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From left, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper sit together in the front row before President Barack Obama spoke about National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lawmakers say Obama surveillance idea won’t work

WASHINGTON (AP) — A chief element of President Barack Obama’s attempt to overhaul U.S. surveillance will not work, leaders of Congress’ intelligence committees said Sunday, pushing back against the idea that the government should cede […]

01/19/2014

This photo of part of the HealthCare.gov website page featuring information about the SHOP Marketplace is photographed in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Skimpy health law plans leave some ‘underinsured’

WASHINGTON (AP) – For working people making modest wages and struggling with high medical bills from chronic disease, President Barack Obama’s health care plan sounds like long-awaited relief. But the promise could go unfulfilled. It’s […]

01/05/2014

In this still frame made from Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, video provided by Ken Herzlich, officials and emergency responders tend to a victim at the scene where a number of people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot Thursday night in a city park in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Courtesy Ken Herzlich)

2013 ends with a big drop in homicides in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Following a year when Chicago led the nation in homicides with more than 500, the city’s Police Department said Wednesday that in 2013 the city recorded the fewest killings since 1965 and […]

01/01/2014

On Feb. 28, 2013, Paris Saint Germain's David Beckham poses for a photograph with unidentified fan during a media event, in a sports store, on the Champs Elysees Avenue, in Paris.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

‘Selfie,’ ‘twerk’ top school’s annoying word list

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan university has issued its annual list of annoying words, and those flexible enough to take selfies of themselves twerking should take note. Since 1975, Lake Superior State University has announced […]

12/31/2013

A cyclist navigates Dearborn St. between street traffic and pedestrians in a special bike lane in Chicago's famed Loop. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

As city cycling grows, so does bike tax temptation

CHICAGO (AP) — Early blasts of snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven’t stopped a surprising number of Chicago cyclists from spinning through the slush this winter, thanks in part to a city so serious about […]

12/27/2013

Dec. 3, 2013: Adrienne Matzen in Chicago's theater district. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Health plan sticker shock ahead for some buyers

CHICAGO (AP) — As a key enrollment deadline hits Monday, many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health care marketplace and making what seems like a logical choice: […]

12/23/2013

Cattle feed in a snow covered pasture near Lecompton, Kansas

Ice pellets and snow frustrate holiday travel rush

CHICAGO (AP) – A storm with a 2,000-mile footprint threatened to frustrate Christmas travelers from Texas to Nova Scotia with a little of everything Mother Nature has to offer, from freezing rain, ice and snow […]

12/21/2013

1985 photo of famed Chicago radio personality Larry Lujack. Lujack. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media)

Famed Chicago radio host Larry Lujack dies at 73

CHICAGO (AP) — Larry Lujack, an immensely popular Chicago radio personality whose sarcasm, grumpiness and sense of humor was unlike anything listeners had heard and who influenced some of today’s best-known broadcasters, has died. He […]

12/19/2013

Stanley Wrice, left, convicted of rape and sentenced to 100 years in prison in 1982 gives a thumbs-up sign as he and his attorney Jennifer Bonjean, leave Pontiac Correctional Center Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 in Pontiac, Ill.  (AP Photos/M. Spencer Green)

Man alleging police torture released from prison

PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — A man who for decades insisted that Chicago police tortured him until he confessed to a rape he did not commit walked out of an Illinois prison on Wednesday after spending […]

12/11/2013

Protestors stream past the entrance to a Walmart store on Universty Avenue in St. Paul, Minn. on Black Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.  (AP Photo/Pioneer Press, Scott Takushi)

Record crowds over weekend, but spending declined

NEW YORK (AP) — Did stores shoot themselves in the foot? Target, Macy’s and other retailers offered holiday discounts in early November and opened stores on Thanksgiving Day. It was an effort to attract shoppers […]

12/01/2013

A man sleeps at the Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Los Angeles. More than 43 million people are to travel over the long holiday weekend, according to AAA. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Storms upending some holiday travel on East Coast

CHICAGO (AP) — Bands of ice, sleet and rain were upending some holiday travel plans as millions of Americans took to the roads, skies and rails Wednesday for Thanksgiving, but the wintry mix was not […]

11/27/2013

(Sexual assault evidence collection kit, AP file photo)

Will probe bring justice in town’s rape scandal?

ROBBINS, Ill. (AP) – The rape evidence was stored in the police department’s musty basement: brown paper shopping bags, stuffed with sneakers, bras and underpants, jammed on metal shelves. Scattered blood vials and swabs covered […]

11/23/2013

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