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    A plane sits on Wolf Road in Wheeling after it crashed near the Foxboro Apartments Tuesday night.

    NTSB: No answers yet on Wheeling plane crash

    The National Transportation Safety Board doesn't know yet why a small plane made a crash landing onto Wolf Road Tuesday evening, but muncipal officials say it was a "godsend" the crash wasn't worse. “This could have been a nightmare, but the brunt of the problem was just that his plane is destroyed,” Wheeling Village President Dean Argiris said.

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    Thirteen suburban Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants are among the 67 underperforming, company-operated restaurants that will close nationwide in the next three months, according to a spokesman for the parent company Jack in the Box Inc.

    Qdoba to close 9 suburban restaurants

    Thirteen suburban Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants are among the 67 underperforming, company-operated restaurants that will close nationwide in the next three months, according to parent company, Jack in the Box Inc.

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    A section of track along Bay Road between Crystal Lake and McHenry was washed out by the heavy rains Wednesday.

    Rains shut down roads, Metra lines, MCC

    Wednesday morning’s rain caused several road closures, left McHenry County beaches on high alert for increased bacteria. More than 100 people without power in Crystal Lake. And McHenry Community College was closed.

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    A rescue crew wades on the bank in a fast-moving, flooded creek in the Grassy Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Barrington. A passing garbage truck driver spotted the man and dog from the Kelsey Road bridge in Lake Barrington just before noon Wednesday.

    Search halted for man, dog missing in Lake Barrington creek

    Crews have halted their search for a man and a dog reported missing Wednesday morning in a Lake Barrington creek, according to officials. Lt. Michael Brown of the Barrington Fire Department said shortly before 11:30 a.m., a witness reported he saw a white male with black hair and a dog in the middle of Flint Creek, near the Lake Barrington village hall. The search covered portions of the creek...

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    Dist. 15 narrowly OKs deal with transportation union

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 narrowly approved a new two-year contract with its transportation union, putting an end — for the time being — to months of heated discussions about privatizing busing. After nearly two hours in executive session, the board at a special meeting Wednesday voted 4-3 in favor of the agreement. “There was some contention along the way,” board President Peggy...

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    Fire damages 15 units at Woodridge apartment complex

    A Wednesday morning fire displaced the occupants from 15 units of a Woodridge apartment complex, according to a news release issued by the Darien-Woodridge Fire District.

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    Multiple rescue crews search the Flint Creek in Lake Barrington Wednesday after a passing garbage truck driver reported seeing a man and dog in the swollen creek just before noon Wednesday.

    Fallout continues after torrential rain in suburbs

    Heavy rain and flash floods in northern Cook and southern Lake counties Wednesday morning closed roads, created a horrendous rush hour and forced some residents of Buffalo Grove to evacuate by boat. Kent McKenzie, director of emergency management for Lake County, said a corridor from Lake Zurich to Buffalo Grove was the hardest hit Wednesday, with Lake Zurich recording more than 6 inches of rain...

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    Elgin OKs money, personnel for Northwest Fourth-Fest

    The city of Elgin will once again join the Northwest Fourth-Fest Fourth of July fireworks event in Hoffman Estates, but will also form a committee to look into bringing back the fireworks to Elgin next year. The city council voted 6-3 on Wednesday night to approve contributing $15,000 in cash plus $5,000 in personnel to the Hoffman Estates event. That’s the same amount the city contributed last...

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    St. Charles-area man killed in one-car crash near Elburn

    A man from an unincorporated area near St. Charles was killed in car crash near Elburn Wednesday evening, according to a news release from the Kane County sheriff’s office. Mark Detoni, 54, was pronounced dead at Delnor Hospital.

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    Randall Behning

    Elgin man denies sex abuse allegations

    Defense attorneys for Randall Behning, 52, present their case in the Elgin man's trial on charges he sexually abused a young girl for about two years beginning when she was 12. If convicted on all charges, Behning faces a minimum of 28 years in prison.

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    Angela and Cathy Kokkinos argue the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act should push Illinois lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage.

    Couple: Supreme Court decision creates pressure here

    An Aurora couple says they hope the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act puts pressure on Illinois lawmakers to approve same-sex marriage here. But some opponents redoubled their efforts against changing Illinois' law.

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    Associated Press reporter Michael Graczyk stands outside the Huntsville Unit before witnessing the execution of confessed killer Elroy Chester in Huntsville, Texas.

    Recollections from hundreds of executions in Texas

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas — About once every three weeks, I watch someone die. Beginning in 1984 when I arrived in Texas for The Associated Press, I’ve been just a few feet away as one convicted killer after another took a final breath in the Texas death chamber in Huntsville, where the state’s 500th execution in modern times took place Wednesday.

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    Jean Wilkins Dember, 83, joins others Wednesday as they protest the 500th execution in Texas outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit, where the death chamber is located.

    Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.Kimberly McCarthy, who was put to death for the murder of her 71-year-old neighbor, was also the first woman executed in the U.S. in nearly three years.

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    Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane hoists the Conn Smythe trophy he earned as NHL playoffs MVP while “Late Show” host David Letterman places the Stanley Cup on his desk Wednesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.

    Hawks’ Kane brings Cup to Letterman show

    Blackhawks playoff MVP Patrick Kane appears on tonight's "Late Show with David Letterman" — and brought some serious hardware with him to New York.

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    In photo made with a multiple exposure, Boston’s Jon Lester pitches against Texas last season. A new study suggests the ability to throw hard and accurately first appeared in a human ancestor 2 million years ago.

    Was first curveball thrown 2 million years ago?

    Some scientists say they’ve figured out when our human ancestors first started throwing with accuracy and fire power, as only people can: nearly 2 million years ago.

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    Daily Herald File Photo Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford left the agency after differences with its board of directors.

    Unlikely RTA could scuttle Metra severance package

    How far could the RTA's review of Metra's ex-CEO Alex Clifford golden parachute go? The agency has financial oversight of Metra bu at least $442,000 is already out the door as part of a severance package deal.

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    A forklift crashed into an electrical panel Wednesday at Mauser Corp. causing smoke that brought Addison firefighters to the scene. No injuries were reported.

    Forklift mishap causes fire scare in Addison

    A forklift crashed into an electrical panel Wednesday morning at Mauser Corp. in Addison, knocking out power to parts of the building and causing some smoke.

