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CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald will stand trial starting Sept. 5. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan's ruling Tuesday comes more than 2 ½ years after Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of the 17-year-old on the city's southwest side. Video of the Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times sparked mass protests.

CHICAGO (AP) - Investigators say a medical helicopter might have had both engines fail just before it crashed along a major highway on Chicago's south side earlier this month. The three crew members on board were injured in the July 7 crash as the helicopter landed upright along Interstate 57 near its junction with I-94. The patient wasn't hurt in the crash but was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Benedictine University's president says the school hopes to sell its entire Springfield campus for $3 million to a buyer, who could potentially use the grounds for education. The State Journal-Register reports that Michael Brophy spoke of the university's campus at a community engagement forum Monday. A potential local buyer is interested in bringing a charter school, a library, a day care, housing for veterans and event space to the property.

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago Police Department spokesman disputed the suggestion by a community activist that police officers don't have the right to stop someone they suspect is carrying a firearm. Spokesman Tom Ahern would not discuss the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Harith Augustus beyond what Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Sunday when he released body camera footage of Saturday's shooting.

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