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'Manafort and his lies' at heart of case, prosecution argues


Chad Day, Matthew Barakat and Mary Clare JalonickAssociated Press Paul Manafort lied to keep himself flush with cash and then to maintain his luxurious lifestyle when his income dropped off, prosecuto...

Dems pick 'firsts,' GOP goes for Trump fave in primaries


In a night of firsts, Democrats in Vermont's primary chose the nation's first transgender gubernatorial nominee. In Minnesota, they picked a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Cong...


5 impact transfers in college football for 2018 season


The rise in graduate transfers in recent years, combined with the NCAA seemingly relaxing the rigidity of its undergrad transfer policy, has given college football its own version of free agency every ...

UK police seek motive of Sudan-born suspect in Parliament car crash


Detectives searched several properties as they built up a profile Wednesday of a Sudan-born man who crashed a car outside Britain's Parliament in what police are treating as an act of terrorism. Polic...

DEA plan to combat Mexican drug cartels to include new enforcement group based in Chicago


Top U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials will unveil new plans to combat Mexican drug cartels Wednesday in Chicago alongside members of the Mexican government, military and federal police, D...

Hultgren says America's 'immigration laws need to be fixed'


U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren said that America’s “immigration laws need to be fixed” during a town hall meeting in Yorkville Tuesday night. “It's not working,” the Plano Republican said at the event at Pa...


Two former UCLA basketball stars die tragically, leaving questions behind


Billy Knight seemed quieter than usual the last time he spoke with his younger brother Eric. They discussed the NBA’s summer league and players they thought might emerge as budding stars. It was an at...

Will the Jets' Sam Darnold be only member of prized class of rookie QBs to start opener?


When the quarterbacks came off the board so early and so often on NFL draft night in April, hope abounded and the countdown began: How long would it take for Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen an...

Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Young, from young lions to reliable country hit-makers


Country singer Chris Young came up the modern way: He won Season Four of the now-defunct TV singing competition “Nashville Star,” and, after a halting start, has gone on to have 10 No. 1 hits in his o...


Democrats demand answers from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai over alleged cyberattack


After an internal investigation found that the Federal Communications Commission misled the public by wrongly claiming it suffered a cyberattack last year, House Democrats are demanding answers from C...

Corona brewer Constellation Brands extends pot bet with $3.8 billion investment


Corona brewer Constellation Brands is spending C$5 billion ($3.8 billion) to boost its stake in Canadian cannabis grower Canopy Growth Corp., betting legalization of the drug will continue to gain tra...

'Not an easy time' for Chris Pratt after James Gunn firing from 'Galaxy'


Chris Pratt says "it's not an easy time" as he and the rest of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" cast look to the future of the hit superhero franchise after Disney fired writer-director James Gunn. Pratt ...


It looks like the Bears chose money over Roquan Smith’s immediate development


Roquan Smith’s holdout seemed like a fight over nonsense, or at least it feels like a nonsensical hill for the once-proud franchise formerly known as the Bears to die on. In a protracted negotiation o...

Exercise can help those with depression — to a point


Exercise is good for your mental health, as long as you don't overdo it, researchers say. An analysis of data from 1.2 million people in the U.S. found they reported 3.4 days a month of poor mental he...

Benches clear and the Dodgers' bullpen gives it up yet again in 2-1 loss to Giants


The game had crept into the seventh inning, another warm and stuffy evening in Los Angeles, the crowd listless, with no sign of runs or life from the Dodgers. And then, an explosion of emotion. A play...


A football player died, and all of the University of Maryland is diminished


The University of Maryland bills itself, in its own words, as "one of the nation's preeminent public research universities." It says it's a "global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation. ...

Randy 'Iron Stache' Bryce wins Democratic primary in Wisconsin race for Paul Ryan's seat


Randy Bryce, a union ironworker known by the nickname "Iron Stache," won Tuesday's Democratic primary in the race to replace Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin for a seat he's held 20 yea...

Bears Q&A: Will Roquan Smith start the opener? How about shifting some O-linemen? Which vets are on the bubble?


Does Roquan Smith start Week 1 against Green Bay? — @zr_1ls9. If that isn't the first question most people have about the Bears' first-round pick, it's the second. I don't expect the team to answer anytime soon. Barring something…


Death toll hits at least 39 people in Italy bridge collapse; blame begins


Italian emergency workers pulled two more bodies out of tons of broken concrete and twisted steel Wednesday after a highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, raising the death toll in the disaster to at leas...

Co-working firm Industrious buys Chicago's Assemble, adding 3 locations


Co-working company Industrious has bought local operator Assemble, adding three Chicago locations amid expected consolidation in the fast-changing industry. Industrious doubles its number of Chicago-a...


Morning Spin: Republicans to have their state fair rally as Rauner tries to unify party


Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Republ...


Experts say Maryland may not have acted quickly enough to save football player Jordan McNair


Nearly 40 minutes after a 911 call was placed, Jordan McNair arrived at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park with a body temperature of 106 degrees, according to a hospital medical report. Onc...


John O'Malley's top 10 teams and top 20 players for the 2018 girls volleyball season


1. LaPorte: Duneland Athletic Conference race should be wide open, but Slicers have talented seniors in outside hitter Reilly Briggs (Northern Kentucky), middle blocker Kara Cooper (Valparaiso) and li...


Courtney Vandersloot sets a WNBA assist record as Sky beat Lynx 91-88


Courtney Vandersloot hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds left and broke the WNBA's single-season assists record, helping the Sky beat the Minnesota Lynx 91-88 on Tuesday night. Vandersloot set the re...

Taliban overrun Afghan army base, kill 17 troops in fifth day of fighting


The Taliban overran a base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers while Afghan forces battled the insurgents for the fifth straight day in the eastern provincial capital of Ghazni on Tuesday, tr...

Rauner again makes top bid for Grand Champion steer at state fair


In keeping with his tradition of the past few years, Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday placed the winning bid on a steer at Illinois State Fair. Rauner bid $60,000 for Taco, the grand champion steer at the ...

Mariners' Robinson Cano returns from drug suspension, now playing 1B


Robinson Cano is back in the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners after serving an 80-game drug suspension. The eight-time All-Star has a new position — first base, for the first time — and a new s...

No must-win games in August, but Brewers' Ryan Braun once again thrives on Wrigley Field stage


The Brewers trounced the Cubs 7-0 on Tuesday in what Ryan Braun suggested was a must-win game, though no game in the middle of August can truly be defined as such. The Brewers began the day three game...


Pick a Lane: Rule 5 draft pick Lane Ratliff goes 4-0 since moving into the starting rotation for the Kane County Cougars


Cougars pitcher Lane Ratliff was having the time of his life in December when his phone rang. He was on his honeymoon in Orlando, Fla., with his new bride, McKay, when he was told he was selected in t...

Justin McCray closing in on Packers' right guard job


Packers coach Mike McCarthy wouldn't declare Justin McCray the winner of the training camp competition at right guard, but he got pretty close. What was supposed to be one of the bigger competitions o...