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Friday, May 25

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Russian military unit brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine: investigators

The missile used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 aboard, belonged to a Russia-based military unit, an international team of investigators said Thursday after painstakingly…

06

Seething over Russia probe, Trump tears into 'spygate'

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President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel's Russia investigation as "spygate," part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by his Republican colleagues to raise suspicions about the probe that…

'Entirely improper': White House lawyer's presence at briefings on FBI's Russia source roils lawmakers

Justice Department and intelligence community leaders conferred twice with top Republican and Democratic lawmakers Thursday, hoping to defuse a partisan conflict over the FBI's use of a confidential source to aid the investigation into…

04

North Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

Chicago Tribune

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country's nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a small group of foreign journalists watched. The explosions at the…

03

Bucks' Sterling Brown tells ABC: 'I get mad every time I watch' police video

A day after the Milwaukee Police Department released footage of a January interaction with Bucks guard Sterling Brown, several NBA players reacted on social media with the hashtag “#StandwithSterling.” Brown, meanwhile, told ABC News…

Thursday, May 24

21

Fact check: Trump puts words about spying in Clapper's mouth

President Donald Trump is twisting the words of his predecessor's national intelligence director as part of his stepped-up effort to trash the credibility of the special counsel's Russia investigation. In a tweet Thursday, during a stormy…

20

White Sox's Welington Castillo suspended 80 games after testing positive for Erythropoietin

White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended 80 games without pay on Thursday for violation of baseball’s drug testing rules. MLB said Castillo tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO), a performance-enhancing substance. “I was…

19

Democratic Party official calls for ethics probe over Rep. Gianforte's attack on reporter

The head of the Montana Democratic Party on Thursday asked for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte lied to the police and the public when he assaulted a reporter last year. The request by…

17

A robot submarine found the 'Holy Grail of shipwrecks' off the coast of Colombia

Chicago Tribune

Spanish treasure fleets that traversed the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas and back were a 16th century invention as important as free two-day shipping. Organized 70 years after Columbus' first voyage, the fleet was made up of several…

15

Donald Trump: NFL owners 'doing the right thing' on national anthem policy

Chicago Tribune

President Donald Trump is claiming victory following the adoption of a new NFL policy that could bring disciplinary action for players who kneel or make other protests during the national anthem. "You have to stand proudly for the national…

14

How much does it cost to save a life? Sometimes treating cancer means going broke

The last thing John and Danielle Parli were worried about when doctors told them a cancerous tumor was wrapped around their daughter Emma’s kidney, liver and heart was how much it would cost to save their little girl’s life. “My main point…

13

Amazon official to Emanuel on Chicago HQ2 pitch: 'Everyone here was impressed'

Chicago Tribune

A high-ranking Amazon official and former member of the Obama administration emailed Mayor Rahm Emanuel in January to tell him the company was “impressed” with Chicago’s high-stakes bid to land the online retail giant’s second headquarters…

As Starbucks gears up for training, here's why 'implicit bias' can be good, bad or very bad

Five women calling themselves the Sisters in the Fairway, new members of the Grandview Golf Club in York, Penn., were playing the first holes April 21, when they were accused of moving too slowly, and urged to leave and give up their…

12

NFL owners approve new anthem policy: stand or stay in the locker room

Stand or stay out of sight. Looking to quell a national debate that was sparked by Colin Kaepernick, stoked by President Trump and some say chipped away at the very popularity of America's game, NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday…

07

Welington Castillo’s PED suspension a setback for White Sox rebuild

Welington Castillo was conducting a postgame TV interview after Tuesday night’s White Sox win when Yolmer Sanchez interrupted and dumped a bucket of Gatorade over his own head. The Sox were trending upward for the first time this season,…

Pompeo promises 'zero concessions' to North Korea until 'credible steps' are made

New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought Wednesday to mitigate lawmakers' concerns that President Donald Trump's diplomatic venture with North Korea is faltering, stressing that the United States had made "zero concessions" to the regime…

