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Kremlin defends its recognition of Ukraine rebel passports
The Kremlin says its decision to recognize passports and other documents issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine is a response to Ukraine's blockade of rebel regions
One person injured in Streamwood motorcycle crash
One person was injured in a motorcycle crash on Sutton Road in Streamwood, authorities said.
Solar farm planned for 17-acre site in central Indiana
Officials expect work to start this spring on construction of a 17-acre solar farm in the central Indiana city of Greenfield
Efforts underway to hold summer historic Gary walking tours
Efforts are underway in Gary to explore the northwest Indiana city's history
Egypt high court upholds death sentence of 10 in soccer riot
Egypt's highest appeals court has upheld the death sentences against 10 people convicted over a soccer riot in 2012 that killed over 70 fans, becoming one of the world's deadliest soccer disasters
German economy minister to raise Opel fate during Paris trip
Germany's economy minister plans to discuss the future of General Motors' Opel subsidiary during a visit to Paris on Thursday
Cleanup begins at Springfield's former Pillsbury Mills plant
Work has started to remove asbestos from the long-abandoned former Pillsbury Mills plant in Springfield
Ex-Illinois prosecutor's 2nd murder trial set for next week
A retrial is set to begin next week for a former Illinois prosecutor charged with first-degree murder for the 2006 death of his first wife
Trump wigs in big demand for Austrian carnival-goers
Just about everyone wants to be Donald Trump this carnival season in Austria _ so much so that some costume rentals are out of stock of wigs miming the U.S. president's signature hairstyle
US equity firm closes in on purchase of Portuguese bank
Portugal's central bank says it has picked U.S. private equity firm Lone Star for exclusive final negotiations on its bid to buy Novo Banco, the so-called good bank salvaged from the collapse of major lender Banco Espirito Santo
Pence tries to reassure Europeans on US support
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moves to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support for the union and its commitment to European security through NATO
Israeli opposition: Netanyahu 'blinked' on peace initiative
Israel's opposition leader says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ready to freeze settlement construction in most of the West Bank but ultimately backed out for fear of losing his grip on power
Montenegro accuses Russians over alleged coup plot
Montenegro's prosecutor has accused Russia and its secret service operatives of planning a coup attempt that included plans to kill the small Balkan country's former prime minister
Uber to investigate sexual harassment claim by engineer
Uber's CEO has ordered an investigation into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer who alleged her future in the company evaporated when she complained about advances from her boss
US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders
Hundreds of migrants cross fence into Spain again
The Red Cross said 350 migrants crossed the fence into a Spanish territory in North Africa early Monday, three days after 500 more managed to break the gates
Iraqi troops push into IS-held southern outskirts of Mosul
Iraqi Federal Police forces have pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half
World stocks mostly rise as US remains shut for holiday
Global stocks are mostly high, though Wall Street will remain shut for the Presidents' Day holiday
Indiana 7th grader becomes crossword puzzle creator
INDIANA EXCHANGE: Bloomington 7th grader becomes crossword puzzle prodigy
Gentle German shepherd therapy dog has calming effect
INDIANA EXCHANGE: Gentle German shepherd therapy dog has calming effect in Terre Haute
Alleged Erdogan assassination attempt trial opens in Turkey
A trial has opened in southern Turkey against 47 people who are accused of attempting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the failed coup, as he was vacationing with his family
Trump's first month augurs stormy trans-Atlantic relations
Europeans have reacted to President Donald Trump's first month in office with demonstrations, counter-barbs and sheer angst that a century of trans-Atlantic friendship is sinking
Trump's proposed big military budget no sure thing
President Donald Trump's pledge to boost military spending is no sure thing
Trump marks his first month with tweets, turmoil
Four weeks in, the man who says he inherited "a mess" at home and abroad is presiding over a White House that is widely described as itself being a mess
Trump seeks national security adviser, health care strategy
President Donald Trump's holiday weekend featured a raucous campaign rally, a health care strategy session, interviews for a new national security adviser _ and even a few holes of golf
Famine declared in part of South Sudan's Unity state
Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation
Iran launches 'advanced' rockets during military exercises
An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting that the country's elite Revolutionary Guard has launched sophisticated rockets during military exercises
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives in Baghdad for discussions on defeating Islamic State group
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives in Baghdad for discussions on defeating Islamic State group
Yiannopoulos responds to video posted by conservative site
Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulus was trying to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men after a conservative site posted a collection of edited video clips
N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe
North Korea's top envoy in Kuala Lumpur denounces Malaysia's investigation into the apparent killing of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe into the death
Cops warn of cows trying to sell dairy products after escape
Police in a Connecticut town are reminding people to not open their doors to "any unfamiliar cattle" after a pair of cows escaped from their pen and were found near the front door of a home a couple houses away
Americans on Presidents Day: Admiration, fear mark holiday
The United States is marking Presidents Day, a day that's taking on a new meaning for some Americans this year as President Donald Trump upends traditional notions of the office
Lester: Mom says red hats remind her people care about her baby with heart defect
Kerry Lester reports that knitters are needed for the American Heart Association and Children's Heart Foundation initiative, the Little Hats, Big Hearts.