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    A car is submerged under water along Bristol Trail Road in Lake Zurich as heavy rains hit the area Wednesday morning.

    Lake Zurich whipped by flooding, mayor declares local emergency

    Some residents on Lake Zurich’s southeast side evacuated their homes early Wednesday after heavy rain caused flooding in their neighborhood near Quentin Road. Flooding was most severe near Stone Avenue and Thistle Lane, just north of Bristol Trail Road. Lake Zurich Public Works crews set up pumps that sent floodwater east down Bristol Trail toward Quentin. Mayor Thomas Poynton has signed a...

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    While the Illinois Department of Transportation has removed more than 40 acres of trees as part of its efforts to build the Western Algonquin Bypass, the agency is working with Algonquin and the McHenry County Conservation District to replace them.

    IDOT working to replace Algonquin trees it downed for bypass

    As the Illinois Department of Transportation continues building the Western Algonquin Bypass, more than 40 acres of trees have been removed in its wake, an official has confirmed. The trees were on the portion of the project that lies on Route 31. And because IDOT is widening Route 31 into a two-lane highway in each direction, the trees had to come down, said Jae Miller, an IDOT spokeswoman.

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    Kane County courts need more cash to pay for interpreters, jurors

    Pay me now, or pay me later was the message from administrators of Kane County’s court system Wednesday as they told a county board committee they need about $200,000 to fulfill mandated services. The bulk of that need is to pay for foreign language interpreters, and court officials said they shouldn’t be surprised by the request. Despite, and because, of the county’s quests for flat budgets, the...

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    Clark Stoeckley stands in front of a box truck last week in Fort Meade, Md., that he painted in support of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.

    Artists, activists unite at Bradley Manning trial

    Clark Stoeckley is Bradley Manning’s most visible supporter at the soldier’s court-martial. He arrives each day in a white box truck with bold words painted on the sides: “WikiLeaks TOP SECRET Mobile Information Collection Unit.” Stoeckley, a 30-year-old art instructor at a New Jersey college, is among the more colorful of the 10 to 20 supporters who regularly attend Manning’s trial, which...

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    Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat from Fort Worth, center, holds up two fingers late Tuesday to signal a “No” vote as the session where they tried to filibuster an abortion bill draws to a close.

    Abortion law filibuster makes ex-Texas teen mom national star

    Wendy Davis was on her feet for more than 12 hours Tuesday — actively speaking most of that time — as Democrats sought to use her one-woman marathon speech to derail a bill that would have closed nearly every abortion clinic in the nation’s second most populous state.

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    Changes will be made to a structure at Lake Ellyn to reduce the possibility of flooding during major storm events.

    Glen Ellyn making changes to reduce flooding

    Glen Ellyn is planning to make changes to a device at Lake Ellyn controlling how much water leaves the lake during storms in an attempt to alleviate flooding in the area. The village has hired a consultant to design changes to an outlet control structure that would allow the discharge rate to be increased.

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    Celebrity chef Paula Deen appears on NBC News’ “Today” show, Wednesday, in New York. Deen dissolved into tears during the interview about her admission that she used a racial slur in the past.

    Paula Deen dropped by Wal-Mart after ‘Today’ tears

    Paula Deen was dropped by Wal-Mart and her name was stripped from four buffet restaurants on Wednesday, hours after she went on television and tearfully defended herself amid the mounting fallout over her admission of using a racial slur.The story has become both a day-by-day struggle by a successful businesswoman to keep her career afloat and an object lesson on the level of tolerance and...

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    Edith Windsor, left, the plaintiff in the historic gay marriage case that was before the U.S. Supreme Court, wipes her eyes Wednesday after addressing supporters at the LGBT Center, in New York.

    Windsor, 84, honored by court’s gay marriage ruling in her name

    The court issued a decision Wednesday striking down the provision, which denied federal benefits to married gay couples. The ruling, seen as a historic victory for gay rights, came in the justices’ review of Windsor’s case. She sued to challenge a $363,000 federal estate tax bill after her partner of 44 years died in 2009.

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    Arlington Hts. announces holiday traffic campaign

    Arlington Heights police will conduct specialized traffic enforcement activities relating to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday enforcement campaign from June 28 through July 7, the department announced Wednesday.

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    Services set for Elgin teacher Martin Powers

    Martin Powers' legacy will be that of a teacher, an artist, and a pioneer. Family, friends, colleagues and former students will gather 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, July 1, to celebrate his life. The longtime Elgin teacher died over the weekend.

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    Daniel L. Forcucci

    30-pound pot bust after West Dundee domestic call

    Authorities were called Friday to a home near West Dundee for a domestic dispute, became suspicious because they said there was drug packaging lying around the house, secured a search warrant and found 30 pounds of marijuana. Daniel L. Forcucci, 42, faces felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, according to a sheriff's report.

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    Learn to water ski:

    Munson Ski & Marine hosts water ski clinics every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. throughout the summer, enabling anyone from 6 to 66 to learn to water ski for the first time or take a few tips to improve their skiing.

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    Gurnee police special patrols:

    Gurnee police will have special Fourth of July patrols from June 28 to July 7, with a focus on catching impaired and unbuckled drivers.

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    Mullen joins state judge board:

    19th Judicial Circuit Judge Margaret J. Mullen was newly elected to the Illinois Judges Association board at the annual meeting on June 7 at DePaul Law School in Chicago.

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    Naperville second in DUI arrests in 2012

    Naperville was second in the state in DUI arrests made last year, while Itasca logged the most DUI arrests per officer, according to the annual survey taken by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists.

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    Naperville safety check nets three DUI arrests

    Naperville police said they found 31 violations during a nighttime roadside safety check Friday at 5th Avenue and Washington Street and wound up making three DUI arrests, two arrests for unlawful possession of a weapon and two warrant arrests.

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    In this image taken from video Wednesday, police escort Aaron Hernandez from his home in handcuffs in Attleboro, Mass. Hernandez was taken from his home more than a week after a Boston semipro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s house.

    Ex-Patriots player Aaron Hernandez charged with murder

    New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday morning, more than a week after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s house. Less than two hours later, the Patriots announced they had released Hernandez.

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    Actor John Schneider from the television series Dukes of Hazard.

