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GOP bills’ time limits would turn tax relief into tax hikes for tens of millions of Americans

Congressional Republicans have implanted nearly 50 expiring provisions in their tax-cut bills that, if left unaddressed, would transform what Republicans promised would be middle-class tax relief into a law that raises taxes for tens of…

After winning Foxconn, Southeast Wisconsin prepares for influx of jobs as residents fear loss of 'peace and quiet'

In April, the owners of Apple Holler, an orchard in the southeastern Wisconsin town of Sturtevant, will be getting ready to plant 2,500 apple and peach trees on land just west of Interstate 94. Across the highway in Mount Pleasant,…

It's a make-or-break Christmas season for these retailers

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The holiday season is always a pressure cooker for retailers, but this year promises to be more stressful than usual. With foot traffic dwindling and more consumers shopping online, brick-and-mortar chains are having to fight harder for…

JPMorgan Chase CEO sees early results of $40 million investment in South, West sides during Chicago visit

Chairman and CEO JP Morgan Chase Jamie Dimon attends a roundtable discussion Nov. 21, 2017, at the North Lawndale Employment Network with former program graduates, leaders of nonprofits and co-workers at JP Morgan Chase. (Antonio Perez ...

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Balloons, Broadway stars and security at Macy's Thanksgiving parade

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Police officers stand near the site where a large balloon of Olaf, from the animated film, "Frozen", is being inflated for the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (Seth Wenig / AP). Associated Press. New faces…

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Alshon Jeffery fell into Eagles' lap, now maybe they ride his Super Bowl prediction

In terms of misguided predictions, Bears wide receivers have had some recent doozies. Before the start of the 2014 season, Brandon Marshall predicted Jay Cutler was headed for an MVP year. The front office and coaching staff were blown out…

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Some good, some bad for Blackhawks in 3-2 overtime loss to Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. — Coach Joel Quenneville said the Lightning represented the Blackhawks "toughest test" yet. The Hawks passed that test, but they came up short of an "A" as they fell 3-2 to the Lightning in overtime in a game that was as…

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Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar pleads guilty to sex charges

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Dr. Larry Nassar, 54, appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Mich., on Nov. 22, 2017. (Paul Sancya / AP). David EggertAssociated Press. A former sports doctor accused of molesting at least 125 girls and young women while he worked…

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Bears' Brian Urlacher deserves to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer

At the end of our conversation, Brian Urlacher balanced humility and reality when his Pro Football Hall of Fame credentials came up. “My body of work is out there and I feel it’s as good as anybody’s, honestly, if you look at my numbers…

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Fact check: Trump and accusations of sexual misconduct

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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Washington for a Thanksgiving trip to Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP). Meg KellyWashington Post. "Women…

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The Warriors make every NBA game special

For tonight, the event plays Oklahoma City; in a week, it will stop by in Los Angeles; through early December, it will energize Orlando, then Miami, then New Orleans, then Charlotte, then Detroit. It certainly doesn't feel like some…

10 things to know about Alex Spanos, Northwestern's sideline hype man who does not wear a 'smedium'

Well, the secret is out on the Wildcats’ sports performance coaches — especially Alex Spanos. During Saturday’s romp over Minnesota at wind-whipped Ryan Field, Big Ten Network cameras kept delivering two types of images: suffering, bundled…

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A man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat

The countdown to launch creeps closer and there's still plenty for self-taught rocket scientist "Mad" Mike Hughes to do: Last-second modifications to his vessel. Pick up his flight suit. Leave enough food for his four cats — just in case…

Kris Dunn's prolonged battle with Jerian Grant ends with a starting spot

No matter the end of the court or the opponent, Kris Dunn keeps coming. He keeps attacking. The Bulls coughed up all of a 19-point lead in a brutal collapse. Dunn finished with 12 points, six assists, five rebounds and four turnovers as…

Ex-charter teacher accused of sexually abusing a student taught at Southwest Side school

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A former teacher has been charged with sexually abusing a student while she worked at a charter school on the Southwest Side of Chicago, according to police. Megan Kotarski, 28, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. She is…

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Report: Industry hid decades-old study showing sugar's unhealthy effects

A new report accuses the sugar industry of burying evidence that its product could cause harmful health effects. (Getty Images). Dennis ThompsonHealthDay. Big Sugar seems to have copied the Big Tobacco playbook, a new report contends. More…

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Vietnam veterans may be dying from slow-killing parasite, study shows

