| Apr 22, 2014
| 6:07 PM
Nearly 20 years have passed since prominent Waukegan businessman Fred Reckling was beaten to death in his appliance store.
But for family, friends and former employees assembled at the Lake County courthouse Tuesday for the start of the trial of...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 6:05 PM
Jurors who will decide whether Jorge Torrez should be executed for killing a sailor in 2009 will hear more evidence Wednesday tying him to the stabbing deaths of two young girls in Zion in 2005, brutal killings that were followed by a troubled...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 2:11 PM
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Jorge Torrez, who is awaiting sentencing in a sailor’s murder and is charged in the slaying of two Zion girls on Mother’s Day 2005, told a fellow inmate how he stabbed both girls over and over, knifing their throats...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Scientists have discovered the DNA of millions of tiny organisms entombed in the ancient dental plaque of four medieval skeletons.
The findings, published in the journal Nature Genetics, have implications for research into what our ancestors ate, how...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 6:11 PM
It's billed as a faster, safer and more accurate way of screening expectant mothers for fetal abnormalities like Down syndrome, and proponents say it has already become the standard for prenatal care.
But as a handful of California companies market...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 12:37 PM
A Santa Monica jury has awarded a female news producer $5.42 million after finding a West Hollywood nightclub was negligent when an employee allegedly sexually assaulted her in one of its restrooms.
The 43-year-old woman sued the Here Lounge and club...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 12:20 PM
A 30,000-year-old giant virus has been revived from the frozen Siberian tundra, sparking concern that increased mining and oil drilling in rapidly warming northern latitudes could disturb dormant microbial life that could one day prove harmful to man....
| Feb 13, 2014
| 2:12 PM
Scientists have mapped the effects of war, colonization, trade, migration and slavery on the genetic mixing of humans over the bulk of recorded history and created an online interactive atlas of humanity's genetic history.
In a paper published...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 4:45 PM
Here's a novel idea, given that American parents send almost 4 million of their children out to play tackle football every year, despite mounting concerns about youth concussions: Maybe the helmets their kids wear should be tested and ranked on how well...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 5:03 PM
It took the Baltimore Police crime lab well over a year to link a Southeast Baltimore man to a 2012 rape because of a backlog in DNA analysis. Before officers could arrest him, police say, he attacked again.
Bernard Burton, 25, was charged last week in...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 12:17 PM
Last week, newspapers reported on the latest wrinkle in one of my favorite recurring stories: the interbreeding between modern humans and the beetle-browed brutes known as Neanderthals.
The “introgression” of Neanderthal DNA into the genomes...