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50 years after key Vietnam battles, Mattis seeks closer ties

A half-century after the Tet Offensive punctured American hopes of victory in Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the former enemy in search of a different kind of win: incremental progress as partners in a part of the world the Pentagon has identified as vital for the United States …

War

Larry Nassar back in court for a fifth day of victims' testimonies

More young women and girls who say they were assaulted by a Michigan sports doctor are due in court for a fifth day to make victim statements before he is sentenced.<p>Larry Nassar sat in the witness chair last week as more than 80 women and girls described the impact of being assaulted by him. Nassar …

Crime

Turkish troops face fierce battles in Syrian Kurdish enclave

Intense clashes erupted Monday as Turkish troops and their allies advanced on a Kurdish enclave in Syria, the third day of the Ankara offensive aimed at ousting the U.S.-backed Kurdish militia from the area, the militia and a war monitoring group said.<p>The Turkish offensive on Afrin, codenamed …

Syria

Pence says he's proud to be in 'Israel's capital, Jerusalem'

Vice President Mike Pence kicked off his visit to Israel with a Monday morning meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he said it was an honor to be in "Israel's capital, Jerusalem."<p>Netanyahu told Pence it was the first time a visiting dignitary could utter those three words …

Israel

Fugitive Puigdemont in Denmark, Spanish seek arrest warrant

Spain's prosecutors Monday asked the country's Supreme Court to issue a European arrest and extradition order against Catalonia's fugitive former leader after he arrived in Denmark.<p>Carles Puigdemont flew to Copenhagen from Belgium, where he has been since fleeing a Spanish investigation after the …

Carles Puigdemont

Philippine volcano explodes, villagers flee back to shelters

The Philippines' most active volcano ejected a huge column of lava fragments, ash and smoke in a thunderous explosion Monday, sending thousands of villagers back to evacuation centers and prompting a warning that a violent eruption may be imminent.<p>The midday explosion sent superheated lava, molten …

Flee

Patriots in an old, familiar spot headed for a Super Bowl showdown with the Eagles

The New England Patriots added to the lore of the NFL's latest, perhaps-greatest dynasty Sunday when they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship game despite quarterback Tom Brady's injured throwing hand, despite the loss of tight end Rob Gronkowski to a concussion, despite facing …

New England

Head of Russian media outlet RT says U.S. foreign agent order hurts

The head of Russian television channel RT, which U.S. intelligence agencies allege took part in the campaign to influence last year's presidential election, says that having to register as a foreign agent in the United States is already hurting the Kremlin-funded outlet.<p>Since the U.S. Justice …

Russia

Senate talks fall short, shutdown extends into workweek

The government shutdown is set to sow more disruption and political peril Monday after the Senate inched closer but ultimately fell short of an agreement that would have reopened federal agencies before the beginning of the workweek.<p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck …

Chuck Schumer

Morning Spin: Alderman hangs 'sword of Damocles' over noisy Riverwalk businesses

<i>Welcome</i> <i>to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.</i><p><b>Topspin</b><p>A downtown alderman is sending a warning to businesses along the Chicago Riverwalk that have irked nearby residents with the …

Chicago

2 IEDs detonated inside Florida mall, no injuries: police

Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited inside a mall in central Florida.<p>Lake Wales police Deputy Chief Troy Schulze tells news outlets that at 5:22 p.m., the Lake Wales Fire Department received an alarm call at the Eagle Ridge Mall. While en route to that call, their alarm for smoke …

Terrorism

'The Chi' Episode 3 recap: 'Ghosts' shows characters haunted by past

<i>Each week William Lee and Nina Metz recap and discuss the first season of “The Chi,” which airs 9 p.m. Sundays on Showtime.</i><p><b>Note: Spoilers ahead</b><p><b>Nina Metz:</b> A theme emerged this episode: Who can you talk to? The men (and boy) of “The Chi” aren’t talking about what’s going on — what’s <i>really</i> going on — …

TV

First-year Golden Knights win again, now have best record in NHL

The Golden Knights are giving Vegas an incredible, odds-beating story in their first year on the ice.<p>With a roster built on everybody else's spare parts, this expansion team has the whole league playing catch-up.<p>James Neal and Jonathan Marchessault scored to help the Golden Knights beat the …

Ice Hockey

Women will lead a SAG Awards show unlike any in its history

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will make their mark on this year's Oscars race on Sunday, but it will be the treatment of women in Hollywood and beyond that will remain at the forefront.<p>The show will feature a roster of almost all female presenters, Kristen Bell as its inaugural host, and an …

Awards

Stephen Miller, immigration agitator and White House survivor, is at the center of the fight over ‘Dreamers’

Stephen Miller, one of the few remaining original advisers to President Donald Trump, invited a small group of writers and editors from Breitbart News to the White House last fall for a conversation on immigration. The conservative news website - headed at the time by another former White House …

Donald Trump

Nick Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7

Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles made big play after big play Sunday night, winning the NFC title in a stunning 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings.<p>Next up: the Eagles' first Super Bowl appearance since 2005, against the team that beat them then, AFC champion New …

