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Police: 'A number of fatalities' after reports of explosion at Ariana Grande concert in England

Police says there are "a number of fatalities" after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England.<p>Police advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena Monday night.<p>There were no immediate details of what happened during the concert by the American …

Ariana Grande

Cavs coach defends LeBron James after 'weird' loss to Celtics

LeBron James was nowhere to be seen, staying behind the scenes, keeping a low profile.<p>Just as he did in Game 3.<p>James did not address the media Monday, hours after one of the worst postseason games of his career, an 11-point, six-turnover, head-scratching atrocity in a 111-108 loss to the Boston …

Basketball

Trump budget promises balance in decade, relies on deep cuts

President Donald Trump is proposing to balance the federal budget within a decade by making sharp cuts to social safety-net programs like food stamps and Medicaid and offering optimistic estimates of economic growth and tax revenues to fulfill the promise of a government back in the black.<p>Tuesday's …

Mick Mulvaney

Trial begins for West Side nonprofit head accused of using funds for spending spree

As the leader of a small nonprofit in Chicago's poverty-stricken West Garfield Park neighborhood, Franshuan Myles was supposed to use a $60,000 state grant to help impoverished youth learn new skills and stay out of trouble over their summer break.<p>Instead, federal prosecutors allege that Myles …

Corruption

Dick Vitale signs contract extension with ESPN

ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale has signed a contract extension with the network through the 2019-20 season.<p>In adding a year to his previous deal, Vitale will be the main analyst on many network games, including during the regular season and for conference championship tournaments.<p>A basketball …

Basketball

Preckwinkle: Soda tax will stand despite repeal campaign

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle believes efforts to sway a commissioner to help repeal a countywide sweetened beverage tax before it takes effect in July will come to naught.<p>Preckwinkle said during a radio interview that the tax was important for both the county's finances and public …

Corruption

U.N. condemns North Korea missile launch, vows new sanctions

The Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's "flagrant and provocative defiance" of U.N. sanctions banning ballistic missile tests on Monday and again vowed to impose new sanctions in response to its latest launch.<p>All 15 council members, including the North's closest ally, China, approved …

North Korea

Winning bidding war for Luis Robert shows White Sox are serious about rebuild

Baseball's most interesting mediocre team arrived in Arizona on Monday undeterred by the present and overjoyed about the future.<p>The White Sox, 20-22 as a three-game series against the Diamondbacks began, rewarded everyone supporting a rebuilding effort that looks more legitimate every day. Winning …

Baseball

Bears building a 'special' bond with quarterback Mike Glennon

Tight end Zach Miller had Mike Glennon’s cellphone number even before the quarterback signed with the Bears a few months ago — the two played for the Buccaneers during the 2013 season.<p>Now, the entire offense has it, and Miller hopes the off-field bond the starting quarterback has built with his …

Mike Glennon

Belligerent man in a Trump hat was kicked off a flight as a crowd chanted: 'Lock him up!'

Like some bizarre parody of a Trump rally, a belligerent man in a "Make America Great Again" hat was booted off a plane in Shanghai on Sunday — defiantly waving as a crowd of passengers jeered in the terminal: "Lock him up! Lock him up!"<p>It's unclear whether Chinese police did jail the man or who he …

Make America Great Again

Chicago could change who can remove passengers from planes following United incident

Chicago employees couldn't help airline employees remove passengers from planes except during crimes or emergencies under a measure aldermen advanced Monday, responding to the infamous dragging incident on a United Airlines flight at O'Hare International Airport.<p>Confusion remains, though, over …

Aviation

Chris Christie: 'I wouldn't let General Flynn in the White House'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former chairman of President Donald Trump's transition team, said Monday that he repeatedly recommend that Trump not give a job to Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser now under investigation for potential collusion with Russia during the …

Donald Trump

Play about Elwood and his unseen rabbit is a story we need to believe in

Mary Chase's "Harvey" — a Colorado journalist's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1944 Broadway play about a man with an imaginary lapine friend — actually has a good deal in common with Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."<p>Not to mention the musical "Next to Normal."<p>You're forgiven for thinking I've …

Tennessee Williams

'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' review: Speak no more, Jack Sparrow

The opening scene of the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" is a fitting metaphor for where we stand in this long franchise: A creaky old galleon is unceremoniously yanked up from the ocean depths and the only things aboard are cranky old ghosts.<p>A weary, battered fifth chapter — "Pirates of the …

Movies

Turkish officials summon U.S. ambassador to protest violent incident in Washington

Turkey summoned the American ambassador on Monday to protest what it called "aggressive and unprofessional actions" by American security personnel against Turkish bodyguards during a violent incident last week in Washington. The U.S. ambassador told Turkey's government its guards violated U.S. …