    ‘Dukes’ star reunited with General Lee car at Volo Auto Museum

    Actor John Schneider, the star of “The Dukes of Hazzard” television show, will be reunited with one of the original “General Lee” cars at the Volo Auto Museum on Saturday. Schneider, who played the original Bo Duke, will meet with fans and sign autographs at the museum from noon to 4 p.m.

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    David Hulseberg

    Lombard village manager stepping down

    Lombard Village Manager David Hulseberg says he plans to retire later this year but has not yet set a specific date.

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    Batavia school board fills vacancy

    The Batavia school board appointed a replacement Tuesday for former trustee Kathy Roberts.

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    Juan Corona carries his grandson Felix Hernandez, four, from his flooded house which belongs to his daughter Alex Hernandez in Wheeling after storms dumped over five inches of water in a matter of hours. The house has over five feet of water in the basement and was still rising.

    Images: Flooding Wednesday in the northwest suburbs
    Images from the northwest suburbs of flooding on Wednesday and how it affected suburban residents.

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    Joshua Little

    Hanover Park man charged with kidnapping, sexual assault

    A 19-year-old Hanover Park man faces aggravated kidnapping and aggravated criminal sexual assault charges after authorities say he held his ex-girlfriend against her will. Joshua Little appeared in court Wednesday, when a judge set his bail at $50,000.

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    Man threatened with knife in Arlington Heights

    Arlington Heights police are searching for a man who threatened another man with a knife Tuesday night when he went to the aid of his girlfriend. The 20-year-old woman was sitting inside a vehicle outside a convenience store at 1786 W. Algonquin Road about 10 p.m. when she was threatened by the offender, police said.

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    Kristin Vesley-Miks

    Wildwood woman pleads not guilty to sexual assault

    A one-time Woodland Elementary District 50 bus driver pleaded not guilty in Lake County court to multiple counts of molesting a teenage girl, authorities said Wednesday. In all, Kristin Vesley-Miks, 32, of the 33000 block of Sunset Avenue in unincorporated Wildwood, pleaded not guilty to four counts of criminal sexual assault and 12 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

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    David Beckmann

    Judge: Roselle man accused in peacock assault unfit for trial

    A Roselle man accused of sexually abusing his pet peacock is mentally unfit to stand trial, a judge ruled Wednesday. David Beckmann was found unfit at a hearing in front of DuPage County Judge Alex McGimpsey, who based the ruling on a psychological report for the 64-year-old war veteran.

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    Edwin Klemm

    Ex-Wheaton North teacher gets 10 years for sexually assaulting student

    Former Wheaton North High School teacher Edwin Klemm was sentenced to a decade in prison Wednesday for having sexual encounters with a student, including in a classroom and movie theaters. DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin called the case "revolting."

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    Michael Knaapen, left, and his husband John Becker, right, embrace outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, after the court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California’s gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban.

    Court clears way for gay marriage in California, strikes down DOMA provision

    In significant but incomplete victories for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term.

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    Juan Corona carries his grandson Felix Hernandez, four, from his flooded house which belongs to his daughter Alex Hernandez in Wheeling after storms dumped over five inches of water in a matter of hours. The house has over five feet of water in the basement and was still rising.

    Images: Flooding Wednesday in the northwest suburbs
    Images from the northwest suburbs of flooding Wednesday morning and how it affected suburban residents.

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    Indiana House speaker: Gay marriage battle set for 2014 session

    House Speaker Brian Bosma is readying a drive to write Indiana’s ban on gay marriage into the state constitution. Bosma says the pair of rulings the U.S. Supreme Court handed down on gay marriage Wednesday cleared the way for state action on the issue. Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long held off pushing the issue earlier this year while awaiting the high court rulings.

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    Quinn: Illinois should seize on gay marriage rulings

    Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois should seize upon the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage and make it legal in the state.Quinn calls it a “monumental day for freedom” and pledges to keep working with state lawmakers to make same-sex marriage — not just civil unions — legal in Illinois.

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    Gay marriage rulings have little effect in Wisconsin

    MADISON, Wis. — Gay rights advocates say a pair of U.S. Supreme Court rulings supporting same-sex marriage will have little effect in Wisconsin.

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    Supporters of gay marriage embrace outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, after the court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California’s gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban.

    Gay rights supporters erupt in cheers over ruling

    Chanting “DOMA is Dead,” supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers and some wept openly upon hearing word of the Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday striking down a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

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    Algonquin looks to continue Cool Cities program

    Algonquin leaders have given a preliminary green light to remain in a program that aims to curb dependence on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas by developing clean energy sources. Tuesday night, the committee of the whole agreed to renew its membership in the Illinois Sierra Club's Cool Cities which includes 59 other communities throughout the state.

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    Pope Francis on Wednesday named a commission of inquiry to look into the activities of the troubled Vatican bank amid a new money-laundering investigation and continued questions about the secretive institution.

    Pope names commission of inquiry into Vatican bank

    Pope Francis on Wednesday named a commission of inquiry to look into the activities of the troubled Vatican bank amid a new money-laundering investigation and continued questions about the secretive institution.

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    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this June 18, 2013 file photo. U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaida and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs.

    Al-Qaida said to be changing its ways after leaks

    U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaida and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs. It’s an electronic game of cat-and-mouse that could have deadly consequences if a plot is missed or a terrorist operative manages to drop out of...

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    WikiLeaks says leaker safe, gives no added detail

    WikiLeaks says that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is “safe and well,” a brief statement that gave no indication of how the information was obtained and did little to clear up the mystery concerning his whereabouts.

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    This Tuesday, June 25, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a female Free Syrian Army fighter aiming her weapon, in Aleppo, Syria.

    Group: More than 100,000 killed in Syrian war

    More than 100,000 people have been killed since the start of Syria’s conflict over two years ago, an activist group said Wednesday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has been tracking the death toll in the conflict through a network of activists in Syria, released its death toll at a time when hopes for a negotiated settlement to end the civil war fade.

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    A woman from a community group from Pretoria holds a candle as others sing religious songs to show their appreciation and support for former South African President Nelson Mandela, on the street outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

    South African archbishop prays for Mandela

    A South African archbishop who visited Nelson Mandela in a hospital has offered a prayer in which he wishes for a “peaceful, perfect, end” for the former president and anti-apartheid leader. There was no word early Wednesday on 94-year-old Mandela’s condition, which was critical a day earlier, according to the government.

