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A look at some of the stories happening around the U.S. and world in photos.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Rich Hein | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The wealthy owner of a West Side for-profit hospital turned patients’ trusting relationships with their doctors “upside down” by paying cash kickbacks for patient referrals, federal prosecutors said Wednesday as the long-awaited trial of Sacred...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Kim Janssen | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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WASHINGTON  — Army and Pentagon officials said Tuesday there has been no decision on what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs. “We must find...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Journalism is a kabuki, a ritualized form, polished over the years. We have our traditions. Some subjects we avoid. You’ll never see the “Lotto: Sucker’s game or stupid tax?” headline. On the other hand, every snowfall is covered like a fresh...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Neil Steinberg | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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WASHINGTON — The single most important issue Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is identified with in the Capitol is his relentless drive to impose new, tougher sanctions on Iran if that’s what it takes to curb its ability to be a nuclear power. Since taking...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Lynn Sweet | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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A Near West Side man stopped in traffic Tuesday faces a myriad of charges after police executed a search warrant at his home that night and found weapons, heroin and various credit card counterfeiting devices and altered credit cards. Andre West, 34,...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Ashlee Rezin | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Rahm’s union muscle Sneed has learned Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to drop a labor bomb. Emanuel, who had little union support when he ran in 2011, will announce he has moved from labor pains to labor gains big-time! • The pitch: Intended as an effort...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Michael Sneed | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Practically nobody in the news media expects mayoral candidate William “Dock” Walls to have much of an impact on the final election results. I sure don’t. After Walls received just 8.8 percent of the vote in the 2007 mayor’s race followed by...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Mark Brown | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A teenage gang member was caught with a defaced handgun Sunday after running away from police in Mount Prospect, authorities claim. A Mount Prospect officer was near Cottonwood Lane and Linneman Road at 12:52 a.m. Sunday when he saw two males acting...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: LeeAnn Shelton | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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“Quit, Quazzo, quit,” protesters urged Board of Education member Deborah Quazzo on Tuesday, but Wednesday, the Board and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett rushed to her defense. At the first Board of Education meeting since the Sun-Times...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Lauren FitzPatrick | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Erwin Korzen liked to say “Bowling is my life,” and if anything proves it, it’s that his Town and Country Bowl in Northlake never shut its doors in 37 years. “They never closed, all day, all night,” said his business partner, Henry Barber....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Maureen O'Donnell | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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In the rampage to capitalize on every major sports extravaganza, compressed into a headlock of product assertions and retouched faces and former players with their deft analysis,  I hope the succinct beauty of our sports pages is never lost in the bramble...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Sun-Times Editorial Board | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Burgers got the best of sandwiches in 2014 We ordered 9 billion hamburgers last year, up 3 percent from 2013. At the same time, sandwich orders were down 2 percent overall. ALSO: Shake Shack raises project price range for its IPO Boeing profit soars...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Bill Ruminski | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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NEW YORK — For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices. The world’s biggest online...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The Supreme Court has ordered Oklahoma to postpone lethal injections executions using a controversial sedative until the court rules in a challenge involving the drug.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The trials of two brothers accused of partaking in a grisly scheme of digging up graves, dumping human remains and reselling plots at the historic Burr Oak Cemetery began at the Bridgeview criminal courthouse Wednesday. Keith Nicks, 51, and Terrence...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Rummana Hussain | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The Chicago Police Lieutenants Association agreed Wednesday to join forces with sergeants in a lawsuit filed last week seeking to compel Mayor Rahm Emanuel to hold a lieutenants exam they suspect is being held up in retaliation for the sergeants’ endorsement...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Fran Spielman | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The Cubs’ offseason haul of manager Joe Maddon, ace Jon Lester and other pieces have given Chicago fans plenty of reason to be excited. Here’s another: The Cubs have the top-ranked farm system in baseball, according to ESPN’s Keith Law. This isn’t...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: David Just | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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A man and a woman wanted for kidnapping two children from Las Vegas in 2006 were arrested Tuesday night in north suburban Russell, or near the Illinois-Wisconsin border. A Lake County sheriff’s deputy on patrol spotted “suspicious activity” in...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Luke Wilusz | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The Republican Governors Association and its Democratic counterpart were the dominant players in making donations to pay for state-level elections in 2014. The two groups often served as pass-throughs for billionaires, unions and corporations seeking...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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A selection of photos from the U.S. and the world from the Associated Press and Getty Images.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Rich Hein | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Sue Daly’s first trip out of the Midwest was a big one. After the Davenport, Iowa, native married Joel Daly when she was 19, they spent their first two years together in the tropics of Panama, where her enlisted husband was doing radio and TV news...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Maureen O'Donnell | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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RICK MORRISSEY: The league allowed the running back to give the same non-answer to every question, which is pointless and gutless. Just to be clear: This isn’t a social-anxiety issue. This is an idiot issue.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Rick Morrissey | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence moved Tuesday to distance himself from reports that his administration will launch a state-run news site, characterizing descriptions of the site as a “misunderstanding” based on internal documents. Pence...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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News, sports and feature photos from across the globe
