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Toys R Us lives on because Mattel and Hasbro can't let it die

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Workers fill bins with items at Toys-R-Us in Times Square Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. (Peter Foley / Bloomberg). Matt Townsend and Eliza Ronalds-HannonBloomberg. Rest easy, kids. Toys "R" Us isn't going anywhere, at least not if the makers of…

Portions of Wisconsin's Foxconn law could be unconstitutional, state analysis finds

Nonpartisan attorneys for the Wisconsin Legislature are warning that portions of a newly signed law speeding up legal appeals related to a planned flat-screen display factory could be unconstitutional. The analysis of the law passed for…

CEOs say corporate tax cut would spur job creation

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A group of U.S. business executives called for Congress to cut the corporate tax rate as low as possible and end the current global approach in which companies' profits are taxed no matter where they're earned. "We see this as a big…

Kohl's to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores in Chicago, LA

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Kohl's says it will open up Amazon shops in 10 of its stores, making it the latest department store operator to make a deal with the e-commerce giant. It will also accept Amazon returns at some of its stores. (Wilfredo Lee / AP).…

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Melania Trump condemns bullying — and raises some eyebrows — in her first UN speech

Melania Trump gave her most expansive remarks as first lady Wednesday, condemning bullying and calling on world leaders to take their responsibility for guiding the next generation seriously. "By our own example we must teach children to…

Young girl hospitalized by 105 mph foul during Yankees-Twins game

A young girl at Yankee Stadium was injured by a 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier during Wednesday's game against Minnesota, leading some players to call for protective netting to be extended. The Yankees said the girl was…

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Player charged in Wheaton College hazing 'frustrated' and 'disappointed,' attorney says

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Christy Gutowski and Stacy St. Clair Contact ReportersChicago Tribune Wheaton College football player Noah Spielman is "frustrated" and "disappointed" by the criminal charges against him after a lengthy investigation into a 2016 hazing…

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Entire island of Puerto Rico without power after Hurricane Maria; at least 9 dead

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The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and triggered heavy flooding Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into…

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Student shot at Mattoon High School in central Illinois; another student in custody

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A student watches as officials discuss their response to a shooting at Mattoon High School on Sept. 20, 2017. (Dave Fopay / AP). Associated Press. A teacher subdued a male student who fired shots and wounded another student in a central…

Fed announces a start to modestly reducing its bond holdings

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP). Martin CrutsingerAssociated Press. The Federal…

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Hillary Clinton and Stephen Colbert talk Trump, Russia, Putin and chardonnay

Hillary Clinton has been all over the place promoting her new book, "What Happened?" - and on Tuesday night, she stopped by CBS' "Late Show With Stephen Colbert" to chat with the host, one of the most vocal critics of President Donald…

Police officer fatally shoots deaf man holding pipe in Oklahoma City

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Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man who was approaching them holding a metal pipe apparently didn't hear witnesses yelling that the man was deaf, the department said Wednesday. Police Capt. Bo Mathews said 35-year-old…

'Battle of the Sexes' review: Emma Stone scores as Billie Jean King in crowd-pleasing study in love matches

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King crosses rackets with Steve Carell's Bobby Riggs in "Battle of the Sexes." (Fox Searchlight). Michael PhillipsContact ReporterChicago Tribune. Sunny (literally; this is the brightest, squintiest film in months…

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America's opioid crisis has cut into US life expectancy

Prosecutors in New York announced this week that an August drug raid yielded 140 pounds of fentanyl, the most in the city's history and enough to kill 32 million people, they told New York 4. Those numbers underscore the dizzying size of…

In hazing case, Wheaton College players suspended from team, and another turns himself in

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Five Wheaton College football players charged this week in a 2016 hazing incident have been suspended from practice and games, the college said Tuesday. "The players have been deemed inactive for practice or competition by the college's…

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Trump's North Korea threat leaves Asia struggling to explain

Was it a bluff? A warning that Washington would shoot down North Korea's next missile test? A restatement of past policy? Or simply just what it seemed: a straightforward threat of annihilation from the president of the United States?…

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Disturbing images show Navy hospital staffers mishandling infant, calling babies 'mini Satans'

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Two medical staffers at a military hospital in Florida were barred from caring for patients after they were seen in disturbing images mishandling a newborn, making obscene gestures and calling babies "mini Satans." One video shows a female…

Mueller's office questions Deputy AG Rosenstein amid probe of Comey firing

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is relevant to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation because he authored a memorandum in May that the White House initially held up as justification for former FBI Director James Comey's…

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Alex Gordon hits MLB's record-setting 5694th HR of season

The Royals' Alex Gordon reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Sept. 19, 2017 in Toronto. (Tom Szczerbowski / Getty Images). Associated Press. Kansas City's Alex Gordon broke Major League…

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Mike Montgomery's six innings of one-hit ball lead Cubs to 2-1 victory

Well-wishers surrounded Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Tuesday night, and he was treated to a video tribute recounting his nine seasons leading the Rays. But the Cubs' most significant homecoming was that of left-hander Mike Montgomery, who…

New GOP health care bill hits hurdle in resistance from governors

In this July 13, 2017, photo, Sen. Bill Cassidy, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham talk while walking to a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP). Sean Sullivan, Juliet Eilperin and Kelsey SnellWashington Post.…

Trump defends 'America first' foreign policy at UN, threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea

President Donald Trump on Tuesday delivered a toughly worded defense of his "America first" foreign policy in his inaugural address to the United Nations and threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if necessary. The president, speaking…

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Home runs are going through the roof, and theories abound

There are many competing theories as to why baseball was on track Tuesday to set an all-time single season record for home runs. "Obviously guys are throwing harder," Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said. "Obviously the balls are a little…

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Bulls make surprise move in adding Doug Collins to management mix

Doug Collins' opening statement after the Bulls named him senior adviser of basketball operations at an out-of-the-blue Tuesday news conference lasted 61/2 minutes. Given that it came 28 years after the same franchise he led to the 1989…

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Gutierrez among Democratic lawmakers arrested outside Trump Tower at DACA protest

Illinois congressman Luis Gutierrez was one of three Democratic lawmakers arrested outside Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday as part of a protest of President Donald Trump's decision to end legal protections for hundreds of thousands of…

UIC pursues $100M residence hall and academic complex

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Continuing a transformation from its days as a commuter school, University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking to build a $100 million residence hall and academic complex, which would be the campus's first new dorm in more than a decade. The…

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Walgreens to grow by 1,932 stores with Rite Aid deal

After years of trying, Walgreens Boots Alliance has received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission to expand its business through the purchase of 1,932 Rite Aid stores for $4.38 billion. The FTC had long resisted a deal between…

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Tons of Amazon customers just got a baby registry email — one they weren't expecting

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Amazon appears to have sent an email about baby registries to people who don't actually have them on Tuesday, Sept. 19. (Paul Sakuma / AP). Blue Sky staffBlue Sky Innovation. Amazon users reported receiving a mass email Tuesday telling…

Ex-Chicago cop, a fugitive for almost 15 years, arrested in Detroit

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Former Chicago police Sgt. Eddie Hicks was arrested in Detroit on Sept. 19, 2017, after 15 years on the lam. (FBI). Jason MeisnerContact ReporterChicago Tribune. Former Chicago police Sgt. Eddie C. Hicks was arrested in Detroit Tuesday…

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Clearcover, a more strategic car insurance startup, lands big Lightbank investment

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Clearcover, a Chicago-based company that says it can save customers up to 50 percent on car insurance by streamlining the way it’s marketed and sold, announced Tuesday that it has landed initial funding of $11.5 million. Lightbank, the…

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Toys R Us: The birth — and bust — of a retail empire

In the early 1980s, a week before Christmas, a woman walked into a supermarket-size store in Tysons Corner, Va., and became so dumbfounded that she started talking to herself. "Where's the robot?" she said. "And the hairy monster?" A…

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Former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman training to join the FBI

Forget unsuspecting NFL wide receivers. The next guy Charles Tillman executes the "Peanut Punch" on might be a fugitive running from the law. The former Chicago Bears cornerback recently began training to join the Federal Bureau of…

5 Wheaton College football players face felony charges in hazing incident

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Five Wheaton College football players face felony charges after being accused of a 2016 hazing incident in which a freshman teammate was restrained with duct tape, beaten and left half-naked with two torn shoulders on a baseball field. A…

Twenty years ago, 'Butterfly' changed Mariah Carey's career. It also helped change pop music.

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Mariah Carey performs onstage during "VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The 90s Game Changers" at Paramount Studios on Sept. 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Maury Phillips / Getty Images). Bethonie ButlerWashington Post. VH1 is recognizing Mariah Carey…