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CHICAGO (AP) - An operative in Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel appeared in a federal court in Chicago to face conspiracy charges. Guadalupe Fernandez Valencia is accused of coordinating the distribution of thousands of pounds of narcotics across the United States. Valencia was arrested in February 2016 in Culiacan in the state of Sinaloa. She was flown to Chicago on Wednesday for her initial court appearance. Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is expected to go on trial next year in New York.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A sexual harassment lawsuit that tanked the political career of former state Treasurer Dan Rutherford has been dismissed in federal court in Chicago. Court records show both sides agreed to end the 3½-year-old action. U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow dismissed the case "without prejudice" Wednesday, meaning that plaintiff Edmund Michalowski can refile it. Filed just weeks before the 2014 Republican primary for governor, the lawsuit sent Rutherford spiraling from leading contender to an also-ran.

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago police officer responding to a domestic disturbance in 2015 says he knew a woman was standing close to a bat-wielding teen when he opened fire, killing both. The Chicago Tribune reports lawyers for the family of 55-year-old Bettie Jones have filed a motion arguing Officer Robert Rialmo's acknowledgment amounts to an admission of legal liability. Rialmo's lawyer says the stipulation reflects the facts of the case and his client was nonetheless justified in shooting at Quintonio LeGrier.

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted five petitions for clemency and denied 97 others. The Republican's office announced the action on Wednesday, saying it's the twenty-first set of petitions Rauner has taken up since becoming governor in 2015. The Illinois Prisoner Review Board says the five cases involve convictions from 1986 to 2001 and involve theft, burglary and drugs charges.

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