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Analysts see risks in field to replace Jackson Jr.

CHICAGO – At least a dozen candidates have been mentioned to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress, and some Democratic leaders are concerned about a potentially crowded field.

Jackson resigned Wednesday following a leave of absence for bipolar disorder. He also admitted he is the subject of a federal probe and is cooperating with investigators.

Among the possible contenders to replace him are Chicago Aldermen Anthony Beale and Will Burns and defense attorney Sam Adam Jr.

Jackson’s brother Jonathan also has been mentioned. So has his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson.

That prompted Congressman Bobby Rush to tell would-be candidates: “Cool your jets.”

100-vehicle pileup in dense fog kills 2, injures dozens

BEAUMONT, Texas – Two people died and dozens were hurt Thursday when at least 100 vehicles collided in Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage.

The collision occurred in extremely foggy conditions at about 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 10 southwest of Beaumont, a Gulf Coast city about 80 miles east of Houston.

A man and a woman were killed in a Chevy Suburban SUV crushed by a tractor trailer, the Texas Department of Public Safety told KFDM-TV.

Officials at Acadian Ambulance service said at least 51 people have been taken to area hospitals and at least eight are critically hurt. It wasn’t immediately clear how the pileup began, but Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rod Carroll told The Associated Press the fog was so thick that deputies didn’t immediately realize they were dealing with multiple accidents.

Associated Press

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