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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - World renowned soprano Renee Fleming will deliver the main commencement address at Northwestern University's commencement ceremony. In a news release, the university in the Chicago suburb of Evanston says that along with speaking at the ceremony on Friday, Fleming will receive an honorary degree.

CHICAGO (AP) - Police say a taxi passenger from Wisconsin was killed when a stolen SUV crashed into it while fleeing from officers in downtown Chicago. The crash happened late Wednesday in the River North district. Police say the SUV sped away from officers who tried to pull it over and went through a red light, slamming into the taxi. The vehicle hurtled onto the sidewalk where it hit two pedestrians from the United Kingdom. Authorities say 66-year-old Diana Lampsa was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County judge says he will rule Friday on whether to release on bond a man convicted in the 1982 deaths of two Chicago police officers. Judge William Hooks tossed out Jackie Wilson's confession that he fatally shot Officers Richard O'Brien and William Fahey and ordered a new trial. Wilson had been serving a life sentence in prison. The 57-year-old Wilson alleged former police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his subordinates tortured him into confessing to the shootings.

CHICAGO (AP) - The protest marches that have filled the nation's streets since the election of Donald Trump rely on multiple voices, a change from the heyday of '60s social activism where there often was one famous face connected to a cause. The era of Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez, both charismatic leaders, has given way to many people speaking out in rallies for women, immigrant rights, gun control. Social media has also made it easier to organize protests without a big name at the center.

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