Justin Timberlake breaks his silence following Hamptons DWI arrest
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by Anna Kaplan, Brittany Kubicko, Scott Stump and Samantha Kubota | TODAY
3h ago
Justin Timberlake broke his silence following his arrest for driving while intoxicated in the Hamptons on June 18. The pop star took the stage at his concert in Chicago on June 21 for the first time since his arrest. He thanked his fans for “growing up” with him over the years. “We’ve been through ups and downs and lefts and rights,” he said to the cheering crowd. “It’s been a tough week.” “I know sometimes I’m hard to love but you keep on loving me and I’m going to love you right back,” he continued. Timberlake didn’t specifically mention the DWI. Timberlake, 43, was driving a gray 2025 BMW w ..read more
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Safety concerns persist after 3 shootings near Chicago beaches in 2 days
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by Regina Waldroup
5h ago
Violence in and around Chicago’s 31st Street Beach ended with three people shot to death in a matter of days. “It makes me frustrated cause a lot of children are out here – families are here,” said Kanoya Ali, a peacekeeper with Chicago Cred. The group focuses on places where violence is an everyday occurrence and people who are most at risk of shooting or being shot. Early Friday morning, a shooting in a parking lot near the boat ramp ended with 23-year-old Elijah Bombin of Hammond and his 22-year-old girlfriend dead. On Wednesday, a 22-year-old woman was also shot to death in another parking ..read more
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Potentially severe storms to kick off weekend, heat indices near 100 degrees expected
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by NBC Chicago Staff
5h ago
The possibility of severe weather will hover over the Chicago area as the weekend begins with a continued heat stretch, showers and thunderstorms. According to the Storm Prediction Center, DeKalb and McHenry counties, as well as portions of DuPage Cook, Kendall, Kane, Lake and LaSalle counties are at a slight risk for severe storms on Saturday, the second of five prediction levels used by the SPC.  The remainder of the region, including Northwest Indiana, is at a marginal risk – the first of five levels.              &n ..read more
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Target is selling ‘baby' Stanley cups and TikTokers are loving them
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by Joseph Lamour | TODAY
5h ago
A rather small cup is getting a big reaction online. On June 14, TikTok user @kaitlentippett posted a video to the social media platform that quickly went viral, garnering more than 1.9 million views. In the short, 22-second clip, the social media user is at her local Target, where she’s thrilled to spot Stanley’s latest product in the big box store. “Oh my gosh, look what I just found at Target: toddler Stanleys,” she says as a baby coos and Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” plays over the in-store speakers. She flips the camera to show the shelves she’s looking at, which house s ..read more
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Indiana girl, 14, located in Missouri after being kidnapped by 5 men: authorities
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by WTHR and NBC Chicago Staff
8h ago
An Indiana teenager was found safe after police said five undocumented migrants kidnapped the teen and took her across state lines to Missouri, authorities said. Police in Logansport, approximately 80 miles north of Indianapolis, said five undocumented men drove into the city on Monday and picked up a 14-year-old girl they never met. Detective Jason Rozzi with the Logansport Police Department said the sergeant handling the case called him in the middle of the night to “ping” the girl’s phone — to locate it by using GPS data or cell tower. “I mean, I don’t think they would have found her withou ..read more
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‘Best news': Advocates applaud SCOTUS domestic violence prevention ruling
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by Courtney Sisk
9h ago
Domestic violence prevention advocates felt a sense of relief Friday after the Supreme Court upheld a federal law prohibiting people under domestic violence restraining orders from owning firearms. “I think I can speak for every survivor across the country that this was the best news that we have heard in a long time,” said Rebecca Darr, president of WINGS Program Inc. “It tells survivors of domestic violence that they and their children really do matter.” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that since the United States was founded, “our Nation’s firearm laws have included provisions preventing i ..read more
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Portions of 127th Street in Blue Island shut down amid large police presence
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by Natalie Martinez and Matt Stefanski
11h ago
Multiple corridors of 127th Street in south suburban Blue Island were shut down on Friday afternoon as a heavy police presence was reported nearby. Eastbound and westbound lanes of the street were closed between Sacramento and California avenues at around 4:05 p.m. due to police activity, according to a social media post from the Total Traffic and Weather Network. Another portion of the street was shut down between Kedzie and Maple avenues, Total Traffic stated. Video captured by a photographer at the scene showed an area blocked off by crime scene tape and a number of officers nearby. Additio ..read more
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Charges to be announced in fatal shooting of 7-year-old child in Chicago
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by NBC Chicago Staff
12h ago
NOTE: NBC Chicago will offer a live stream of the announcement beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the player above. Charges are expected to be announced Friday in in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old in Chicago’s Near West Side neighborhood. The Chicago Police Department is scheduled to hold a press conference announcing charges in the young boy’s murder at 5:30 p.m. The charges come nearly 24 hours after a person of interest was taken into custody Thursday, a police spokesperson said. Jai’Mani Amir Rivera was leaving his family’s Near West Side residence Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by gunfir ..read more
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Grocery store shooting in Arkansas leaves 2 dead, others wounded, police say
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by The Associated Press
12h ago
Two people were killed and others were wounded in a shooting that occurred Friday at a grocery store in south Arkansas, police said. Arkansas State Police said the shooting occurred at the Mad Butcher grocery store in Fordyce and that the shooter was critically injured after being shot by police. A law enforcement officer was among those shot, but did not have life-threatening injuries. Seven of the shooting victims were civilians, with two fatalities, police said. Fordyce is a city of about 3,200 people located 65 miles (104 kilometers) south of Little Rock. Video posted on social media showe ..read more
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FDA OKs first menthol e-cigarettes, citing potential to help adult smokers
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by Matthew Perrone | The Associated Press
12h ago
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the first menthol-flavored electronic cigarettes for adult smokers, the government’s strongest indication yet that vaping flavors can reduce the harms of traditional tobacco smoking. The FDA said it authorized four menthol e-cigarettes from NJOY, the vaping brand recently acquired by tobacco giant Altria, which also makes Marlboro cigarettes. The decision lends new credibility to vaping companies’ longstanding argument that their products can help blunt the toll of smoking, which is blamed for 480,000 U.S. deaths annually due to cancer, lun ..read more
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