Dawn Patrol: Faith sustains relatives of Des Plaines crash victims
Faith sustains Crawford relatives as they cope with crash. Another record high doesn’t cool Palatine’s Polar Plunge. $1 million bail set for two in drug-induced homicide case. Motorcycle driver killed in Wadsworth crash. District 211 plans for summer, decade of capital projects. Blackhawks cruise past Sabres, 5-1.
Pyke: Which suburbs gain, lose train traffic
Commuting columnist Marni Pyke reports that daily freight trains quadrupled on former EJ&E tracks in some North and West suburbs and plummeted by as much as 81 percent on CN tracks since the merger. That means more trains for Barrington and West Chicago, fewer freights for Des Plaines and Buffalo Grove.
Some DuPage Republicans holding township primaries Feb. 28
Three townships in DuPage County are holding primary elections Feb. 28 to choose candidates for the Republican Party. Naperville, Wayne and Winfield townships will be showing competition for supervisor, assessor, highway commissioner, clerk and trustees.
Aurora, Elgin Catholic schools may consolidate
With declining student enrollment, the Diocese of Rockford is looking into consolidating resources among its schools in Aurora, Elgin and Rockford.
Bellis beats Putintseva in Dubai in 1st match of season
American teenager Cici Bellis advanced to the second round at the Dubai Tennis Championships by beating 17th-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-1, 7-5 Monday in her first official match of the season
Roger Federer says Laver Cup will be a tough competition
Roger Federer says the new Laver Cup team tournament is supposed to be a "tough" contest, not an exhibition
Spotlight shifts to teams with less Champs League pedigree
The Champions League round of 16 was opened by teams with a combined 24 European titles
Quick fix: Zeman turns last-place Pescara around in 3 days
Turnarounds don't get much quicker than this
South Korea wins 2 golds in short track speed skating
South Korea won two gold medals in short track speed skating at the Asian Winter Games on Monday, an early indication the hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympics could be regaining their dominance of the sport
Lots of points, lots of dunks, not a lot of All-Star defense
It was the fourth quarter of the All-Star Game, and a few fans started yelling loudly enough for DeAndre Jordan to hear them from his spot on the Western Conference bench
ICYMI: Upsets galore and one near upset in women's hoops.
ICYMI: It wasn't a great week to be a ranked team
Fordham's 3 women's basketball seniors excel in classroom
It's not that rare in women's basketball for players to earn enough credits to graduate before their senior year is done
How often have athletes snubbed the White House?
Presidents have been snubbed before, but a half-dozen players from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots took it to another level by preemptively turning down an expected invitation from President Trump
Female coach ready to take on Scolari
The first test of Chan Yuen-ting's assignment as the first female coach in the Asian Champions League couldn't be much more difficult.
