| Feb 3, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Louis DiNatale didn't intend to enter Canada when he and his wife wound up on a bridge from New York state to Ontario province one day in September, misdirected by an unreliable GPS. What began as an American couple's getaway to Vermont quickly turned...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 8:15 PM
WASHINGTON — "I'm hit! I'm hit!" U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry cried into the southern Arizona darkness that night, Dec. 14, 2010. "I can't feel my legs!"
The 40-year-old Border Patrol agent, who was less than four years on the job,...
| Jan 24, 2014
Gun-rights organizations have been conspicuously reserved in their response to a proposed state regulation that would prohibit patients with medical marijuana permits from owning firearms.
"I don't think it's constitutional," said Richard Pearson,...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:32 PM
Senseless law would say medical pot users can't have guns Friday's print column Gun-rights organizations have been conspicuously reserved in their response to a proposed state regulation that would prohibit patients with medical marijuana permits from...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 3:15 PM
Ten people were taken into custody Tuesday in Orange County in a drug and firearms investigation dubbed "Operation Western Front."
The raid was part of a 16-month probe into gang activity and narcotics violations centered in Stanton, a small city in...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 2:26 PM
A pair of Chicago aldermen introduced a resolution today opposing a proposal to name the headquarters of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Prohibition-era crime fighter Eliot Ness.
Alds. Ed Burke, 14th, and James...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 9:00 PM
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans' rejection Thursday of two key nominations by President Obama revived a battle over filibuster rules and opened a new partisan front just as congressional leaders and the White House are searching for a budget...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 2:18 PM
Gun crimes are too often committed by persons who cannot legally own guns. Virtually all gun sales start with a legal sale. So how do those legally acquired guns get into the hands of prohibited users?
The conventional answer is, "from down south." We...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 7:22 PM
WASHINGTON — A man arrested for speeding in Ohio on New Year's Day was traveling with several dozen explosives, a detonator and four firearms, and was carrying schematic drawings of a military training facility, authorities said Wednesday....
| Nov 6, 2013
| 5:48 PM
A blast at a quarry in suburban McCook was well within safety limits, according to state officials who said Wednesday they cannot explain a subsequent tremor seconds later that rattled windows and frazzled nerves throughout the Chicago area.
| Dec 16, 2013
| 1:34 PM
WASHINGTON — The firearms dealer caught up in the Justice Department’s Fast and Furious scandal has won an early release from prison after a federal judge ruled that prosecutors overcharged him in alleging he sold high-powered weapons to...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 5:55 PM
Cigarette smuggler Mustafa Mohd Shaikh was caught in June 2011 on an undercover recording describing how having the protection of a longtime sheriff's investigator meant his enterprise could operate with impunity.
"Anything happens to you in Chicago,...