Daily Archive : Sunday November 10, 2013


    Parishioners at Northwest Filipino Baptist in Elk Grove Village pray for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines during Sunday's service. Many church members are still waiting to hear from family members in the Philippines who may have been impacted by the deadly storm.

    Suburban Filipinos pray for typhoon victims, wait to hear from family

    Worshippers at the Northwest Filipino Baptist Church in Elk Grove Village bowed their heads and held hands Sunday as they prayed for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The disaster was on their minds as many in the congregation of 150 still are waiting to hear from relatives in the Philippines. “It's so real. It's like, what can we do? You're just kind of at a loss,” the Rev. Jintaek...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Christina Herrera, 28, of McHenry, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper display of a license plate after a traffic stop at 1:22 a.m. Nov. 3 at Route 47 and Big Timber Road near Huntley, according to a Kane County Sheriff’s report.

    Married for two years, Alex and Svitlana Kandelis made their home in Wheeling. She was learning English and taking classes that would enable her to renew her medical technician career when she died in a fire that also killed her mother.

    Arlington Heights fire victim's husband tells her story

    The Arlington Heights house fire that killed three women, including his wife and mother-in-law "killed me, too," says Alex Kandelis. He was planning the next day's birthday celebration for his mother-in-law's 63rd birthday when police told him about the deadly fire.

    Casper the Havanese puppy was stolen Friday from the Naperville Petland Store. The owner of the Naperville store said that the puppy was returned Sunday to a Petland near St. Louis and will be returned soon.

    Puppies stolen from Bolingbrook, Naperville found near St. Louis

    Two puppies stolen from Petland stores in Bolingbrook and Naperville Friday are safe near St. Louis, according to company officials. Adam Stachowiak, owner of the Naperville Petland store at 720 Route 59, said in an email that a man fled after dropping off the puppies in a kennel at a Petland store near St. Louis Sunday.

    Arlington International Racecourse is running out of time to get a state law extended and save its summer racing season from cuts.

    Effort to save Arlington horse racing season enters home stretch

    The effort by the Illinois horse racing industry and state lawmakers to save the summer season at Arlington International Racecourse and elsewhere is almost certain to come down to a photo finish. When Illinois lawmakers left Springfield Thursday, they left without a new law to prevent Arlington's live racing season from being cut nearly in half to just 49 days next year.

    As the official legislative schedule closed out, much of Gov. Quinn’s ambitious agenda for 2013 was still hanging in the balance, and lawmakers were talking about the need to return for a special session, at least to deal with the pension crisis.

    Lawmakers leave many Quinn priorities unresolved

    The Illinois Legislature wrapped up its official 2013 calendar last week after voting to legalize gay marriage, but it made little progress on fixing the state’s pension crisis, gun control, ethics reform and other parts of Gov. Pat Quinn’s agenda.

    Three nurses and one other runner stopped during the half marathon Sunday in Naperville to help resuscitate a man who had collapsed at about Mile 6. Merri Lazenby, an emergency room nurse at Delnor Hospital in Geneva; Traci Iarrobino, a nurse at Edward Hospital in Naperville; Amy Prendel, who works at North Central College; and Stephanie Chang, an emergency room nurse at Edward Hospital, performed CPR on the man, called 911 and stayed with him until he was breathing and talking again.

    Nurses running Naperville half marathon ‘saviors’ for runner who collapsed

    Among all the volunteer medical personnel staffing the Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, it was three nurses actually running the race who are being credited with saving a life. “We were running right past mile 6 when we saw a man who was unresponsive,” said Stephanie Chang, an emergency room nurse at Edward Hospital who stopped to give the man CPR and call 911. “We...

    A worker loads humanitarian aid for the Philippines into a Lufthansa plane at Rhein-Main Airport in Frankfurt, central Germany, Sunday. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction and scores of people dead.

    Typhoon survivors in Philippines struggle for aid

    Corpses hung from trees, were scattered on sidewalks or buried in flattened buildings — some of the 10,000 people believed killed in one Philippine city alone by ferocious Typhoon Haiyan that washed away homes and buildings with powerful winds and giant waves.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS/European Space Agency The European Space Agency research satellite GOCE ran out of fuel while in orbit and is likely to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere today. Where and when — and how much of it will hit the Earth’s surface — is largely guesswork.

    Satellite likely to hit Earth in unpopulated area

    The European Space Agency says that one of its research satellites that ran out of fuel will most likely crash to Earth into the ocean or polar regions. The agency said Sunday the crash is expected to occur today between 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. CST.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year, has seen her profile rise steadily since then, and in October she released a memoir.

    Pakistani private schools ban Malala’s book

    Pakistani education officials said Sunday that they have banned teenage activist Malala Yousafzai’s book from private schools across the country, claiming it doesn’t show enough respect for Islam and calling her a tool of the West.

    As I stood with my hand on my heart listening to the National Anthem play at a Rosary girls swimming invitational in September, the reflections of four swimmers in the still water caught my eye. Then I saw the 4FT sign on the edge of the pool, realized there were four sets of feet there and I couldn’t resist taking a photo. The combination of lines, reflections and a bit of humor made for an image I thought would be perfect for this week’s Perspective image.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a lot of Halloween candy being collected for donation to troops, and the arrival of Santa Clause in local towns.

    In this Sept. 27, 2013 photo, George Williams, left, and Robert Crouse, bow their heads as they take part in a memorial ceremony during a reunion outside the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio. As many as 11,000 people, including Williams and Crouse, served in the 57th Bomb Wing that flew missions over German-held Europe from North Africa and the island of Corsica during most of the war. Hundreds survive, according to wing historians and reunion organizers. Only nine veterans made it to this fall’s event.

    WWII reunions poignant for dwindling veterans

    At the close of World War II, 16 million U.S. veterans returned to work, raise families, and build lives. They’d occasionally get together to remember their greatest formative experience. But as years passed, there were fewer and fewer of them. Today, just a little over 1 million remain, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs. When veterans of the Battle of the Bulge gathered in Kansas...

    Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) and the Detroit Lions defense react after the Bears failed on a two-point conversion attempt in the final minute during Sunday’s game in Chicago.

    Images: Bears vs. Lions
    The Bears faced the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, November 10th for first palce in the division.The Bears lost the game 21-19 to the Lions.

    An attendee grabs a brochure at the Sunday Assembly, a godless congregation founded by two British comedians, on Sunday in Los Angeles. A new mega-church movement is generating buzz from London to Los Angeles, but this time it’s a belief in non-belief that’s drawing crowds on Sunday mornings.

    Atheist ‘mega-churches’ take root across US, world

    It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Hundreds packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational sermon, a reading and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God. Dozens of gatherings dubbed “atheist mega-churches” by supporters and detractors are springing up around the U.S.


    Moylan’s staff in Elk Grove

    State Rep. Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines) will hold satellite office hours this month at the Elk Grove Village Public Library in an effort to make his office more accessible to residents who don’t live near his home office in Des Plaines, officials said.


    Will Rutland discussion on senior bus service result in vote?

    Rutland Township trustees will again discuss whether to offer bus service for its senior and disabled residents, with at least two trustees saying they’re against the plan. Trustees Charleen Carlson and Steve Schuldt, along with Fred Bulmahn and John Payson, ran on a slate in which they promised not to raise taxes. For the moment, Carlsen and Schuldt don’t see themselves wavering from that...