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A half century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet — test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles…

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Olympian Gabby Douglas says she, too, was sexually abused by gymnastics team doctor

Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas on Tuesday added her name to the list of athletes who allege they were sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. The 21-year-old gymnast posted the accusation in a lengthy…

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Apple finds Foxconn interns worked illegal overtime on iPhone X

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John Zhang examines his new iPhone X at the Apple store in Chicago Nov. 3. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune). Jing Cao and Nate LanxonBloomberg. Apple found that its main supplier in Asia has been employing high-school students working…

FCC plan would give Internet providers power to choose the sites customers see and use

Federal officials took aim at a signature Obama-era regulation Tuesday, unveiling a plan that would give internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers see and use. Under the proposal by the…

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Will Cowboys-Chargers on Thanksgiving and Bears-49ers next week be blacked out due to Dish-CBS fee fight?

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Chicago-area Dish Network subscribers looking for the Cowboys and Chargers on Thanksgiving, Saturday’s Auburn-Alabama Iron Bowl game or even the Bears-49ers matchup a week from Sunday may be in for an unpleasant surprise. The pay-TV…

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$3 million verdict for deadly blood clot after surgery at Elmhurst Hospital

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The family of a man who died from a blood clot 50 days after leg surgery at Elmhurst Hospital won a $3 million verdict against the hospital, attorneys announced Tuesday. Edward Smolinski, 52, of Addison, died when doctors failed to prevent…

Woman who fed fatal dose of pills to disabled daughter must report to prison Monday

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The suburban woman who caused her disabled daughter’s death when she fed her an overdose of medication must report to prison on Monday to finish her sentence. Bonnie Liltz of Schaumburg was given a four-year prison term last year after…

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White Sox's rebuild appears ahead of Cubs' pace — but there are no guarantees

When he approached White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf about his rebuild plan last year, general manager Rick Hahn thought it would be a tough sell. Hahn knew Reinsdorf, who turned 81 in February, wanted to enjoy at least one more Sox…

Seven reasons to be suspicious of the DOJ lawsuit to stop AT&T from buying CNN

The Department of Justice is suing to block the $85 billion merger between A&T and Time Warner. (Justin Lane /EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock). James HohmannWashington Post. President Donald Trump and his political appointees at the Justice…

Man accused of killing rookie police officer in small-town Pennsylvania has been captured

Westmoreland County Detective Ray Duplika, left, and New Kensington Police Chief Jim Klein, right, escort suspect Rahmael Sal Holt, as they arrive for a hearing on Nov. 21, 2017, in New Kensington, Pa. (Darrell Sapp / AP). Kristine…

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White Sox could target familiar names in free-agent pitching market

With three rookies penciled in to join James Shields in a rotation likely lacking Carlos Rodon while he recovers from shoulder surgery, the White Sox will be in the market for a veteran starting pitcher or two for the 2018 season. Instead,…

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Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay

Cigarette makers will once again be advertising on TV — but their ads are court-ordered warnings to consumers. (Matt Cardy / Getty Images). Matthew PerroneAssociated Press. Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco…

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Justice Department suing AT&T to block $85 billion bid for Time Warner

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The Justice Department sued Monday to block AT&T's $85 billion bid for entertainment conglomerate Time Warner, setting the stage for one of the biggest antitrust cases to hit Washington in decades. The move by the Justice Department's…

Turkeys seeking Trump Thanksgiving pardon must strut stuff

Two turkeys set to be pardoned by President Trump are shown in a Washington hotel. (Hannah MacInnis / AP). Steve KarnowskiAssociated Press. What makes a good presidential turkey? Showmanship. A readiness to strut his stuff and gobble on…

Trump ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians who came to U.S. after 2010 earthquake

The Trump administration said it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation in 2010. The…

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Federal judge permanently blocks Trump's executive order to cut funding to sanctuary cities

President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a Cabinet Meeting at the White House on Nov. 20, 2017. (Kevin Dietsch / EPA). Sudhin ThanawalaAssociated Press. A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked President Donald Trump's…

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CBS suspends Charlie Rose after 8 women accuse TV host of sexual harassment

Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or…

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After border agent is killed and partner injured in Texas, Trump renews call for wall

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Authorities were searching southwest Texas for suspects or witnesses after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and his partner injured Sunday while on patrol in the state's Big Bend area, officials said. Agent Rogelio Martinez and his…