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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis says she is stepping down because her battle with brain cancer has made it impossible to do her job "at my best." Lewis said Friday that she's submitted her retirement papers to the Chicago Board of Education.

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Public Schools letters obtained by The Associated Press show the nation's third largest school district permitted a former Roman Catholic priest access to its schools for months despite knowing he resigned from the priesthood after admitting he sexually abused a boy of around 6 when he was around 15. Only after the victim and the AP inquired about that access did CPS say it's now banned Bruce Wellems from schools under a new "zero-tolerance policy."

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - Two men have pleaded not guilty to federal charges stemming from a shootout that killed a third man and wounded a U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent in Gary, Indiana. Nineteen-year-old Blake King of Chicago and 25-year-old Bernard Graham of Calumet City, Illinois, entered the pleas during separate hearings Thursday. They face charges of assault on a federal officer and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

CHICAGO (AP) - Have America's protests changed so they rely more on the masses and less on one captivating leader? The answer, some experts say, is yes, for two reasons: Progressive politics have moved in that direction- think Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street - and social media has radically transformed activism.

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