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Chicago aldermen want federal investigation of city Law Department

CHICAGO -- As the U.S. Justice Department asks Chicago to address deep flaws in police officers' use of force, a group of aldermen is accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Law Department of enabling the misconduct and is asking federal authorities to ...Read More

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'Hidden Figures' leads 'La La Land' and 'Patriot's Day' at holiday box ...

LOS ANGELES -- In what's shaping up to be a highly competitive holiday weekend at the box office, 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment's "Hidden Figures" has the No. 1 spot, just three days in. If it holds, it will be the reigning film for ...Read More

Health & Spirit

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Health

Religion

Detective says he warned of key witness in trial of monsignor

PHILADELPHIA -- It was January 2012, a month before the start of the child endangerment trial of Monsignor William J. Lynn, and retired Philadelphia Police Detective Joseph Walsh was called back to work by the district attorney's office to prep a ...Read More

Senior Living

Social Security's gift to children is security

This is the season of caring. No matter your religion or belief, December is also considered a time to focus on the children we love. Whether we're wrapping Santa's gifts, buying Hanukkah treats, decorating the house in celebration of Kwanzaa, or ...Read More

Women

My Pet World: Kathy Ireland extending her passion for fashion to pets

Kathy Ireland's Worldwide brand is 28th most powerful brand in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine, topping $2 billion in licensed products in 2013. When it comes to home decor, the one-time super model is a superstar and more ...Read More

Home & Leisure

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Automotive

Larry Printz: A look at presidential wheels

Once Donald Trump takes the oath of office, he'll ride to the White House in a new custom-built Cadillac limousine known as The Beast.

Built on a General Motors truck chassis and heavily armored, its specifications and construction have been ...Read More

Consumer

The Mortgage Professor: How retired homeowners can avoid running out of ...

An increasing number of retirees, who are living longer and are less likely to be covered by a defined benefit pension than previous generations, risk running out of money. Those who have significant equity in a home, however, can reduce or ...Read More

Gardening

On Gardening: Bamboo muhly grass treasured in the garden for texture and...

Walking around the garden I was astonished by the beauty of grass that was so picturesque backlit by the sun. It was a muhly grass but not the pink cotton candy looking one you admire in the fall. This was bamboo muhly native to Arizona. You don't...Read More

Parents

Child care subsidies, vital for many workers, are dwindling

WASHINGTON -- Before she heads to her shift at a nursing home in New Haven, Conn., every morning, nursing assistant Elisha LaRose drops her 4-year-old son off at a day care center. She's grateful he'll be in a safe, educational environment all day...Read More

Pets

Knowledge

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History

A thought for the day

A thought for the day: Neil Armstrong, recalling how it felt to look back at Earth from the surface of the moon: I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.

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Science & Technology

Study predicts decline in Dungeness crab from ocean acidification

SEATTLE -- Dungeness crab are forecast to take a hit from ocean acidification driven by fossil-fuel combustion, according to a new study.

Though the populations of the Dungeness crab fluctuate year by year, their overall abundance by 2063 could ...Read More

Weather

Storms make significant dent in California drought, new federal records ...

LOS ANGELES -- A week of powerful storms in Northern California has significantly eased the state's water shortage, with a large swath of the state emerging from drought conditions, officials said Thursday.

The numbers underscore what officials ...Read More

Politics

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Trump won't yet say who's giving money for his inauguration

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump is keeping the names of the people and companies donating millions of dollars to his inauguration festivities next week secret –– a break from Republican and Democratic predecessors in the White House.

At least the ...Read More