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North Dakota officials plead with last pipeline protesters to leave

Public officials in North Dakota pleaded with the remaining protesters at the Dakota Access oil pipeline camp to pack up and leave so authorities can resume cleaning up the premises without any further arrests.<p>Most of the campers marched out of the area ahead of Wednesday's 2 p.m. deadline to get …

United States

Winning Powerball numbers drawn for $435 million jackpot

The winning Powerball numbers have been drawn for the jackpot that's climbed above $400 million for the first time in nearly three months.<p>The numbers are 10-13-28-52-61 and Powerball 2.<p>During Wednesday night's drawing, it was announced that the jackpot jumped to an estimated $435 million.<p>Powerball …

Gambling

DNC race remains tight as Democrats seek to turn protests against Trump into wins

Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as national leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest against President Donald Trump into political gains.<p>A tight race between former Labor …

Elections

Chinese Basketball Association elects Yao Ming as president

The Chinese Basketball Association has voted unanimously to appoint NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming as its president.<p>The CBA's social media account quoted Yao as saying at a ceremony on Thursday that he hoped to reform the domestic league's draft system and push more Chinese players into the …

China

Bulls' Dwyane Wade on track to return from wrist injury

<b>Dwyane Wade</b> missed four of the last five games before the All-Star break, twice to illness and twice to a right wrist contusion. But he practiced fully Wednesday and said he's fine to play Friday.<p>That would suggest Wade could play in a back-to-back set of games because the Bulls are at the …

NBA

State pharmacy lobby fights stricter regulation

State lawmakers pressed Wednesday for stronger regulation of pharmacists' hours and workload as a way to protect consumers from harmful errors, but pharmacy lobbyists largely did not budge.<p>In the first public showdown since a Tribune investigation in December found 52 percent of 255 tested …

Health Care

All's quiet on Bulls trade front with deadline at 2 p.m. Thursday

Jimmy Butler didn't attend Wednesday's evening practice at the Advocate Center, the Bulls' first since the All-Star break.<p>And, no, Butler wasn't traveling to Boston.<p>"With us playing the last game in the league before the break, we gave Jimmy one more day," coach Fred Hoiberg said, citing last …

NBA

Wade Davis' starting experience a big help to him as a closer

Both the Rays and Royals ultimately decided Wade Davis was more valuable to them as a reliever than a starter.<p>But the lessons Davis learned during three seasons in the rotation allowed him to carve a niche from which the Cubs seek to benefit in 2017.<p>As primarily a starter from 2009-11 and in '13, …

Baseball

Buzzer-beater lifts Syracuse past No. 10 Duke; No. 3 Kansas clinches share of Big 12 title

John Gillon hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, and host Syracuse upset No. 10 Duke 78-75 on Wednesday night as the Orange kept alive their postseason hopes.<p>With just 7.5 seconds left on the clock after a Duke miss, Gillon drove to the top of the key and banked in a desperation …

College Basketball

Notre Dame gets commitment from four-star wide receiver from Oregon

Notre Dame's recruiting momentum continued Wednesday night when four-star wide receiver Braden Lenzy announced on Twitter that he has committed to the Irish.<p>The 6-foot, 175-pound Lenzy, from Portland, Ore., is the 11th member of the Irish's 2018 class and the fifth to commit in the last nine days. …

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Early playing time a juggling act for Joe Maddon and Dave Martinez

<b>Dave Martinez</b> has interviewed for managerial positions with the Cubs, Dodgers and Nationals, and manager <b>Joe Maddon</b> continues to give his longtime bench coach opportunities to gain experience.<p>Martinez, in his third season as the Cubs after serving under Maddon with the Rays, has the ominous task of …

Baseball

A packed 'Hamilton' matinee — all Chicago Public School students and their teachers

It was no surprise Wednesday that the PrivateBank Theatre had yet another sold-out crowd for "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop homage to our nation's Founding Fathers. What was different was the crowd itself — all students from Chicago Public Schools.<p>About 1,900 Chicago students and their …

Education

Local educators say Trump rollback of transgender rule won't change policy

The Trump administration announced late Wednesday it has rescinded a key Obama directive granting transgender students federal protections in public schools, though the impact in Illinois may not be as pronounced as elsewhere and many local educators said they will not roll back existing …

Equality

Emanuel administration clears bribe-paying red-light camera vendor to bid on city contracts

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has reinstated the red-light camera vendor it fired after the firm was caught bribing its way into City Hall, making Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. once again eligible to pursue city contracts following a four-year suspension.<p>The designation of Redflex as a …

21st Century

Wizards acquire Bojan Bogdanovic in trade with Nets: report

The Washington Wizards added scoring punch to their bench Wednesday, acquiring swingman Bojan Bogdanovic in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets.<p>Washington will also get forward Chris McCullough in the deal and send a lottery-protected 2017 first-round pick, Marcus Thornton and Andrew Nicholson to …

