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  • Apple computers with new OS collect location data by default Oct 25, 2014 7:43 AM
    Apple has begun automatically collecting the locations of users and the queries they type when searching for files with the newest Mac operating system, a function that has provoked backlash for a company that portrays itself as a leader on privacy.

     
  • Free online AP courses debut on edX website Oct 25, 2014 7:42 AM
    Rice University launched a free Advanced Placement biology course Monday on a website overseen by two other elite schools, a potentially significant milestone for a movement that aims to bring college-level courses to high school students. The site, edX, was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012 as a nonprofit platform for those universities and selected others to offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs, to the world.

     
  • Platform founder hopes to diversify the tech industry Oct 25, 2014 7:41 AM
    When you think “tech,” chances are you don’t think black people, you probably don’t think brown people and you surely don’t think women. This is a disturbing trend that Hank Williams, the founder of Platform, noticed about three years ago while he was living in the tech mecca of California’s Silicon Valley.

     
  • Ebola-stricken doc described as driven do-gooder Oct 25, 2014 8:46 AM
    Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn’t know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him.

     
  • Google unveils app for managing Gmail inboxes Oct 25, 2014 7:37 AM
    Google is introducing an application designed to make it easier for its Gmail users to find and manage important information that can often get buried in their inboxes. The service, called Inbox, can sort electronic receipts and bank statements into bundles so they can be quickly fetched.

     
  • How HBO could provide new hope for an Apple TV set Oct 25, 2014 7:36 AM
    For years, people have speculated that Apple is on the verge of releasing a revolutionary television set. In his 2011 biography of Steve Jobs, author Walter Isaacson said that the company’s late co-founder had claimed to have “cracked” the way to bring the firm into the TV world. But so far? There’s been no hint of a TV set, only the Apple TV set-top box that the company released in 2007.

     
  • Missing woman’s family hopes for best amid deaths Oct 25, 2014 8:16 AM
    Relatives of a Gary woman missing since February are hoping for the best as they await word on whether she is one of the unidentified women whose bodies have been found in abandoned houses. Fifty-two-year-old Sonya Billingsley was last seen Feb. 7. Her sister, Salethia Sims, tells The Times she was last seen leaving a relative’s house not far from the buildings where some victims were found. Police have charged Darren Vann, 43, with murder in the deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy and 35-year-old Anith Jones. Hardy’s body was found Friday in a Hammond motel, and police say Vann told them where to find six other bodies in Gary. Sims says Billingsley’s family has contacted places she liked to frequent and has distributed missing-person fliers.

     
  • Indiana State data show low rates of violence Oct 25, 2014 8:16 AM
    Indiana State University police say data show the campus is safe despite two recent incidents, including a shooting involving two students. The university’s Annual Security and Fire Report shows burglary far outweighed violent crime incidents on campus between 2011 and 2013. The statistics are gathered as part of the federal Clery Act that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. ISU Police Chief Joe Newport tells the Tribune-Star the data show ISU is “good to above average” on an overall safety scale. The report shows ISU had 24 on-campus burglaries in 2013, 17 in 2012 and 28 in 2011. One murder was reported during that time, along with three robberies, six aggravated assaults and two vehicle thefts.

     
  • Civil War statue returning to downtown Rockford Oct 25, 2014 8:17 AM
    A 114-year-old Civil War statue will be returned to downtown Rockford after decades at another location. The Rockford Register Star reports the statue of a Civil War soldier will be restored and moved to Veterans Memorial Hall. It was bought in 1900 by Winnebago County to decorate the entrance to a courthouse, which was demolished in 1967. The statue was stored for 17 years before being placed atop a pedestal at a street intersection, where it has stood for 30 years. Scott Lewandowski is manager of the county-owned Memorial Hall. He says it’ll cost $130,000 to restore and relocate the zinc statue. Officials first are trying to find a grave for the skull of a Union soldier, which is in a 12-inch-square box beneath the monument.

     
  • Ex-pastor sentenced for molestation Oct 25, 2014 8:18 AM
    A 76-year-old former southern Illinois pastor has been ordered committed to state custody for 51 years for molesting a 4-year-old child in 2010. Bill Vandergraph of Alto Pass on Friday was placed into the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services, sparing him possible prison time. Vandergraph was sentenced on two felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Vandergraph last year was found mentally unfit to stand trial. His confinement will be re-evaluated every six months to determine if it should continue. Vandergraph once guided fundraising efforts to restore the Bald Knob Cross of Peace, a towering tourist attraction near Alto Pass.