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Rich Hein | Monday, January 26, 2015
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WASHINGTON — The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ensure safety, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, in his first public comments about a drone that...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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NEW YORK — From the platform of the Number 1 subway at 125th Street and Broadway in Harlem, I see the Hudson River and a glass-sided building rising on Columbia University’s new campus, where the school proposes hosting the Obama presidential library...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Lynn Sweet | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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He’s been free for nearly two years after posting an astonishing $10 million bond. But most of the patients who ended up at Ed Novak’s West Side hospital weren’t so fortunate. Poor, elderly and vulnerable, many found themselves driven by ambulance...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Kim Janssen | Monday, January 26, 2015
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The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Monday, January 26, 2015
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WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy. Weekly applications dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000, the Labor Department...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Amtrak will announce Thursday a $12 million renovation project at Union Station that will include rehab of the marble stairway made famous in the movie “The Untouchables” as well as plans to commission a redesign of the often-congested concourse...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Mitch Dudek | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel may be sitting on a huge pile of campaign cash and getting the endorsements of 15 labor unions, but a new poll points to potential trouble ahead in his re-election bid. A Chicago Tribune poll released Tuesday morning shows while Emanuel...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Chad Merda | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Below, from the White House…. THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 28, 2015   DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015 In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Lynn Sweet | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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LOS ANGELES — A measles outbreak whose spread originated at Disneyland has grown to 95 cases. The California Department of Public Health tells the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that 79 of those in infections are in California and 52 of them can be...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s government declared Thursday the crash of Flight 370 an accident to pave the way for compensation claims, angering victims’ families still waiting for evidence while officials said the search for wreckage will...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Beginning next month, Chicago residents will be able to check out wireless Internet hotspots from three public library branches. The Internet to Go pilot program will eventually be expanded to at least six locations in a push to shrink the digital divide....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A man was found shot to death early Thursday in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side, police said. Officers found the man, 20, unresponsive on the ground with a gunshot wound to the chest about 3 a.m. in the 1200 block of West 32nd Street, police...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Luke Wilusz | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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One person was killed and another person was critically wounded early Thursday in a West Pullman neighborhood shooting on the Far South Side. The two males, whose exact ages were not immediately known, were both shot in the head about 2:05 a.m. near...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Ashlee Rezin | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A stolen car crashed through an iron fence and rolled over in the front lawn of a Bronzeville neighborhood home early Thursday on the South Side. The car was travelling northbound in the 4100 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue about 12:15 a.m. when...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Luke Wilusz | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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LAS VEGAS — A 24-hour White Castle location on the Las Vegas Strip that opened to long lines of the burger chain’s fans had to close for more than two hours to restock after its grand opening. The Las Vegas Sun reports the restaurant reopened at...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Kings had lost four straight and seven of eight entering the showdown.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Mark Lazerus | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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EDITOR’S NOTE An occasional look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don’t tell the full story Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A male was pulled from Diversey Harbor on the North Side late Wednesday. About 11 p.m., Chicago Fire Department crews pulled the male from the harbor, according to preliminary information from police. His age, condition and hospital information was not...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Sam Charles | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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BERKELEY, Calif. — Charles H. Townes, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, has died. He was 99. Townes had been in poor health before his death on the way...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Trustees of the College of DuPage have voted again for a $762,000 retirement deal for the school’s president. The 6-1 vote late Wednesday came during a board meeting attended by hundreds of people, including many who opposed the deal for college President...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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For a time after a brain tumor sidelined her plans to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Karen Lewis regretted missing her chance. Lewis had long been determined to oust the mayor who had pushed her members to a launch a historic strike, cut schools’...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Lauren FitzPatrick | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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WEDNESDAY'S COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Penn State tops Minnesota; Marquette falls
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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With his team contending and right up against the salary cap, Bowman expects to stick with what he's got.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Mark Lazerus | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Joliet school moving up the D-II rankings
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: contributors | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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