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    This May 23, 2013 file photo shows Sen. Mark Kirk being greeted Chicago billionaire business executive Penny Pritzker, President Obama's pick for Commerce Secretary, and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin on Capitol Hill in Washington as she arrives for her nomination hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee.

    Senate confirms Pritzker as commerce secretary

    The Senate Tuesday confirmed billionaire business executive Penny Pritzker to be commerce secretary, filling a vacancy that has stood since John Bryson resigned last summer. The sweeping 97-1 vote installs Pritzker, a longtime friend of President Barack Obama, prolific fundraiser for his presidential campaigns and fellow Chicagoan, in time to assist in trade talks. "She knows what it takes to...

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    Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, reacts after she was called for a third and final violation in rules to end her filibuster attempt to kill an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Texas abortion bill falls after challenge

    Despite barely beating a midnight deadline, hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country. As the protesters raised the noise to deafening levels in the Texas Senate chamber late Tuesday, Republicans scrambled to gather their colleagues at the podium for a stroke-of-midnight vote. “Get them out!” Sen. Donna Campbell...

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    EPA cleaning lead-contaminated site in Chicago

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun removing lead-contaminated soil at an old smelter site in Chicago's mostly Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood, a three-month process that officials hope will make the lot safe enough for residential development. Cleanup of the former Loewenthal Metals began Monday, and EPA officials planned to meet with residents on Tuesday night to discuss the project.

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    In this June 18, 2013 photo, a construction crew works at the intersection of 130th St. and Torrance Ave., on Chicago's South Side. Illinois is selling bonds to finance this and other projects and will pay millions more in interest because its low credit rating _ the result of lawmakers' inability to solve the state pension crisis.

    Illinois' bad credit costing taxpayers millions

    Like your cousin who doesn't pay his bills on time and squanders money he doesn't have, Illinois is paying the price — in both cash and reputation — for years of ignored warnings about its pension crisis, the worst in the nation. Largely because of its unfunded retirement plans, Illinois has replaced longtime bottom-dweller California as having the lowest credit rating of any state.

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    Montana Blue Cross eyes merger with Chicago group

    Attorney General Tim Fox says he will approve the proposed merger of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana with Health Care Service Corp. of Chicago. Blue Cross is Montana's largest private health insurer with about 250,000 customers. Health Care Service Corp., a much larger company operating in four states, has offered $40 million for Blue Cross. Fox approved the deal with conditions, including...

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    A plane sits on Wolf Road in Wheeling after it crashed Tuesday night near the Foxboro Apartments.

    Dawn Patrol: Small plane crashes in Wheeling; Street gang sued

    Official says Wheeling plane crash could have been worse. Suburban lawmakers disagree with Metra chief’s severance deal. Hainesville backs away from assault weapons ban. Elgin man's sex abuse trial continues. Elgin street gang sued by state’s attorney. Unsung Sharp came up huge for Hawks. Ramirez bails out Beckham in 5-4 Sox win

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    Maryville Academy employees vote to form union

    Employees of a nonprofit agency in northern Illinois that helps at-risk children have voted to form a chapter affiliated with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.AFSCME (AFSK'-mee) on Tuesday announced the vote by workers at Maryville Academy. The agency has about 335 employees in facilities in Chicago, Des Plaines and Bartlett.Maryville Academy employee LaVar...

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    A row of birdhouses on a shelf are seen in Matthew Martin's workshop in Washington

    Carpenter uses skills for birdhouses

    Most birds that fly through Washington swoop from soybean fields to telephone wires and roofs, nestling in for some rest where and when they can get it. But outside a wood shop on East Guth Road, a chubby bird has made his home inside a blue birdhouse equipped with windows and indoor lighting. Carpenter Matthew Martin built it as a Mother's Day gift last month.

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    Chicago Blackhawks President and Elk Grove Village resident John McDonough, right, and Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson stand with the Stanley Cup during Elk Grove Village's HomeTown Parade in 2010.

    Will the Stanley Cup come out to the suburbs?

    If you didn't see the Stanley Cup Tuesday, don't worry. If history is any indicator, the Stanley Cup will come out to the suburbs many times in the coming weeks. Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson said he's hopeful, but not positive, Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough will bring it back again. “If, for some reason, (McDonough) wants to show it to the community again, we'll find...

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    Good news from Rolling Meadows apartment complex

    The Apartments at Woodfield Crossing, previously known as 12 Oaks and Woodfield Gardens-- are back in front of the Rolling Meadows City Council, this time for a good reason. The council Tuesday gave preliminary approval for more parking at the complex.

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    People line up to get their playoff beards shaved Tuesday at Tremonte’s Barbershop in Wauconda. For a donation of $10 people received a shave, a 10 oz. stadium cup donated by Bulldogs Grill and a ticket for a drink from Middleton’s on Main. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Wauconda Park District Youth Sports Program.

    Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win leads to playoff beards getting clipped in Wauconda

    Will Tremonte found a fun way to celebrate the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup championship and raise some cash for a local cause Wednesday night. He hosted a playoff beard shaving event at his Wauconda barber shop. “Some of the hairy Hawks fans have a chance to beautify Wauconda,” Tremonte said.

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    Mental health funding pits north vs. south in Kane County

    Many residents in the northern part of Kane County don't have access to mental health services. But providers on the south end receive a large share of existing funding and don't want to change the current setup.

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    Wheeling, Prospect Hts. at odds over airport manager

    The job of the Chicago Executive Airport’s manager is the latest disagreement between the two municipalities that own the airport, Wheeling and Prospect Heights. Wheeling officials are accusing Prospect Heights of forcing longtime manager Dennis Rouleau to resign, a claim the city's mayor denies.

Sports

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    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Scott Feldman throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Feldman comes through for Cubs

    Scott Feldman pitched six solid innings, Anthony Rizzo had a key two-run single and the Cubs held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Wednesday night. Feldman (7-6) gave up just three runs and six hits while striking out three and walking none for his first victory this season against an NL Central Division opponent. He retired 11 of the last 14 batters he faced.

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    White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers can't make the play on a foul hit by New York Mets' Omar Quintanilla during the fifth inning of an interleague baseball game Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Chicago. Quintanilla grounded out on the at-bat. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    White Sox' offense stuck in neutral

    The White Sox know they are running out of time to get their season turned around, and they wasted another day Wednesday during a 3-0 loss to the Mets at U.S. Cellular Field. “We'd like to do it now,” manager Robin Ventura said. “I don't know if you can wait any longer, the way it's been going. Every day is important for us. You have to start today.”

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    Rolfe scores twice in 5-1 rout

    That Chicago Fire team that couldn’t buy a goal the first couple of months of this season is gone.

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    Mike McGraw projects 2013 NBA draft
    Team Player Ht Yr School/Country1. Cleveland Alex Len 7-1 So. Maryland2. Orlando Ben McLemore 6-5 Fr. Kansas3. Washington Otto Porter 6-9 So. Georgetown4. Charlotte Nerlens Noel 6-11 Fr. Kentucky5. Phoenix Anthony Bennett 6-7 Fr. UNLV6. New Orleans Trey Burke 6-1 So. Michigan7. Sacramento Victor Oladipo 6-4 Jr. Indiana8. Detroit Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 6-6 So. Georgia9. Minnesota Cody Zeller 7-0 So. Indiana10. Portland Michael Carter-Williams 6-6 So. Syracuse11. Philadelphia C.J. McCollum 6-3 Sr. Lehigh12. Oklahoma City Sergey Karasev 6-7 — Russia13. Dallas Dennis Schroeder 6-2 — Germany14. Utah Shane Larkin 5-11 So. Miami15. Milwaukee Tim Hardaway Jr. 6-7 Jr. Michigan16. Boston Steven Adams 7-0 Fr. Pittsburgh17. Atlanta Kelly Olynyk 7-0 Jr. Gonzaga18. Atlanta Shabazz Muhammad 6-6 So. UCLA19. Cleveland Giannis Adetokunbo 6-9 — Greece20. BULLS Gorgui Dieng 6-11 Jr. Louisville21. Utah Tony Mitchell 6-9 So. North Texas22. Brooklyn Mason Plumlee 6-11 Sr. Duke23. Indiana Allen Crabbe 6-7 So. California24. New York Jamaal Franklin 6-5 Jr. San Diego St.25. L.A. Clippers Reggie Bullock 6-7 Jr. North Carolina26. Minnesota Tony Snell 6-7 Jr. New Mexico27. Denver Glen Rice Jr. 6-6 — Rio Grande Valley (D-League)28. San Antonio Rudy Gobert 7-2 — France29. Oklahoma City Lucas Nogueira 7-0 — Brazil30. Phoenix Alex Abrines 6-5 — Spain

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    New York Mets starter Shaun Marcum throws against the Chicago White Sox during the third inning of an interleague baseball game Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Marcum stifles White Sox 3-0

    Shaun Marcum pitched eight shutout innings for his first win of the season, and Eric Young Jr. had three hits and drove in a run to lead the New York Mets to a 3-0 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night.

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    Cougars drop sixth straight

    The Kane County Cougars' late rally fell short against the Beloit Snappers on Wednesday in a 5-4 loss at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, extending their season-high losing streak to six games.

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    Boomers get 16 hits in 10-4 victory

    Game coverage of the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League:

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    The White Sox’ Alexei Ramirez, right, steals second as New York Mets third baseman David Wright applies a late tag during the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Chicago.

    Morel encouraged by his play this season

    With Conor Gillaspie away from the White Sox on paternity leave, Brent Morel was called up from Class AAA Charlotte on Wednesday. Morel was the Sox' opening-day third baseman last season before going down with a back injury.

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    For Bulls, anything possible in weak NBA draft
    Cleveland, with the No. 1 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, probably has the toughest choice to make. The Bulls, meanwhile, will explore plenty of options, but figure to select a big man or shooting guard if they keep their first-rounder, No. 20 overall.

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    Boston Bruins right wing Jaromir Jagr (68), of the Czech Republic, ties up Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in Boston, Monday, June 17, 2013. The Bruins won 2-0. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Keeping Bickell should be Bowman’s No. 1 priority

    With the start of free agency approaching fast (July 5), Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has some work ahead of him. Tim Sassone takes a closer look at the roster and the priorities (keeping Bryan Bickell) in this report on the 2013 Stanley Cup champions.

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    Outdoors notebook:

    It almost happened to me on Bangs Lake many seasons ago.It may come as a total surprise that between 2006 and 2012, more than three times as many people died from lightning while fishing compared to playing golf. Over the seven-year period, 238 people died from lightning strikes in the United States, or an average of 37 per year. Most (152) of the deaths occurred from leisure activities, with fishing at the top of the list with 26 deaths.National park warning:The National Park Service is doing its best to stave off stomach issues with visitors to Yellowstone and Teton National Parks.In a news release, the National Park Service notes “greater than normal reports of gastrointestinal illness” among those visiting the two parks this summer, as well as areas in Montana outside the two attractions. The park service and businesses servicing visitors are taking special steps given the surge in illness, including more frequent cleaning and disinfection of public areas.Area lakes and ponds:In Cook County: Some of the area lakes have higher-than-normal water levels as the result of the never-ending storms and rainfall. Check your local bait shops in the Chain area for up-to-date information.Busse Lake is fishable but be careful of shoreline erosion and soft banks.Before the flood watch and storms, walleye action on the Fox Chain slowed to a crawl.The same is just about true with Lake Michigan salmon story, and the perch activity close to shore off the Montrose rocks is a hit and miss situation. Navy Pier action has fallen prey to the inclement weather.ŸContact Mike Jackson at angler88@comcast.net, and catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM and live-streamed at www.mikejacksonoutdoors.com.

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    RICK WEST/rwest@dailyherald.com ¬ The Hawks make their way along Washington during Friday's victory parade for the Chicago Blackhawks following their Stanley Cup Finals win over Philadelphia.

