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Hostages safe after standoff inside Texas synagogue; captor dead

One of the four hostages held at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville was released during the standoff; three others were rescued when authorities entered the building about 9 p.m., authorities said.

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The house that gave me a refresher course in gratitude

In a way, despite my initial shock of where I found myself in Ghana, I felt oddly at home.

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With end of Shakman in sight, court monitor burrows in on new Illinois political hiring probe

‘No evidence’ of politics in state hiring, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration says. But Noelle Brennan wants to know how the Illinois Capital Development Board hired two previously fired state employees and a son of an agency official.

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For Mayor Lightfoot, one battle is done, but the war is ahead

Potential 2023 mayoral challengers, such as former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, are already nipping at Lightfoot’s heels.

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It’s long past time to finally clear first White House Black Secret Service agent’s name

South Side resident Abraham Bolden was the first African American to serve on the White House Secret Service detail, until he was charged with a crime after raising questions about the president’s security.

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City watchdog issues damning report on how mayor’s office, CPD and other agencies handled botched raid on Anjanette Young’s home

City Council approved a $2.9 million payout in December to settle Young’s lawsuit.

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Undermanned Bulls put up a valiant fight in two-point loss to Celtics

With Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball sidelined, a starting backcourt of rookie Ayo Dosunmu and Coby White helped the Bulls almost pull off the unlikely victory. The team definitely showed some much-needed fight in the loss. Coach Billy Donovan wants to make sure that attitude is here to stay.

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On the superb HBO series ‘Somebody, Somewhere,’ a Kansas woman struggles to fit in

Insightful dialogue, engrossing story showcase a knockout starring performance by comedian Bridget Everett.

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Newborn baby found dead in duffle bag outside Near North Side firehouse

The boy was found about 5 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Orleans Street and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Federal testing website launches next week. Here’s how to get free COVID-19 tests

Starting on Jan. 19, the website COVIDTests.gov will provide tests at no cost, including no shipping fee, the White House announced Friday.

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Henry Meinke, third generation to run Meinke Garden Center, Niles’ oldest business, dead at 94

He was the third of his name to carry on the family business founded by his grandfather, still located on Touhy Avenue in the same 10-acre site where he once farmed.

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Jason Van Dyke to be released from prison Feb. 3

Former Chicago police officer spent more than three years in prison for the 2014 murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

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Over $23,000 worth of merchandise taken from Burberry in Oakbrook Center burglary

Three men in their 20s entered the store about 11:30 a.m. and took thousands of dollars worth of merchandise before fleeing in a black BMW with tinted windows.

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4 killed, teen among 19 wounded by gunfire in Chicago since Friday evening

In one of the attacks, two men were shot, one fatally, Saturday in Brainerd on the South Side.

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3 shot after shooter opens fire on 2 cars in Little Village

About 1 a.m., the shooter opened fire on a car driving east in the 2600 block of West 24th Street, grazing a 22-year-old woman in the head, police said. The person then shot at another car, wounding two 19-year-olds, authorities said.

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Man shot and killed in Fuller Park drive-by

The man, 20, was walking in the 200 block of West 43rd Street about 12:45 a.m. when he was shot by someone inside a passing white SUV, police said.

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Man shot during robbery in West Town

A man, 35, was walking to his car about 12:30 a.m. in the 700 block of North Wood Street when someone exited a white sedan and demanded the man’s backpack, before shooting him in the arm, police said.

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Horoscope for Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022

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Blackhawks’ complete victory against Ducks extends winning streak to four

An energetic offense and a 37-save shutout by Marc-Andre Fleury powered the Hawks to a 3-0 win on a lively night at the United Center.

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Josh Allen leads Bills to rout of Patriots

Allen set a team playoff record with five touchdown passes and Devin Singletary ran for two scores in a 47-17 throttling of the Patriots.

