 PM ET

Judge: Loughner not competent to stand trial in Arizona shootings

Jared Lee Loughner is not competent to stand trial on charges of trying to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

The judge said his ruling is based on the results of court-ordered medical evaluations of Loughner at a federal hospital in Springfield, Missouri. Two medical professionals did separate evaluations of Loughner.

The U.S. attorney general will take custody of Loughner for a period not to exceed four months, during which he will be taken to a hospital for further evaluation to determine if he will become competent to stand trial.

Loughner, 22, of Tucson, Arizona, is charged with killing six people and wounding 13 more, including Giffords, D-Arizona, who was holding a meet-and-greet with constituents in Tucson at the time of the January 8 shooting.

During Wednesday's hearing in Tucson to determine Loughner's competency, marshals removed Loughner from the courtroom after an outburst in which one reporter heard him say, "Thank you for the freak show. She died right in front of me," and "You're changing ..."

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Statue honors youngest Tucson shooting victim
A steel angel honoring Christina Taylor Green stands behind the left centerfield fence at the Oro Valley Arizona Little League diamond.
April 2nd, 2011
01:23 AM ET

Statue honors youngest Tucson shooting victim

Hundreds of people joined the family of Christina Taylor Green for the unveiling of an "Angel of Love" statue in Oro Valley, Arizona.

Christina was one of six people killed in the Tucson shooting spree in January that left 13 wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Christina's father, John Green, told the crowd his daughter was proud of the fact she was born on September 11, 2001 - the day of the terrorist attacks in the United States.

The 9-foot-11-inch steel angel features a piece of twisted metal from the World Trade Center, debris from the Pentagon, and rocks from the Flight 93 crash site.

The angel was unveiled on opening day of the Oro Valley Little League season. It stands just over the left centerfield fence at the field where Christina played Little League baseball.

The players, all wearing their uniforms with special patches in Christina's honor, sat in the outfield during the emotional ceremony.

The field, which is going to be refurbished with the help of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, was renamed "Green Field" in honor of Christina.

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Angel dedicated to youngest victim of Arizona shooting rampage to be unveiled
March 31st, 2011
07:35 PM ET

Angel dedicated to youngest victim of Arizona shooting rampage to be unveiled

A statue of an angel in honor of the youngest victim of January's mass shooting will be unveiled in Tucson, Arizona, on Friday.

Christina Green was born on September 11, 2001, and died on January 8 in the Tucson shooting rampage, which left six dead and 13 wounded, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

 

The 9-foot, 11-inch thin metal angel incorporates steel from the Pentagon and World Trade Center. The rocks at the base are from the crash site of Flight 93. The statue will live at the Little League field where Christina played baseball.

Tune into CNN for more on the statue and an emotional interview with the woman who took Christina to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Friday on CNN.

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