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  After a speeding Metro-North Railroad commuter train barreled into a curve and derailed in New York City on Dec. 1, safety advocates said similar deadly accidents might soon be avoided. Railroads across the country are preparing to deploy high-tech...

Many trains don't use widely available auto brakes

Updated: 12/15/2013 06:41 PM

  This edition of The Week in Pictures features snow shovelers, cops shopping with kids, and Santa Claus visits in the suburbs.

Images: The Week in Pictures

Updated: 12/15/2013 06:24 PM

  Chile's once and future leader Michelle Bachelet easily won Sunday's presidential runoff, returning center-left parties to power by promising profound changes in response to years of street protests. Bachelet won with 62 percent of the vote to 38...

Michelle Bachelet easily regains Chile presidency

Updated: 12/15/2013 05:45 PM

  From an American gunboat decades ago, John Kerry patrolled for communist insurgents along the winding muddy waters of the Mekong Delta. From those familiar waterways that eventually turned the young lieutenant against the war, the top U.S. diplomat...

Climate change is new enemy for Kerry in Vietnam

Updated: 12/15/2013 05:41 PM

  The leader of the Christian militia in Central African Republica says his fighters wonít put down their rebellion until President Michel Djotodia is gone from power, raising the specter of a prolonged sectarian conflict in the country. More than 600...

C. African militias seek president's overthrow

Updated: 12/15/2013 05:37 PM

  The Northern Illinois Lego Train Club wowed fans of all ages Sunday with their 12th annual Lego Train Show and Party at Wheaton's Cantigny Park. The park was packed with intricate, detailed and occasionally eye-popping creations made from those...

Lego fans flock to Cantigny for holiday train show

Updated: 12/15/2013 05:21 PM

  Independent filmmaker Kevin Dalvi screened his film, "Promise Land," in Naperville on Sunday. The movie addresses immigration issues while telling three separate stories set in Chicago. Sunday's screening was organized in part by a Naperville...

Naperville filmgoers see different take on immigration

Updated: 12/15/2013 05:19 PM

  Eighteen kids, a stack of pizzas, and more than 100 cats, all together for four hours, may sound like chaos to many, but it's just another day to Christin Meyer at Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin. "We do this kind of thing every month," said...

Kids, cats get together for holiday party in South Elgin

Updated: 12/15/2013 04:37 PM

  College of Lake County will have therapy dogs to help sooth students facing final exams.

Dogs helping CLC students

Updated: 12/15/2013 04:35 PM

  Stevenson High School students overwhelmingly approve of the counseling services provided by the school's student services division, according to newly released survey results.

Stevenson survey results

Updated: 12/15/2013 04:32 PM

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