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Manchester bomber said to have pleaded 'Forgive me' before blast

MANCHESTER, England – The alleged culprit in a deadly concert bombing was driven by what he saw as unjust treatment of Arabs in Britain, a relative said Thursday, confirming he made a final phone call in which he pleaded: “Forgive me.” Salman Abedi was particularly upset by the killing last year of a Muslim friend whose death he b [...]

Trump scolds NATO leaders, tells them to spend more for military

BRUSSELS – Surrounded by stone-faced allies, President Donald Trump rebuked fellow NATO members Thursday for failing to meet the military alliance’s financial benchmarks, asserting that leaves it weaker and shortchanges “the people and taxpayers of the United States.” Trump, who has often complained back home about other nations’ [...]

Dr. Beach names Florida's Siesta Beach best beach in U.S.

SIESTA KEY, Fla. – The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten’s fur – all because it’s comprised of 99 percent pure crushed quartz. For that reason, and many others, it was selected this year as the best beach in America by a professor who’s made a ca [...]

Chicago firm will run $1 billion overhaul of Union Station

CHICAGO – Chicago’s historic Union Station will get an estimated $1 billion makeover that will include millions of square feet of office, retail and hotel space, according to details unveiled Thursday by Amtrak and the city. The proposed commercial development will span about 3.1 million square feet, including a pair of 12-story r [...]

Family sues Naperville high school, police over teen's death

WHEATON – The family of a Chicago-area teenager who allegedly took his own life by jumping from a parking deck is blaming the school he attended and police for his death. Corey Walgren was accused in January by Naperville North High School officials of having child pornography on his phone and playing it for his friends. Attorney [...]