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CHICAGO (AP) - The Cook County, Illinois, medical examiner's office has determined that former Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards died of complications from meningitis. Edwards died last month in Chicago after a long illness. He was 74. The Chicago Tribune reports the medical examiner's finding, released Friday, confirms what the family said when announcing Edwards' death on Feb. 1.

CHICAGO (AP) - Actress DuShon Monique Brown, who played a secretary in the NBC show "Chicago Fire," has died at age 49. The Cook County medical examiner's spokeswoman Becky Schlikerman says Brown died Friday at St. James Olympia Field Hospital outside Chicago. The cause of death was not given. Brown was a veteran of Chicago theater, and worked as a crisis counselor at a Chicago high school. She led its drama program before winning the role of Connie on "Chicago Fire."

AURORA, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a man has died and two police officers were wounded in a shootout following a suburban Chicago traffic stop. The Aurora Police Department says two special operations investigators pulled over a vehicle Thursday night. Police say the driver fired at them and fled. Police say the man and the investigators fired shots and the man was fatally shot. The officers were treated at a hospital and released.

CHICAGO (AP) - Private dollars will fund the construction of former President Barack Obama's library, but road and other work near the Chicago site could cost taxpayers. The city's transportation department estimates that the cost of widening streets and building at least four new underpasses near the site may total $175 million. The city says it is pursuing "all potential funding options" for the work, including state dollars.

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