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  • Illinois posts rules on medical marijuana for kids Dec 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    Illinois officials have posted emergency rules spelling out how the state’s medical marijuana program will be extended to children under a law taking effect Jan. 1. The Department of Public Health posted the regulations online Tuesday. Children with certain health conditions, including seizures from epilepsy, will be able to use non-smokable forms of marijuana. But they will need two doctors to sign forms certifying they think the patient will benefit. The rules expand a medical marijuana advisory board to include a parent or caregiver of a patient under age 18 and a medical professional with experience in pediatrics. The emergency rules are in effect for 150 days. A draft of permanent rules will be published later, which will trigger a 45-day public comment period.

     
  • Chicago man sentenced for assaulting CTA employee Dec 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Chicago man has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for sexually assaulting a Chicago Transit Authority employee at gunpoint as she walked home from work.

     
  • Iran’s unwelcome dogs find care at rare shelter Dec 24, 2014 7:00 AM
    Man’s best friend is seen as anything but in Iran, where city workers gun down strays and conservatives view pet dogs as a corrupting Western influence. But in a rare animal shelter in the countryside west of Tehran, hundreds of lucky pups have found mercy, and a growing number of Iranians are learning to love them. But outside Tehran, more than 500 dogs find care and affection at the Vafa Animal Shelter, which was established through an endowment in 2004 and is the country’s only licensed animal refuge.

     
  • ’Frozen’ is named top entertainer of the year by AP Dec 24, 2014 6:55 AM
    If you have children, or know someone who does, or just listened to one recently, the choice of Associated Press Entertainer of the Year won’t come as much of a shock: It’s “Frozen,” and in 2014, we just couldn’t let it go.

     
  • A strange year, from pizza logo suit to Jeter maze Dec 24, 2014 2:05 PM
    New Jersey's odd news of 2014: A pizza logo lawsuit to a corn maze shaped like Derek Jeter

     
  • 1 dead after ATVs crash through Wisconsin ice Dec 24, 2014 10:27 AM
    A man who was part of a group riding all-terrain vehicles on Fox Lake has died and two others were rescued after they went through thin ice.

     
  • Cards Against Humanity buys 6-acre Maine island Dec 24, 2014 3:57 PM
    Cards Against Humanity buys Maine island in holiday promotion, doles out 1-square-foot parcels

     
  • Top Canadian criminal lawyer Edward Greenspan has died Dec 24, 2014 3:17 PM
    1 of Canada's most famous criminal lawyers, Edward Greenspan, has died

     
  • Inscription links Vanderbilts to Lillian's List Dec 24, 2014 3:36 PM
    Signature in Bible traces link from Edith Vanderbilt to woman who's namesake of Lillian's List

     
  • Owen Johnson, longtime NY state senator, dies Dec 24, 2014 3:53 PM
    Owen Johnson, longtime New York state senator, dies at 85 on Long Island

     
  • Believe Project: $100 to help friend/coworker with big medical bills Dec 24, 2014 7:30 AM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Judy Walton of Elgin, who wants to help a friend and coworker face a mountain of medical bills.

     
  • Diamonds among donations in Salvation Army kettles Dec 24, 2014 4:48 PM
    Beautiful like diamonds in a red donation kettle: Pricey jewelry donated to Salvation Army

     
  • FAA worries you'll do dumb things with drone Christmas gifts Dec 24, 2014 7:00 AM
    Santa Claus may travel on a reindeer-powered sleigh, but he's expected to deliver a ton of high-flying drones this week to teenagers and other amateur aviators, which is making for an anxious yuletide season at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On Monday, the FAA and the drone industry kicked off a public awareness campaign to urge novice drone operators to pay attention to safety and not do dumb things.

     
  • Is rider safety the real Achilles heel for Uber and Lyft? Dec 24, 2014 7:33 AM
    The growth of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft so far has not been hindered by limits from government regulators and campaigns by taxi cab competitors. A bigger threat to the new industry’s impressive start could come from customers — if enough people stop using the services over fears that drivers aren’t safe after scattered anecdotes of previous assaults by Uber drivers.

     
  • Uber’s aggressive lobbying of state, local officials pays off Dec 24, 2014 7:33 AM
    In an era of government dysfunction, San Francisco-based Uber has pioneered not just a new sort of taxi service but also a new way to change long-standing local ordinances. The lobbying efforts, which involve leveraging users, have been successful.

     
  • Gay blood donor restrictions discriminatory. congressman says Dec 24, 2014 10:28 AM
    An Illinois congressman says he’s disappointed federal health officials still favor limiting when gay men can donate blood. Rep. Mike Quigley has been working to reverse the Food and Drug Administration’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The FDA said Tuesday it favors barring donations from men who have had sex with men in the previous 12 months. The Illinois Democrat says the one-year deferral is still discriminatory. The lifetime ban dates from the early years of the AIDS crisis and was intended to protect the blood supply. Many medical groups say the policy is no longer supported by science, given advances in HIV testing. Blood donations are screened for HIV but testing only detects the virus after it’s been in the bloodstream about 10 days

     
  • Man gets 85 years for murdering Indiana teacher Dec 24, 2014 10:28 AM
    A 22 year-old man has been sentenced to 85 years in prison in the bludgeoning death of a 69-year-old retired teacher in northern Indiana.

     
  • Illinois woman sentenced for allowing sex abuse Dec 24, 2014 10:27 AM
    An eastern Illinois woman who admitted she knew her boyfriend was sexually abusing young children has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

     
  • Gold coin worth $350 dropped in Indiana kettle Dec 24, 2014 10:27 AM
    A 1901 gold coin valued at $350 was dropped into a Salvation Army red kettle outside a Walmart store in Valparaiso.

     
  • Waterloo police: Body found in school truck Dec 24, 2014 10:27 AM
    Authorities in southwestern Illinois’ Waterloo are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the back of a school work truck a day after he’d been reported missing.

     
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