    Dist. 103 board to talk fees

    Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 board members will discuss fees for all-day kindergarten programs in 2014 and other issues when they gather Tuesday.

    The inaugural Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon steps off Sunday with 2,562 competitors running in the two races. Organizers said cold morning temperatures apparently kept hundreds of registered runners away.

    Naperville runners sweep city’s first marathon

    Naperville runners completed a hometown sweep Sunday morning at the inaugural Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon, dashing to first place in the men’s and women’s divisions of the 26.2-mile race. Yonatan Mascote, 24, was the men’s winner at 2:34:25. Amanda Mirochna, a 26, crossed the finish line in 2:50:15 as the women’s winner.


    Buffalo Grove tax levy up 1.96 percent

    Buffalo Grove’s municipal tax levy is going up 1.96 percent to $13,695,228 for all levies except debt service, Finance Director Scott Anderson said last week.


    Kane Co. plans ‘No Refusal’ DUI patrol on day before Thanksgiving

    The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office will hold its next “No Refusal” event on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving. Also known as “Black Wednesday,” it is considered one of the biggest drinking days of the year.“Historically, this is a popular night ,” said State’s Attorney Joe McMahon.


    Mundelein man to get award

    Mundelein resident Emmet Weidman will receive a Good Neighbor Award at tonight’s village board meeting for his efforts during an Oct. 31 gas-main leak.


    Holiday boutique for Spay and Stay in Vernon Hills

    Spay and Stay is hosting a holiday boutique to raise funds to neuter and vaccinate outdoor cats in Lake County from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1821 Cascade Drive in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Gregg’s Landing, Vernon Hills.


    Wauconda officials to talk pot

    Wauconda officials will discuss zoning rules for possible medical marijuana facilities on Tuesday.

    Yves LeClerc of Naperville

    Marathoners’ finishing thoughts
    Marathoners share their reaction to inaugural Naperville race.

    Yonatan Mascote of Naperville crossing the finish line first in the Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon on Sunday, November 10, 2013.

    Images: Thousands compete in first Naperville marathon
    Thousands of runners, their friends, and families converged on Naperville Sunday for the town's first marathon.

    French President Francois Hollande, gestures as he speaks to the media during a press conference at the World Bank Paris Office in Paris Friday. When Iran appeared close to a preliminary deal with world powers over its nuclear program this weekend, France stepped up to say not so fast.

    French out-tough US over Iran nuclear program
    When Iran appeared close to a preliminary deal with world powers over its nuclear program, France stepped up to say: Not so fast — a surprise move that exposed divisions among the United States and other Western negotiators who had long been in lockstep on the issue.

    President Barack Obama speaks at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall about the federal health care law. The health care law’s seemingly endless problems are giving congressional Republicans a much-needed boost of energy, helping them to move past the government-shutdown debacle and focus on a theme for next year’s elections.

    Health law’s troubles give GOP a much-needed boost

    The health care law’s seemingly endless problems are giving congressional Republicans a much-needed boost of energy, helping them to move past the government-shutdown debacle and focus on a theme for next year’s elections.

    A section of Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach will be closing for two weeks beginning Monday, Nov. 11, for the road improvement project at Route 83.

    Construction will require two-week closure of Rollins Road

    The most expensive and complicated road project undertaken by Lake County will get stickier beginning Monday when Rollins Road, a main thoroughfare, closes for two weeks in Round Lake Beach. Construction will continue nearly around the clock to install a spur rail line and build a temporary bridge on Route 83 as key advance work to untangle the congested intersection, which carries about...

    Residents walk past the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Daanbantayan town, north Cebu, central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction and scores of people dead.

    Deadliest storms to hit the Philippines

    Typhoon Haiyan, which slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, is the strongest typhoon of the year and one of the strongest storms on record. It also appears to be the deadliest storm — and natural disaster — on record to hit the Philippines, with officials saying that as many as 10,000 people are believed dead. Here’s a look at the deadliest storms to lash the Philippines before...

    Cindy Barger, serials supervisor at the Schaumburg Township District Library, talks to her friend and co-worker Freddie Martinez about his recent liver transplant and his becoming the 1,500th liver recipient at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Barger helped Martinez through his difficult times both at home and in the hospital.

    Schaumburg man gets gift of life with new liver

    Lifelong Schaumburg resident Freddie Martinez kicked his alcoholism 13 years ago and has remained sober ever since. But one last great battle awaited him as the cirrhosis he and his doctors had been managing for years finally required a liver transplant to save his life. “I got worried about sleeping,” Martinez said. “You didn't know if you were going to be here the next day. It...

    The 18 months he spent in Korea as a soldier fighting the enemy and the elements were grueling, but Virgil Banker says he remains grateful that he and his three brothers all made it home from the Korean War.

    Korean War vets sometimes feel like their service overlooked

    When people think of Veterans Day, the focus often is on World War II, the Vietnam War, or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Korea kind of slipped in there between World War II and Vietnam," says Korean War veteran Virgil Banker of Bolingbrook. “We didn't get any parades or anything like that."

    Sarah Brosius, 8, attends Maercker School in Westmont.

    Images: Weather Sketchers, Nov. 3-9
    Here's the artwork from our young Weather Sketchers for the week of Nov. 3-9.

    Runners in the inaugural Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon are ready to race beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday at North Central College after picking up their packets and bibs at the race expo Friday and Saturday.

    Race day greets Naperville marathoners

    There’s a special something about the race day atmosphere. Runners say a certain nervous excitement, coupled with camaraderie and anticipation of accomplishment brings them to starting line after starting line in seek of racing’s thrills. The latest starting line for nearly 3,500 runners is in Naperville, on the campus of North Central College, where 1,400 today are running a...


    Jay Cutler gets up slowly after a third-quarter play during Sunday's loss to the Lions.

    Questionable decisions big part of Bears' loss to Lions

    Quarterback Jay Cutler played as long as he could before giving way to backup Josh McCown, whose outstanding relief effort came up just short in a 21-19 loss to the Lions that knocked the Bears out of first place. “I knew he would have to run around in the two-minute drill,” coach Marc Trestman said, “and that's when we decided to put Josh in the game.”


