Lori Lightfoot was sworn into office Monday as the Chicago's 56th mayor - and one unlike any before her.
Lightfoot is Chicago's first black female mayor, as well as the city's first openly gay mayor. She took the oath of office at 11:15 a.m. at Wintrust Arena in the city's South Loop, delivering her inaugural address immediately thereafter.
In her speech, she reimagined the four stars on the Chicago flag as the city's new guiding principles: safety, education, stability and integrity.
"Public safety must not be a commodity that is only available to the wealthy," she said, adding that it demands "all of us, united together" and promising "the city will lead and we've already begun this work."
The parents of a 21-year-old West Point cadet fatally injured in a skiing accident can use his frozen sperm to produce a child, a judge ruled while noting potential ethical considerations. Supreme Court Justice John Colangelo's ruling, dated Thursday, gives Peter Zhu's parents the ability to attempt conception with a surrogate mother using their late son's sperm. The judge said Zhu's parents have not decided whether they will try to use it.
If you’ve been to an event with a Democrat running for president this year, there's a good chance you’ve heard about it: the racial wealth gap.
Candidates are regularly bringing up the fact that the typical black family has only one-tenth the assets of the typical white family — a divide that has grown larger than it was 35 years ago, NBC News reports.
In Iowa, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts gives detailed history lessons on how discriminatory policies created the wealth gap while predatory lending and mass incarceration exacerbated it. Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, condemns the “imperfect, unfair, unjust and racist capitalist economy."
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey doesn’t just bring up the disparity in places like New Hampshire, he brings state-specific data along with him.
Politicians, academics and activists who’ve worked on these issues say this cycle is unique both in the emphasis White House hopefuls have put on the racial wealth gap, but also the type of detailed agendas they've proposed to address it.
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A former employee at Walt Disney World found himself going from the “happiest place on Earth” to a jail cell after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in items from various parks.
Patrick Spikes was taken into custody and charged with stealing over $14,000 worth of items from backrooms at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
The 24-year-old faces charges that include burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property according to NBC affiliate WBBH-TV.
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Nearly 400 young men at Morehouse College learned on Sunday that their commencement speaker — billionaire investor Robert F. Smith — would pay off their student loans.
It will take years, potentially decades, to obtain a full picture of how graduating debt-free shaped the lives of these students at the historically black college in Atlanta.
In the meantime, a slew of studies documenting how student loans block people from significant purchases and opportunities suggest these graduates’ paths to adulthood will be much smoother.
The Eiffel Tower was evacuated and closed down Monday after a man scaled nearly to the top of the Paris monument and refused to come down for several hours. Members of a special firefighter climbing unit and police negotiators eventually persuaded the man to surrender, a Paris police official said. The official said the man was "under control and out of danger" Monday night.
A wave of floods, hail and tornados swept the Midwest over the weekend, from Nebraska to Texas. Storm chaser Connor McCrorey caught a Minneola, Kansas, tornado on tape moments before the edges of it brushed...
The "Temple of Time" memorial built to honor the lives tragically taken in the Parkland school shooting was reduced to ash Sunday evening.
Seventeen people, mostly students, were fatally shot in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018. On Sunday, the powerful monument for the victims was burned down.
"I think it will be healing because a lot of weight will be lifted off my shoulders," said Angelica Williams, a friend of a victim of the shooting.
Around the country, the Environmental Protection Agency under Trump is delegating a widening range of public health and environmental enforcement to states, saying local officials know best how to deal with local problems. Critics contend federal regulators are making a dangerous retreat on enforcement that puts people and the environment at greater risk.
One administration initiative would give states more authority over emissions from coal-fired power plants. Another would remove federal protections for millions of miles of waterways and wetlands.
Some states and counties say the EPA is also failing to act against threats from industrial polluters, including growing water contamination from a widely used class of nonstick industrial compounds. Michigan, New Jersey and some other states say they are tackling EPA-size challenges — like setting limits for the contaminants in drinking water — while appealing to the real EPA to act.
The Eiffel Tower was closed on Monday after a man began to scale the historic monument in Paris.
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Google said Monday its basic services on Huawei smartphones still will function following U.S. sales curbs, but the Chinese tech giant faces the possible loss of other features and support.
The announcement highlighted the growing damage to Huawei from Washington's order. The company has said until now U.S. accusations it is a security threat have had little impact on sales outside the United States.
Huawei Technologies Ltd., which uses Google's Android operating system in its smartphones, said it would continue to provide security updates and service. It gave no indication which map, photo or other services they might lose.
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Swedish authorities on Monday issued a request for a detention order against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is now jailed in Britain, a Swedish prosecutor said.
Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson says if the Swedish court decided to detain Assange "on probable cause suspected for rape ... I will issue a European Arrest Warrant."
The development sets up a possible future tug-of-war between Sweden and the United States over any extradition of Assange from Britain.
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Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran's atomic program, nuclear officials said Monday, just after President Donald Trump and Iran's foreign minister traded threats and taunts on Twitter. Iranian officials made a point to stress that the uranium would be enriched only to the 3.67% limit set under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, making it usable for a power plant but far below what's needed for an atomic weapon.
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Voting in India's mammoth national election ended Sunday with the seventh and final phase of a grueling poll that lasted more than five weeks, as exit polls predicted a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party and its allies.
Vote counting begins on Thursday, and the election result will likely be known the same day.
The election is seen as a referendum on Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party. The BJP's main opposition is the Congress party, led by Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has produced three prime ministers.
A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College when he announced at their commencement Sunday that he would pay off their student loans — estimated at up to $40 million.
Robert F. Smith, this year's commencement speaker, made the announcement while addressing nearly 400 graduating seniors of the all-male historically black college in Atlanta. Smith, who is black, is the Founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in software, data, and technology-driven companies.
"On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we're gonna put a little fuel in your bus," the investor and philanthropist told graduates in his morning address. "This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans."