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After bitter campaign, Alabama Senate race goes to voters

The bitter Senate race in deeply conservative Alabama went to the voters Tuesday as they chose between an embattled but well-known Republican accused of child molestation and a Democrat who hopes to break the GOP's lock on the state and…

'You can't be lonely and be a healthy person.' How seniors can combat isolation

Kathy Seguin is an older adult — she really dislikes labels such as senior citizen and elder orphan — who was a prime candidate for the kind of isolation that increasingly is considered injurious to mental and physical health and a…

Parkinson's disease progression can be slowed with vigorous exercise, study shows

Geoffrey Rogers, who has Parkinson's disease, was part of a study about how high-intensity exercise affects the progression of the disease. (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune). Ese OlumhenseChicago Tribune. His friends noticed the tremor…

Rauner rips 'unholy trinity' as profiting from Cook County property tax system

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday sought to tie potential Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker to embattled Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, accusing the two of being part of an “unholy trinity of collusion, corruption, (and)…

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Sean Spicer announces book to 'set the record straight' about Trump's campaign, presidency

Sean Spicer speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello, Invision/AP). Travis M. AndrewsThe Washington Post. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is…

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Mitch Trubisky returns home to Ohio and enjoys his best day as a pro

With Bears wide receivers catching more flak than footballs this season, Kendall Wright seized a rare opportunity to enjoy a little redemption. “You guys said we had no wideouts, but now you want to talk?’’ Wright kidded Sunday in a bubbly…

Mayor Emanuel talks Trump in first visit to Colbert's 'Late Show'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel took his anti-Trump shtick on the road Monday when he stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” In his first visit to the CBS show with Colbert as host, Emanuel stuck to his talking points about Chicago being a…

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'One of my nightmares': Pipe bomb attack hits in New York subway

A would-be suicide bomber inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set the device off at rush hour Monday in a scenario that New York has dreaded for…

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Eagles QB Carson Wentz tore his ACL and is out for the year

Eagles star quarterback Carson Wentz has a torn left ACL and will miss rest of the season and playoffs, coach Doug Pederson confirmed. Wentz, a favorite in the NFL MVP race, had an MRI on Monday that revealed the severity of the injury.…

Cubs look to solidify closer situation with Brandon Morrow, while not ruling out return of Wade Davis

The Cubs knew the odds were stacked against them in their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani. Now they hope to gain some stability in their search for a closer. They could learn as soon as Tuesday night whether their two-year, $21 million deal with…

A confident and upbeat Putin goes on Mideast 'victory' tour

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared "victory" in Syria during a surprise visit Monday to a military base there, then traveled to Egypt and Turkey, where he celebrated Moscow's deepening ties with those key regional powers. The tour…

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Administration explains how tax plan would pay for itself, gets attacked for assumptions

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Dec. 2, 2017. For months, Mnuchin has said the Republican tax plan wouldn't to the national debt, though some analysts say his department…

Oak Lawn teen recovering from brain surgery gets surprise visit with Chicago Bear Tarik Cohen

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Inside the Bears Pro Shop at Soldier Field Monday, Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen and 15-year-old Luke Vugrin realized that when it comes to adversity, they are on the same team. "You always gotta' fight. Everyday," Cohen said,…

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Meet Chicagoans jumping into the world of bitcoin

Michael Unetich, vice president of cryptocurrencies at Trading Technologies, credits the rapid rise in bitcoin's price on Monday to "pent-up demand" from those investors who deemed standard bitcoin trading too risky. (Lou Fuglia / Chicago…

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Kim Jong Un controls the weather? North Korea's state-run media says he can do that and more

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Dec. 9, 2017, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting Mount Paektu in Ryanggang Province. (AFP/Getty Images). Cleve R. Wootson Jr…

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Trump accusers renew sexual misconduct charges against him, say it was 'heartbreaking' to see him elected

As the country grapples with a national reckoning over sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men, three women who accused the most high-profile man in America again questioned Monday why their claims did nothing to stop him from…

10 thoughts on the Bears' 33-7 win over the Bengals

10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears put together their most complete effort of the season in a 33-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, snapping a five-game losing streak. 1. I thought for sure when the…

5 thoughts on the Season 8 midseason finale of 'The Walking Dead': It's Carl's show

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne in "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC). Steve JohnsonContact ReporterChicago Tribune. So at the end of Sunday's midseason finale of “The Walking Dead,” there are lots of things we…

Finishing touch: Sandburg senior Dylan Jacobs wins Foot Locker Nationals

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Sandburg's Dylan Jacobs believed he had one more good race left before the end of his prep cross country career, and he was right. A week after finishing 13th in the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore., Jacobs returned to the West Coast…

Sunday, Dec 10

Cubs reach 2-year deal with reliever Brandon Morrow

The Dodgers' Brandon Morrow pitches against the Astros in Game 6 of the World Series on Oct. 31, 2017. (Harry How / Getty Images). Mark GonzalesContact ReporterChicago Tribune. In their latest attempt to upgrade their pitching staff, the…

Racial dispute at beloved bakery roils liberal college town in Ohio

In this Nov. 22, 2017, photo, pedestrians pass the storefront of Gibson's Food Mart & Bakery in Oberlin, Ohio. (Dake Kang / AP). Dake KangAssociated Press. Students at Oberlin College have long enjoyed pastries, bagels and chocolates from…

Democratic governor candidate Pritzker wins major teacher union endorsement

J.B. Pritzker on Saturday won the backing of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the largest public employees union to issue an endorsement so far in the Democratic governor primary. The endorsement by the executive board of the 100,000…

Storm dumps snow in parts of Deep South, marches toward Northeast

Kasey Brown, 11, left, and her friend Destiny Minor, 7, make snow angels on a lawn on their street on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, after an unusual snowfall in Baton Rouge, La. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP). Jonathan Landrum Jr…

Saturday, Dec 9

Bitter Senate race tests Alabama's image in the country — and at home

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally, in Fairhope Ala., on Dec. 5, 2017. (Brynn Anderson / AP). Robert Costa, Michael SchererWashington Post. For many Alabama voters, unaccustomed to a…

1st fire-related death confirmed as California wildfires force people to flee on moment's notice

Flames were practically on top of Dick and Joan Marsala's home when they got an urgent knock on the door and were told to leave. The couple, in their mid-80s, grabbed only a change of clothes and medications before fleeing Thursday through…

Thursday, Dec 7

Sen. Al Franken says he will resign from Congress amid sexual misconduct allegations

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said Thursday he will resign from Congress in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising…

Flu season could be bad this year, and experts are urging people to get their shots

Folks could be spreading more than a cup of cheer to family and friends at festive get-togethers this month. Early indications bode for a bad flu season, and medical professionals are advising people to get their annual flu shot to prevent…

Trump flouts warnings, formally recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel

President Donald Trump shattered decades of unwavering U.S. neutrality on Jerusalem Wednesday, declaring the sorely divided holy city as Israel's capital and sparking frustrated Palestinians to cry out that he had destroyed already-fragile…

State prepaid tuition program comes to a halt again

For the second time in seven years, Illinois’ prepaid college tuition program has stopped accepting new participants because it does not have the money to fulfill its projected obligations. The program, called the College Illinois! Prepaid…