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  • Smart shoppers choose cheaper store-brand aspirin Jul 26, 2014 7:40 AM
    At CVS, a 100-tablet package of store-brand aspirin costs you $1.99. Bayer aspirin is three times that much. Nonetheless, millions of people end up buying Bayer. When it comes to headache remedies, salt, sugar and hundreds of other important products, many people choose national brands even when a cheaper store brand is at hand. Why?

  • Samsung family struggles to keep grip on conglomerate Jul 26, 2014 7:34 AM
    Lee Kun Hee, 72, took over Samsung from his father 27 years ago and outmaneuvered Sony and Nokia to surpass Apple in the mobile-phone business. His son, 46-year-old Lee Jae Yong, will struggle to keep the same influence due to inheritance taxes that could exceed $5 billion and waning support in Korea for conglomerates controlled through crossholdings.

  • Home Depot, Lowe’s bring the Internet of Things to DIYers Jul 26, 2014 7:29 AM
    Large chains such as Home Depot and Lowe’s are selling virtual tools — sensors, Wi-Fi enabled appliances and software — to help those customers monitor and control their homes from their smartphones. It’s an attempt to tap into the Internet of Things — technologists’ term for a network of connected sensors, devices and objects.

  • More of same for Fire Jul 27, 2014 12:03 AM
    The Chicago Fire took a break from Major League Soccer play, but it couldn’t stop the MLS calendar. Saturday night’s 2-0 loss to English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur at Toyota Park gave the home team a much-needed break from league play after Wednesday’s disheartening 5-1 loss at San Jose. “It was welcome, because it was a tough few days after the last result we had,” said Fire coach/director of soccer Frank Yallop, adding he was just getting over Wednesday’s loss.

  • Trestman no fan of training-camp fights Jul 26, 2014 8:28 PM
    For the second time in as many practices, a brief skirmish erupted during the Bears' Saturday morning practice, this time involving defensive end Lamarr Houston and offensive tackle Jordan Mills. Coach Marc Trestman realizes scuffles are inevitable, but he also cautions his players on the dangers of losing control in game situations.

  • Numbers posted by Thomas and Maddux truly amazing Jul 26, 2014 6:34 PM
    Frank was the best hitting slugger I’d ever seen. There wasn’t a pitch he could not destroy, not one spot in the strike zone he couldn’t reach. He made even good pitchers nervous. I watched them twitch and walk off the mound to regroup. Greg was the smartest dominant pitcher I’d ever seen. He toyed with batters, controlling sport’s most direct 1-on-1 matchup with wisdom and creativity. He froze good hitters with called strikes, based on sequence and ingenuity. I watched them shake their heads on the way back to the dugout.

  • The time is now for Paea, Bears defense Jul 26, 2014 9:08 PM
    Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea has started 24 games the previous two seasons and has had off-and-on success, but the team invested second- and third-round draft picks in defensive tackles this year, so the 2011 second-round draft choice has plenty of competiton to keep his job.

  • 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.

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