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Chicago hospital shooting leaves four dead, including police officer and gunman

CHICAGO: A gunman shot a doctor to death outside a Chicago hospital on Monday before storming the facility and killing a pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer during an exchange of gunfire and dying in the rampage, officials said. The shooter knew the doctor he shot outside Mercy Hospital, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told a news conference, describing the initial killing as an act of domestic violence. The gunman was the ex-fiance of the doctor, Chicago media outlets reported, with one witness…

Gunman wounds several at Cincinnati bank; suspect shot by police

CHICAGO: A gunman opened fire inside a bank in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday morning, wounding at least four people before being shot by police, authorities and local media said. A city councilman said the suspect was in critical condition after police shot him following the rampage in the lobby and loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank near Fountain Square. “What a sick, tragic way for this day to begin. The scourge of gun violence leaves only loss,” councilman P.G. Sittenfeld wrote on Twitter, adding that there was…

At least 40 shot and four killed in a night of Chicago gun violence

CHICAGO: At least 40 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend during the seven hours from midnight Saturday to early Sunday morning, with four fatalities, city police said on Sunday, a stark violent streak in a city where authorities say gun violence has been decreasing this year. “These were both random and targeted shootings on our streets,” said Fred Waller, Chief of the Patrol Division of the Chicago Police Department, in a press conference. He said most of the shootings are connected to gang violence in…

Chicago restaurant staff get $2,000 tip

CHICAGO: What is a reasonable tip at a restaurant?  For most Americans, the answer is likely -- at most -- 20 percent. But how about 260 percent? For one patron at a Chicago restaurant, a normal tip was not enough to show his appreciation after a meal Sunday night. Identified only as "Mike, who was visiting from Seattle," Boka restaurant announced Monday that the delighted customer left a $2,000 tip on a $759 bill. Boka describes itself as an upscale restaurant serving seasonal American fare. It boasts one…

Kim Kardashian names new baby girl Chicago

LOS ANGELES: And the name is .... Chicago West. Kim Kardashian’s new baby daughter with rapper husband Kanye West has been named Chicago, the reality star announced on her app on Friday. The baby girl was born to a surrogate on Monday, a third child for the celebrity couple. Kardashian revealed the name, without explanation, in a simple update to the birth announcement she made earlier this week. West, 40, was born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago. Kardashian, 37, and West are already parents to North, 4,…

Thanksgiving holiday shootings leave 8 dead in Chicago

CHICAGO: Eight people were killed and dozens injured in Chicago in the US city's second most violent Thanksgiving holiday weekend in recent years as it continues to struggle with gun violence. Forty-four people were shot during the period from Wednesday afternoon to early Monday, according to statistics maintained by the Chicago Tribune. That is fewer than the 70 shot during the same holiday period last year, but higher than the totals of recent years -- 28 in 2015 and 19 in 2014 -- when violent crime in Chicago and…

Barack Obama dismissed from jury duty at Chicago courthouse

WASHINGTON: Former US president Barack Obama answered a jury summons Wednesday, but was dismissed soon after arriving at a Chicago courthouse to perform the civic duty asked of all Americans. As a prospective juror, Obama joined fellow citizens at Cook County's Daley Center courthouse, all waiting to see if they would be chosen to serve on a trial. The former leader of the free world was the only juror to arrive by motorcade, however, accompanied by tight security and met with a throng of news media and court staff…

Barack Obama called for jury duty in Illinois

CHICAGO: Former US president Barack Obama has been summoned for jury duty in the state of Illinois and is planning to serve. Details have not been released but he is expected to appear in Cook County next month. Obama, 56, owns a home in Washington DC and also in Chicago and could be called for civil or criminal cases. Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also appeared for jury selection after leaving the White House. Barack Obama went to Harvard Law School and lectured at the University of Chicago's…

Las Vegas shooter booked hotel during Lollapalooza: report

WASHINGTON: The Las Vegas gunman who carried out the worst mass shooting in recent US history had booked a Chicago hotel overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival in August, the website TMZ reported on Thursday. Stephen Paddock had booked two rooms at the Blackstone Hotel in downtown Chicago, overlooking an expansive park where the popular music festival took place over four days in August, TMZ reported. While the website said Paddock never showed up for his booking, the report suggested a scenario that would have…