    Hawks set parade route, security will be tight

    Chicago police said Wednesday that officers will use lessons learned after the Boston Marathon bombing as they promised tight security at a Friday parade and rally to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win.Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said he’s been in touch with Boston Police Department Commissioner Ed Davis. Boston police have given Chicago police two in-depth briefings, he said.“We’ve been discussing best practices in law enforcement based on what happened in Boston,” McCarthy said.Chicago police plan to search backpacks and large bags and use bomb-sniffing dogs as a result of those discussions with Boston police. The bombers in Boston placed explosives inside backpacks they then left along the marathon route.Two million fans celebrated in downtown Chicago when the Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup, and this year’s event could draw similar crowds. McCarthy also said the department, as they did during last year’s NATO summit, will have uniformed and undercover officers working throughout the crowds as well. McCarthy said the same police team who planned security for last year’s NATO summit has been planning this rally for weeks.“We’ve done this before,” McCarthy said.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also stressed that Chicago’s police force has a history of handling major events. The mayor said the department knows what it is doing, as it showed during the NATO summit, in which its control of the crowds of protesters was widely praised. “The way we handled, as a city and particularly our police department, NATO has become the blueprint and the template around the world, literally, how you handle public safety in big events,” Emanuel said.The parade is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. with players riding atop double-decker, open-air buses. The parade will end at Grant Park, where there will be a rally. Authorities said the park can hold about 100,000 fans but large screens will broadcast the rally for overflow crowds.City officials encourage fans to take public transportation, not bring restricted items and take precautions for warm weather.

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    Go deep to avoid the dog days

    As hot midsummer weather settles in, don't expect to always find fish in shallow water. Properly presented live bait in deep water, for example, can be the ticket to summer walleye action on the Fox Chain.

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    Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine reacts as he wins against Roger Federer of Switzerland in their Men's second round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    Federer, Sharapova lose on wild day at Wimbledon

    As tumultuous a day as professional tennis has produced in its nearly half-century history ended in the most unforeseeable, unexplainable way of all: A second-round loss by Roger Federer at the All England Club. The seven-time Wimbledon champion and 17-time Grand Slam champ shuffled off Centre Court with dusk approaching on the fortnight's first Wednesday, his head bowed, his streak of reaching at least the quarterfinals at a record 36 consecutive major tournaments snapped by a man ranked 116th.

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    Sky’s comeback topples Liberty

    The Chicago Sky, led by reserve Shay Murphy and rookie Elena Della Donne (26 points), erased a 17-point first-half deficit en route to an 87-74 win over the New York Liberty at Allstate Arena Wednesday.

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    Delle Donne scores 26 as Sky tops Liberty

    Elena Delle Donne scored a career-high 26 points and Sylvia Fowles added her fifth double-double of the season as the Sky rallied from an early deficit on the way to a 87-74 victory over the New York Liberty on Wednesday.

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    Orlando City SC at Chicago Fire

    The Fire’s undefeated streak continues, reaching seven matches across all competitions, with Mike Magee’s scoring streak now at six games. Off-season acquisitions Dilly Duka, Jeff Larentowicz and Joel Lindpere are starting to contribute more now also. The Fire has never lost an Open Cup match in Illinois and is 32-10-4 all-time in the USOC.

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    Mike North video: Hawks the victor

    Mike North, wearing his old Jeremy Roenick cap and Chicago Blackhawk jersey, predicts the Blackhawks will win tonight. But even if they don't, he still believes Hawks fans will be celebrating with the Stanley Cup very soon.

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    FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2012 file photo, Iowa fullback Mark Weisman runs for a 34-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Central Michigan, in Iowa City, Iowa. One of the few bright spots for Iowa last season was the emergence of Weisman, a former walk-on fullback who showed he could be among the Big Ten's best ball carriers _ when healthy. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

    Running back with local ties key for Hawkeyes

    Last summer, even the biggest Iowa fans barely knew who Mark Weisman was.The walk-on fullback, who grew up in Buffalo Grove and graduated from Stevenson in 2010, is now one of the most important parts of Iowa’s offense, and his health will be crucial for the Hawkeyes in 2013. Weisman unexpectedly emerged as one of the top running backs in the Big Ten a year ago before nagging injuries limited his effectiveness.

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    Michal Rozsival hoists the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

    Time for Blackhawks to really think big

    As Hawk Harrelson might suggest to the Blackhawks, "Don't stop now, boys!" The franchise has the infrastructure from the front office down to the ice to become a dynasty during this decade similar to the Bulls of the 1990s.

Business

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    OTTO Engineering spent millions restoring 10 W. Main St., above, one brick at a time. The restoration involved cleaning the bricks and salvaging bricks from another building that was scheduled for demolition and restoring the original turret that had been removed, above. At left is the building as shown in “The Historic Business District of Carpentersville” before the family that owns OTTO renovated the three-story structure. The building has been standing since the 1800s and was in disrepair when the Roeser family bought it in 2005. During the restoration, 240 Dumpsters of junk were removed, according to the book.

    Book shows the highs and lows of Carpentersville's business district

    Phil Aleo's passion for history is contagious. Aleo, 57, a local author, has penned a new book called “The Historic Business District of Carpentersville,” a photographic history of the buildings that once housed Illinois Iron & Bolt Company, Star Manufacturing Company and that OTTO Engineering occupies today.

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    An artist's rendering of the north side of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital after a proposed modernization.

    Good Shepherd expansion OK'd

    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Lake Barrington got good news from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board Wednesday — the green light for its $247 million modernization plan. The same board rejected (again) a proposal for a Lindenhurst hospital.

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    Cranes stand Thursday at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis released updated GDP figures that showed slow growth.

    Stocks rise for a second day

    The divergence of stocks and growth might seem counterintuitive, but analysts said there was a method to the supposed madness. The slower economic growth made traders and investors less anxious that the Federal Reserve will end its economic stimulus too soon.

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    Associated Press/May 30, 2013, file photo Customers line up at a Starbucks Coffee in New York. Starbucks baristas must share their tips with shift supervisors, but assistant managers are left out in the cold, New York’s highest court ruled Wednesday.

    N.Y. top court: Starbucks baristas must share tips

    Hospitality industry groups say the state court decision will likely affect policies at similar restaurants and coffee houses and will affect 42,000 New York businesses statewide and a quarter-million hospitality industry workers in New York City alone.

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    Two men look Wednesday at the Acer Iconia W3 tablet at a Microsoft event in San Francisco. Microsoft on Wednesday released a preview version of an update to Windows 8, aiming to address some of the gripes people have with the company’s flagship operating system.

    Microsoft tweaks Windows 8, makes preview available

    The preview version of Windows 8.1 is meant for Microsoft’s partners and other technology developers, but anyone can download it. The release comes exactly eight months after desktops, laptops and tablets with Windows 8 went on sale. The version of the Windows 8.1 update meant for the general public will come later in the year, though the company hasn’t announced a specific date.