     
  • Weekend picks: Celebrate 50 years of 'The Munsters' Oct 25, 2014 5:30 AM
    See the Munster Koach & Drag-U-La cars at the special 50 Years of “The Munsters” exhibit this Saturday at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo. Local actors Peter DeFaria and Randy Steinmeyer rejoin the roles they originated in a special touring production of Keith Huff's drama “A Steady Rain” at COD's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn. Comedian Aries Spears gained national fame appearing as a series regular of “MADtv” from 1997 to 2005. Catch Spears performing his standup routine at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Giordano Dance Chicago unveils a world premiere piece called "Feeling Good Sweet."

     
  • UW-Madison spring commencement stays at stadium Oct 25, 2014 8:18 AM
    Spring commencement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will return to Camp Randall Stadium. Previously graduation ceremonies were held in shifts at the Kohl Center. But, because of the success of the spring commencement earlier this year, university officials have decided to stick with the stadium. Six-thousand undergraduates and masters’ students, along with 44,000 friends and family celebrated at Camp Randall last May. Chancellor Rebecca Blank says honoring the graduates in a place so steeped with tradition is memorable. The 2015 ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 16 at noon. As in previous years, doctoral and professional students will celebrate in the Kohl Center on the Friday before.

     
  • IBM abandoning hardware that helped it soar Oct 25, 2014 7:35 AM
    after 10 straight quarters of sagging sales, IBM on Monday announced an unusual step: It will pay a Silicon Valley upstart $1.5 billion to take over the semiconductor business it helped pioneer. It was the legacy giant’s latest attempt at sending its crumbling hardware business the way of one of its many inventions, the floppy disk, while refocusing on new tech goldmines such as data analysis and cloud computing.

     
  • Building residents warned about Wallenda’s stunt Oct 25, 2014 8:18 AM
    The managers of two Chicago apartment buildings are telling residents to watch their step while tightrope walker Nik Wallenda practices his craft next month. The 35-year-old daredevil plans two Chicago tightrope walks to be broadcast live on the Discovery Channel on Nov. 2. The first walk will stretch more than two city blocks on an uphill 15-degree angle from one high-rise to another above the Chicago River. The second walk will go from one of two Marina Towers buildings to the other. Marina City towers management is warning residents it won’t tolerate any shenanigans. They include “yelling, loud music or other disturbing sounds,” the use of drones and grilling. Wallenda has walked across Niagara Falls and the Little Colorado River Gorge in Arizona in the past two years.

     
  • Ex-soldier gets 15 years for Illinois robbery Oct 25, 2014 8:17 AM
    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A former soldier has been sentenced in Illinois to 15 years in federal prison after being accused of robbing a convenience store. Twenty-year-old Denzell Grant was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. That’s where he pleaded guilty to felony charges of interfering with commerce by robbery and illegal possession of a firearm. Authorities say Grant entered Mac’s One Stop Shop in southwestern Illinois’ Swansea in October of last year. There, he pointed a handgun at a clerk and demanded money. Investigators say the two men struggled and the gun discharged. No one was injured. In addition to a prison term, Grant has been ordered to pay $10,500 in restitution. Grant was based at Texas’ Fort Hood but was from South Carolina.

     
  • Chicago police to check bags on transit system Oct 24, 2014 12:05 PM
    Chicago police officers will soon begin checking some passengers’ bags for explosives as they enter train stations. Starting Nov. 3, officers will select passengers at random at Chicago Transit Authority stations. Bags will be swabbed for explosives residue but will not be opened. The process takes about 30 seconds.

     
  • Remains of French ship being reassembled in Texas Oct 24, 2014 1:06 PM
    A frigate carrying French colonists to the New World that sank in a storm off the Texas coast more than 300 years ago is being reassembled into a display that archeologists hope will let people walk over the hull and feel like they are on the ship’s deck.

     
  • Deadly cat virus hits Indianapolis animal shelter Oct 24, 2014 12:47 PM
    - A highly contagious and deadly cat virus that’s swept through Indianapolis’ animal shelter has prompted shelter officials to stop accepting additional felines for up to two weeks.

     
  • Gestapo impostor tricked Nazi sympathizers in WWII Oct 24, 2014 1:17 PM
    At the height of World War II, Hans Kohout wanted to give the Nazis advance word of a top-secret British tactic.Kohout, a naturalized British citizen, passed the information to Jack King, who he believed was a Gestapo agent working undercover in Britain. But King was an impostor working for British intelligence, not the Gestapo. Who was "Jack King"? Newly public documents reveal that King was actually Eric Arthur Roberts, a bank clerk without special training.

     
  • Gary blight that hid victims also lures filmmakers Oct 24, 2014 12:21 PM
    The city of Gary's blighted neighborhoods that have come under scrutiny following the discovery of six slain women in abandoned homes aren't just breeding grounds for crime. Those dilapidated buildings also draw Hollywood directors who've used the bleak settings as backdrops for horror and action films.

     
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