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  • Eyeing 2016, Rubio stresses border security Sep 13, 2014 2:23 PM
    After the first-term senator saw his political standing fall among conservatives who balked at his immigration advocacy, Rubio is now focusing on border security — more in line with the GOP activists who wield great influence in how a White House nominee is picked.

  • Chabon novel chosen for Chicago reading initiative Sep 13, 2014 3:57 PM
    Chicago residents are being encouraged to enter a world of superheroes through the city’s popular One Book, One Chicago program. The Chicago Public Library Commission announced Friday it has chosen the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” for its 2014-15 initiative.

  • Freshman enrollment drops at U of I Sep 13, 2014 3:58 PM
    Freshman enrollment at the University of Illinois’s flagship campus is down this semester by 5.4 percent from a year ago, according to the school. The freshman class enrolled this fall at the Urbana-Champaign campus has 6,937 students. That’s down from 7,331 in the fall of 2013.

  • Frank Torre dies at 82 Sep 13, 2014 4:18 PM
    Former World Series star Frank Torre, who helped put little brother Joe on a path that led to the Hall of Fame, has died. He was 82.

  • 10th Annual Law Enforcement Exhibition held in Vernon Hills Sep 13, 2014 5:51 PM
    Nearly 30 law enforcement agencies were at Westfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills on Saturday to participate in the 10th Annual Law Enforcement Exhibition.

  • 5 men from Kankakee area charged with gun violations Sep 13, 2014 4:00 PM
    Five men are in federal custody on gun charges resulting from investigations of gun violence in the Kankakee area, the U.S. attorney’s office in central Illinois announced Friday. Rico J. Speed, 27; Roosevelt D. Smith, 22; Charles V. Williams, 39; and Carlton Lashawn Smith, 34, all of Kankakee, and Antwon T. Crite, 38, of Hopkins Park, were all charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Speed is also charged one count of distribution of crack cocaine. U.S. Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal ordered the five detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. It wasn’t immediately known if the men have attorneys. U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis said a federal grand jury returned the indictments earlier this week but the charges remained sealed pending their arrests and court appearances. Lewis set a trial date for Nov. 12. If convicted, each count of felon in possession of a firearm carries a statutory penalty of up to 10 years in prison, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. The drug charge against Speed carries a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison.

  • Nothing but good thoughts for The Quad Sep 13, 2014 6:42 PM
    Dave Heun says the city of St. Charles really needs things to go well at The Quad, as Charlestowne Mall gets renamed and remade.

  • Peterson booked and released from Texas jail Sep 13, 2014 2:08 PM
    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail on a child abuse charge early Saturday, capping a tumultuous week for the NFL, which was already facing heavy criticism for its handling of a domestic violence case involving another star player. Peterson won’t play Sunday in Minnesota’s home opener against New England.

  • Lava approaches vacant lots in Hawaii subdivision Sep 13, 2014 3:41 PM
    While no evacuations have been ordered, residents were asked to remain on alert and be prepared for possible changes in the lava’s course.

  • Alderman challenging Emanuel for mayor Sep 13, 2014 3:51 PM
    A Chicago alderman announced Saturday he’ll challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015, saying the city deserves a leader who looks out for everyday people and not just downtown businesses and the wealthy.

  • Up close and personal with the Apple Watch Sep 13, 2014 7:39 AM
    Apple's watch will start at $349 for the base model, which is already more expensive than any of the smartwatches introduced by its archrival Samsung. But Apple is planning three lines of watches -- a base model, a water-resistant model for fitness enthusiasts and the high-end “edition” type.

  • Do you need a second layer of security online? Sep 13, 2014 7:33 AM
    Recent hacks exposing nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities are prompting calls for people to fortify their online accounts with a second layer of security. You need to turn the feature on. And it means occasionally getting off your couch to retrieve your phone when you’re using a new Web browser, tablet or other gadget. Here's how.

  • Busse Woods comes alive for annual Native American powwow Sep 13, 2014 10:39 PM
    The Busse Woods Forest Preserve was filled with the sounds of American Indian music and chanting Saturday afternoon as the 61st annual Chicago Powwow got underway. “It gives nonnatives an opportunity to find out about the native culture and what we’re about,” said Michelle White, who was selling craft items.

  • USS Saratoga arrives in South Texas to be scrapped Sep 13, 2014 8:03 PM
    The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga has arrived at its final destination in South Texas, where it will be scrapped.

  • Third westerner beheaded by ISIS Sep 13, 2014 11:15 PM
    Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as “an act of pure evil.”

  • Rescuers search Pacific for Navy pilot after crash Sep 13, 2014 3:43 PM
    The search for the missing pilot involved the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley, the USS Sperett, the USS Dewey and two helicopter squadrons.There was no sign of the pilot or the jets in the water as of Saturday afternoon.

  • Ukraine government repels rebel attack on airport Sep 13, 2014 3:38 PM
    On Saturday, Ukraine’s military operation in the east said it had repelled a rebel attack on the government-held airport of Donetsk, which came under artillery fire from rebel positions late on Friday.

  • Iraq PM orders halt to shelling of civilian areas Sep 13, 2014 3:35 PM
    Iraq’s prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of “innocent victims” as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist group this summer.

  • U.S. warns citizens of terror plot in Uganda Sep 13, 2014 3:33 PM
    The U.S. embassy in Uganda warned American citizens in the country Saturday to stay at home overnight as Ugandan authorities attempt to foil a possible terror attack.

  • Al-Qaida’s Syrian cell an alarming threat to U.S. Sep 13, 2014 2:15 PM
    According to classified U.S. intelligence assessments, the Khorasan militants have been working with bomb-makers from al-Qaida’s Yemen affiliate to test new ways to slip explosives past airport security. The fear is that the Khorasan militants will provide these sophisticated explosives to their Western recruits who could sneak them onto U.S.-bound flights.

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