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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton throws a pass during an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Panthers' Newton practices 8 days after crashPanthers quarterback Cam Newton returns to practice 8 days after automobile wreck, 2 fractures
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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)
Montana man convicted in exchange student's deathMontana man convicted in German exchange student's shooting death in 'stand your ground' case
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Canadian chain postpones 'The Interview' showingsCanada's dominant theater chain postpones showings of 'The Interview'
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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen makes a statement on jobs and economic outlook, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at the Federal Reserve in Washington. The U.S. economy is finally doing better, and the Federal Reserve may be ready to acknowledge that fact.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Fed to be 'patient' about a rate hike; stocks soarFed promises 'patient' approach in determining when to raise interest rates
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Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks about his agenda for a GOP-controlled Congress during an interview with The Associated Press at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
AP Interview: McConnell wants to stop coal rulesAP Interview: McConnell ready to try to stop coal plant rules, says Kentucky economy suffering
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Officials from the Howe Caverns near Cobleskill, N.Y, wait as people opposed to a casino in East Greenbush hold up signs, as the Gaming Facility Location Board gets set to announce recommendations of applicants for licensure as commercial casinos in the state during a meeting at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, N.Y., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/The Daily Gazette, Patrick Dodson)  TROY, SCHENECTADY; SARATOGA SPRINGS; ALBANY AND AMSTERDAM OUT
New York panel recommends 3 upstate resort casinosNew York panel recommends 3 upstate casinos in Sullivan, Schenectady and Seneca counties
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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)
Cuba welcomes Castro's announce of renewed US tiesCubans cheer Raul Castro's announcement of renewed relations with United States
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The facade of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Global stocks were mostly lower Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014 as oil prices tumbled again while investors waited for a U.S. Federal Reserve statement on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
US stocks jump as Fed promises 'patient' approachUS stocks snap higher as Fed promises a 'patient' approach on rates; oil price steadies
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FILE-In this Aug. 26, 2014 file photo Congressman Ron Barber makes a speech during the Pima County Democratic Party election night gathering in Tucson, Ariz. Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month after a recount in Arizona gave the final outstanding race to the Republican challenger. Martha McSally won a House seat over Democrat Barber by 167 votes out of about 220,000 cast, results released Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, show. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mamta Popat,File)
Republican wins Arizona House seat after recountRepublican Martha McSally wins Arizona congressional seat, last unresolved midterm race in US
The Associated Press34 minutes ago
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Snowflake Ballroom Dance at The Timbers

    The Del Bergeson Orchestra and vocalist Sandi Haynes will provide the music for a "Snowflake Ballroom Dance" from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 , at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Road, Shorewood. The public is warmly welcome to the free event. Patch.com, Tue, Dec 16 2014 @ 10:31 PM
  • Chicago police searching for woman missing since Friday

    Police say 26-year-old Cris Beltran Monroy is missing from the area near Midway Airport and the area near 3700 block of W Fullerton. Her family said she was staying in both places and frequented both areas. WGN-TV Chicago, Tue, Dec 16 2014 @ 08:38 PM
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