Jeffrey Epstein's Death Ruled A Suicide By New York Medical Examiner

Updated at 5:40 p.m. ET Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in his Manhattan prison cell, according to the office of New York City's chief medical examiner. The office announced its findings in a statement released Friday afternoon, six days after the wealthy financier was found unresponsive while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. The statement released by Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson, which specified that Epstein hanged himself, confirms her office's preliminary findings last...

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DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato is wading into the conflict at DeKalb City Hall related to the role of the City Clerk.

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Visitors to the Illinois State Fair can see a plot of newly legalized industrial hemp growing.

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