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Round Lake Beach woman barred from using pistachio shell defense during trial

A Round Lake Beach woman facing possession charges won’t get the chance to argue her arrest stemmed from pistachio shells she said police mistook for marijuana in her vehicle. Because 59-year-old Nancy Pahlman wasn’t charged with possession of marijuana, she will be barred from testifying that it actually was pistachio shells in her center console […]

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Island Lake woman convicted of stealing $50K from employer

An Island Lake woman faces possible prison time for stealing $50,000 from her employer, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. After deliberating for more than two hours, a Kane County jury convicted 33-year-old Erin J. Noffs of theft Thursday, the release stated. Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Kelli Schmidt […]

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North Korean ambassador goes missing, could be hiding out in Italy

Jo Song Gil and his wife left the North Korean embassy in Rome in early November and went into hiding, according to reports. “If Jo is protected, it is highly probable that the Italian government would be doing so,” an official with South Korea’s National Intelligence Service said, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News, citing […]

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Law Enforcement’s Annual Veterans Coat Drive: 9/5 – 11/7

Lake County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Veterans Assistance Commission, several local law enforcement agencies and many local high schools to collect coats and outerwear for the Lake County Law Enforcement Veterans Coat Drive. The collection period began Sept. 5 and ends Nov. 7. “I’d like to thank Metro Self Storage in Lake Bluff […]

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The new Facebook hoax you should know about

There’s a new Facebook hoax going around — and it’s targeting your inbox. “We’ve heard that some people are seeing posts or messages about accounts being cloned on Facebook. It takes the form of a ‘chain mail’ type of notice,” a Facebook official said. Here’s what happens: you receive a message from an existing Facebook […]

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Lawyer for American arrested in Russia says hes holding himself with dignity

The lawyer of an American man arrested in Russia for alleged spying said his client is in good spirits and intends to contest the charges against him. The lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov, told ABC News on Thursday that he had seen Paul Whelan in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison, where the former Marine has been held since he […]

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Second man found dead at Democratic donors house, prompting renewed investigation

The death of a man at the home of a prominent Democratic political donor is raising questions and scrutiny about an earlier death at his home. Both deaths occurred at the West Hollywood, California, home of Ed Buck, who has donated to a number of Democratic politicians over the years. Now investigators are looking at […]

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Round Lake Beach apartments inaccessible after truck wrecks stairs

Two second-story units at an apartment building in Round Lake Beach were left inaccessible Thursday after a rental truck smashed the stairs leading to their entrance.

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Mystery surrounds fatal shooting of on-duty Marine in Washington D.C

Lance Cpl. Riley S. Kuznia, 20, was named by the Marine Corps as the individual who died at the barracks early Tuesday morning. The investigation is ongoing, but local police have classified the case as a death investigation rather than a homicide investigation, meaning that it may have been an accident.

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New Year’s Eve ball drop to celebrate journalists and press freedom around the world

When the ball drops on New Year’s Eve in New York City’s iconic Times Square, it will be dedicated to protecting press freedom and celebrating the importance of journalism.

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Trump administration issues final rule banning bump stocks

On Tuesday, 443 days since the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was carried out at a Las Vegas music festival with the use of rifles equipped with bump stock devices that allowed the weapons to essentially operate as an automatic weapon, the Trump administration made good on President Donald Trump’s promise to ban the […]

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Guatemalan officials calling for investigation into minors deaths

“Chancellor Sandra Jovel announces the submission of a diplomatic note to the Secretary of State to the United States to carry out the respective investigations of the minor deaths and requested that reports of migration and hospital care be sent to clarify what happened,” the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs office wrote on Twitter on […]

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It’s Official — These 5 Social Security Changes Are Coming for 2019

Social Security beneficiaries are getting a 2.8% cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2019. However, that’s just one of several Social Security changes that were just announced that are tied to rising prices. For workers, Social Security’s maximum taxable earnings are increasing, and more income will be required to earn a Social Security “credit.” Beneficiaries who […]

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18-year-old student vanishes after being dropped off at college

Police are searching for an 18-year-old University of Illinois at Chicago student who vanished two weeks ago. Shalyha Ahmad’s family said they dropped her off at a Chicago train station on Dec. 14, but they haven’t heard from her since. The family said they arrived to pick her up from UIC, where she studies liberal […]

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Two systems will make for wet New Years Eve on East Coast

Two systems are set to bring unsettled weather across the country as revelers get ready to ring in the new year. The first system in the Northwest is the colder one and it’s bringing snow and some of the coldest air of the season. The second system in the South is pulling in Gulf moisture […]

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Government shutdown becomes the longest in US history

The 22-day partial government shutdown became the longest shutdown in United States history, breaking a record from 1996 on Saturday. President Donald Trump and Congress continue to dispute funding for a wall at the southern border, a proposal backed by the president. Meanwhile, nearly 800,000 federal workers are affected — many of them missed their […]

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