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A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Sony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 releaseSony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 release after theaters pull showings following threats
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Thomas Wilmot Sr. of Lago Resort & Casino smiles after learning the Gaming Facility Location Board recommended them for a Southern Tier casino license on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
New York panel recommends 3 upstate resort casinosNew York panel recommends 3 upstate casinos in Sullivan, Schenectady and Seneca counties
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Amid scrutiny, Uber says it will focus more on safetyUber promises bigger focus on safety after lawsuit, intensified public scrutiny
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--FILE--In this Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 file photo, Markus Kaarma, center, is flanked by his defense attorneys Brian Smith, left, and Paul Ryan, as he listens to testimony, during his trial in Missoula, Montana for murder in the shooting death of Diren Dede.  Kaarma was found guilty Wednesday in the death of the 17-year-old Dede who he shot with a shotgun last spring after Kaarma caught him in his garage.  The defense had said the shooting was in defense of himself and his family. (AP Photo/The Missoulian, Kurt Willson)
Man convicted in German exchange student's killingMontana man convicted in German exchange student's shooting death in 'stand your ground' case
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A man carries a bag of cold meats in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Cuba and the United States have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relationsCubans cheer Raul Castro's announcement of renewed relations with United States
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheerNew York moves to ban fracking over health, economic questions; environmentalists cheer
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President Barack Obama leaves after speaking in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, to announce the U.S. will end its outdated approach to Cuba that has failed to advance U.S. interests. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, Pool)
Key dates in US relations with CubaKey dates in US relations with Cuba
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Painkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissed; may be appealedJudge dismisses painkillers lawsuit against NFL, telling union and league to resolve issues
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In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis blows candles on a cake during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday, and 800 kilograms of chicken meat for the poor. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Pope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochementPope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement in dispute Vatican has long hoped would end
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  • The mayoral election follies begin with a few challenges

    If you're a nihilist-and it's hard not to be one around here-these are your glory days as mayoral candidates attempt to throw each other off the ballot for violating this or that absurdly onerous and arbitrarily enforced election ballot access laws . Just so you know-nihilism's basically a philosophical belief that says life is meaningless, so fuck it. Chicago Reader, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 05:06 PM
  • Man killed, 5 other people wounded in Tuesday gun violence

    A man was killed and at least five other people were wounded--three of them critically--in shootings across Chicago on Tuesday. Tyrone Johnson, 30, was shot in the 3300 block of West Congress about 1:40 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office. My FOX Chicago, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 06:48 AM
  • 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
  • Rob Mazurek performs two markedly different sets tomorrow night at Chopin Theatre

    Earlier this month, local progressive label International Anthem released its very first LP online and on vinyl: Alternate Moon Cycles by composer and cornetist Rob Mazurek. Comprising two slow, gentle instrumental tracks, the avant-garde record lets a bass and a pump organ orbit a single note on cornet, creating a hypnotizing atmosphere meant to correspond to the waxing of the moon. Chicago Reader, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 04:31 PM
  • Lincolnshire man proposes at Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show

    Vincent Baran and Alicen Keaskowski grew up in the Lake County area and consider the Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show in Vernon Hills a tradition for both their families. The memory of those formative years has taken on another dimension as Baran decided the annual drive-through light show would be the perfect place for a big surprise. Daily Herald, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 02:33 PM
  • When Chicago Tortured

    In response to the CIA torture report, President Obama stated that torture was "contrary to who we are." But Obama didn't comment on how odd it is for a Chicago politician like him to claim that torture is somehow separate from the American experience. The Atlantic, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 11:59 AM
  • Chicago may be getting the 3rd tallest high rise

    The skyscraper would stand at about 1,148-feet, with plans to include a 89-story riverfront residential and hotel tower on Wacker Drive east of Columbus drive. According to designs from the developer, the profile of the skyscraper will be architecturally unique, interlocking 3 high rises that will zig zag around each other. WGN-TV Chicago, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 09:44 AM
  • Steppenwolf's Airline Highway goes for a big lesson in the Big Easy

    Through 2/8: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM Steppenwolf Theatre 1650 N. Halsted 312-335-1650 steppenwolf.org $20-$86 In the contemporary New Orleans of Lisa D'Amour's new drama Airline Highway , given an alternately stagnant and rousing Steppenwolf world premiere, only two types of people exist: the authentics and the inauthentics. Here, as in so many American plays over the past several decades, the authentics are the downtrodden, the unconventional, the penniless, the permanently marginalized. Chicago Reader, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 05:05 AM
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