Nick Foles

John Coleman, former Chicago meteorologist and Weather Channel co-founder, dies at 83

John Coleman, who co-founded The Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC's "Good Morning America" during a six-decade broadcasting career but who later drew people's anger for his open skepticism about climate change being man-made, has died. He was 83.<p>Coleman died Saturday night …

Weather

Trump keeps low public profile during shutdown, but is 'itching' to be involved

President Donald Trump stayed out of public view this weekend as delicate negotiations continued to fully reopen the federal government, sharing his opinions publicly only in sporadic, tweet-sized bursts.<p>His closest advisers and allies would like this hide-and-tweet strategy to continue.<p>Trump - …

Donald Trump

For Bulls’ Ryan Arcidiacono, it's all about the intangibles

Ryan Arcidiacono scored his first NBA points Saturday night. The baby-faced Bulls guard knocked down two free throws and then drained a pair of 3-pointers.<p>Eight points on two field-goal tries. Now that’s efficiency.<p>Here’s the thing, though: In congratulatory texts after the game, members of …

College Basketball

Rick Bayless closes Fonda Frontera in Wicker Park

According to a Facebook announcement posted on Sunday afternoon, Rick Bayless’ Wicker Park spot, Fonda Frontera, has closed. Calls to the restaurant directed to a voicemail system.<p>“We want to say a huge Thank You to all of you who've been our guests at Fonda Frontera in Wicker Park over the last 3 …

Mexican Food

Monday's matchup: Bulls at Pelicans

<b>TV/radio:</b> 7 p.m. Monday; NBCSCH, WLS-AM 890.<p><b>Storylines:</b> Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis is having another monster season, averaging 26.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. The Chicago native had back-to-back 48- and 45-point games last week against the Knicks and Celtics.<p><b>Trending:</b> The Bulls are …

Basketball

Free from Tom Thibodeau, Bulls' Zach LaVine in good hands

The elite athlete with the surgically repaired left knee is in good hands.<p>After 17 minutes of floor time Saturday in Atlanta, Zach LaVine approached the Bulls coaches and said: “Guys, I’m gassed.”<p>They didn’t tell him to fight through it. Coach Fred Hoiberg pulled him from the game shortly after, …

Basketball

Artem Anisimov ready for return; Gustav Forsling sent down

<b>Artem Anisimov</b> is finally set to hit the ice for the first time in 2018.<p>Anisimov, who was put on injured reserve with an upper-body injury Dec. 29, practiced for the first time Friday. Now the Blackhawks center is set to return to the lineup in Monday’s home game against the Lightning.<p>Anisimov has …

Ice Hockey

Loyola peels away from Valparaiso for 70-54 win

Clayton Custer scored 18 points with five assists and four steals and Loyola-Chicago pulled away from Valparaiso in the second half for a 70-54 win on Sunday.<p>Aundre Jackson added 12 points, Donte Ingram 11 and Cameron Krutwig 10. Ingram and Krutwig each had seven rebounds. Loyola-Chicago (16-4, 6-2 …

College Basketball

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he wouldn't let a child use social media

Anyone remember Ping — Apple's "music-oriented social network," the hot new thing back in 2010?<p>No, we're not surprised if you don't. It flopped — hard — and shut down after just a couple years. Apple seems to have ceded the social media landscape to Facebook since then.<p>Maybe that's just as well for …

Tim Cook

Monday’s matchup: Lightning at Blackhawks

<b>TV/radio:</b> 7:30 p.m. Monday; WGN-9, WGN-AM 720.<p><b>Storylines:</b> At 31-12-3, the Lightning have the best record in the East, but they’ve lost three in a row and are 4-5-1 in their last 10. The Blackhawks have lost two in a row. The Lightning beat the Hawks 3-2 in overtime Nov. 22 in the first</b> …

Ice Hockey

A 'pro-white' town manager wants races to separate, rails against Islam, refuses to quit

Not many people have heard of Jackman, a small Maine town of fewer than 1,000 people not far from the Canadian border.<p>That was until this week, when media outlets began publishing stories about Jackman's town manager, a 37-year-old transplant from Arizona who seemed unequivocal about his views that …

Racism

Patriots storm back to knock off Jaguars 24-20, advance to 8th Super Bowl in 17 seasons

Tom Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining, rallying the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl with a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship Sunday.<p>Brady, wearing a black bandage on his right …

New England

One year after Trump inauguration, protesters march in Loop

One day after the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, several hundred protesters demonstrated outside his namesake building in River North.<p>Protesters opposed to a litany of policy stances by the administration gathered Sunday afternoon outside Trump Tower, where their signs and …

Black Lives Matter

Billionaire couple from Toronto were murdered by multiple people, private investigators believe

Private investigators believe a prominent billionaire couple found dead in their Toronto mansion last month were murdered by multiple people two days before their bodies were discovered, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Saturday, citing a source "with direct knowledge of the parallel probe" …

Crime