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CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago City Council is set to vote on a proposal to build a police academy on the city's West Side. The proposal has sparked protests from residents angry about the $95 million price tag. Friday's scheduled vote follows Mayor Rahm Emanuel decision to halt Wednesday's council meeting during which a vote on the academy was to be taken.
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) - Researchers are setting out again in search of the remains of Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 that disappeared over Lake Michigan nearly 70 years ago. The airplane was carrying 58 people when it went missing in 1950. There were no survivors, marking the worst aviation disaster in the U.S. at the time. The Michigan Shipwreck Research Association has spent years searching for Flight 2501. Researchers plan to narrow the search area and use more advanced equipment this spring.
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - A former Marine who admitted to killing seven women in a plea deal with Indiana prosecutors has been sentenced to seven life sentences. Darren Vann was to be tried in October in the strangulation deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy of Hammond, and 35-year-old Anith Jones of Merrillville. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for Vann in their deaths. In entering the plea deal, Vann was spared a death sentence when he was sentenced Friday.
LANSING, Ill. (AP) - An Indiana woman has been charged after police say she accidentally shot her 5-year-old daughter during a party at a suburban Chicago home. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports Andrea Cunningham-Ellis of Griffith turned herself in to Lansing police on Tuesday. Police say she arrived with her attorney and refused to answer questions about the April 2 shooting. Cunningham-Ellis is charged with one felony count of reckless conduct. She was scheduled to appear in court for a bond hearing Friday.
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