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Duckworth: 'No such thing as a surgical strike' in North Korea

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth warned that U.S. military action against North Korea would mean catastrophic military and civilian casualties. (Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune). Katherine SkibaChicago Tribune. Privacy Policy.…

Chicago wants in on another tech office chase after Apple says it plans new campus

Chicago has another technology behemoth to woo: Apple. The city, which is waiting to find out if it’s a contender for Amazon’s planned second headquarters, learned Wednesday that another tech company that starts with an “A” is looking for…

Emanuel doesn’t say whether city should challenge low commercial property assessments

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday again dodged questions about whether he’s willing to challenge the assessments of downtown commercial properties that are out of whack with their market values, an imbalance that shifts more of the property…

Health department reports 2nd case of measles in 2 days at O'Hare

Passengers with measles arrived at O'Hare's international terminal Jan. 9 and Jan. 10, 2018, in unrelated cases, officials say. (Nam Y. Huh / AP). Ese OlumhenseChicago Tribune. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday…

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Warriors respect talent and potential of Bulls' Lauri Markkanen

As a fellow Arizona product, Steve Kerr watched Lauri Markkanen “all the time” last year in Markkanen’s lone season with the Wildcats. The Warriors coach appreciates the talent, not just the school pride. “We think he’s going to be an All…

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At White Sox hitters camp, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert providing plenty of smiles

Chicago’s next baseball superstar thought it was funny the other day when he passed White Sox manager Rick Renteria in the hallway at Camelback Ranch. “He saw me with my face down and said, ‘What happened to you today, why aren’t you…

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13 children held captive in California home were denied contact with outside world, aunts say

Thirteen malnourished siblings allegedly kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents in a Southern California home lived a strict existence with no social lives and no contact with extended family, two of their aunts said Wednesday.…

Kelly calls some of Trump's campaign pledges on immigration, wall 'uninformed,' meeting attendees say

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that the United States will never construct a physical wall along the entire stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and that some of President Donald Trump's campaign…

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'Insurrection: Holding History,' about the Turner rebellion, was way ahead of its time

Robert O’Hara wrote “Insurrection: Holding History” in 1996 when he was just 26 years old. At the time, the play was billed as “Roots” meets “The Wizard of Oz” — they did what they had to do in New York — and, as I was looking back over ...

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Here's what Mark Helfrich should know about Bears' offense

Mark Helfrich is expected to meet with reporters Thursday at Halas Hall for the first time since becoming the Bears’ new offensive coordinator. Hired last week, Helfrich is the most notable addition to new coach Matt Nagy’s staff and will…

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North and South Korea agree to form first unified Olympic team

The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said.…

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Democrats flip traditionally conservative Wisconsin senate seat, kicking off 2018 election season

The 2018 election season kicked off Tuesday with an upset in rural Wisconsin, with Democrats flipping a state Senate seat that had been held by Republicans since the start of the century. With every precinct counted in the race for…

Ann Curry 'not surprised' by Matt Lauer scandal, says NBC had a 'climate of verbal harassment'

After Matt Lauer was fired from the "Today" show in November due to allegations of sexual harassment, multiple awkward TV moments from his past came to light, particularly regarding conversations with women. One incident got a lot of…

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Man booted from British Airways flight for wearing all his clothes to avoid baggage fee

On Twitter, Ryan Carney Williams said he wore the clothes because he couldn't afford the excess-baggage fee, about $125. (Jan. 17, 2018) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR). Amy B WangWashington Post. There…

'12 Strong' review: Chris Hemsworth leads story of task force under fire

Proudly and narrowly, “12 Strong” is a good-news war story, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by first-time feature director Nicolai Fuglsig, of Denmark. He trained as a photojournalist, and covered the war in Kosovo; in the last…

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Hawaii didn't need approval to retract missile alert, FEMA says

A screen shot of the false missile alert that caused panic in Hawaii Saturday morning. (courtesy Melinda Bush). Audrey Mcavoy and Caleb JonesAssociated Press. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the state of Hawaii didn't need…

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Meteor over Midwest explodes in brilliant fireball, causes mild earthquake

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National Weather Service says it has received dozens of reports of a bright light in the sky across the Detroit metropolitan area. Associated Press. Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky across the Midwest was…

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The Killers brought glam, slam to the United Center

The Killers may have headlined a few Lollapaloozas, but their show at United Center on Tuesday marked new territory. Charismatic singer Brandon Flowers told the packed house that dreams come true, even though genetics prevented his…

Tuesday, Jan 16

Warriors down Bulls 119-112, tie team record with 14th straight road victory

From the opening possession Wednesday night, when Robin Lopez dunked on Jordan Bell, the Bulls looked as if they meant business at the United Center. Lauri Markkanen blocked Steph Curry’s jumper. Nikola Mirotic contested Kevin Durant in…

Wednesday, Jan 17

Steve Bannon subpoenaed by special counsel, House committee to testify on Russia probes

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to appear before a grand jury, a move that indicates his broad investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign is far…

Trump did 'exceedingly well' on a cognitive test, top White House doctor says

President Donald Trump is in excellent overall health and achieved a perfect score on a cognitive test that the president requested as part of his first formal medical exam since taking office, the White House's top physician announced…

Google's art selfies aren't available in Illinois. Here's why.

