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  • Amazon falls as loss widens, ceo alarms investors with spending Jul 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Amazon remains one of the most highly valued companies in the U.S., yet the business is losing some of its sheen as profits are dragged down by investments that Jeff Bezos, the co- founder and chief executive officer, is making in cloud computing, warehouses and gadgets such as the new Fire smartphone. While shareholders have been patient, they’re increasingly seeking signs that the long-term strategy will work.

  • Sen. Kirk’s office challenges Illinois migrant figures Jul 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Recent data released by the federal government may reflect only a fraction of how many unaccompanied children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border are in Illinois, with state officials saying hundreds more could be at shelters. In a state-by-state list made public Thursday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families said 305 children were released to Illinois sponsors from Jan. 1 through July 7 of this year. However, Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s office said Friday federal data given to his office this month shows that another 429 children were at Illinois shelters as of July 8. Kirk’s office said Friday the number of children at the shelters fluctuates. A message left for a federal health and human services spokesman wasn’t immediately returned. Illinois is prepared to “help in whatever way necessary,” Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday. His comment comes as governors in some other states, including Idaho, have asked federal officials not to send any of the children. “We have a responsibility to ensure all children are treated with respect, compassion and dignity,” the Chicago Democrat said in a statement. “My administration will continue to discuss this important subject with other federal, state and local elected officials.” The details of how and where the children are kept in Illinois as they await immigration proceedings are sparse. The U.S. faces a sharp rise in unaccompanied minors who have been fleeing violence in Central America and crossing into the U.S. because they believe they will be allowed to stay. The children are first held at government shelters where they undergo medical exams and are then placed with sponsors as they go through deportation proceedings. Often, sponsors — who must undergo background checks — are family members or family friends and are responsible for making sure a child shows up for court. Overall, 30,340 unaccompanied children have been released to sponsors this year. For years, the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance has contracted with the federal government to run shelters and legal services for the children. The group has hundreds of beds available in the Chicago area, but doesn’t make shelter locations public for safety and privacy reasons. A spokeswoman for the group didn’t immediately comment Friday. Compared to other populous states, Illinois has a smaller number of unaccompanied minors. The states with the most immigrant children have established central American communities — Texas had the most released to sponsors with 4,280, followed by New York, Florida and California, according to the federal data. The largest contingent of Illinois’ immigrant population comes from Mexico, followed by Poland and India, according to Illinois’ Office of New Americans Policy and Advocacy. However, Cook County does have one of the largest populations of Guatemalan immigrants, after Los Angeles and Harris Counties in California, according to an analysis of census data.

  • Air crashes set year on course to be deadliest since 2005 Jul 25, 2014 8:07 AM
    Three fatal airline crashes in a week mean 2014 is shaping up to become the worst year in almost a decade for passenger fatalities. The crash of a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft on the fringes of the Sahara desert yesterday follows the loss of an ATR-72 turboprop in storms in Taiwan on July 23 and the downing of Malaysian Air Flight MH17 over Ukraine last week.

  • Kudzu that ate south heads north as climate changes Jul 25, 2014 8:11 AM
    As the climate warms, the vine that ate the U.S. South is starting to gnaw at parts of the North, too. Kudzu, a three-leafed weed first planted in the U.S. more than 100 years ago for the beauty of its purple blossoms, has been spotted in every county in Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina. It chokes young trees, brings down power lines and infests abandoned homes. Now the plant, which can grow as fast as a foot per day, is creeping northward.

  • Wisconsin mink production up 8 percent last year Jul 25, 2014 7:37 AM
    Wisconsin continues to lead the nation in the production of mink pelts, accounting for one in three U.S. pelts last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin produced 1.13 million mink pelts last year. That was up almost 8 percent from in 2011, the last year for which figures were available.

  • Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor Jul 25, 2014 8:34 AM
    Authorities are attempting to determine why a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him.The psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman, was grazed in the temple during the gunfight in his office Thursday afternoon with patient Richard Plotts, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said.

  • Police: Green Bay man shoots self after car chase Jul 25, 2014 8:40 AM
    uthorities say a Green Bay man has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot after shooting at a random car and at sheriff’s deputies on a Marinette County highway. Sheriff’s officials say a couple in the car told investigators a man in a black SUV began shooting at them on Highway 141 near Wausaukee and struck their vehicle.