    Brees leads Saints past Cowboys

    NEW ORLEANS — Nothing like nighttime in New Orleans to bring out a prolific performance from Drew Brees and the Saints.Brees completed 34 of 41 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns, and the Saints beat the Dallas Cowboys 49-17 on Sunday night.The Saints (7-2) had an NFL-record 40 first downs and a franchise-record 625 total yards in what marked their 12th straight prime-time victory in the Superdome.Brees connected with Kenny Stills on a 52-yard touchdown pass, with Marques Colston on a 22-yard scoring strike, with running back Pierre Thomas for a 1-yard score and with running back Darren Sproles for a 28-yard scoring play with 5 seconds left in the first half.Sproles also had a 3-yard touchdown run, and Mark Ingram added a 4-yard scoring run en route to a career-high 145 yards rushing.DeMarco Murray had 82 yards rushing on 13 carries and a touchdown for Dallas (5-5), highlighted by his 35-yard scamper on a fake reverse. That set up his 7-yard scoring run, which gave Dallas a short-lived 10-7 lead early in the second quarter. Dallas did not score again until Tony Romo’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams in the last minute of the third quarter. The Cowboys’ porous pass defense entered the game already having set an NFL record by allowing four quarterbacks to throw for more than 400 yards this season. Brees was on track to become the fifth, but fell just short after the Saints decided to stop throwing with a big lead in the fourth quarter. At one point, Brees strung together 19 straight completions, tying his personal best and franchise record.Making matters worse for Dallas was a hamstring injury to linebacker Sean Lee, the Cowboys’ leading tackler.Sproles, whose concussion one week earlier forced him to miss most of the Saints’ 26-20 road loss to the New York Jets, caught seven passes for 76 yards. Getting Colston involved was another encouraging sign for the Saints one week after the veteran receiver sat out the loss to the Jets.Colston had seven catches for 107 yards. His touchdown catch was the 60th of his career, all coming from Brees.On Colston’s touchdown, Sproles made a key block on blitzing linebacker Barry Church, giving Brees enough time to throw over the middle. Colston then slipped safety Jeff Heath’s tackle before diving across the goal line.For Sproles, the key block was the first of several highlights that atoned for an early muffed punt that gave the Cowboys the ball on the Saints 22 after a diving recovery by Dallas’ Dwayne Harris.But with an energized nighttime crowd in the Superdome roaring, the Cowboys had to call timeout on third-and-short, then came back out an committed a false start penalty. Dallas was then unable to convert for a first down and settled for Dan Bailey’s 37-yard field goal.The Cowboys arrived in New Orleans with three wins in their previous four games, but faced a tough task in the Superdome, where the Saints have won 12 straight night games (including two playoff wins). Dallas was frustrated offensively for much of the game. Star receiver Dez Bryant, covered mostly by Keenan Lewis, did not have his first and only catch — a 44-yarder — until late in the third quarter. Jason Witten was held to two catches for 27 yards.

    Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) and Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall (4) hit the glass over the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Chicago.

    Khabibulin won’t sit much longer

    It seemed as if it would be a slam dunk. Another one of Nikolai Khabibulin’s former teams was in town on Sunday, so naturally the veteran goalie would start against the Edmonton Oilers, right? Wrong.

    The Hawks’ Andrew Shaw celebrates after beating Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk in the second period Sunday at the United Center.

    Focused Hawks slip by Oilers

    Some teams simply give the Blackhawks fits — and the Edmonton Oilers are one of them. But in the end Sunday, the Hawks made sure the misery continued for the Oilers in a 5-4 win at the United Center. Trailing 2-1 late in the second period, the Hawks scored 4 of the next 6 goals. Marcus Kruger snapped a 3-3 tie at 11:44 of the third period when he took a pass from Ben Smith and wrapped it around the leg of Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler looks for an open man during the first half of the Bears 21-19 loss to the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on Sunday.

    Even in Bears’ loss, Trestman backs Cutler

    If you’re looking for clues about Jay Cutler’s future with the Bears and Marc Trestman’s fondness for No. 6, look no further than the last four days. The head coach has made it clear that Cutler is his quarterback.

    Jay Cutler stands on the sidelines and watches his teammates come off the field after Matt Forte’s failed 2-point conversion attempt dashed the Bears’ hopes for a comeback against Detroit on Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Bears should have seen McCown gave team best chance to win

    Jay Cutler demonstrated a lot of guts by playing in a lot of pain. Marc Trestman demonstrated poor judgment in letting his starting quarterback play at all and especially to play as long as he did.

    Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw scores a goal past Edmonton Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) during the second period of the NHL hockey game on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Chicago.

    Blackhawks edge Oilers 5-4

    Marcus Kruger scored the tiebreaking goal with 8:16 left in the third period, Duncan Keith added a power-play goal 1:55 later and the Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 on Sunday night at United Center for their third straight victory.Kruger was alone at the edge of the crease when he took a pass from Ben Smith off the boards, turned and wrapped the puck past Devan Dubnyk to put Chicago ahead 4-3.Keith added his first of the season on a screened shot from the point. It turned out to be the game-winner because Jordan Eberle scored short-handed for the Oilers on a deflection of Nick Schultz’s point shot with 1:28 remaining.Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also scored for the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks (12-2-4), who are 6-0-1 in their last seven games.

    Josh McCown looks for an open receiver during the Bears’ last drive Sunday against the Lions.

    McCown ‘dang proud’ of Cutler

    Once again, backup quarterback Josh McCown was superb in relief of injured starter Jay Cutler.

    Jay Cutler is slow to get up during the Bears’ loss to Detroit on Sunday.

    Cutler’s toughness impresses Detroit

    Willie Young didn’t need any more convincing that Jay Cutler is one tough quarterback. The Detroit defensive end got all the proof he needed in the Lions’ Monday night game in Chicago last year, when teammate Ndamukong Suh drove Cutler into the Soldier Field grass late in the first half, nearly crumpling the Bears QB like a tin can.


    Bears’ Conte confidently comes back

    A ghastly missed tackle on Reggie Bush's 39-yard run made safety Chris Conte and the Bears' defense look bad, but Conte bounced back with some impact plays later in the game.

    Carlos Boozer is averaging a team-high 18.2 points per game and is shooting .597 from the field.

    Bulls’ Boozer feeling anything but blue

    Everything is coming up Duke during the next two days. The Bulls take on Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, a former Duke star, on Monday. Then the Blue Devils play Kansas at the United Center a day later. Meanwhile, Duke product Carlos Boozer is off to a good start for the Bulls.


    Grading the Bears against the Lions

    Game ballBrandon MarshallHe won the battle of great wide receivers, catching 7 passes for 139 yards and 2 TDs compared to Calvin Johnson’s 6 grabs for 83 yards and 2 scores. Moreover, Marshall showed again he’s more than just Jay Cutler’s favorite target. He has chemistry with backup Josh McCown, too, snagging a TD catch from each Bears QB Sunday.Quarterback2 1/2 footballsGive Jay Cutler 5 footballs for his guts. And while he threw for 250 yards and 1 TD, despite playing with a groin he injured just three weeks ago, his interception on the goal line late in the first half was a killer and he completed just 21 of 40 passes. His Aroldis Chapman fastball allowed him to make several great throws and compensate for his inability to rock and fire like he can when he’s fully healthy.Running backs1 1/2 footballsMatt Forte never got going (17 carries, 33 yards, long of 7). Michael Bush gets paid to pick up tough yards. On fourth-and-1 from the Detroit 27 early in the second quarter, he gained maybe 12 inches. It was his only carry.Offensive line2 1/2 footballsCutler usually had plenty of time to throw and was sacked only once. But the run-blocking has to be a lot better. Right guard Matt Slauson has been a good off-season pickup, but his rare holding penalty negated Forte’s 9-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. The Bears settled for a Robbie Gould field goal.Wide receivers3 footballsMarshall was Marshall, and while Alshon Jeffery caught 9 passes for 114 yards, he was targeted a hefty 18 times and dropped a TD pass in the third quarter. Jeffery made a great effort trying to catch a Cutler throw in the right corner of the end zone over safety Glover Quin in the fourth quarter. But the TD was overturned, correctly, as Jeffery was bobbling ball.Defensive line1/2 footballNo misprint here: Shea McClellin (inactive, hamstring) was missed. Too bad. After he and McClellin wreaked havoc against Green Bay, Julius Peppers went back to being invisible. Bears had no sacks nor any near-sacks.Linebackers2 footballsRookie Jon Bostic looks like he’s starting to figure it out a little. He and James Anderson each had 6 tackles, but Reggie Bush had a 39-yard burst up the gut and finished with 105 yards on 14 carries.Defensive backs3 footballsDoes any cornerback play Johnson better than Charles Tillman? Didn’t think so. Chris Conte finally made a play, as his 35-yard interception return on a high throw by Stafford in the fourth quarter set the Bears up at the Detroit 9. It looked momentum-changing, but the Bears went backward and settled for 3 points.Coaches1/2 footballIt’s one thing to play Cutler just three weeks after suffering a serious groin injury. But when the franchise QB clearly isn’t himself, whether due to rust or health, get him out, especially in light of Josh McCown’s play the last two weeks. The Michael Bush run up the gut on fourth-and-1 from the 31 and the run from spread formation on the PAT late in the fourth were unimaginative.


