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Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger points to a video screen during Kyle Rittenhouse's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Wednesday. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year. – Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool

Witness: Kenosha shooting victim was acting ‘belligerently’

KENOSHA, Wis. — The first man shot and killed by Kyle Rittenhouse on the streets of Kenosha was acting “belligerently” that night but did not appear to pose a serious threat to anyone, a witness testified Friday at Rittenhouse’s murder trial.
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Police: Jussie Smollett ‘upset’ camera didn’t record attack

Jussie Smollett, who is accused of lying to police when he reported he was the victim of racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago, appeared troubled when he was told that a surveillance camera did not record the alleged assault, a police detective testified Wednesday.
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Boeing agrees to allow families of Ethiopia crash victims to sue in U.S.

Chicago-based Boeing reached an agreement over future lawsuits with victims’ families from the March 2019 crash of one of its 737-Max aircraft that claimed 157 lives in Ethiopia.

Trial Notebook

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Defendant won’t get to see other settlements over credit reports

The late Daniel Hoerchler’s credit history wound up in financial reports on his brother David Hoerchler. Chase Bank rejected David’s application for a mortgage loan because of this mix-up. David sued four credit reporting agencies (Equifax Information Services, Experian Information Solutions, TransUnion and CoreLogic Credco), alleging they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. All but Equifax settled, and during discovery it asked Magistrate Judge Heather K. McShain to order David to hand over copies of the settlement agreements.

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