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Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleasArctic offshore drilling company enters guilty pleas to environmental, maritime crimes
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In this image released by The O+M Company, Megan Mullally, left, and Nathan Lane appear during a performance of "It's Only A Play," in New York. Terrence McNally’s comedy starring Lane, Mullally, Matthew Broderick and Stockard Channing, recouped its $3.9 million capitalization on Wednesday. (AP Photo/The O+M Company, Joan Marcus)
2 plays have reason to crow on Broadway this week2 plays _ 'The River' and 'It's Only a Play' _ can celebrate on Broadway: They're recouped
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, fans gather behind a Rose Bowl banner presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif. This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands. The bowls haven't disclosed their asking prices, but sports marketing experts contacted by The Associated Press estimated the annual cost for the top-tier games ranges from $25 million to more than $30 million. That's up from $16 million to $20 million previously. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)
Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl gamesAnother blitz of college football bowl games kicks off with new roster of hefty sponsors
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President Barack Obama listens to a question during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The president claimed an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. He also touts his own executive action and a Chinese agreement to combat global warming. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )
Obama: No quick end to embargo on CubaObama: Change won't come overnight to Cuba, no end to embargo or presidential visit soon
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German Amazon strikes to last until Christmas EveUnion: Strikes at 4 German Amazon centers to last until Christmas Eve
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T-Mobile paying at least $90M for unwanted servicesT-Mobile paying at least $90M, mostly in refunds to customers, for unwanted text services
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Tiffany Van Alstyne is led from Knox town court after her arraignment on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Knox, N.Y. The 19-year old has been accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Cops: Woman killed boy, falsely reported abductionNY woman accused of killing her 5-year-old cousin, falsely reporting abduction by masked men
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Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and MidwestCDC: Flu is widespread in more than half of US states, hitting the South and Midwest hardest
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Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policyGOP senators and potential 2016 candidates Paul and Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy
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  • Chicago thieves adopt 'crash-and-grab' tactics

    All the burglars use the same audacious tactics: A vehicle crashes through a storefront in the wee hours and up to six people in dark clothing and ski masks pour out, grabbing whatever they can with the speed of a NASCAR pit crew. Since September, at least a dozen "crash-and-grab" burglaries have been reported at retail businesses in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Carlsbad Current-Argus, Mon, Dec 15 2014 @ 06:08 PM
  • Police captain talks of getting shot at standoff: Next time I'll duck better

    Chicago Police Capt. Edward Kulbida speaks about being wounded in the Oct. 7, 2014, shootout with a fugitive from Indianapolis on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at the Englewood District police station. Chicago Tribune, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 09:56 AM
  • Revised 'Cinderella' still makes musical magic

    The show must go on. And at Wednesday's opening of "Rodgers Hammerstein's Cinderella," a delicious confection with a scrumptious score, it went on with understudy Audrey Cardwell in the titular role. Daily Herald, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 12:48 PM
  • Crash-and-grab robberies hit Chicago hard

    Robbers in the Windy City are using tactics called crash and grab to target Chicago's upscale shopping district, The Magnificent Mile. As surveillance videos show, all you need to pull off the heist is a stolen car and the determination to drive through glass storefronts or brick walls to get what you want, reports CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds. CBS News, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 11:24 AM
  • Shedd's Orphaned Sea Otter Pup 'Reaching Milestones Every Day'

    Three months after being found stranded on a California beach , an orphaned baby sea otter whose furry face has gone viral finally has a name. The otter pup formerly referred to by animal rescuers as Pup 681 is now called Luna, representatives from the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago announced recently. Patch.com, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 11:10 AM
  • Food writer and cult hero Laurie Colwin embraced the old fashioned-now in e-book form

    To her devoted readers-and there are many-the writer Laurie Colwin's tastes and habits are nearly as familiar as their own. Colwin was a traditionalist. Chicago Reader, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 05:20 PM
  • Buffalo Zoo euthanizes 35-year old spectacled bear

    A spectacled bear believed to be among the oldest of her species in the world has been euthanized because of declining health. Authorities say spectacled bears, also known as Andean bears, typically live 20-25 years in captivity, slightly longer than in the wild. New Jersey Herald, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 04:18 AM
  • Are privacy's days numbered? Pew asks experts to weigh in

    America began as a largely rural country, and it could be that the Founding Fathers, to the extent they gave privacy a thought, figured that in the towns and villages they hailed from everyone knew everybody's business anyway. The Constitution they wrote doesn't mention privacy. Chicago Reader, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 11:04 AM
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