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13 January 2019 7:57 PM Man accused in death of girl, 4, who spilled juice on Xbox

Prosecutors say they'll seek a life sentence for a suburban Chicago man accused of beating a 4-year-old girl to death after she spilled juice on an Xbox video console. The Chicago Tribune cites prosecutors as saying "heinous" circumstances justify the sentence for 19-year-old Johnathan Fair, of Waukegan, if he's convicted of first-degree murder in the death 44

13 January 2019 6:56 AM Permit refused for concert set to be hosted by R. Kelly amid allegations

Springfield — Illinois officials say a concert in Springfield that was to be hosted by R. Kelly cannot take place in the wake of new sexual misconduct allegations against the R&B star. Illinois Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Denise Albert told the Chicago Tribune that the application for the Spring Break Jam in April was denied on Thursday because 72

05 January 2019 8:27 PM Overheated e-cigarette battery causes small fire on flight

American Airlines says a passenger's electronic cigarette caused a small fire on a flight from Las Vegas to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. American Airlines spokesperson Leslie Scott says the e-cigarette's battery overheated shortly after Flight 168 landed on Friday night. Scott says flight attendants stamped out the fire. No one was injured 39

13 December 2018 12:13 PM REVEALED: Ireland coach turned down All Blacks role

Cape Town - Ireland coach Joe Schmidt reportedly turned down an offer to work under his New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen last year. NZ Rugby CEO Steve Tew told the New Zealand Herald that they approached Schmidt about an assistant coaching position last year. New Zealand asked Schmidt to replace retiring assistant coach Wayne Smith as part of the All Blacks' 37

26 November 2018 8:31 PM Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations

US First lady Melania Trump unveiled the 2018 White House holiday decor on Monday. Mrs. Trump designed the decor, which features a theme of "American Treasures." The White House says decorations include a tree trimmed by Gold Star families, an array of topiary trees and mantelpieces featuring the skylines of New York City, St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco 39

17 November 2018 12:00 PM Michelle Obama's memoir smashes sales records

New York — First day sales for Michelle Obama's memoirs Becoming topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year's biggest debuts. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the figures include sales and pre-orders for the former first lady's memoir include hardcover, audio and e-books editions for the United States and Canada 50

14 November 2018 10:33 AM Barrett reveals All Black respect for rivals Ireland

Cape Town - All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett has reflected his side's respect for Ireland ahead of their highly-anticipated clash in Dublin on Saturday. Barrett spent a year as an eight-year-old living in Ireland and made his debut against the Emerald Isle in 2012. That three points (74-71) separates the All Blacks and Ireland since 2013 sums up the nature 44

02 November 2018 10:12 AM Experimental Ireland to face Italy in Chicago

Chicago - Ireland return to the scene of one of their greatest victories here Saturday as the Six Nations champions face Italy at Chicago's Soldier Field in a one-off Test. Two years ago, a full-strength Irish side stunned New Zealand in a thrilling battle at the home of the Chicago Bears, claiming Ireland's first and only victory over the All Blacks 36

25 October 2018 3:19 AM Judge acquitted of bringing gun into US courthouse

A judge who was caught on video apparently dropping a handgun in a Chicago courthouse has been acquitted of carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area. Will County Circuit Judge Edward Burmila ruled on Tuesday that it wasn't clear from the surveillance video that the object that fell from Cook County Judge Joseph Claps' jacket was a firearm 47

06 October 2018 8:56 AM Chance the Rapper donates $1m towards bettering mental health services

Chicago — Chance the Rapper says he's donating $1m to help improve mental health services in Chicago. The Chicago native made the announcement on Thursday during a summit for his nonprofit organisation SocialWorks, saying those involved "want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed." Six mental health providers in Cook County 56