    Panthers beat 49ers for fifth straight win

    SAN FRANCISCO — Carolina’s swarming, opportunistic defense stopped Colin Kaepernick in his tracks. Drayton Florence intercepted a pass by Kaepernick in the final minute to seal a 10-9 victory Sunday to snap the San Francisco 49ers’ five-game winning streak and give the Panthers their fifth straight win.Graham Gano kicked a 53-yard field goal with 10:05 remaining that held up as the Panthers (6-3) twice shut down Colin Kaepernick on last-ditch drives with swarming defense.DeAngelo Williams broke two tackles for a 27-yard touchdown run late in the first half that pulled Carolina within 9-7. Gano missed wide left on a 48-yard field goal in the third period, but came through later.San Francisco (6-3) got the ball back with 5:25 left at its 1, then again with 1:02 to go.Phil Dawson kicked a season-best 53-yard field goal among his three for the 49ers, who lost tight end Vernon Davis and rookie safety Eric Reid to concussions.Carolina fumbled twice in the closing moments, but recovered each time. First, Jonathan Stewart fumbled and Mike Tolbert pounced on the ball. Cam recovered his own bobble.This was hardly the highly touted showdown between 2011 No. 1 overall pick Newton and Kaepernick, the sixth quarterback drafted that year, in the second round. They roomed together during the scouting combine.Kaepernick went 11 for 22 for 91 yards with an interception and was sacked six times for a 42.0 passer rating. Newton was only slightly better, going 16 of 32 for 169 yards, an interception and four sacks for a 52.7 rating.For two teams that have been putting up points at a prolific pace for the past month, the defenses dictated this one.More than losing the game, the 49ers’ losses of Davis and Reid could be troublesome for the reigning NFC champions as they hit the road next week for New Orleans, then go to Washington. Davis didn’t return after sustaining a concussion in the second quarter, then Reid went down on a helmet-to-helmet hit on Mike Tolbert in the third. Earlier, Reid recovered a fumble to give him five takeaways in an already-stellar rookie season that also includes three interceptions.Frank Gore had 16 carries for 82 yards, accounting for most of San Francisco’s 151 total yards.Dawson put San Francisco ahead on a 53-yard field goal on the team’s opening drive, his longest kick of the year. He kicked second-quarter field goals of 43 and 25 yards. But Kaepernick could never get his team in the end zone in its first game since a bye on the heels of a win over Jacksonville in London.When San Francisco’s Andy Lee had his punt blocked at the end of the first quarter, Florence tried to get out of the way, but went to grab the ball at the last second and it got away from him. Reid wrestled the ball from Josh Thomas for his second fumble recovery of the season and fifth takeaway. Carolina got going after managing only minus-7 yards passing and 12 total yards in the first quarter. The Panthers finished with 250 total yards.The 49ers also lost tight end Garrett Celek to a hamstring injury in the first quarter, while defensive tackle Ray McDonald hurt an ankle.Panthers linebacker Chase Blackburn did not return in the second half because of a foot injury.


    Arizona hands Texans 7th straight loss

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes and the Arizona Cardinals held on to send the Houston Texans to their franchise-record seventh consecutive loss, 27-24 on Sunday.The Texans (2-7) were without coach Gary Kubiak, who collapsed on the sidelines against Indianapolis last Sunday night with what was diagnosed as a mini-stroke. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is filling in as interim coach.Arizona (5-4) scored on the game’s first play when John Abraham knocked the ball out of Case Keenum’s arm and Matt Shaugnessy returned it 6 yards for a touchdown. Keenum threw three touchdown passes, two on remarkable catches by Andre Johnson.J.J. Watt forced two fumbles, recovering both of them for Houston. The second one set up Johnson’s 5-yard TD catch that cut the lead to three with 4:34 to play.


    Manning throws 4 TDs in win over Chargers

    SAN DIEGO — Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos sent a big “get well soon” message to coach John Fox.What could possibly make Fox feel better than a 28-20 win against the San Diego Chargers?Manning threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns, three to Demaryius Thomas, as he efficiently led the Broncos through their first game since Fox had heart surgery.Fox had had his aortic valve replaced last Monday in Charlotte, N.C., and was released Friday to his offseason home there, where he’ll continue his recovery and begin rehab soon.Fox planned to watch the game on TV there, a team spokesman said. If he watched, he probably didn’t like seeing Manning hurting his right ankle when he was hit by Corey Liuget in the closing minutes, but the QB stayed in the game.With interim coach Jack Del Rio in charge, Manning kept the Broncos (8-1) rolling. He threw touchdown passes of 11, 7 and 34 yards to Thomas on consecutive drives spanning the second and third quarters, staking the Broncos to a 28-6 lead.Julius Thomas had a 74-yard catch-and-run on Denver’s first drive, turning a short pass into the second-longest play by a tight end in team history. The Broncos’ scoring drives lasted 57 seconds; 2 minutes, 27 seconds, 1:25, and 3:26.Manning has thrown for 3,249 yards and 33 touchdowns in nine games. He completed 25 of 36 passes against the Chargers.The Chargers (4-5) closed the gap late in the second half but couldn’t catch up.Manning’s big afternoon was marred only when rookie linebacker Tourek Williams hit Manning from behind and knocked the ball loose, with Donald Butler recovering at the Denver 11 midway through the third quarter. Two plays later, Philip Rivers found Danny Woodhead for a 7-yard scoring pass.The Chargers pulled to 28-20 on Ryan Mathews’ 1-yard touchdown run on third down with 10:42 to play. A week earlier, the Chargers had the ball first-and-goal from the Washington 1 before Woodhead was stuffed and Rivers threw two incompletions before settling for a field goal to force overtime. The Redskins won 30-24.San Diego settled for field goals of 26 and 40 yards by Nick Novak in the second quarter. Novak was wide left on a 37-yard attempt with 1:38 left before halftime.That gave Manning enough time to move the Broncos 73 yards in nine plays, all passes, capped by his 7-yard scoring throw to Demaryius Thomas for a 21-6 lead before halftime. Manning threw only one incompletion that drive.The Broncos got the opening kickoff of the second half and went 78 yards in eight plays, with Thomas’ 34-yard TD catch giving the Broncos a 28-6 lead. The Chargers finished the game without left tackle King Dunlap, who sustained his third concussion this season, and center Nick Hardwick, who had a stinger. Rookie right tackle D.J. Fluker moved to left tackle.Rivers completed 19 of 29 passes for 218 yards.


