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  1. In a unique move among private equity-backed companies that file for bankruptcy, thousands of former Toys R Us workers will soon receive severance payments from a $20 million fund.

    Bain Capital and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts announced Tuesday that each had committed $10 million to a fund for former...

  2. An argument outside a Chicago hospital turned deadly when a man pulled out a gun and killed an emergency room doctor whom he knew, then ran into the hospital and fatally shot a pharmacy resident and a police officer, authorities said. The attacker, Juan Lopez, also died Monday but it was not clear...
  3. At midseason, after Northwestern needed a miracle to beat 0-6 Nebraska and then gained 278 yards in a hideous 18-15 win at Rutgers, this question would have drawn laughs: Which team would the Wildcats rather face in the Big Ten title game, Michigan or Ohio State?

    But here we are.

    As the Wolverines...

  4. Several Washington Wizards players engaged in heated verbal altercations with each other throughout a practice late last week and hurled pointed, and sometimes profane, comments at Coach Scott Brooks and team President Ernie Grunfeld.

    According to several people who witnessed the contentious practice...

  5. The funniest tweets of the past week presented in a click-poll for readers.
  6. As they began planning their future together, Ashley Brown and her fiance, Aaron Shuman, concluded that they could no longer remain in Los Angeles because it was getting much too expensive.

    "Our rent in LA was $1,500 for a tiny, 650-square-foot apartment with no amenities," says Brown, 29, a native...

  7. As Monday night’s record-setting Chiefs-Rams proved again, offense rules in the NFL.

    But because every good team can put points on the board, having a great defensive player can make a huge difference.

    Just ask the Bears about Khalil Mack or the Rams about Aaron Donald.

    Both stars put on a show...

  8. Police in suburban St. Louis on Monday were searching Monday for a gunman who went into a religious supply store, sexually assaulted at least one woman and shot a woman in the head. Police said the shooting victim later died at a hospital.

    The shooting happened about 3:15 p.m. at a Catholic Supply...

  9. Chicago lost three healers on Monday.

    Samuel Jimenez. A police officer, 28. Married with three young children. On the police force for less than two years.

    Tamara O’Neal. An emergency room doctor, 38. Graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 2016 and worked at...

  10. Last year, 22 charities deserted President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida — canceling high-dollar events after Trump said there were "very fine people" among violent white-nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    This year, only two are coming back.

    A survey by The Washington...

  11. Last week’s ranking in parentheses.

    1. Saints 9-1 (1). They have scored 40 points six times, which ties for the most by any team since 1970.

    2. Rams 10-1 (3). They enter their late off week with one team remaining on their schedule with a winning record — the Bears in Week 14 at Soldier Field.

    ...
  12. Since 1998, more than two dozen Chicago police officers have died from injuries suffered in the line of duty.

  13. A year ago at Thanksgiving, the Bears braced for seismic change within the organization with boredom and frustration as much a Sunday fixture as a conservative game plan.

    A year later, almost nothing about the staid franchise looks or feels familiar, not with flamboyant players such as rookie Anthony...

  14. The Bears beat the Vikings, 25-20, to extend their lead over the defending NFC North champions to 1½ games with six to play.

    Here are five observations from rewatching the game on a combination of the NBC telecast and the coaches’ video available through the NFL Game Pass subscription service.

    ...
  15. A Chicago police officer and two other people were killed in an attack at a South Side hospital Monday afternoon that sent medical personnel and police scrambling through halls, stairwells and even the nursery in search of victims and the shooter before he was found dead.

    Officer Samuel Jimenez,...

  16. A group of friends slashing their dirt bikes through the woods outside Saucier, Mississippi, found Julia Critchfield. It was January 1978. The 36-year-old mother of four was naked, her body sprawled on a roadside. She had been strangled. Her killer had draped a black dress over her frame.

    Nearly...

  17. Chicago police Officer Samuel Jimenez, who was fatally shot Monday afternoon, was quiet but serious, the kind of consistent and dedicated officer the department needs, commanders who knew him recalled.

    The 28-year-old patrolman, who was married with three young children, had completed his probationary...

  18. President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not capturing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner.

    Trump took shots at retired Adm. William McRaven in a weekend Fox News interview in which he also asserted...

  19. The reality of being named a Rhodes scholar had not quite settled in Monday for Kristiana Yao, who is one of the record number of women awarded the prestigious scholarship this year.

    “You don’t want to let yourself imagine what would happen if you win,” said Yao, 22, a 2014 graduate of Naperville...

  20. Rui Hachimura scored 23 points, Zach Norvell Jr. added 15 and No. 3 Gonzaga held off Illinois 84-78 in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

    Gonzaga (4-0) withstood Illinois' 10-0 run to go up nine with 97 seconds left, but Trent Frazier scored on a four-point play to pull the Illini within...

  21. Nearly 130 Chicago Public Schools employees have been terminated, recommended for dismissal or simply resigned amid scrutiny following an enormous review of worker backgrounds prompted by a Tribune investigation this year.

    That group of employees includes nine teachers, 35 people classified as...

  22. A federal judge barred the Trump administration on Monday from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally.

    U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments in San Francisco. The request was made by the American Civil Liberties...

  23. Dear Amy: I have known my ex-husband, “Bart,” for 30 years. We were married for 18 years and divorced six years ago.

    He has lost all his money and has drained all of his friendships over money. He is now coming to me for money.

    Recently he was in a small car accident. The other driver called the...

  24. A gunman opened fire at a busy hospital on Chicago’s South Side on Monday afternoon and then shot at responding police, killing a rookie officer, a doctor and another hospital staffer while triggering a chaotic emergency response that engulfed a broad swath of the city.

    The gunman then either shot...

  25. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and state Comptroller Susana Mendoza attacked each other’s political record Monday night, as the Chicago mayoral front-runners shared a stage for the first time.

    Preckwinkle delivered the opening salvo more than an hour into the forum focused on African-American...