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Dear Amy: My parents have taken in my 95-year-old grandfather. Money is not a problem, so he could have gone into a nursing home or into assisted living. My grandfather has six other kids, and no one else wanted him to live with them. I feel as if I have lost my parents until my grandfather...

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China's trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $34.1 billion in September as exports to the American market rose by 13 percent over a year earlier despite a worsening tariff war. Exports to the United States rose to $46.7 billion, down from August's 13.4 percent growth, customs...

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Bucking the recommendation of police oversight officials who called the shooting “unprovoked and unwarranted,” a divided Chicago Police Board voted 5-3 Thursday night to clear an officer of all wrongdoing in fatally shooting a teen in the back of the head during a foot chase nearly six years...

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Jason Zucker’s second goal of the game with 1 minute, 35 seconds left in overtime lifted the Wild to a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. All four of the Blackhawks’ games this season have gone to overtime. The Wild tied it with 23 seconds...

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The persistent inconsistency of the Cubs’ offense in the second half of the season cost hitting coach Chili Davis his job after only one season. Davis, 58, was informed of his dismissal Thursday — nine days after the Rockies eliminated the Cubs in the National League wild-card game. The Cubs...

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An Illinois high school student accused of shooting a classmate last year has been sentenced to juvenile prison, with the possibility of adult prison if he commits other crimes. The Journal Gazette and Times-Courier reports that the 15-year-old boy was sentenced Thursday by Coles County Circuit...

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Controversies surrounding the major candidates for governor cast a long shadow over the final broadcast debate of the campaign Thursday, with Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker defending accusations of wrongdoing and trying to cast the other as having engaged in criminal conduct. The...

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The Blackhawks have had success with undrafted players, hitting big on Artemi Panarin and Antti Niemi in recent years as well as Hall of Fame goalie Ed Belfour a few decades ago. This season, the Hawks have seven undrafted players: Alexandre Fortin, Dominik Kahun, David Kampf, Chris Kunitz,...

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Growing up on Chicago’s South Side, Donna Alexander dreamed of creating a safe space for people to release anger and stress, in the hopes of quelling violence and unnecessary pain. She opened Anger Room in Dallas in 2008, allowing clients to smash household objects to blow off steam, and the...

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The Turkish government has told U.S. officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul this month, according to U.S. and Turkish officials. The recordings show that a Saudi security team detained...

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Kanye West made his first visit to the Oval Office. And he had a lot to say about Chicago. President Donald Trump and West — but mostly West — spoke with reporters before a private lunch on Thursday. West launched into a one-man show of sorts on social policy, mental health, why he wants to...

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As a young junior-college coach for eight seasons in Dodge City, Kan., and Daytona Beach, Fla., Brad Underwood had to learn how to handle young rosters year after year. At that level of college basketball, it’s an annual roster full of freshmen. “You learn to adapt when you’re a...

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A 17-year-old boy and a man believed to be in his 20s were each fatally shot in a string of separate daytime shootings that also left two others wounded, authorities said. The four shootings, stretching from the city’s Far South Side to the West Side, all took place during a 4½-hour period...

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It's been 125 years since the 1893 Chicago World's Fair drew millions to Chicago  — and its impact persists today. In "From the Midway," host Colleen Connolly dives into the legacy left behind by the fair, including the remnants that can still be viewed today, the cultural legacy of the fair,...

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Christine Blasey Ford, married and in her 50s, reluctantly came forward recently to say she’d been sexually attacked by a now-famous man many years ago. She didn’t remember the date of the attack, she hadn’t reported it to police at the time and certain incongruous details gave rise to doubts...

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On the evening of Sept. 1, 36-year-old Edward Strauss recorded a video on his smartphone of Gary police officers conducting an investigation of a complaint in that city. “We got squad cars outside of the house here,” Strauss says in his five-minute video. In the dark, viewers can still make...

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U.S. stocks sank more than 2 percent Thursday, the second day of steep declines around the globe driven by concerns about rising interest rates and trade tensions that could slow economic growth. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 545 points after dropping 831 points Wednesday. The two-day...

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After revelations of cheating led the country’s most prestigious wine industry certification body to invalidate the 2018 master sommeliers tasting exams, the somms are pushing back. In case you missed it, on Tuesday, the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, invalidated the master sommelier...

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As the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh made its painful way through the Senate, a number of liberals began to make an important discovery: The U.S. Senate is undemocratic. Small states get the same quantity of senators as large states. It’s often added that the ratio of population...

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