    Ravens squeeze past Bengals in overtime

    BALTIMORE — Justin Tucker kicked a 46-yard field goal with 5:27 left in overtime, and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-17 Sunday after blowing a 17-point halftime lead and giving up a touchdown on the final play of regulation.The tense victory ended a three-game skid for the Ravens (4-5) and thrust them into a second-place tie in the division, just one game behind Cincinnati (6-4) in the loss column. It was the defending Super Bowl champions’ first victory since Oct. 6.The Bengals have lost two straight in overtime.Cincinnati pulled even when A.J. Green caught a desperation pass from Andy Dalton for a 51-yard touchdown. Green positioned himself behind the pack and caught the ball after it flicked off the hand of Ravens safety James Ihedigbo, who earlier had the first two interceptions of his career.

    With Jeff Samardzija anchoring the Cubs pitching staff, and more youngsters in the system that need seasoning, look for the Cubs to sign a starting pitcher this winter toround out their staff next spring.

    Cubs have lots of holes to fill as GMs gather

    Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer spent more than a month finding and hiring a new field manager. Now, the real off-season gets into full swing this week at the GM meetings in Orlando. The Cubs have several holes to fill.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler kneels on the field after a play during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Soldier Field.

    Cutler hurt again in Bears loss

    Calvin Johnson stepped up when Detroit needed him the most. Similar to what Herman Moore used to do for the Lions.Johnson had two second-half touchdown receptions, Reggie Bush rushed for 105 yards and the Detroit Lions beat Jay Cutler and the Bears 21-19 on Sunday in a key matchup of NFC North rivals.Johnson broke Moore’s franchise record with his 63rd career touchdown reception with 2:22 to go, giving the Lions a 21-13 lead with a 14-yard grab in the corner of the end zone. He also had a tiebreaking 4-yard TD reception on the first drive in the third quarter.Bush had 89 yards on the ground in the second half as Detroit (6-3) swept the season series against Chicago (5-4). The Lions, Bears and Packers began the day in a three-way tie for the division lead.Cutler threw for 250 yards and a touchdown in his first action since he injured his groin last month. He looked progressively worse as the game wore on and departed before the Bears’ final drive with what the team said was an ankle injury.Josh McCown came in and drove the Bears right down the field, throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall with 40 seconds left. After a roughing penalty on Willie Young gave the Bears another chance at the tying 2-point conversion, Nick Fairley threw Matt Forte down in the backfield to preserve the win for Detroit.Matthew Stafford threw for 219 yards for Detroit, which has won two in a row for the first time since the end of September. Johnson had six catches for 83 yards.Johnson’s eighth touchdown reception of the season capped a five-play, 66-yard drive and gave Detroit a 14-7 lead after Chicago kicked off to begin the second half. Bush set up the TD with a 39-yard run that featured a terrific move on Bears free safety Chris Conte.Conte got even in the fourth, intercepting an overthrown ball by Stafford and returning it 35 yards to the Detroit 9. Forte then had a touchdown run negated by a holding penalty on left guard Matt Slauson and an apparent scoring pass to Alshon Jeffery was overturned when a replay showed he lost control of the ball when he hit the ground.Robbie Gould’s 31-yard field goal trimmed the Lions’ lead to 14-13 with 9:17 remaining, setting the stage for the frantic finish.It was Cutler’s first game since he was sacked by Redskins nose tackle Chris Baker in the first half of Chicago’s 45-41 loss at Washington on Oct. 20. He had to be helped off the field, and an MRI revealed a torn groin muscle that was expected to sideline the quarterback for at least four weeks.Cutler, himself, had other ideas.The Bears had a bye week after the Washington loss, and Cutler watched while McCown led Chicago to a big 27-20 victory at Green Bay last Monday. Cutler then was cleared to play on Thursday and made the start against Detroit with the Lions, Bears and Packers all tied for the NFC North lead.He insisted he was 100 percent, but it was clear his groin was bothering him more and more as the game wore on. He grabbed his groin area and dropped to the ground after one third-quarter throw. He then popped right back up and remained in the game.Cutler’s big right arm sure looked fine. He led the Bears right down the field on the opening drive of the game, throwing a 32-yard touchdown pass to Marshall for a 7-0 lead.The Lions responded with a 12-play, 85-yard drive on their first possession. Stafford completed each of his first six passes, including a 5-yard throw to Kris Durham for the tying score.At that point, it looked as if it would be a high-scoring showdown between Stafford and Cutler, but that was all the scoring for the first half. Each team was stopped on a fourth-and-1 deep in its opponent’s territory, and Cutler had a pass tipped by Ndamukong Suh and grabbed by DeAndre Levy in the end zone for the linebacker’s fifth interception.

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien loses his helmet as he is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles’ Vinny Curry during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.

    Foles stars again, Eagles beat Packers

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Nick Foles threw three long touchdown passes and the Philadelphia Eagles pulled away for a 27-13 victory over the injury-ravaged Green Bay Packers, who lost backup quarterback Seneca Wallace to a groin injury on Sunday.A week after throwing for seven TDs, Foles was at it again. He found DeSean Jackson for a 55-yard score, and connected with Riley Cooper for second-half touchdowns from 45 and 32 yards.Philadelphia (5-5) won a battle of attrition at Lambeau Field. Wallace started for Green Bay (5-4) after Aaron Rodgers hurt his left collarbone in last week’s loss to the Chicago Bears. Wallace was replaced after the first series by Scott Tolzien, who threw for 280 yards and a score but was intercepted twice.The teams combined for three missed field goals before the Eagles regained traction in the second half.

    Jacksonville Jaguars running back Jordan Todman scores a touchdown on a 5-yard run against the Tennessee Titans in the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.

    Jaguars end skid, beat Titans for 1st win

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are winless no more, and they can thank the Tennessee Titans for helping them finally getting their first victory this season.Maurice Jones-Drew and Jordan Todman each ran for a touchdown, and the Jaguars held off the Titans 29-27 Sunday. The Jaguars (1-8) scored the most points in a game this season for first-year coach Gus Bradley. They never trailed and forced four turnovers they turned into 17 points. The Titans scored twice in the final 4:15, the last on a 14-yard TD pass by Ryan Fitzpatrick to Delanie Walker with 40 seconds left. But Johnathan Cyprien recovered the onside kick to seal the victory.On a day the Titans (4-5) held a moment of silence for late owner Bud Adams, they got caught looking ahead to Thursday night’s AFC South game with division leader Indianapolis. The Titans also lost Jake Locker to an injured right foot that had him on crutches and in a walking boot in the second half. The Titans were coming off an emotional win over their former coach Jeff Fisher in St. Louis, and they looked flat from the start when even Adams’ family was late to the stadium and a news conference introducing the owners scratched before kickoff.The Jaguars took advantage despite being outgained 214-362 in total offense. Chad Henne threw for 180 yards.Outscored 70-15 in the first quarter of the first eight games combined, the Jaguars jumped out to a 13-0 lead with Paul Posluszny stripping Chris Johnson of his first fumble this season on Tennessee’s first offensive play and Dwayne Gratz intercepted a Locker pass. The first turnover set up Jones-Drew for three straight carries capped by a 6-yard TD run, and Josh Scobee kicked his second field goal, a 44-yarder, after the interception giving the Jaguars’ their biggest lead in any game this season at 13-0 early in the second quarter. The Jaguars could have had a bigger lead if not for a shotgun snap bouncing off receiver Ace Sanders as he ran in motion on third down. That forced them to settle for Scobee’s first field goal.Not even Titans coach Mike Munchak seemed ready. He wanted to challenge a 22-yard sideline catch by Cecil Shorts III but threw the flag as the Jaguars snapped the ball. Locker hurt his right foot in the second quarter at the end of an option keeper. He was so hobbled he couldn’t connect with Johnson on a handoff on the next play, and the Jaguars recovered with 6:22 left. Fitzpatrick replaced Locker, and he threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a 4-yard TD with 4:15 left trying to rally the Titans. But after the Titans forced the Jaguars to go three and out, Fitzpatrick was sacked by Jaguars cornerback Will Blackmon, who stripped him of the ball and ran it back 21 yards for a 29-20 lead.The Jaguars also held the Titans to a pair of field goals by Rob Bironas in the second half. Pat Anger pinned the Titans at their own 1 with a 42-yard punt, and the Jaguars got a safety when rookie right guard Chance Warmack was called for holding Sen’Derrick Marks three plays later. That safety with 7:44 left proved the winning margin.

    Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) celebrates after the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Atlanta. Seattle Seahawks won 33-10.

    Wilson, Lynch lead Seahawks past Falcons

    ATLANTA — Russell Wilson threw a pair of touchdown passes, Marshawn Lynch ran for 145 yards and the Seattle Seahawks routed the hapless Atlanta Falcons 33-10 Sunday in a one-sided rematch of last season’s NFC divisional playoffs. After struggling for wins the last two weeks, the first-place Seahawks (9-1) blew out a team that once had Super Bowl hopes but is just two defeats away from its first losing season since 2007. The Falcons (2-7) trailed 23-3 at the half after the Seahawks scored a touchdown with 1 second remaining — a complete reversal of their postseason game last January. Atlanta led 20-0 in that one at the half, but Seattle rallied for the lead in the final minute before the Falcons pulled out a 30-28 victory.No such dramatics this time.

    Pittsburgh Steelers’ Cameron Heyward, left, reacts after tackling Buffalo Bills’ EJ Manuel during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Pittsburgh.

    Steelers bounce back, drub Bills

    PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh shut down rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel in his return, pounding the Bills in a 23-10 win on Sunday.Ben Roethlisberger passed for 204 yards and a touchdown, Le’Veon Bell added 52 yards rushing and a score as the Steelers (3-6) snapped a two-game losing streak.A week after giving up 610 yards and 55 points in a loss to New England, Pittsburgh held the Bills (3-7) to 227 total yards, more than one-third coming on a meaningless drive in the final minutes.Manuel completed 22 of 39 passes for 155 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Steelers limited Buffalo to 95 yards rushing, nearly 50 below its average, and sacked Manuel three times.

    St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson, center, celebrates an interception with teammates James Laurinaitis (55) and free safety Rodney McLeod during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.

    Austin leads Rams to 38-8 blowout at Indy

    INDIANAPOLIS — Tavon Austin ran free Sunday, and the Colts couldn’t catch him.The rookie returned one punt 98 yards for a touchdown, caught TD passes of 57 and 81 yards and almost single-handedly ended the Rams’ three-game losing streak by leading St. Louis to a stunning 38-8 victory at Indianapolis. It was the Colts’ worst loss since a 55-point thrashing at New Orleans in 2011.The touchdown catches were the only receptions Austin had on his biggest day of the season, and St. Louis (4-6) won for the first time since Kellen Clemens replaced the injured Sam Bradford.Indy (6-3) lost for the second time at home this season and only the third time in coach Chuck Pagano’s career. It ended Indy’s three-game losing streak and delayed what could have been a coronation week for the AFC South leaders. They head to Tennessee on Thursday night.Clemens was 9 of 16 for 247 yards with the two TD passes, and St. Louis wasted no time in setting the tone. On the sixth play of the game Robert Quinn, the NFC sacks leader, burst through the Colts’ offensive line, sacking Andrew Luck and ripping the ball away. It bounced right into the hands of Chris Long, who ran 45 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.Austin then returned a punt 18 yards to set up the Rams next score, Zac Stacy’s 1-yard TD early in the second quarter.After that, Austin dominated.First, he fooled the Colts’ punt coverage team by waving off his teammates on a bouncing punt. The small receiver grabbed the ball at his own 2 and sprinted down the right sideline after it appeared most of the Colts had stopped on the play. That made it 21-0.Then Austin blew past cornerback Vontae Davis, getting wide open for a 57-yard TD pass to make it 28-0 — the longest pass play of Clemens’ eight-year NFL career. The personal best didn’t last long.Three plays into the second half, Austin caught a short pass from Clemens while he was running across the field, stopped and turned up field then cut inside to evade two defenders for an 81-yard TD catch and 35-0 lead.Even Luck, the master of the comeback, couldn’t overcome that big a deficit.He was picked off in the end zone twice and wound up 29 of 47 for 353 yards with one TD and three interceptions — more bad numbers in his second straight start without Reggie Wayne. About the only thing that went right for Indy came at halftime when Jeremy Ino, an American soldier who served in Afghanistan, stepped out of an SUV in the end zone and walked toward his surprised family, who rushed to hug him on the field. It drew tears from his family members and the largest cheer of the day from Indy’s home crowd.

    New York Giants running back Andre Brown celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Thomas pick, Brown TD lead Giants

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Terrell Thomas returned an interception 65 yards to set up a go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run by fellow comebacker Andre Brown, and the New York Giants won their third straight game, 24-20 Sunday over Oakland. The error-prone Giants (3-6) handed the Raiders (3-6) their first 17 points on first-half turnovers. But they got 115 yards rushing by Brown in his first game this season, and another big defensive game to keep their season alive.Despite throwing another pick-6, Eli Manning threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle, and Cooper Taylor scored on a 21-yard return with a blocked punt. Josh Brown added a field goal.Terrelle Pryor scored on 1-yard run and Tracy Porter on a 43-yard interception return for Oakland. Sebastian Janikowski kicked two field goals.

    Notre Dame wide receiver TJ Jones (7) runs the ball past Pittsburgh defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) on his way to a touchdown during Saturday’s game in Pittsburgh.

    Pittsburgh rallies, upsets No. 24 Notre Dame 28-21

    James Conner ran for two short touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 9:36 remaining as Pittsburgh upset No. 24 Notre Dame 28-21 Saturday night. Tom Savage passed for 243 yards and two scores to Devin Street as the Panthers (5-4) took advantage of some sloppy play by the Fighting Irish (7-3) to end Notre Dame’s four-game winning streak.


    Federal prosecutors question whether Jordan Belfort has withheld book sale proceeds and other income he should be turning over as restitution for a pervious securities fraud and money laundering conviction.

    Ex-‘Wolf of Wall Street’ says he’s a changed man

    Jordan Belfort insists he’s a changed man. The old Belfort was a notorious stock swindler who squandered profits from a boiler-room, “pump and dump” scheme on cocaine, prostitutes and other excesses — a story that became basis for two memoirs and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” an upcoming movie starring Leonardo DeCaprio. The new Belfort is a business consultant who claims he would never tell a lie.

