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All 65 aboard plane feared dead in crash in southern Iran

An Iranian commercial airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years crashed Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, and officials said they feared all 65 people on board were killed…

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Survivors of Florida school shooting lash out at Trump

Authorities say 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2018, killing 17 people. Jason Dearen, Terry Spencer and Allen G. BreedAssociated Press…

Mets GM says, yes, he thinks Tim Tebow will play in majors

Tim Tebow arrived at the New York Mets spring training camp on Sunday, and the attention immediately turned to whether the quarterback who became an outfielder could make it all the way to Citi Field in the future. Guess what? Mets general…

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Danica done: Patrick wrecks in final race of NASCAR career

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Danica Patrick walks from the infield care center after being involved in an on-track incident the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. (Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images). Dan…

Sunday, Feb 18

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Ban the racist jerks who embarrassed the Blackhawks and Chicago from all future sporting events

On Saturday at the United Center, a beautiful night on the ice coincided with ugliness in the stands when four racist jerks embarrassed themselves, the Blackhawks, the sport of hockey and the city of Chicago. It should be their last Hawks…

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman condemns fans for directing racial taunts at Capitals player

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman issued a statement Sunday after four fans were ejected from the United Center during the Blackhawks-Capitals game late Saturday night for directing racial taunts at a Capitals player. Forward Devante Smith…

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Florida suspect's red flags weren't enough to stop gun buy

Authorities say 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2018, killing 17 people. Ryan J. Foley and Don ThompsonAssociated Press. The warnings…

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Norway's Oystein Braaten is 1st, USA's Gus Kenworthy last in Olympic slopestyle

Braaten, the 22-year-old from Norway, captured the gold medal in ski slopestyle Sunday, far outdistancing the dinged-up Kenworthy, who failed to land any of his three runs and came in last. Braaten, who learned the sport by setting up…

Lake County moviegoers excited for 'Black Panther' and its positive representation of African-Americans

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Moviegoers flocked to theaters Thursday for preview showings of the highly-anticipated Disney and Marvel superhero film "Black Panther" before its official debut Friday. The film with a mainly African-American cast and lead character who…

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Four fans ejected from United Center for directing racist taunts at Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly

Four fans were ejected from the United Center on Saturday night for directing racist comments at the Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly while he was in the penalty box during the third period of his team's game against the Blackhawks. Capitals…

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Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 presidential run

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In this June 7, 2017, photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a conference in Athens. Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides…

Self-proclaimed 'icon' Adam Rippon takes final Olympic skate

Adam Rippon put his hands over his face and let the cheers wash over. He waved and smiled, and when the crowd kept clapping, he jumped where he stood and swung his arms to egg them on. Ever the showman, and with his trademark grace and…

Carnival passengers say cruise devolved into violent mess due to family intent on trouble

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A Carnival cruise devolved into near-anarchy during its 10 days in the South Pacific, with some passengers locking themselves inside their cabins, others kicked off the ship and security guards brawling with vacationers in a bare-knuckles…

Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission after controversial defense of Chilean bishop

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Juan Carlos Cruz reacts as he leaves after a meeting with Archbishop Charles Scicluna at Roman Catholic church in New York, on Feb. 17, 2018. The meeting between Scicluna and Cruz took place the same day Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex…

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All-Stars collide in LA with teams picked by LeBron James, Steph Curry

The NBA All-Star Game added spice to its 67th edition by allowing the captains to pick their teams. Team LeBron vs. Team Steph has replaced the traditional East-West format, shuffling allegiances and turning antagonists into uneasy…

The 21st-century Russian sleeper agent is a troll with an American accent

In this Sept. 20, 2010 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, around his factory which produces school meals, outside St. Petersburg, Russia. Indicted for alleged U.S. election interference…

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'No more BS': Pain turns political in Parkland after school shootings

Angry students, parents, teachers and neighbors demanded action on gun-control legislation during a rally in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Kevin Sullivan, Tim Craig and William WanWashington Post. On a day when Parkland began burying its…

Trump administration sabotage of bipartisan immigration plan ensured its demise

As much of the country was gripped Wednesday by horrific images from the mass shooting at a Florida high school, two dozen senior Trump administration officials worked frantically into the night to thwart what they considered a different…

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3 inmates moved downstate after applauding suspect in Chicago cop's killing

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Inmates clap for accused cop killer, Shomari Legghette, 44, following bond court on Feb. 15, 2018. (Cook County Sheriff's Office). Chicago Tribune staffContact ReporterChicago Tribune. Three Cook County Jail detainees who applauded as the…

Saturday, Feb 17

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Slain police commander laid to rest with stories of selflessness, harsh words for suspect

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Funeral services for Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer at Nativity of Our Lord Church in Bridgeport on Feb. 17, 2018. (Chicago Tribune). Annie Sweeney, Jeremy Gorner, Ese Olumhense and Stacy St. ClairContact ReportersChicago Tribune. With…

13 killed in helicopter crash after Mexico earthquake

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A 7.2-magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico on Friday, causing little damage but triggering a tragedy when a minister's helicopter crash-landed on the way to the epicenter. (Patricia Castellanos / AFP/Getty Images). Mark StevensonAssociated…

Uproar in Israel over Polish prime minister's remark on 'Jewish perpetrators' during WWII

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaks during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a meeting in the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Feb. 16, 2018. (Ferdinand Ostrop / AP). Aron HellerAssociated Press.…

Northwestern blows 27-point lead to fall to No. 2 Michigan State 65-60

Northwestern forward Gavin Skelly (44) reacts after being called for a foul during the second half. (Nam Y. Huh / AP). Shannon RyanContact ReporterChicago Tribune. The timing, it seemed, couldn't have been worse. Northwestern had only…

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Tears, exuberance as 'Black Panther' opens across Africa

"Black Panther" cast members (left to right) Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o, South African film director John Kani, U.S. actress Danai Gurira and South African actress Connie Chiume pose upon their arrival for the premiere of "Black Panther…

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Trump's national security adviser says Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'

President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Saturday there was "incontrovertible" evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by…

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FBI admits it failed to investigate specific tip on Florida shooting suspect

The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate, the agency said Friday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott…

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Jake Elliott returns to alma mater Lyons, gives pep talk before 'blackout' game

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The ceremony honoring Jake Elliott on Friday night at Lyons could not have come at a more appropriate time. Elliott, a Lyons graduate, walked to center court and was presented with a framed photo collage that depicted his time playing high…

'Black Panther' will break box-office records. But could it change the movie business?

"Black Panther," Marvel's African-oriented comic book adaptation, is shaping up to be the most successful movie at the box office ever for a film with a primarily black cast. And it's raising hopes for a new wave of broad-interest…

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New Chicago police training academy to be named after Cmdr. Paul Bauer

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A new police and fire training academy in West Garfield Park will be named after slain Cmdr. Paul Bauer, who was shot in the line of duty Tuesday in the Loop, city officials said. The Joint Public Safety Training Academy will be called the…

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13 Russians charged with elaborate plot to interfere in 2016 presidential election

In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part…