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    Protesters in front of city hall during a Yes on Prop. 8 rally in Los Angeles. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down California’s ban on gay marriage.

    Ruling narrows benefit gap for gay couples

    More than 1,000 federal benefits involve marital status. They affect taxation of worker health care benefits, access to Social Security payments, the ability to transfer money without triggering gift taxes and when couples are liable for levies on their estates.

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    Two chimps walking together at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. The government is about to retire most of the chimpanzees who’ve spent their lives in U.S. research labs.

    National Institutes of Health to retire most chimps from medical research

    The NIH announced Wednesday that it will retire about 310 government-owned chimpanzees from research over the next few years, and keep only 50 others essentially on retainer — available if needed for crucial medical studies that could be performed no other way.“These amazing animals have taught us a great deal already,” said NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins. He said the decision helps usher in “a compassionate era.”

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    Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will be the second biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016, according to a five-year outlook published Wednesday, June 26, 2013, by the International Energy Agency.

    IEA: Global renewable energy growing fast

    Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will be the second biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016, according to a five-year outlook published Wednesday by the International Energy Agency. Developing countries are building more wind, solar and hydro-electric power plants to meet rising power demand and combat local pollution problems. And the costs of renewables are falling.

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    U.S. stocks rise for a second day; yields slip

    U.S. stock indexes moved higher for a second day Wednesday as the bond market recovered from a slump. Traders were also encouraged by an upturn in Europe.

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    Monsanto’s fiscal third quarter net income slipped 3 percent, as hits to the agricultural product company’s cotton and soybean seed segments restrained revenue growth.

    Monsanto fiscal 3Q profit slips 3 percent

    Monsanto’s fiscal third quarter net income slipped 3 percent, as hits to the agricultural product company’s cotton and soybean seed segments weighed on revenue growth. The St. Louis company said Wednesday that its revenue for the latest quarter inched up less than 1 percent, and higher production costs resulting from last year’s drought affected its results.

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    IRS official won’t testify in contracting probe

    An Internal Revenue Service official is refusing to testify before a House committee examining his relationship with the CEO of computer services company that has as much as $500 million in contracts with the IRS.

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    National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson says the Internal Revenue Service long has resisted efforts to help groups seeking tax-exempt status, creating a culture that enabled agents to improperly target such organizations for additional scrutiny.

    Watchdog: IRS fought oversight in Tea Party cases

    The Internal Revenue Service long has resisted efforts by an internal watchdog to help groups seeking tax-exempt status, creating a culture that enabled agents to improperly target such organizations for additional scrutiny, the National Taxpayer Advocate reported Wednesday.

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    The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the first three months of the year, significantly slower than first thought. The steep revision occurred mostly because consumers spent less than previously estimated, a sign that higher taxes could be dampening growth.

    U.S. economy grows at slower 1.8 pct. rate in Q1

    The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the first three months of the year, significantly slower than first thought. The steep revision occurred mostly because consumers spent less than previously estimated, a sign that higher taxes could be dampening growth. The Commerce Department revised its estimate of economic growth for the January-March quarter down from a 2.4 percent annual rate.

Life & Entertainment

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    “The Heist” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

    'The Heist' is a good summer read

    Janet Evanovich, creator of the popular novels featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, teams up with Lee Goldberg, writer for the TV series and books featuring Adrian Monk, the detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder, for “The Heist.” The laugh-out-loud humor that readers expect from Evanovich is in full force, and Goldberg's crafty and elaborate writing is prominent. The combination shouldn't work, but it does.

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    Country music legend Loretta Lynn is set to perform on the same bill with Randy Travis at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

    Weekend picks: Lynn, Travis grace RiverEdge stage Saturday

    It's a musical weekend: See two country greats, Loretta Lynn and Randy Travis, on the same bill Saturday at RiverEdge Park in Aurora. Randy Bachman and Fred Turner will perform Bachman Turner Overdrive hits like “You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet” and “Takin' Care of Business” at the Arcada in St. Charles Friday. The Morton Arboretum in Lisle hosts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for two open-air concerts this weekend.

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    Eat peanut butter for breakfast and you'll feel less hungry the rest of the day.

    From the food editor: Making the case for peanut butter at breakfast

    New research shows eating peanut butter for breakfast helps control blood sugar and keep you feeling full, which may mean you'll eat less later in the day. Food Editor Deborah Pankey also shares tips for summer beer pairings and preserving.

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    Celebrity chef Paula Deen dissolved into tears during a “Today” show interview Wednesday about her admission that she used a racial slur in the past. The celebrity chef, who had backed out of a “Today” interview last Friday, said she was not a racist and was heartbroken by the controversy.

    Paula Deen’s ‘Today’ appearance ends in tears

    Paula Deen dissolved into tears during a “Today” show interview Wednesday about her admission that she used a racial slur in the past, saying anyone in the audience who’s never said anything they’ve regretted should pick up a rock and throw it at her head.

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    Actor Channing Tatum, left, arrives with wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum at the 85th Academy Awards. Tatum and his wife decided to release their newborn daughter’s baby picture on his Facebook page.

    Tatum posts his baby’s photo to stop paparazzi

    Rather than go the route of some celebrity parents, Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna decided to release their newborn daughter’s baby picture. According to Tatum, the choice was simple: be hounded by paparazzi, or control the release of the picture. He chose the latter and posted a family photo on his official Facebook page.

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    Sonny Rollins cancels Chicago concert

    Jazz legend Sonny Rollins has canceled a September performance in Chicago with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The 82-year-old saxophonist says in a statement he has suffered “a recent illness” and will be unable to perform.

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    CNN is bringing its political show “Crossfire” back on the air this fall with Newt Gingrich as one of the combatants.

    CNN bringing ‘Crossfire’ back on the air

    CNN is bringing its political show “Crossfire” back on the air this fall with Newt Gingrich as one of the combatants. The original political talk show on cable news aired on CNN from 1982 until 2005. The new version will air on weekdays, although CNN said Wednesday that the show has no time slot yet.

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    Neil Diamond sings “Sweet Caroline” during the first Boston Red Sox home game after the Boston Marathon explosions. “The Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down),” is a new patriotically themed song Diamond will release through iTunes and Amazon on July 2. All proceeds from the song will go to benefit the Boston One Fund and The Wounded Warriors Project.