    The Houston Astrodome is illuminated, in Houston. Voters rejected what county officials had touted as the only way to save the prized dome from demolition. Still, this might not be the dome’s last inning.

    Astrodome may see 1 last inning after ‘no’ vote

    Indoor skiing. Amusement park. Water park. Sports memorabilia museum. Riverwalk, though there is only a bayou. And, most recently, a $217 million multipurpose facility. There has been no shortage of proposals for how to save the Houston Astrodome.

    A man drives a Google self-driving car at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

    Driverless cars rumble toward the starting line

    The era of the automated car, something akin to having an onboard computer perform as your chauffeur, awaits its moment like a morning sun just below the horizon. There are prototypes on the streets, states that allow test models on the highway and projections that you will be surrounded by them — or inside one — in little more than a decade.


    The real broadband hurdle: Affordability

    There’s been a lot of debate about whether the United States is falling behind the rest of the world on broadband speeds. Upgrading to the latest networking technology is essential for a faster Internet in the long run. But a country’s average speed is also affected by another factor: affordability. A high-speed plan will do nothing for you if its price is out of your reach.

    American Express Open leader Susan Sobbott says that based on what she’s seeing, the holidays may not be the most robust for small retailers, but stores should show sales gains compared with last year.

    As holidays near, AmEx focuses on small retailers

    With the holidays approaching, American Express Co. will focus on small merchants who’ll take in billions of dollars in sales charged on American Express cards. Susan Sobbott, who heads the company’s small business operation, American Express Open, says that based on what she’s seeing, the holidays may not be the most robust for small retailers, but stores should show sales gains compared with last year.

    Actors Mila Kunis, left, and Ashton Kutcher look at a mobile phone as they sit courtside together at the NBA basketball game between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers, in Los Angeles. Kutcher is included on a long list of celebrities who — at one time or another — have taken a break from Twitter. Twitter burnout among celebrities, athletes and shameless self-promoters poses a risk to the company and its investors.

    User burnout could threaten Twitter’s prosperity

    A growing number of celebrities, athletes and self-promoters are burnt out and signing off of Twitter. Many have gotten overwhelmed. Some people built big audiences on the short messaging service only to have their followers turn against them. Others complain that tweets that once drew lots of attention now get lost in the noise.

    Martin Kaplan, a professor at the university’s Norman Lear Center, poses for a photo on the campus in Los Angeles. The California Endowment, a private foundation that is spending millions to promote President Barack Obama’s signature law, recently provided a $500,000 grant to the Lear Center to ensure TV writers and producers have information about the Affordable Care Act that can be stitched into plot lines watched by millions.

    Hollywood targeted to give health care law a boost

    The California Endowment, a private foundation that is spending millions to promote President Barack Obama’s signature law, recently provided a $500,000 grant to ensure TV writers and producers have information about the Affordable Care Act that can be stitched into plot lines. “We know from research that when people watch entertainment television, even if they know it’s fiction, they tend to believe that the factual stuff is actually factual,” said Martin Kaplan of the University of Southern California’s Norman Lear Center.


    Mutual funds go from worst to first, again

    Want to know which mutual funds are topping the performance charts this year? Check the ones that struggled last year. Consider the fund that’s leading all others. The Firsthand Alternative Energy fund (ALTEX) has nearly doubled this year, up 93 percent. The sharp flip in performance is another example of how quickly fortunes can turn for mutual funds that focus on narrow segments of the market, whether it’s alternative-energy companies, Indian stocks or gold miners.

    Jill Morin, right, with her son, Kyle, suffers from a serious heart condition and suffered a cardiac arrest in 2009. Morin and hundreds of thousands of other people with pre-existing chronic conditions who are covered through high risk insurance pools will see their coverage dissolve by year’s end.

    Health law clock is ticking for sickest patients

    Hundreds of thousands of people across the country with pre-existing chronic conditions such as cancer, heart failure or kidney disease who are covered through high risk-insurance pools will see their coverage dissolve by year’s end. They are supposed to gain regular coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurers to cover those with severe medical problems. But many of them have had trouble signing up for health insurance through the exchanges and could find themselves without coverage in January if they don’t meet a Dec. 15 deadline to enroll.

    Trader F. Hill Creekmore, left, smiles as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and Ann Oganesian, right, pauses as she speaks about job opportunities during a job fair in Boston. The economy is being slowed by a tight job market, scant pay raises and weak business investment. Yet corporate profits are reaching record highs and fueling record stock prices.

    Dual economy: Companies profit despite weak growth

    How are companies managing to earn so much money in a sluggish economy? And why aren’t their profits goosing the economy? For starters, weak job growth has held down pay. And since the recession struck six years ago, businesses have been relentless in cutting costs. They’ve also stockpiled cash rather than build new products or lines of business. And they’ve been earning larger chunks of their profits overseas.All of which is a recipe for solid profits and tepid economic growth.


    U.S. Chamber, other business groups set sights on state courts

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is increasingly turning to state courts to press its members’ business interests, weighing in on everything from trucking operations to New York’s “soda ban” as it tries to build on its winning record at the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts.


    Career Coach: Managing a micromanager

    The strange thing about micromanagement is that while people are quick to point out when others are doing it, they seem to have trouble recognizing when they do it themselves. I’ve never heard anyone admit to being a micromanager, and the people who are constantly telling us they are not micromanagers are often the worst culprits.


    Work Advice: Turn that promotion around, not down

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

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    This publicity photo released by Walt Disney Studios and Marvel shows Chris Hemsworth in a scene from “Thor: The Dark World.” The movie made $86.1 million in its first weekend of release in the U.S.

    ‘Thor: The Dark World’ bashes box office with $86M

    Disney’s “Thor: The Dark World,” earning $86.1 million, dominated the weekend box office as it opened domestically at No. 1, according to studio estimates Sunday. Starring Chris Hemsworth, the Marvel superhero sequel earned $109.4 million when it opened internationally last weekend and brought in $180.1 million globally. Overall, it has grossed $327 million worldwide.

    TextFiles.com founder and owner Jason Scott uses the CastAR augmented reality 3D glasses in Portland, Ore.

    A look at what next-next-gen games could offer

    The next generation of gaming is nearly here, but what about the generation after that one? Gamemakers at last week's Game Developers Conference Next in Los Angeles were already contemplating outside-the-box innovations — from wearable controllers to illuminated living rooms — that might follow the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

    Olympic and World Cup soccer champion Briana Scurry, left, receives a comforting touch from her friend Naomi Gonzales, following brain surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 18. Scurry received an occipital nerve release, relieving pressure on the nerve to end the chronic headaches she’s lived with for three years due to a career-ending concussion in 2010.

    Briana’s story: A tale of caution for concussions in women’s sports

    A growing body of research suggests that — counter to the popular imagery of young men smashing into each other in football and hockey — female athletes suffer relatively more concussions than their male counterparts, and they struggle with more dramatic symptoms when they do. One example: two-time Olympic goalkeeper and Women’s World Cup champion Briana Scurry, who recently had brain surgery to end the chronic headaches she’s lived with for three years due to a career-ending concussion in 2010.


    Stars align for telethon to aid US veterans

    Connie Francis, Alan Alda and Joe Montegna are joining forces to help raise money for veterans suffering the wounds of war. The trio will host the Homeward Bound telethon to benefit victims of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.