A screenshot from the Google Arts & Culture app that lets users match their photos with famous works of art. The feature is not available in Illinois, likely because of its strict laws on biometrics. (Google Arts & Culture). Ally…

Judge orders Illinois to expand medical marijuana qualifying conditions to include pain

A judge has ordered Illinois officials to add intractable pain as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, a ruling that could greatly expand access to the drug. The Illinois Department of Public Health had rejected intractable pain —…

Tuesday, Jan 16

Groupon books Tiffany Haddish in return to Super Bowl, daily deal roots

Seven years after its disastrous Super Bowl commercial debut, Groupon is returning to the big game with a new spokeswoman — actress Tiffany Haddish — and a renewed focus on its daily deals roots. The Chicago-based company, once the face of…

Workers describe harsh conditions at Apple supplier in China

At a Catcher Technology manufacturing complex in the Chinese industrial city of Suqian, about a six-hour drive from Shanghai, workers stand for up to 10 hours a day in hot workshops slicing and blasting iPhone casings for Apple, handling…

5 things you should know about this year's very bad flu

Flu season seems to be peaking early in Illinois, with more than 100 more influenza outbreaks across the state this season compared with last season at this time. And the most common strain of flu this year is one associated with more…

Trump says his words on immigration were misrepresented by 'Senator Dicky Durbin'

President Donald Trump lashed out at Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday, taking to Twitter to say Illinois’ senior senator “totally misrepresented what was said” at a meeting on immigration during which Trump was accused of using…

Monday, Jan 15

Danica Patrick, a Bears fan, confirms she's dating Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

Danica Patrick's heart is racing for Aaron Rodgers. Patrick, a Chicago Bears fan, confirmed Monday she is dating the Green Bay Packers quarterback. "Yes, Aaron and I are dating," Patrick told The Associated Press. Rodgers split from…

In planned speech, Sen. Jeff Flake compares Trump's media attacks to comments by Stalin

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., plans to give a speech in the coming days that compares President Donald Trump's public criticism of the news media to similar comments once made by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. A spokesman said that Flake, who…

Hopes for immigration deal fade as lawmakers trade barbs and denials on Trump’s use of vulgarity

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is "not a racist" and denied that he had spoiled chances for an immigration overhaul in Congress by using a vulgarity to describe poor countries as relations between key Republican and Democratic…

What is Joe Maddon's slogan for 2018 season? Cubs can't wait

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was once dubbed “the ambassador of all good times" by former Rays pitcher Jamey Wright, alluding to Maddon’s ability to keep things light during the long, hard grind. One of Maddon’s traditions with Tampa Bay was…

Sunday, Jan 14

Hawaii missile alert: How one employee 'pushed the wrong button' and caused a wave of panic

Shortly after 8 a.m. local time Saturday morning, an employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency settled in at the start of his shift. Among his duties that day was to initiate an internal test of the emergency missile warning…

White House claims Wall Street Journal misquoted Trump as saying he has a good relationship with Kim Jong Un

In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. (Ahn Young-joon /…

Officials: Possible measles exposure reported at O'Hare International Airport

A passenger waits for her flight in Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Nov. 21, 2017. (Nam Y. Huh / AP). Rosemary SobolContact ReporterChicago Tribune. Anyone who visited O'Hare International Airport on Wednesday…

Trump supporters tried to arrest London's mayor. People laughed at them.

An anti-Islamic nationalist wheeled a homemade gallows into central London, led a group of men into a conference hall and attempted to "arrest" the city's first Muslim mayor as he gave a speech on Saturday. The group failed, and was…

Saturday, Jan 13

1 in custody after reports of armed person on Greyhound bus leads to police chase ending in Lake County

Reports of a person with a gun on a Greyhound bus led to a police chase that ended in northern Illinois late Friday, authorities said. Madeline Buckley and Deanese Williams-HarrisContact ReportersChicago Tribune. Privacy Policy. Reports of…

St. Vincent breaks the ice with her guitar, more personal songs at Chicago Theatre

St. Vincent’s guitar is more than just an instrument. In her hands it’s a sound machine, a feral voice, an emotional necessity. On Friday at the sold-out Chicago Theatre, it was the flesh and blood inside a concert that ran with the icy…

Why Illinois lost thousands of jobs to Alabama

There was zero surprise in Illinois when Toyota and Mazda unveiled their decision a few days ago to locate a $1.6 billion assembly line in Alabama. That’s because Illinois was dropped from the competition months ago. Here is a defeat worth…

Trump becomes Bill the Butcher, and Democrats feel the thrill

President Donald Trump gestures as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Jan. 12, 2018, to travel to Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Andrew Harnik / AP). John KassContact ReporterChicago…