A top leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch has claimed responsibility for last week's attack on a Paris newspaper, when two masked gunmen killed 12 people, including much of the weekly's editorial staff and two police officers.
Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP as the branch is known, appeared in an 11-minute Internet video posted Wednesday, saying that the massacre at Charlie Hebdo was in "vengeance for the prophet." The paper had published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which is considered an insult in Islam.
Screening for the Ebola virus begins today at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
Customs and health officials will take temperatures of passengers from three West African countries. They will use no-touch thermometers to try to halt the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands.
Customs officials say about 150 people travel daily from or through west African countries to the U-S. Almost all of them land in New York, Chicago, Newark, Atlanta or Washington, D.C.
Starting next year, passengers on Chicago area trains and buses will be able to use smartphones to pay.
Transit officials announced Wednesday that a free mobile app will be available in the first half of 2015 from Ventra, the company that produces fare cards. Passengers will be able to use it system wide — on C-T-A trains and buses, suburban Pace buses and the Metra commuter rail service.
A researcher at University of Illinois at Chicago was named to the NFL's domestic violence panel.
Beth Richie teaches African-American studies, criminology, law and women's studies. She is joining a panel of experts that includes a former New York attorney general and leaders of numerous anti-violence groups.
Officials say Richie studies the ways that race, ethnicity and social position affect women's experience of violence and incarceration.
The football league formed the panel after players were involved in domestic violence or child abuse incidents.