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CHICAGO (AP) - One man has been killed and six other people wounded after shots were fired at the group in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood. The victims were gathered around a park bench about 9:40 p.m. Saturday when four men approached them and started shooting. A 30-year-old man was shot in the head and later pronounced dead at a hospital. Two other men were listed in critical condition at hospitals.

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say none of the 31 passengers aboard a tourist boat that sank in a Missouri lake was wearing a life jacket. And survivor Tia Coleman told reporters that the crew showed passengers where the life jackets were but said they wouldn't need them. Seventeen people died when the duck boat sank into Table Rock Lake on Thursday, including nine of Coleman's family members. An initial assessment of the accident blamed thunderstorms and winds that approached hurricane strength.

CHICAGO (AP) - A proposal by reform advocates would cut the number of women locked up in Illinois prisons by as much as half. The Chicago Tribune reports that nearly 2,300 women are now serving time in Illinois. Reform advocates argue that the corrections system has largely ignored the needs of female inmates, many of whom suffered years of trauma, abuse or poverty before winding up behind bars.

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago vice president of an insurance underwriting group is accused of pocketing more than $13.5 million from a corporate client by fraudulently issuing and collecting premium payments. A statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago says that 54-year-old David Ballard is charged with one count of wire fraud. Filings allege the money was used on personal expenses, including expensive dinners and trips.

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