    Neil Diamond records charity song for Boston

    Neil Diamond visited Boston in the days following the marathon bombings and left convinced he should do something to help. The result is “The Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down),” a new patriotically themed song Diamond will release through iTunes and Amazon on July 2. All proceeds from the song will go to benefit the Boston One Fund and The Wounded Warriors Project.

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    ‘Laverne & Shirley’ stars reunite on Nick comedy

    The leading ladies of “Laverne & Shirley” are reuniting. Nickelodeon said Wednesday that Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams will guest star in an episode of its new sitcom “Sam & Cat.”

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    Frugal living: Tips for starting a container garden

    If you don’t have room for a full-scale garden, try container gardening. Focus on what you can do. Maybe start with a kitchen herb garden, or regrow produce scraps such as garlic, potatoes, leeks, ginger or celery, to name a few.

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    Randy Bachman, left, and Fred Turner of Bachman Turner Overdrive fame jam during a performance. The duo will reunite at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles for an 8 p.m. Friday show.

    Bachman taking care of business in St. Charles

    As a member of the Canadian rock band The Guess Who, Randy Bachman recorded 1970 hit “American Woman” at Mercury Records’ studio in Chicago. “Chicago’s like a big deal to me,” Bachman said in a recent phone interview. “There are a lot of memories there.” And he'll make some more Friday when he joins with Fred Turner for a show at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

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    “Here Come the Kings” by Morgan Heritage

    Return of Morgan Heritage is a gift

    With a batch of songs that feature their signature vocals mixed with a nice blend of traditional roots music and love songs, reggae band Morgan Heritage’s “Here Come the Kings” feels like a celebration. The title track is striking, “Call to Me” is uplifting and groovy, and “Perfect Love Song” is filled with good vibes and pitch-perfect harmonies.

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    Fresh strawberries, milk and ice cream make a cool,and cooling, summer shake.

    Stir it up: Shake things up this summer

    The words “soda fountain” and “malt shop” conjure potent cultural images and countless scenes in 1950s-era movies and TV shows. While our mental images may hail from the mid-20th century, the milkshake dates back to the 1850s, when it was a concoction made of milk, sugar, ice, egg and whiskey, and served to thirsty adults, says Adam Ried, author of “Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes” (W.W. Norton, 2009).

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    Fresh strawberries, milk and ice cream make a cool (and cooling) summer shake

    Strawberry Shake
    Strawberry Shake:Stir it up

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    Pan-Roasted Corn and Leek Pasta With Seared Tomatoes will be available to Amtrak riders on the Capitol Limited, which runs between Washington and Chicago, beginning in August.

    Pan-Roasted Corn and Leek Pasta With Seared Tomatoes
    Pan-Roasted Corn and Leek Pasta With Seared Tomatoes

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    Rockin’ KB Chili is on the menu of the Acela train that runs between Philadelphia and New York.

    Rockin’ KB Chili
    3 pounds lean beef stew meat, cut into ¼-inch dice1 teaspoon kosher salt1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper¼ cup minced onion4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced¼ cup finely diced green bell pepper1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced2 cups prepared spaghetti sauce1½ cups no-salt-added beef broth½ cup dry red wine2 teaspoons sugar2 teaspoons sweet paprika2 teaspoons ground cumin1 teaspoon dried oregano3 tablespoons chili powder1 cinnamon stick, 3-inches long½ cup dried apricots, cut into very thin strips1 tablespoon cornstarch½ cup prepared bloody mary mix¼ cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves and tender stemsSeason the meat with the salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until the meat loses its raw look. Do not drain. Reduce the heat to medium; add the onion, garlic, green bell pepper and jalapeño pepper and cook for several minutes, until they have softened.Stir in the spaghetti sauce, broth, wine, sugar, paprika, cumin, oregano, chili powder, the cinnamon stick and the dried apricots. Once the mixture starts to bubble at the edges, cover and reduce the heat to medium-low.Make a slurry by combining the cornstarch and bloody mary mix, then stir it into the pot. Cook for 45 minutes, stirring a few times. Discard the cinnamon stick. Stir in the cilantro just before serving.Serves six to eight.Nutrition values per serving: 580 calories, 21 g fat (6 g saturated), 53 g carbohydrates, 10 g fiber, 28 g sugar, 41 g protein, 95 mg cholesterol, 1580 mg sodium.Adapted from Bob and Katy Rosar, Amtrack food advisory team members

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    Michael Pennisi gets help from his sister, Mary Samycia, as he prepares his dish during the Cook of the Week Challenge cook-off. A physics teacher from Carpentersville, Pennisi bested 15 other home cooks last year for the title of Daily Herald Cook of the Year.

    Contestants needed for 2013 Cook of the Week Challenge

    Calling all home cooks: The Daily Herald is seeking applicants for its 2013 Cook of the Week Challenge. The contest pits 16 cooks against each other in a Sweet 16 elimination-style competition. Our mission is to introduce cooks to new ingredients and get them thinking about common pantry items in a new way. On the line are thousands of dollars in prizes and the title Daily Herald Cook of the Year. Do you have what it takes?

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    Amtrak executive chef Christian Hannah, left, and Washington chef Michel Richard are working with the rail company to improve the quality of meals sold on its passenger trains.

    Dining car cuisine: Amtrak revamps its menus

    Amtrak has gone gourmet — or at least it’s trying to. In exchange for frequent traveler miles, the rail agency has hired some of the most accomplished chefs in the country, who come together each spring to brainstorm new dishes for Amtrak’s menus.

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    The best complement for eggplant is some combination of sweet, salty and tangy, like in this caponata with raisins, nuts and capers.

    Eggplant Caponata
    Eggplant Caponata

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    Imogen (Kate McDermott) unsuspectingly welcomes Iachimo (James Earl Jones II), who has wagered that he can prove her to be an adultress, in First Folio Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Shakespeare’s Cymbeline: A Folk Tale with Music” at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.

    Bard meets bluegrass in First Folio’s fine, folksy ‘Cymbeline’

    First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook cleverly reworks Shakespeare's lesser-known "Cymbeline" into a folk music-filled American tall tale reset in 1863 West Virginia. If there are any purists out there who will take offense at the adaptation, they’ll likely be in the minority.

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