    How can I tell my folks to end the negativity?

    My parents are applying the screws to my relationship, my life and all of my decisions. They disapprove. I’m a happy, successful person in my early 30s and their attitude is a major negative force in my life. How do I make it go away without cutting them out?

    Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri brings his own stage play

    Sunday picks: Chazz Palminteri brings 'Bronx' to the Arcada

    Actor Chazz Palminteri brings his autobiographical performance "A Bronx Tale" to the Arcada. Find out about poet Carl Sandburg at the Elmhurst Historical Museum Saturday. Carlos Mencia brings his standup routine to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Rooms inside Graceland, the Memphis home of Elvis Presley, are decorated just as they were when “The King” lived there.

    Cities in the mid-South help visitors find the Christmas spirit

    If you have an itch to get out and get your Christmas fix, you’ll find no shortage of destinations that put on a happy holidays face for visitors, especially in the mid-South. Parades, light displays and holiday shows bubble over with Christmas cheer in November and December.

    Rob Lowe portrays President John F. Kennedy in “Killing Kennedy,” which airs at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, on National Geographic Channel.

    Filming last moments of Kennedy sobering for Lowe

    On his first day on the set of “Killing Kennedy,” Rob Lowe saw Ginnifer Goodwin donning a replica of the pink suit worn by first lady Jacqueline Kennedy when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. “It made it real,” he said. It also set the tone for filming of the movie, which profiles the Kennedy family and gunman Lee Harvey Oswald. Filmed in Richmond, it premieres at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, on the National Geographic Channel, several days before the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death in Dallas.

    At night, the Roman Forums are transformed into a romantic spot with white, blue and green beams of light coloring the ruins.

    5 free things to do and see in Rome

    Some of Rome's attractions are among the best-known spots on Earth. Few visitors need to be told to visit the Colosseum or the Trevi Fountain during their stay in the Eternal City. But here's a list of some other worthwhile things to see and do that tourists may want to add to their itineraries, and the best part is that they won't cost a dime.

    “Spelling It Like It Is” is the latest memoir from Tori Spelling.

    Tori Spelling grows up in latest book

    Tori Spelling has no problem sharing the intimate details of her life in her books. In her sixth book, “Spelling It Like It Is,” the actress sticks to the formula of her previous memoirs and goes behind the scenes of recent life events, including the birth of her third and fourth children, born 10 months apart. However, readers will notice something different this time around: Spelling seems to have developed more of a backbone.

    This vase was made in the town of Quimper, Brittany.

    Is dragon-shaped vase a hot commodity?

    Q. Attached are pictures of a vase that my mother bought in the 1920s in an antiques shop in Brittany, France. I am told that the scene on the front was copied from a painting by Théophile Deyrolle and is titled “Les Joueurs de Boules, 1887.” I would greatly appreciate any information you can provide on this Quimper piece.

    Installing a new sink in your existing kitchen island can be a little complicated and could involve a few contractors.

    You can add a sink to your kitchen island

    Q. We recently moved and our new kitchen has a nice island area with a natural stone countertop, but no sink! We have a basement under the kitchen, so I guess to save counter space or money the sink was never installed.


    Fix leaky entry doors if you can’t purchase new ones

    Q. My front door is wood with a window and the back door is metal. They are the original ones and neither is very efficient nor airtight. I cannot afford new ones. How can I improve their efficiency myself?


    Caulking may help gaps in roof

    Q. I am an elderly widow who needs roof repairs. Light is showing in around two chimneys, and I need several slates replaced. Two roofers claim they fixed the problem, but my neighbor checked and said that the light is still showing through and that this is not normal, since rain can get inside and cause damage. They said I do not need flashing.

    The integration of technology into home decor has come a long way. Symbol’s Audio Desk with high quality speakers built into a sleek desk, available in maple, walnut, oak or cherry.

    Decor with built-in electronics

    It’s one thing to have a beautiful, comfy bed. But what if it also included a TV screen, game console and dimmable, color-changing lights? The integration of technology into home décor has come a long way since clunky TV screens peered out of armoires and media cabinets; today’s super-thin screens can come embedded in the bathroom mirror or attached to the wall like pieces of art.

    Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, star of “Thor: The Dark World,” loves his Marvel role, but also looks forward to playing other characters against his type.

    Hemsworth back as Thor, but he won't be type-cast

    On the screen, Chris Hemsworth battles aliens as superhero Thor. But this day, his wounds are of the domestic variety. “I was trying to grate ginger,” said the 30-year-old actor, holding up his right hand to display bandaged fingers. “I wish I could say I was rescuing some old lady who was being robbed. But, really, I was just cooking in the kitchen.”

    Silk floral arrangements and more holiday decor items than you could dream of are available at Silk 'N Things in Deer Park Town Center in Deer Park.

    Far from an afterthought, accessories, lighting help define a room

    The finishing touches of a room — like the lighting, ceiling fans, accessories and electronics — are the icing on the cake. They refine the mood of the room created by the walls, floors, doors and furniture. And they generally add the fun and further define the season or the person who inhabits a given space.

    Rabbi Marvin Hier, from left, actor Michael Douglas and Moriah Films director Richard Trank, at a recording studio in New York. The Wiesenthal Center’s Oscar-winning film division issued its 13th historical movie “The Prime Ministers” this week.

    And they call this studio Moriah

    One Hollywood film studio has commanded only A-list talent since its inception — Elizabeth Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock, Michael Douglas, Nicole Kidman — and they all worked for free. What kind of studio head has such pull? It’s Rabbi Marvin Hier, the mini-mogul of Moriah Films, the movie division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.


    Associated Press File Photo American infantrymen fire a 37mm gun at a German position in France during World War I, the so-called war to end all wars.

    Editorial: The thin hope for peace from a war long ago

    A Daily Herald editorial says that in addition to thanking vets, we must honor them by constantly working for peace.


    Stunningly, you can’t have fun with every story

    A request to the editorial department for "fun" stories drew an underwhelming response. DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis says that's because much of our work is pretty serious. That doesn't mean there isn't room for fun.


    Evangelicals and immigration reform

    Columnist Michael Gerson: In the immigration reform debate, evangelicals have become a political prize claimed by restrictionists and reformers alike. Both sides have a case to make.


    You cannot know when your time will be up
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: You are never prepared enough when your number is called. The numbers fall like on a roulette wheel. I’ve been there three times, beating the odds. Eventually they’ll catch up to me. They catch up to everyone. Let’s hope it doesn’t catch up to you before your time.


    Ensuring car insurance is the real issue
    A Palatine letter to the editor:While there are many other reasons that I am opposed to granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, the requirement that they will have to get insurance is good. This should be a requirement for all drivers, but when was the last time you were asked to provide proof of insurance when renewing either your driver’s license or license plates? If that were the case there would be no need for “uninsured motorist” coverage on our automobile insurance policies.


    FTC, cite Obama for health care ‘ads’
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: The Federal Trade Commission has a broad mandate to protect consumers from fraud and deception in the market place. The president and his crew entered the health care marketplace when they created the Affordable Care Act.


    Steppingstone to president’s dream
    A Big Rock letter to the editor: If Victor Darst can say that “Republican politicians, pundits, conservative talk radio and Fox are ecstatic with the problems that have bugged the Affordable Care Act website,” then I should be able to say that President Obama is even happier with the outcome.


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