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NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A 66-year-old suburban Chicago man has been charged in the death of a prominent attorney who argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Northfield police say John Gately III of Winnetka was charged Wednesday with murder and attempted murder in the shooting death late Monday of 72-year-old Stephen Shapiro in his Northfield home. After the shooting, police tracked Gately to his apartment, where he was arrested. Authorities have not said what led to the shooting.

CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors called as witnesses friends of two men charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Chicago high school student, and all backed away from statements made to investigators. One even denied what transcripts showed he said in grand jury testimony after Hadiya Pendleton's shooting in January 2013. Prosecutors read excerpts from the three witnesses' grand jury testimony and signed statements. Defense attorneys suggested police threatened the witnesses into implicating the defendants.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Mississippi super PAC has raised nearly $1.4 million for Chris McDaniel's insurgent bid to be the state's next Republican senator. Yet only a fraction of that money has been spent reaching voters who could boost McDaniel's uphill battle to win a special election in November. An analysis of federal records shows that at least 18 campaign consultants received the lion's share of the money, highlighting how super PAC money doesn't always get spent the way it's intended.

AURORA, Ill. (AP) - The city of Aurora has moved a step closer to cleaning up the site of the former Copley Hospital. The Aurora Beacon-News reports that the city has started discussing with private developers a plan to clean up the site. After the hospital closed in 1994 after more than a century and moved to what is now Rush-Copley Medical Center, the building deteriorated as one owner after another saw their redevelopment plans fall apart.

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