Gostisbehere has 3 assists, Flyers beat Canucks 3-2
Shayne Gostisbehere had three assists for the first three-point game of his NHL career, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2
Charlotte QB Kevin Olsen arrested on rape charges
Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen has been arrested on rape charges
AP Source: Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal
A person familiar with the situation says the Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans
Russ and KD provided an All-Star highlight
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant played together for only 81 seconds in the All-Star Game, just one very early stint
BC-BKC--BKC Glance,1st Add
All Times ESTCOLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTUNC-Wilmington133.813245.828Coll. of Charleston124.750218.724Towson115.6881910.655Elon97.5631712.586William & Mary97.5631512.556Northeastern79.4381414.500James Madison610.375821.276Hofstra511.3131316.448Delaware511.3131217.414Drexel313.188920.310 ___ CONFERENCE USAConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTMiddle Tennessee141.933244.857Louisiana Tech123.800208.714Old Dominion95.6431610.615UTEP95.6431115.423Rice86.571189.667Marshall86.5711512.556UAB87.5331513.536W. Kentucky77.5001314.481UTSA68.4291116.407Charlotte59.3571114.440FAU59.357916.360Southern Miss.510.333819.296North Texas212.143818.308FIU212.143621.222 ___ Sunday's Games W. Kentucky 76, UAB 64
BC-BKC--BKC Glance,2nd Add
All Times ESTOHIO VALLEY CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTBelmont141.933205.800Morehead St.95.6431314.481UT Martin86.5711811.621Jacksonville St.86.5711613.552Murray St.86.5711414.500SE Missouri86.5711316.448Tennessee Tech86.5711217.414Tennessee St.87.5331711.607Austin Peay68.4291018.357E. Illinois69.4001414.500E. Kentucky311.2141019.345SIU-Edwardsville015.000524.172 ___ PACIFIC-12 CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTArizona141.933253.893Oregon132.867244.857UCLA113.786243.889California95.643188.692Southern Cal86.571216.778Utah87.5331710.630Colorado69.4001612.571Arizona St.69.4001315.464Stanford59.3571313.500Washington St.510.3331215.444Washington213.133918.333Oregon St.114.067523.179 ___ Sunday's Games Oregon St. 68, Utah 67 Wednesday, Feb. 22 Oregon at California, 9 p.m. Oregon St. at Stanford, 11 p.m.
All Times ESTAMERICA EAST CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTVermont1401.000245.828Stony Brook122.8571710.630Albany (NY)95.6431811.621UMBC86.5711710.630New Hampshire86.5711711.607z-Mass.-Lowell510.3331119.367Binghamton311.2141217.414Hartford311.214821.276Maine213.133624.200 z-ineligible for post-season play ___ Sunday's Games Albany (NY) 74, Maine 56 Wednesday, Feb. 22 New Hampshire at Mass.-Lowell, 7 p.m. Stony Brook at UMBC, 7 p.m. Binghamton at Hartford, 7 p.m. Albany (NY) at Vermont, 7 p.m. AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCEConferenceAllGamesWLPCTWLPCTSMU141.933244.857Cincinnati131.929243.889Houston95.643188.692UConn95.6431412.538Memphis86.571189.667UCF87.5331710.630Tulsa68.4291214.462Temple510.3331414.500East Carolina410.2861215.444Tulane212.143521.192South Florida114.067719.269 ___ Sunday's Games UConn 64, Temple 63 Tuesday, Feb. 21 East Carolina at Tulane, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 UCF at Temple, 7 p.m. UConn at Houston, 9 p.m.
Unilever shares slide after Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid
Shares in Unilever, the owner of brands like Hellman's, Lipton, and Knorr, are down sharply after rival Kraft Heinz withdrew a $143 billion takeover offer
Why Huntley outlet mall lost its luster
After more than 22 years, the curtain is about to fall on the Huntley Outlet Center this spring. Signs for closeout sales announcing deep discounts are plastered on the windows of the seven stores left in the 279,000-square-foot mall off Interstate 90 and Route 47.
Life & Entertainment
The ‘Hidden Figures’ screenwriter had NASA in her blood
NASA has been part of “Hidden Figures” screenwriter Allison Schroeder’s life for as long as she can remember.
David Duchovny wants you to believe in his new project
Add David Duchovny to the long list of actors who have used their fame to become gigging musicians. The New York native best known for his role as the brooding Fox Mulder on “The X-Files” released his first album, “Hell or Highwater,” last year.
NBC’s ‘Blacklist’ spinoff takes off in new directions
With its roots established on “The Blacklist,” NBC’s “The Blacklist: Redemption” premieres Thursday, Feb. 23. In the spinoff, Tom Keen (played by Ryan Eggold) becomes a member of a rogue group skirting government boundaries in trying to make up for past misdeeds, but also for the greater good.
Things a reporter learned covering the Westminster dog show
A reporter reflects on how she’d never been to a dog show before a few days ago, when she went to New York to cover Westminster. She learned a lot about the show-dog world, not least of which were the names of breeds that she’s sure weren’t in my family’s book, such as Xoloitzcuintli and Portuguese podengo pequeno. Here are a few other things she learned.
Straight From the Source: Behind the scenes with a Westminster judge
Jay Richardson of Elgin was a judge at the venerable Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. We asked him a few questions about what his dog show world is like.
My students deserve equitable funding
Guest Kali Skiles: The broken school funding formula in Illinois hurts vulnerable students the most.
Our police officers are best in business
Letter to the editor: Arlington Heights police officers are everything you’d want in a local force, says a recent graduate of the Citizens Police Academy.