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Undermanned Bulls put up a valiant fight in two-point loss to Celtics

With Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball sidelined, a starting backcourt of rookie Ayo Dosunmu and Coby White helped the Bulls almost pull off the unlikely victory. The team definitely showed some much-needed fight in the loss. Coach Billy Donovan wants to make sure that attitude is here to stay.

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Woman fatally struck by vehicle in West Garfield Park

There was no one in custody.

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Bears interview Jim Caldwell, Nathaniel Hackett for coaching job

They also interviewed Titans director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort for the general manager’s job. Three Bills candidates — assistant GM Joe Schoen, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier — are expected to interview Sunday.

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Jeremy Harrington blocks out noise, leads Curie past Joliet West

Curie junior Jeremy Harrington grew up in Joliet. So he knew exactly what to expect when the Condors faced Joliet West on Saturday at the Romeoville Shootout.

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‘Tragedy’ to triumph. How a shooting at a back-to-school giveaway became a cause for song and hope

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Bengals hold off Raiders, win first playoff game in 31 years

Joe Burrow threw two touchdown passes and rookie Evan McPherson made four field goals as the Bengals finally advanced in the playoffs with a 26-19 victory.

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Northwestern holds on to beat No. 10 Michigan State

Ryan Young had 18 points and eight rebounds, starting in place of injured Pete Nance, to help the Wildcats win 64-62 in East Lansing.

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Jonathan Jackson mulling run for Bobby Rush seat

Jackson told the Sun-Times if he ran, he would have the support of his father, Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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Teen boy shot in Park Manor

About 1:15 p.m., he was found in a parking lot in the 7400 block of South Perry Avenue, with a gunshot to his leg.

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Sam Lafferty hoping to retain sizable role in ‘fresh start’ with Blackhawks

The ex-Penguins forward played 15:17 in his Hawks debut Thursday, then was promoted to the third-line center role Saturday.

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Man shot to death in Austin: police

The man was found unresponsive on the sidewalk about 12:15 p.m. in the 1600 block of North Mayfield Avenue.

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MRI exam on Bulls guard Zach LaVine’s left knee shows no structural damage

The Bulls breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when LaVine’s knee discomfort proved to be a minor setback.

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2 shot, 1 fatally, in shooting in Brainerd

About 7:45 a.m., the men, 30 and 38, were sitting in a vehicle in the 9200 block of South Normal Avenue, when four people approached and began firing shots.

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Saturday’s high school basketball scores

All the scores from around the area.

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Rainbow PUSH Coalition to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with new documentary

A new documentary by Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition details King’s reason for coming to Chicago in 1966 and the birth of the PUSH Excel educational program. It airs Monday night.

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Man shot and killed sitting in car at gas pump in Humboldt Park

A man, 39, was sitting in his car at a gas pump about 11:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of West Chicago Avenue when two people exited a white sedan and opened fire, striking him multiple times in the chest, police said.

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Supreme Court ruling against Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate is a loss for public health

The six conservative justices wrote that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration exceeded its authority when it imposed the mandate as a "blunt instrument" last fall. Blunt instruments are sometimes needed.

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Billionaire Gov. Pritzker throws $90M into his re-election bid, with Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin poised to join GOP primary

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin is expected to jump into the Republican primary contest on Monday, and may get the backing of billionaire Ken Griffin.

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Patrick Daley Thompson can show jurors his amended tax returns, judge rules

U.S. District Judge Franklin Valderrama made the ruling at a hearing Friday, where it appeared Thompson’s trial is on track to begin Feb. 4.

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COVID-19 now killing 105 Illinoisans per day: ‘This is going to hurt for a long time’

Even though Omicron generally seems to cause milder infections and doctors have gotten better at treating COVID, the sheer volume of cases means there is more agony on the way, experts say. "We’ve been on this ride before. We know how this works," University of Chicago’s Dr. Emily Landon said.

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Man charged in murder of woman who was on her way to buy lottery tickets

Travis Andrews didn’t fire the shot that killed 54-year-old Melinda Crump, but he fired the first in an exchange of gunfire that left her dead from a stray bullet, prosecutors said.