06

Life isn't easy for Cubs at top of baseball's food chain

Adam Plutko wasn't exactly a name that rolled off the tongue of Cubs players before Wednesday night's game against the Indians at Wrigley Field. The 26-year-old Indians right-hander was making only his second career start, and unless you…

05

Reports of Welington Castillo's impending PED suspension overshadow White Sox's 11-1 win over Orioles

Reports that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended for 80 games for using a performance-enhancing drug put a damper on a 11-1 win against the Orioles on Wednesday. Dominican journalist Américo Celado S. first reported that…

04

Mitch Trubisky excited about what Anthony Miller brings to Bears wide receivers group

The Bears returned to Halas Hall for their second week of organized team activities. Here’s what we learned as offensive players and coaches spoke to the media Wednesday. Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky said he thinks rookie wide receiver…

If public perception changes on Kevin White, it will be because of his play, not his words

Perhaps Kevin White knows that even a profound monologue on his readiness for a breakout season won’t change public perception until he can show his ability to stay on the field. Perhaps he’s just tired of the narrative of working back…

03

Ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort asks judge to toss evidence in Mueller probe

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Attorneys for Paul Manafort asked a federal judge to throw out evidence in his Washington criminal case Wednesday, arguing that the FBI searched his Alexandria, Virginia, condominium and storage unit last year unlawfully after entering the…

02

Jared Kushner receives permanent security clearance; answers special counsel's questions

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, now has a permanent security clearance and recently sat for six to seven hours of questioning by special counsel Robert Mueller's team on a wide range of topics…

NFL's new anthem rule requiring players to stand shows owners support social activism only on their terms

Chicago Tribune

Nobody should be surprised when a league that polices how high players wear their socks limits how far they can go to express their convictions. Yet the NFL outdid itself with the absurdity of a new rule announced Wednesday that requires…

Wednesday, May 23

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Mariano's parent Kroger pays $200 million to acquire Chicago meal kit company Home Chef

Chicago Tribune

Kroger Co., the largest supermarket chain in the U.S., is paying $200 million to acquire Chicago-based meal kit company Home Chef in a deal the companies say will bring the kits to more customers and help redefine shopping habits. “We know…

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R. Kelly's fall comes as Chicago, black women finally turn their back on star

Award-winning poet, spoken-word artist and author Tara Betts didn’t think Chicago would ever call out singer R. Kelly about claims of abuse and sexual coercion of young women and girls after years of consistent hits had made him largely…

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The Warriors' unbalanced roster is catching up with them at the worst possible time

The Golden State Warriors have four All-Stars, all of whom are comfortably among the top 20 players in the NBA. That talent advantage has allowed them to cruise through virtually the entire past two seasons unchallenged, leading to an NBA…

Yulia Skripal, poisoned by nerve agent in U.K., says recovery is slow and painful

Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her ex-spy father in a nerve agent attack, said Wednesday that they're lucky to be alive and recovery has been slow and painful, in her first public statement since the poisoning. Skripal, 33, and her…

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Aldermen propose renaming Balbo Drive after civil rights champion Ida B. Wells

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Two Chicago aldermen have called for renaming Balbo Drive downtown Wells Drive, in honor of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the celebrated journalist and civil rights champion. Speaking before the Chicago City Council meeting Wednesday, Ald. Sophia…

A shooting close to home in Irving Park: 'Nothing but kids on this block'

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The little boy toyed with a beaded necklace in his hands, wandered under the crime scene tape and struck a pose on the leafy Irving Park street Tuesday afternoon. “Say ‘Chicago,’” Matt Stonecipher said as he snapped an iPhone photo of his…

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State Department warns U.S. citizens in China after employee suffers possible sonic attack

The U.S. State Department is warning U.S. citizens in China that a government employee reported unusual "sensations of sound and pressure" and was later diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury - a case that recalls a wave of so-called…