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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
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Canadian chain postpones 'The Interview' showingsCanada's dominant theater chain postpones showings of 'The Interview'
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FILE - In this April 24, 2007, file photo, an exhibit about a 1962 prison escape made famous in the movie, "Escape from Alcatraz," is displayed in the museum store on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. Scientists say the three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land. Using software to study currents the night of the 1962 escape, three Dutch scientists concluded the three men could have made it to land north of the Golden Gate Bridge if they left between 11:30 p.m. and midnight.  Prison officials and federal agents insisted at the time that the inmates perished, but their bodies were never found.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escapeScientists: Alcatraz prisoners could have survived famous 1962 escape; bodies never found
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This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, from left, 1st AD Jonathan Watson, DP Brandon Trost, Evan Goldberg,  and Seth Rogen on the set of Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)
NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats flySony barraged by more leaks, lawsuits, theaters pulling Rogen film after hackers' 9/11 threats
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Ray McDonald sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Northern California authorities are investigating 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault. San Jose Police Department Sgt. Heather Randol said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that detectives searched McDonald's San Jose home. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
49ers release McDonald amid further legal troubleDefensive lineman Ray McDonald released by 49ers amid further legal issues
The Associated Press38 minutes ago
Ivan Marquez, chief negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, second right, meets with representatives of the victims of the Colombian conflict during a ceremonial planting of the tree of "Hope for peace and reconciliation in Colombia," in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. This was the fifth and last group of victims that will meet with both groups of negotiators during the ongoing peace talks in Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fireColombian rebels at peace talks in Cuba announce unilateral cease-fire with their government
The Associated Press39 minutes ago
Painkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissedJudge dismisses painkillers lawsuit against NFL saying union and league work out such issues
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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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