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More than 40 shootings in Chicago this weekend...Some roads reopen in the Dakotas...Pioneering astronomer dies

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CHICAGO (AP) — Police say more than 40 people have been shot in Chicago since Friday afternoon, and more than three dozen guns have been seized. At least two of the shootings were fatal. A police spokesman says most were "targeted attacks by gangs against potential rivals who were at holiday gatherings." Chicago has seen a spike in gun violence this year, with more than 700 homicides.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Conditions are starting to improve in some of the areas smacked by a Great Plains storm. North Dakota officials have reopened Interstate 94 from the Montana border to Dickinson, but motorists are still advised not to travel because of blowing snow. State officials say nearly all of I-94 from Dickinson to Fargo remains closed. In South Dakota, Interstate 90 has fully reopened but officials say icy roads and strong winds are still making travel treacherous.

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — A pioneering astronomer who helped find powerful evidence of dark matter has died. Vera Rubin was 88. Rubin found that galaxies don't quite rotate the way they were predicted. That lent support to the theory that some other force is at work, namely dark matter, which makes up 27 percent of universe.

UNDATED (AP) — Paul McCartney says "George Michael's sweet soul music will live on even after his sudden death." The ex-Beatle's tribute is one of many pouring in since the death of the former WHAM! singer was announced yesterday. His manager says Michael died of heart failure at his home in England. He was 53.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Rogue One" has fended off several new releases to hold onto the top spot at the weekend box office. The "Star Wars" story added another $96 million to its coffers over the four-day holiday period, according to studio estimates. The animated animal musical "Sing" debuted in second place with $56 million. The space tale "Passengers" opened at No. 3 with $23.1 million.

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