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Review board releases footage of Chicago police shooting

by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/15/21, 04:32 pm

After what they described as an armed confrontation, Chicago police fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo on March 29. On Thursday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for peace at a news conference before the Civilian Office of Police Accountability released materials from the ongoing investigation, including body camera footage and arrest reports. Officers said they confronted Toledo and a 21-year-old man after responding to gunshots in the area. The Latino teen was holding a gun, and an officer shot him once in the chest after both suspects fled.

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Jobless claims plummet as retail sales jump

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/15/21, 04:14 pm

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week tumbled to the lowest level since the pandemic began. The U.S. Labor Department reported 576,000 new jobless claims last week—a 25 percent drop from the week before.

Is there more good news? In March, employers added more than 900,000 jobs, the most since August 2020. That dropped the unemployment rate to 6 percent, less than half the pandemic peak of 14.8 percent. Sales at stores, car dealers, restaurants, and bars also jumped by almost 10 percent in March, the biggest gain in nearly a year.

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Democrats push for ballooning Supreme Court

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/15/21, 04:13 pm

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., are helming efforts to up the number of high court justices from nine to 13. Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced bills to expand the Supreme Court on Thursday.

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