Basketball

Paul Ryan tours U.S.-Mexico border, says agents need 'more support'

House Speaker Paul Ryan led a delegation of House Republicans on a six-hour tour of the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday, seeing firsthand by helicopter, horse and boat the security challenges of keeping out undocumented immigrants President Donald Trump wants to block with a costly wall.<p>Ryan, R-Wis., …

U.S. Congress

Top Trump envoys head to Mexico to repair damaged ties

Few international relationships have gotten off to a rockier start for the Trump administration than the one with Mexico.<p>Days after he took office, President Trump argued on the phone and on Twitter with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto over Trump’s demand that Mexico pay to build a tall wall …

Mexico

Mississippi self-imposes 1-year football postseason ban

Mississippi's football team will not play in the postseason next year. The Rebels might be facing more penalties, too, now that the NCAA says the program has committed more than 20 rules violations over the past several years.<p>Ole Miss officials said Wednesday that the university has received an …

College Football

Passengers rejoice when man accused of racism is kicked off Chicago-Houston flight

"Goooodbyeee raaacists!"<p>That was the blunt - and unquestionably sarcastic - message one heated passenger delivered to a man and a woman as they were being kicked off a United Airlines flight Saturday evening for causing a disturbance that was blamed on racist comments.<p>The confrontation on Flight …

Airlines

O'Hare hits 68 degrees, tying 1922 record

The temperature at O’Hare International Airport hit 68 degrees Wednesday tying the record for the day but not coming close to the record for February of 75 set in 1976, according to the National Weather Service.<p>At 3:59 p.m. the temperature reached 68 degrees, tying the previous record for Feb. 22, …

Chicago

Harness helps man's best friend buckle up, too

Without protective restraints, canine passengers are as much at risk in a car crash or sudden stop as human riders.<p>Now you can buckle your buddy into a Ruffwear Load Up Harness. This crash-tested vehicle restraint travel harness attaches easily but firmly to any seat belt by way of one sturdy …

Travel

ACLU sues Milwaukee, accusing police of unconstitutional stop-and-frisk program

The Milwaukee Police Department is operating a stop-and-frisk program that mostly targets black and Latino residents who are often detained without cause, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.<p>The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of six black and …

Policing

City to take a swing at adding a batting cage in Humboldt Park

With baseball season just around the corner, the city is taking a swing at adding a batting cage to the West Side.<p>A five-station automated batting cage is in the works for the south end of Humboldt Park near Division Street and Kedzie Avenue. Baseball programming at the park has continued to be …

Rahm Emanuel

Black aldermen call for contract changes to cull 'racism and violence' from CPD

African-American aldermen on Wednesday called for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to remove clauses in the city's police contract that they contend foster racist misconduct in the Chicago Police Department, an assertion the police union swiftly rejected.<p>The City Council Black Caucus' demands come as the mayor …

Policing

'One Part Plant' is all about plant-based eating, but don't call it a diet book

“It’s important to me that you know this isn’t a diet book,” writes author Jessica Murnane in her introduction to her cookbook, “One Part Plant” (Harper Wave, $27.99).<p>Murnane’s book, instead, is what all cookbooks should be, a collection of enjoyable recipes meant to get you in the kitchen. Except …

Vegan

In court filing, Dennis Hastert victim again argues for rest of hush money

One of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's sexual abuse victims argues he kept his end of the bargain to remain silent about decades-old misconduct in exchange for $3.5 million, and it was the disgraced politician who first disclosed the existence of their secret pact.<p>In the latest filing in …

Lawsuits

Cubs close door on possibility of Sammy Sosa return

Whatever chance Sammy Sosa had of reconciling with the Cubs apparently is over.<p>According to multiple sources, Sosa’s comments in an interview with blogger Chuck Wasserstrom were deemed so bizarre it convinced the organization to close the door on the possibility of ending his 13-year exile.<p>In the …

Baseball

CHA approves Texas developer to build homes on former Cabrini-Green site

A Texas company has been tapped to develop more than 480 units of mixed-income housing on 6.9 acres of the former Cabrini-Green public housing complex.<p>On Tuesday, the Chicago Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners greenlighted El Paso, Texas-based Hunt Development Group to lead the project, …

Urban Planning

Judge to priest who stole $100K from church: You abused position of trust

A Greek Orthodox priest from Chicago who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from his church had his felony theft conviction reduced to a misdemeanor Wednesday.<p>A judge in Milwaukee agreed to instate the lesser conviction after the Rev. James Dokos satisfied the terms of his year-long …

Religion

Emanuel says it's 'imperative' for Trump to speak against threats

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday used a City Council resolution that denounces anti-Semitic threats to say President Donald Trump should take a strong stance against attacks on people for their ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.<p>"I think it's imperative for all of us — most importantly for the …

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