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CHICAGO — Homicides in Chicago spiked by 60 percent during the first three months of the year despite an increase in police resources in some of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods, according to new police crime statistics.

The Chicago Police Department data showed that nonfatal shootings also rose sharply in the first quarter compared with the same three months in 2011.

Chicago police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel say the city has increased efforts to combat gang crime, including adding officers and other resources in trouble spots such as the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. Police blame much of the violence on the city’s more than 70 active gangs and their tens of thousands of members. The mayor has urged residents to take a stand against gangs in their communities.

The police statistics show 120 homicides from Jan. 1 through April 1, compared with 75 over the same period in 2011.

WASHINGTON

Bus driver who collapsed during school commute dies

MILTON — A Washington school bus driver has died two days after he suffered a heart attack at the wheel, prompting students to take over.

Fife School District Deputy Superintendent Jeff Short says 43-year-old Ryan Callis died Wednesday evening.

Bus footage shows 13-year-old Jeremy Wuitschick rushing down the aisle to the unconscious driver and grabbing the wheel Monday morning as other students yell: “Call 911!”

Paramedics who rushed to Surprise Lake Middle School in Milton, Wash., said the Tacoma man suffered a heart attack.

TEXAS

JetBlue pilot indicted for flight disruption

LUBBOCK — A JetBlue Airways captain accused of disrupting a Las Vegas-bound flight when he left the cockpit screaming about religion and terrorists has been indicted, according to court documents posted Thursday.

A grand jury in Lubbock indicted Clayton F. Osbon on one count of interference of a flight crew - the same charge he’s been held on since shortly after the March 27 incident.

Witnesses on Flight 191 say Mr. Osbon ran through the cabin yelling about Jesus and al Qaeda. The first officer locked him out of the cockpit and passengers wrestled the captain to the floor. They restrained him with seat-belt extenders and zip tie handcuffs while the first officer diverted the flight to land in Amarillo.

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