  • Chicken off McDonald’s HK menu after food scandal Jul 25, 2014 10:03 AM
    McDonald’s restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken burgers off the menu after a mainland Chinese supplier was accused of selling expired meat. The Oak Brook-based fast food chain said late Thursday that it “suspended relevant food ingredients” at Hong Kong outlets in light of the scandal surrounding Shanghai Husi Food Co.

  • Ruling on antibiotics in livestock reversed Jul 25, 2014 10:21 AM
    A federal appeals court in New York has thrown out a decision ordering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to hold public hearings on the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock.

  • Madoff five judge delays sentencing two months to Sept. 15 Jul 25, 2014 10:22 AM
    The sentencing of five former aides to Bernard Madoff was delayed until mid-September after a federal judge in New York said “voluminous” paperwork required a postponement of hearings originally scheduled for next week.

  • Ex-Sen. Lieberman to teach at Yeshiva University Jul 25, 2014 10:23 AM
    Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year.The private New York university named him the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service. He’ll teach an undergraduate course and give three public lectures on topics ranging from Judaism and public service to the Middle East.

  • Fighter relieved he won’t be charged in stabbing Jul 25, 2014 10:23 AM
    A professional mixed martial artist says prosecutors’ decision to not charge him in the fatal stabbing of an intruder at his New Mexico home is a relief.The District Attorney’s office in Las Cruces announced Thursday that an investigation did not produce evidence to prove that Joseph Torrez killed 25-year-old Sal Garces on Jan. 1 without legal justification.

  • Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas Jul 25, 2014 10:23 AM
    Police say a 10-month-old girl has died after being left in a hot car outside a house in south Wichita. Officers found the girl unresponsive inside the car Thursday evening. She was pronounced dead a short time later.Police say the child was in the car for about two hours. She was the foster child of two men. The car was parked outside their home. Police took the men in for questioning.

  • ATF director to tour new Chicago gun center Jul 25, 2014 10:26 AM
    The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is set to tour a new Chicago center that authorities hope will help stem gun-related violence in the nation’s third latest city. B. Todd Jones will join U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Friday to tour the downtown facility, called the Gun Crime Intelligence Center.

  • Michigan dog owner may be charged in fatal attack Jul 25, 2014 10:23 AM
    The owner of two dogs that fatally mauled a man as he jogged along a rural Michigan road could be charged after the attack, which was the third since 2012 involving canines from the same property, officials said.

  • Lunch special: Pope lines up for self-serve meal Jul 25, 2014 12:50 PM
    Do you make the pope pay for lunch? Pope Francis popped in unannounced at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria Friday and lined up, tray in hand, along with stunned diners. Cashier Claudia Di Giacomo told Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano that when Francis presented his tray with a plate of cod, a bowl of fusilli pasta without sauce, a side of grilled tomatoes and ‘’just a few” french fries, she ‘’didn’t have the courage to hand him the bill.”

  • De Beers sees resurgent demand for diamonds in Modi’s India Jul 25, 2014 8:03 AM
    De Beers expects new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to champion the diamond industry and sees a return to growth for the world’s third-biggest market.“India is the good news versus last year,” Philippe Mellier, De Beers chief executive officer, said in an phone interview in London today. “It is clearly starting to grow again. The election of Mr. Modi is clearly changing the paradigm there. We all believe he is going to support the industry.”

  • Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands Jul 25, 2014 2:49 PM
    Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in Villa Park where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

  • Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain Jul 25, 2014 8:57 AM
    It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They're grocery store owners. workers' revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain has led to empty store shelves, angry customers and support for a boycott from more than 100 state legislators and mayors. Industry analysts say worker revolts at non-union companies are rare, but what's happening at Market Basket is particularly unusual because the workers are not asking for higher pay or better benefits.

  • Investors ‘bullish’ on acquiring properties in Arlington Heights, elsewhere Jul 25, 2014 4:26 PM
    The Metrolofts in downtown Arlington Heights, which was the center of a bankruptcy of its developer, was purchased for about $3.8 million by an attorney and a real estate developer who have been buying distressed properties around the suburbs. One was raised in Arlington Heights and the other in Mount Prospect.

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