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Obama closing 2014 with year-end news conferenceObama closing 2014 with year-end news conference before heading to Hawaii
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Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial dronesPoll: Americans skeptical benefits of commercial drones will outweigh privacy, safety risks
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter, center, leaves a hotel to lead a meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Amid another crisis at FIFA, Blatter will lead an executive committee meeting on Thursday with the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia now on the agenda. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votesBlatter says FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, will release Garcia's report
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Belarus slaps 30 percent fee at currency exchangesBelarus imposes 30 percent fee at currency exchanges to stem spillover panic from Russia
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File- This Dec. 10, 2012, file photo shows President Barack Obama gesturing as he speaks to workers about the economy during a visit to Daimler Detroit Diesel in Redford, Mich. With a recent streak of activism, President Obama is shaking up the governing status quo and creating a new normal for his successors. From immigration to Internet access, from climate change to now Cuba, Obama is laying down a foundation that while fragile and subject to change is defining how he enters the final two years of his presidency and what he leaves for the next White House occupant. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference5 topics that may come up during President Obama's year-end news conference
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A pedestrian looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Asian stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
In spite of Asia advance, European stocks steadyEuropean stock markets drift after big Yellen-inspired gains; Sony drifts in hacking fallout
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Auschwitz victim suitcases get high-tech storageAuschwitz museum puts some victims' suitcases into high-tech protective storage unit
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Britain moves closer to allowing women in combatBritain moves closer to allowing women in close combat roles, but more review is planned
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Chicago man pleads guilty in Batavia armed robbery

    BATAVIA #x2013; A Chicago man will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to felony armed violence in connection with an armed robbery in January at the Batavia Pantry on East Wilson Street. Antwann L. Hunt, 28, recently pleaded guilty to felony armed violence in the Jan. 25 robbery. Kane Co. Chronicle, Wed, Dec 17 2014 @ 11:53 PM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • MTVghosts drop a free album of glammy, goofy 'dreampunk'

    Gossip Wolf has seen goofy, glammy Chicago four-piece MTVghosts slay at a slew of local shows - and last weekend the self-proclaimed "dreampunk" band dropped Tri-Pop , a free eight-song album, via Bandcamp. This wolf thinks the hooky "She's Really Mine" and "Apology" have more than a passing resemblance to Todd Rundgren's mid-70s AM radio-style pop. Chicago Reader, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 04:00 AM
  • 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
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