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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

May 16, 2019 GMT

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Herbert McCann is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.



CHICAGO _ Chicago authorities say a pregnant woman who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb. The baby is hospitalized in grave condition, and three people have been taken into custody, with charges expected. The body of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was found behind the house on Wednesday. She’d been missing since April 23. By Caryn Rousseau and Don Babwin. SENT: 430 words, photos.



—PREGNANT WOMAN SLAIN-BABY TAKEN-THE LATEST: The Latest on the slaying of a pregnant Chicago woman whose baby was cut from her womb. Will be updated as developments occur.


DETROIT _ The grisly act is rare, yet it’s common enough to have a name: fetal abduction. The latest case out of Chicago — in which 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was strangled and her baby cut from her womb — has similarities to many of the roughly 30 similar crimes carried out over the last three decades across the U.S., an expert said. Of the roughly 30 documented fetal abduction cases between 1987 and 2015, most of the mothers were slain and it’s typical for them to have been stalked or lured somewhere under false pretenses — including for free supplies, according to Kenna Quinet, an associate criminal justice professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 530 words, photos, video.



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ The University of Illinois is embedding a new geothermal heating and cooling system within the foundation of a building addition on its engineering campus as part of an effort to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. The News-Gazette reports that the project will install geothermal heat exchanger loops in the foundation of a novel “smart” pedestrian bridge. The bridge will link the 13,000-square-foot Hydrosystems Laboratory extension to the Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory. SENT: 150 words, photos pursuing. Will be updated.



TORONTO _ Flattery will get you everywhere. Former media mogul Conrad Black, who has lavished praise on U.S. President Donald Trump in countless columns and a political biography, has himself a full presidential pardon on his fraud and obstruction convictions. Trump had taken notice of Black’s warm words and even previously told him: “I won’t forget!” In 2015, when Trump was running for president, Black wrote a National Review essay titled “Trump Is the Good Guy” in which he argued that Trump was being unfairly smeared by the political establishment and media. By Rob Gillies. SENT: 920 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ The Rolling Stones are ready to get back on the road after postponing their North American tour because Mick Jagger needed medical treatment. The rockers announced Thursday the No Filter tour will kick off in Chicago with two shows on June 21 and 25. All the cities previously postponed are locked in and there’s a new date in New Orleans. Tickets sold for the original dates will be honored. SENT: 140 words, photo.



Boeing says it has finished with its updates to the flight-control software implicated in two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max, moving a step closer to getting the plane back in the sky. Aviation regulators still have more questions about how pilots interact with the plane’s controls under different circumstances, and Boeing says it is providing that information. The Federal Aviation Administration, foreign regulators and airlines are reviewing Boeing’s plans for additional pilot training, the company said Thursday. The next major step is a certification flight with FAA representatives. That flight has not yet been scheduled. By David Koenig. SENT: 645 words, photos.


_CROWD CRASH-MURDER CHARGES: A southwestern Illinois man charged with murder last year after allegedly driving into a group of people in a parking lot, killing a woman and injuring another is free on bond.

_ELECTION 2020-PETE BUTTIGIEG: Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says writing into law the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion is an idea “that deserves to be taken seriously.”

_BRIDGE CLOSURE-REPAIRS: Two lanes of the westbound span of the Jefferson Barracks Bridge that connects south St. Louis County with Illinois will reopen by morning rush hour on Friday.

_OBAMA-ORAL HISTORY: Columbia University Libraries in New York will produce the official oral history of Barack Obama’s presidency.

_SEVERE WEATHER-ILLINOIS: A line of strong storms moved across northern Illinois forcing students to take shelter and prompting a tornado warning.

—FRAUD SPREE-SENTENCE: A 40-year-old Chicago woman faces nearly four years in federal prison for using fraudulent federal nutrition benefit checks to purchase nearly $220,000 worth of items at Kmart stores in 11 states during a four-month crime spree.

—ROCKFORD AIRPORT-JOBS: A logistics company says it plans to add 500 jobs at Chicago Rockford International Airport.

—HAMILTON-CHICAGO: The musical “Hamilton” will end its more than three-year run in Chicago in January.

—FATAL ACCIDENT-WEST VIRGINIA: A judge has overturned the conviction of an Illinois truck driver in a crash that killed a North Carolina family in southern West Virginia.

—STATEVILLE PRISONERS-LAWSUIT: Several inmates have sued the Illinois Department of Corrections over the suspension of a Stateville Correctional Center debate class.

—AGRICHEMICAL CONTAINERS-RECYCLING: Illinois agriculture officials are encouraging farmers and agrichemical facilities to save empty chemical containers for recycling late this summer.

—GPS DATA-RULING: A federal judge has ruled that suburban Chicago police violated constitutional protections against unreasonable searches by accessing weeks of GPS data indicating a suspect’s car had been outside a jewelry store when it was robbed.



CHICAGO _ Toronto’s Marcus Stroman makes his second straight start against the White Sox when the Blue Jays begin a four-game series in Chicago on Thursday. The right-hander allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings and took the loss on Saturday. Chicago’s Dylan Covey is coming off a loss against Toronto on Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


BBN--CUBS-CARATINI: The Chicago Cubs activated backup catcher Victor Caratini off the injury list for the final game of their series against the Reds.


CINCINNATI _ The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds complete their series Thursday. The teams are even at one game apiece. Left-hander Jose Quintana (4-2) faces Luis Castillo (4-1). By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 5:40 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO _ Here’s how much everything has changed for Ja Morant in the last 12 months: He’s gone from being considered the No. 3 option at Murray State to the possible No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. Put another way, he’s a player from a mid-major and will soon be a multimillionaire. Even Morant doesn’t fully understand how quickly it has all come to fruition. “It’s been crazy, honestly,” Morant said. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 970 words, photos.




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