Turkey

Jake Arrieta helps out at Jahn School of Fine Arts

Chicago Cubs

Ben Zobrist bats leadoff vs. Giants; Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ sit

Ben Zobrist will bat leadoff for the second consecutive game, as Kyle Schwarber will sit Monday night against left-hander Ty Blach when the Chicago Cubs face the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field.<p>Zobrist has reached safely in 19 consecutive games dating back to April 28 — the fifth longest …

Baseball

Tollway committee advances $25 million study of Illinois 53 extension

An Illinois Tollway board committee on Monday approved spending $25 million to study a long-debated and controversial extension of Illinois Route 53 north into Lake County.<p>The Customer Service and Planning Committee recommended awarding the environmental impact study project to two engineering …

Chicago

First lady Melania Trump visits children at Israeli hospital

U.S. first lady Melania Trump on Monday visited a leading Israeli hospital that is also known as a center of coexistence between Arabs and Jews.<p>Melania Trump was in Jerusalem with President Donald Trump, who is on a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.<p>The first lady visited …

Israel

Rick Renteria not placing limits on White Sox goals

When Rick Renteria was asked Sunday what would make a successful season, the White Sox manager wasn't afraid to say "a winning record."<p>While guiding a rebuilding team that had fallen into a 2-9 funk before arriving at Safeco Field on Thursday, Renteria surely knows not everyone thinks that …

Baseball

Novelist Timothy Zahn is the man who saved 'Star Wars,' according to fans

Timothy Zahn, who is 65 and bald and carries an ever-so-slight air of social anxiety, is nobody's image of a superstar. And yet as he sat behind table No. 26 and waited for fans, he did not wait long. The doors to the convention hall at McCormick Place opened at 10 a.m., and by 10:10 a.m. the line …

Star Wars

Suspect in University of Maryland fatal stabbing held without bail, students call out racial tension on campus

The white University of Maryland student charged with fatally stabbing a black Bowie State student on the College Park campus Saturday has been denied bond amid students' calls for officials to address racial tensions at the state's flagship university.<p>Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, is charged with …

Crime

Retail bankruptcies push available anchor store space to new high in Chicago area

Seeing a lot of big, empty stores? It's not just you. A string of retail bankruptcies has pushed the amount of available anchor retail space in the Chicago area to a new high, and is creating opportunities for some retailers in expansion mode.<p>There are 218 anchor stores totaling 10.8 million square …

eCommerce

Comparing Mitch Trubisky to Jim McMahon

<b>Jim McMahon</b> tweeted his approval of <b>Mitch Trubisky</b> using the alias "James McMahon" to make a dinner reservation with Bears executives in North Carolina. "Not bad kid @Mtrubisky10," McMahon tweeted.<p>Trubisky did it to help keep his secret meeting with general manager <b>Ryan Pace</b> under wraps, but it's …

Mitch Trubisky

Nicky Hayden, a MotoGP world champion, dies at 35 after bicycle crash

Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden died in hospital on Monday, five days after he was hit by a car while training on his bicycle. Hayden was 35.<p>Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, where Hayden had been since the collision last Wednesday, made the announcement. Hayden had severe cerebral …

Auto Racing

Cultural commissioner Mark Kelly moves to reshape Chicago Jazz Festival

Practically everyone who wields significant influence in Chicago jazz was there.<p>Club owners, artistic directors, talent buyers, radio programmers, arts executives, professors, performers, promoters, managers and, yes, even a few journalists.<p>The occasion was unique: a Chicago Jazz Convening hosted …

Festivals

Pay attention to timing, temperature when replanting a peony

We have a mature peony that is about 5 years old and very healthy growing in a corner of the vegetable garden. We would like to transplant it to another bed. When is the best time to move it, and how do you recommend doing so?<p><i>— John Johnson, Barrington</i><p>The best time to move your peony will be late …

Gardening

Police: Inattention cost Wheaton College hammer throw victim his life

A moment of inattention cost Wheaton College student Ethan Roser his life when he was hit in the head by an errant hammer throw at an April track meet, Wheaton police said Monday.<p>Detective Andrew Uhlir said Roser, 19, was struck when he was standing with two others about 30 feet outside the …

Track & Field

Chicago and Czech ensembles infuse Gypsy music with color, vivacity

The Civitas Ensemble released its inner Roma in a unique meeting of classical and Romani cultural traditions Sunday at the Merit School of Music.<p>Two years in the planning, "Alla Zingarese," a joint project by the cross-disciplinary Chicago chamber group and the Gipsy Way Ensemble from the Czech …

Orchestras

Trump administration flip flops on location of Western Wall

As President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the hallowed Western Wall on Monday, it remained unclear whether his administration was changing longstanding U.S. policy by declaring the wall's location to be Israel, versus Jerusalem.<p>Heading to Israel on the second stop …

Donald Trump