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A 737 that had a cracked windshield landed safely at Midway Airport Wednesday morning.

A standby and EMS Plan 1 response was called for the plane's landing about 8:45 a.m.

The emergency response was called because the plane reportedly had a cracked windshield, according to dispatch reports.

About 9 a.m. the plane landed safely and no injuries were reported.

Reporting from Sun-Times News Wire

A tour bus crashed into another vehicle on the Near North Side Thursday night, police said.

The crash occurred about 10:15 p.m. in the 400 block of West Division Street, police said.

The tour bus was travelling eastbound when the driver crossed into the westbound lanes and hit an SUV head on, said police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. The driver of the bus may have experienced some kind of medical issue, Mirabelli said.

Two people were hospitalized with "non-life-threatening" injuries at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.


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The police Bomb and Arson Unit is investigating a suspicious package on the Magnificent Mile on Tuesday morning.

Police received a call of a suspicious package in the 400 block of North Michigan Avenue about 9:20 a.m., police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said.

Buildings on the block were being evacuated and traffic was being diverted, according to unconfirmed dispatch reports.

UPDATE: 10:55 a.m.
A report in the Chicago Tribune indicated that traffic had been halted in both directions on the Michigan Avenue bridge. The Michigan Avenue bridge was closed Monday afternoon while police investigated a suspicious package but was later reopened.

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: The Michigan Avenue bridge has been reopened. Police News Affairs Michael Sullivan could not say what the package turned out to be.


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Emergency crews are responding to the downtown area after a suspicious package was reported on the Riverwalk on Monday.

The suspicious package was reported about noon on the Riverwalk beneath the Michigan Avenue bridge, police News Affairs Michael Sullivan said.

No further details were immediately available.

Reporting from Sun-Times Media Wire


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A 15-year-old boy was found shot to death in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood Monday night -- less than four blocks the home of President Barack Obama.

Cornelius German was found lying in the backyard of a home in the 5000 block of South Evans Avenue with a gunshot wound in his back about 9:40 p.m., authorities said.

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The Mile between Obama's home and where Hadiya Pendleton died.


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Law enforcement in and around Boston are asking the public to stay home and indoors in the shaded areas around Boston on Friday morning.

Boston's police commissioner says all of Boston must stay in their homes as the search for the surviving suspect in the marathon bombings continues.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis made the announcement Friday morning, after a long night of violence that left the other suspect dead.

The suspects were identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars.

A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass.

The two men are suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer on campus in Cambridge late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed.

The suspects' clashes with police began only a few hours after the FBI released photos and videos of the two young men, who were seen carrying backpacks as they mingled among revelers at Monday's Boston Marathon. The bombings on Monday killed three people and wounded more than 180 others, and authorities revealed the images to enlist the public's help finding the suspects.

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Pitched gun battle, explosives in Watertown manhunt

Storified by Craig Newman· Thu, Apr 18 2013 22:33:24

This is what's going down in Watertown right now - PHOTO: pic.twitter.com/zcNkRJmqwMJared Keller
Live video following reports of gunfight, explosives in Watertown, Massachusetts - @WCVB bit.ly/15dmd1yBreaking News
Boston police scanner: 1-2 officers shot. Hand grenades tossed in car chase after car jacking. Automatic gunfire and explosives. Watertown.Anonymous
BREAKING PHOTO: CNN affiliate WHDH showing this picture of guy on the ground in Watertown, Mass pic.twitter.com/P2yziVOCvLNewsBreaker
「俺の家の外で銃撃戦」とマサチューセッツの人がツイート。 RT @AKitz Shoot out outside my room in Watertown. 62 Laurel st. #mit #boston #shooting pic.twitter.com/JhzGm3kbFYdeepthroat
BREAKING PHOTO: Site of the bomb explosion on laurel st. in Watertown Mass, bomb detectors are out - @akitz #mit pic.twitter.com/F3qxki0W7jNewsBreaker
Police order cellphones down following reports of explosive devices, shootout in Watertown. Listen live: slnm.us/8W5QKU4Salon.com
Homeland Security has arrived on scene in Watertown, MA according to WCVB reporter.Al Boe
Insane. RT @katiezez: In Watertown. Cop just said, "If you want to live, get off your cell phone."Erik Malinowski
Shoot out outside my room in Watertown. 62 Laurel st. #mit #boston #shooting pic.twitter.com/Lvk7rtx1gVAndrew Kitzenberg
Here's the scene in Watertown. We hear a loudspeaker saying "put your hands above your head" pic.twitter.com/7AGriadgPfJess Bidgood
Follow the NYT's @JessBidgood who is near the scene of police activity in Watertown, Mass., outside Boston.The New York Times
Soldiers walking around perimeter established on Mt. Auburn St Watertown #necn pic.twitter.com/Lht23xzFvjJosh Brogadir
Dozens of police rushed to area of Watertown, Mass., about 2 miles from Cambridge. Reports that explosives were involved.CNN Breaking News
RT @joshbNECN: Mt Auburn and Irma in Watertown. Have never before seen this show of force #necn pic.twitter.com/lCDwM9IrlnBuzzFeed News
@megturney this is what they say/ listening to the scanner "@universalhub: Police proceding as if Watertown suspects are Marathon suspects"Allison McKinney
#watertown ==>RT @kathrynswartz Image of suspect on ground pic.twitter.com/vVr2r1QLvXMichelle Malkin
Reports of gunfight,explosives near Watertown,Massachusettscomputingwarren
Police Officer killed on MIT campus in Watertown, MA (April 19 2013) SUV Stolen, Explosions AND MOREthegam3report2

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Amtrak Explosive Detection K-9 officer Kenneth Wolf and his dog Teddy patrol the station tunnels at Union Station in Los Angeles, Monday, April 15, 2013. The city increased security following bomb explosions in Boston that killed two people and injured more than 80 near the crowded finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Amtrak releases statement on security measures being taken in the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday:

Amtrak continues to operate normally. The Amtrak Police Department (APD) has stepped up patrols and is conducting increased sweeps of stations, trains and railroad property. APD continues to work with local, state and national law enforcement partners in staffing intelligence centers to share and collect information.

Customers should not leave their bags unattended. Any suspicious looking or unattended package, bag, container or luggage found in or near trains, stations, vehicles, or buildings should be immediately reported to APD.

Amtrak is asking train crews, station personnel and the traveling public to remain vigilant and report all suspicious activity by dialing 911 or Amtrak Police at 1-800-331-0008.

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