The sisters heard the truck before they saw it.
Or, rather, they heard the tune -- the jingle-jangle, warbling melody known to generations of Americans as the Song of the Ice Cream Man.
And before the white truck with the colorful pictures of frozen treats on its side had turned the corner to meet them outside Mundelein's village hall, the girls erupted in a cacophony of sugary need that drowned out all other sounds.
"The ice cream man! The ice cream man!" they shouted. "He's here! He's here!"
Yes indeed. The ice cream man is here.
This week, village trustees voted unanimously to end a 53-year prohibition that kept ice cream trucks out of town. Allowing the trucks encourages small businesses, they said, and these days Mundelein officials are pushing local entrepreneurism.
An American Airlines flight landed safely back at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport late Wednesday after sparks were seen shooting from one of its engines.
One night before Hillary Clinton addresses the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, a powerhouse lineup of speakers made the case for her to be the next president.
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Vice Presidential Nominee Tom Kaine and Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg headlined Day 3 of the convention.
Obama called Clinton the most qualified candidate ever. Kaine introduced himself to the country before questioning Republican Donald Trump's trustworthiness. Biden and Bloomberg both hammered Trump's judgement, temperament and qualifications for the job.
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Their political fates now entwined, President Barack Obama implored with voters Wednesday to elect Hillary Clinton, appealing to the women, minorities and young people who powered his rise and are now crucial to hers.
Obama told delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia there has never been a man or a woman — "not me, not Bill" — who's more qualified than his former secretary of state to be president of the United States and endorsed her as the woman to finish the job he started eight years ago.
"Nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office. Until you've sat at that desk, you don't know what it's like to manage a global crisis, or send young people to war," Obama said. "But Hillary's been in the room and knows what's at stake."
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A 65-year-old Bristol, Connecticut, woman working at a local business was abducted, blindfolded and held hostage while her captor robbed a bank on Wednesday, police said. The hostage was later released during a police chase and the suspect was taken into custody in a wooded area.
French officials on Thursday identified the second man who attacked a Normandy church during morning Mass, saying he's a 19-year-old from eastern France who was spotted last month in Turkey as he supposedly headed to Syria — but who returned to France instead.
The prosecutor's office identified him as Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean following DNA tests on his corpse. A security official confirmed that he was the unidentified man pictured on a photo distributed to French police on July 22 with a warning that he could be planning an attack.
Four days later, Petitjean and another 19-year-old local man, Adel Kermiche, stormed the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during Mass on Tuesday.
After months of fighting to encircle its opponents in Aleppo, Syrian authorities backed by Russia on Thursday offered safe corridors out for residents and rebels in the northern city's besieged quarters, underlining the government's determination to seal off the metropolis and force an eventual surrender by the opposition.
Many residents dismissed the offer, saying it presents them with an impossible choice between a slow death if they stay behind and possible detention if they attempt to leave.
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A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country's heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they've found it mixed with or passed off as heroin.
The appearance of carfentanil, one of the most potent opioids known to investigators, adds another twist to the fight against opioid painkillers in a country already awash in heroin and fentanyl cases.
"It certainly is a very disturbing trend," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.
A mysterious light that streaked across the sky Wednesday night, igniting a social media firestorm from California to Nevada and Utah, was a Chinese rocket re-entering Earth's atmosphere, according to U.S. Strategic Command.
Videos and photos from across Southern California poured into NBCLA's Twitter feed after the light went streaking across the sky. The light was seen in skies around 9:30 p.m. PST over the Inland Empire, Ventura County, Orange County and beyond. Social media users also reported seeing it in Nevada and Utah.
For over a decade and a half, Warren Sapp was a force to be reckoned with in both the college game with the University of Miami Hurricanes and later during his Hall of Fame career in the NFL.
This week, the former defensive lineman met something with just as much bite as he had on the field – all while trying to catch his dinner.
Sapp posted a photo on his Facebook page showing a bite he received from a shark while fishing for lobsters in the Florida Keys.
Jack Carlson, the captain of the charter company Two Conchs that Sapp used for his mission, said the boat was about seven miles away from Marathon in nine feet of water. Sapp reportedly reached into the water for a lobster when the shark, believed to be a nurse shark about four feet long, attacked.
Carlson told the Tampa Bay Times that Sapp may need some stitches, but the group kept fishing after the incident.
A New Jersey teenager has died after tumbling over a Hudson Valley waterfall.
State police say 17-year-old Ezra Kennedy, of Westfield, New Jersey, fell off Kaaterskill Falls on Wednesday. Troopers say the victim was deceased when responding patrols located his body near the base of the falls, located about 40 miles south of Albany.
A preliminary investigation indicates that Kennedy had been hiking with a group of relatives and friends when he made it to the top of the lower falls. But as he neared the edge, he lost his footing on the wet rock, causing him to accidentally slip and fall approximately 50 feet to the rocks below.
The Democratic Party may be losing the beloved goofiness of "Uncle" Joe Biden, but they could be gaining a new cult hero.
Tim Kaine, who was tapped by Hillary Clinton as her running mate, introduced himself to the Democratic Party at large Wednesday night at their national convention. And upon doing so, he struck a chord with many for what they interpreted as his ability to crack a corny dad joke.
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Turkey was riding high in 2010, casting its brand of Islamic piety, Western-style democracy and economic growth as a regional model amid popular upheavals in the Mideast and North Africa.
Six years later, it is mired in tension with neighbors and allies, dominated by a president seeking to increase his constitutional powers and now enmeshed in a purge of large sectors of society after an uprising by renegade military officers.
The changes that led to this turn in Turkey's fortunes include internal rifts — the collapse of a Kurdish peace process and the alleged erosion of democratic rights under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are among them — as well as the war in Syria and other regional chaos in which Turkey has taken sides.