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  1. Stopped in traffic as snow began to fall at dusk on Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach, Bryan Ross glanced at the top of a street lamp. And then he said he got goose bumps.

    A snowy owl had landed there, right in front of Hobby Lobby and Pep Boys.

    "This is a lifer for me," Ross wrote on Facebook where...

  2. Chicago police are searching for a driver who struck and killed a bicyclist in the Humboldt Park neighborhood while operating a stolen SUV. 

    A 46-year-old man was hit by the SUV Thursday around 5:30 p.m. while biking on Augusta Boulevard near Avers Avenue on the West Side, police said. 

    The driver...

  3. A 31-year-old woman was sitting in her car in the Lakeview neighborhood on Saturday when a man implied he had a gun and took the car, along with her belongings, Chicago police said.

    The woman was in a Chevy Cruze in the 1000 block of West Barry Avenue on the North Side around 7:30 p.m. when a man...

  4. A man and woman were killed, and another man critically wounded, in a shooting late Saturday on the Southwest Side, police said.

    The shooting happened around 9:40 p.m. in the 5900 block of South Richmond Street in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

    The three were driving in a four-door sedan south...

  5. First-year Notre Dame boys basketball coach Kevin Clancy, a 1998 graduate of the school who spent the last 11 seasons as a Dons assistant, could not recall seeing a performance in Notre Dame's gym on par with Dusan Mahorcic's game on Friday.

    Mahorcic, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, delivered a masterful...

  6. Like so many classic Western anti-heroes before him, he rolled (literally) into town with a singular goal in mind: cleaning up the streets, which had become a gritty hotbed of harassment, vandalism, break-ins and grift.

    The only difference was that he was a slow-moving, 400-pound robot with a penchant...

  7. An organization that was part of President Donald Trump's transition team claimed Saturday that special counsel Robert Mueller III improperly obtained a trove of transition emails as part of the inquiry into Russian influence in the 2016 election and other matters.

    The batch of emails totaling...

  8. Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into "a ghost town" as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California's history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito.

    The mandatory evacuations around Montecito and neighboring Summerland...

  9. The outcome was decided by the time Mitch Trubisky’s third interception left his hand. Another penalty-filled performance by the Bears. Another wave of self-inflicted wounds in a loss to a division opponent.

    Still, the final gut punch hurt. Lions cornerback Darius Slay caught the pass that sailed...

  10. Mitch Trubisky had a possible shift in momentum in his hands as the Bears began the second half against the Lions on Saturday at Ford Field.

    But as the rookie quarterback rolled out to his left and let a pass fly less than a minute into the half, he gave away the football — and the seeds of a Bears...

  11. A Lisle family is newly homeless less than 10 days before Christmas after a fire that started in their fresh-cut Christmas tree Saturday gutted their house.

    A woman and her five children, who were in the home in the 4700 block of Dumoulin Avenue at the time, were taken to Loyola University Hospital...

  12. The Trump administration has informed multiple divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services that they should avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year's budget.

    Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is part...

  13. Nobody should be surprised when an NFL head coach so obviously out of ideas runs out of intelligible explanations too.

    But it still boggled the mind Saturday when John Fox failed to shed any light at all on what happened in the Bears’ demoralizing 20-10 loss to the Lions.

    “Overall, I think it was...

  14. John Fox’s conservative coaching style has been criticized by a loud segment of Bears fans during another disappointing season. The latest flash point was a fourth-down decision early in the second quarter as the Bears tried to keep up with the Lions in their eventual 20-10 defeat Saturday at Ford...

  15. The Lions could very well wind up in the same boat as the Bears in 15 days, in search of a new head coach, and Saturday’s national showcase confirmed there’s a wide gap between the NFC North rivals.

    The running game that should have given the Bears a chance to win was nonexistent, quarterback Mitch...

  16. Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota's Custer State Park have been burned in a wildfire and it's not known if all of them will survive, a park official said Saturday.

    The park reported Saturday morning that all nine burros had been found — a day after three of them were reported...

  17. Just as some school districts are too small and should be consolidated to increase efficiencies so too should the state's two largest school districts be reduced in size, gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives said.

    "Chicago (Public Schools) and Elgin (School District U46) are too big, too large in...

  18. Just before leaving his Defense Department job two months ago, intelligence officer Luis Elizondo quietly arranged to secure the release of three of the most unusual videos in the Pentagon's secret vaults: raw footage from encounters between fighter jets and "anomalous aerial vehicles" - military...

  19. A West Side man chronicled as a basketball prep star in the Oscar-nominated documentary “Hoop Dreams” has been charged with attacking a woman in west suburban Forest Park.

    Arthur G. Agee, 45, is accused of punching a woman Nov. 19 in the area of Brown Avenue and Randolph Street in the west suburb,...

  20. Republicans are on the verge of passing a massive tax cut for businesses that is deeply unpopular with the American public. They are doing it with no Democratic votes and at a moment when the U.S. economy looks pretty healthy (typically, tax cuts are most effective when the economy is struggling...

  21. A Mesa mother says she had to throw out breast milk she had packed for a flight after American Airlines tried to charge her $150 to carry it on board.

    According to Sara Sarlow, she called the airlines ahead of time to confirm that the breast milk container that she would be travelling with was...

  22. The Bears dropped to 0-5 in the NFC North this season with a 20-10 loss to the Lions on Saturday at Ford Field. The Lions, holding on to faint playoff hopes, led from their first drive, and veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford outplayed Bears rookie Mitch Trubisky as the Lions topped the Bears...
  23. For San Francisco tourists, Aquatic Park Cove is one of the city's most iconic areas, a popular spot to watch enormous sea lions and harbor seals frolicking in the water across from Ghirardelli Square.

    For locals - or those who can brave the brisk waters, in any case - the cove is known as one...

  24. Bethany Lynn Stephens had been gone for about a day since she left to walk her dogs. So her father went out to look for her at the area she frequented.

    There, authorities say, he found her two dogs, guarding what he first thought was an animal carcass.

    "Much to his horror, discovered that it was...

  25. Tens of thousands of Illinois households aren’t receiving federal food stamp benefits leading up to the holidays because of problems with a state computer system.

    In 2013, the state’s Department of Human Services began rolling out a new computer system to administer entitlement benefits, such as...