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Philippine troops find dead, soon to declare end of siege

Philippine troops have captured a building where pro-Islamic State group militants made their final stand in southern Marawi city and found about 40 bodies of suspected gunmen inside, two security officials told The Associated Press on Monday.<p>The officials said the seizure of the building and the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Gov. Bruce Rauner to formally announce re-election bid Monday, sources say

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday will make official what had long been expected, formally announcing his plans to seek a second term as the state's chief executive despite turmoil within his own political party.<p>Sources said Rauner will release a video and take to Chicago morning television to …

Bruce Rauner

Tillerson seeks Arab help in U.S. effort to isolate Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the Trump administration's case for isolating and containing Iran in the Middle East and beyond to two Gulf Arab nations on Sunday, pushing for Saudi Arabia and Iraq to unite to counter growing Iranian assertiveness. He also called for a quick resolution …

Middle East

McCain seems to swipe at Trump with comment on Vietnam 'bone spur' deferments

After a week in which President Donald Trump endured not-so-veiled criticisms from his two predecessors as president and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., McCain delivered another broadside that seems clearly aimed at Trump — in the most personal terms yet.<p>McCain, whose status as a war hero Trump publicly …

Donald Trump

Justin Timberlake invited back to Super Bowl halftime show

Justin Timberlake has finally been invited back to the Super Bowl halftime show, 14 years after the "wardrobe malfunction" with Janet Jackson caused a national controversy.<p>The NFL announced Sunday night that Timberlake will headline the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 4 in Minnesota.<p>This will be …

Justin Timberlake

Trump's sons see green in the blues as they build hotels in rural Mississippi

Jake Brown crooned the Mississippi blues to a nearly all-black audience on the outskirts of town, his guitar filling the darkened club with pangs of heartbreak and regret.<p>Between numbers, the local singer paused and in a gravelly drawl, beseeched the crowd to be thankful. For God. For the …

Donald Trump

Bears-Panthers Week 7 recap

The Tribune's Brad Biggs and Dan Wiederer break down the Bears' 17-3 win over the Panthers in Week 7. (Rich Campbell/Chicago Tribune)<p>SEE MORE VIDEOS

Chicago

Bears defense attacks Panthers QB Cam Newton early, often in dominant win

Danny Trevathan had the green light. On the second play of Sunday's game, the Bears linebacker saw an opening and attacked, coming unblocked up the middle and drilling Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for a loss of 7.<p>"I saw that green light and I took it," Trevathan said. "They do a good job of …

Mitch Trubisky

Panthers QB Cam Newton on rocky day: 'We squandered that opportunity'

About 1 hour, 20 minutes after Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Bears, in a Panthers interview room at Soldier Field stocked with media members, Cam Newton strode in dressed in aviator sunglasses, a puffy brown hat and a blazer over wild print pants.<p>The get-up — fashionable or over the top, depending on …

Mitch Trubisky

Bears get after Cam Newton, will go as far as their defense will take them

Let's try not to get ahead of ourselves here, but the Bears have won consecutive games for the first time in nearly two calendar years.<p>Ahead of them is a chance to make it three in a row at the Saints before entering a fortuitously scheduled Week 9 off week. You have to go to the outset of the Marc …

Danny Trevathan

Dominant defensive effort sparks Bears' blowout win over Panthers

The dagger, believe it or not, came on the game's ninth play Sunday. With the Panthers nearing the red zone, Cam Newton took a shotgun snap, faked a handoff to Christian McCaffrey and scurried right for an option pitch. The play call was iffy. The execution was far worse. Newton's pitch to Curtis …

Mitch Trubisky

How scouting report sparked Eddie Jackson's record-setting interception return

Eddie Jackson's run into the NFL record book Sunday actually began last week on a piece of paper, well before the rookie safety returned two turnovers for touchdowns in the Bears' 17-3 win over the Panthers.<p>It traced back to position coach Ed Donatell, who gives his defensive backs a tip sheet for …

Mitch Trubisky

EPA yanks scientists' conference presentations, including on climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency has instructed two of its scientists and one contractor not to speak as planned at a scientific conference Monday in Providence, Rhode Island, sparking criticism from some academics and congressional Democrats.<p>EPA officials confirmed Sunday that its researchers …

Climate

Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen already showing he's more than just a shooter

Two things have jumped out regarding Lauri Markkanen's game after two unexpected starts have produced averages of 15 points and 10 rebounds.<p>The rookie is more than a shooter. And he competes defensively.<p>"Sometimes you get labeled as a shooter. But he really is a complete basketball player," coach …

Basketball

'Energy line' can produce goals for the Blackhawks as well as spirited play

If there is a hockey deity, Tommy Wingels must have attended services Saturday before the Blackhawks' 4-2 victory over the Coyotes.<p>Wingels had an apparent penalty-shot goal taken away in the second period when replay officials ruled goaltender Louis Domingue had hit the puck — officially ending the …

Basketball

Call me crazy, but Bears look good enough to make .500 season realistic goal

For a guy with such good field awareness, Bears rookie safety Eddie Jackson confessed to being totally oblivious Sunday to the history he made and the anniversary he marked.<p>Exactly one year after breaking his leg at Alabama, Jackson became the first NFL defensive player to score two touchdowns …

Mitch Trubisky

Stacked Dodgers and Astros present a World Series matchup for the ages

A delicious World Series matchup is in store for baseball fans, even though it may not be the one America was looking for.<p>The Dodgers and their great pitching will face the Astros and their killer lineup in a clash of two of the top teams in 2017.<p>Purists may have preferred a Dodgers-Yankees …

Baseball

Nine injured when vehicle backs into Waukegan restaurant

Nine people were injured, a few of them critically, when a vehicle backed into the side of a restaurant wall during lunch hour in Waukegan Saturday.<p>Officials said the Waukegan police and fire departments were dispatched at 12:40 p.m. to the Mexican eatery, Toluca's Restaurant, at 1419 Washington St.<p>…

Policing

Notre Dame's red-hot run rewarded with entry into top 10 of AP poll

Notre Dame center Sam Mustipher had a prediction.<p>"I went home (in the offseason) and told people, 'We're going to have a great team,'" Mustipher said Saturday. "I say that every year, but obviously I really believed it this year with the work we put in."<p>Coming off of a 4-8 season, Mustipher said …

College Football

Cubs mum on Chris Bosio firing, but explanation is needed

There was no reason for anyone to believe Chris Bosio would be let go as Cubs pitching coach.<p>Joe Maddon gave all his coaches a vote of confidence last week when asked if he expected all of them to return.<p>"Of course, yes," Maddon replied. "The staff's done a great job. Our staff's been awesome. And …

Joe Maddon

What we learned: The James Franklin mind-control act actually works for PSU

Here are five things we learned after a night in which Penn State fans hollered: "WE WANT BAMA!"<p><b>This James Franklin stuff is working.</b> The Penn State coach draws more eye rolls than almost all in his profession because of postgame interviews like this.<p>Franklin: "You said we play who next …

College Football

Man, 55, suffers graze wound to the head in South Side shooting

A man suffered a graze wound to his head while standing on the sidewalk in West Woodlawn Sunday morning, police said.<p>About 11 a.m., the 55-year-old man was standing in the 400 block of East 63rd Street, according to Chicago police. After he was shot, he arrived at the University of Chicago …

Chicago

Former Bull Paul Shirley on his new book and new career as a writer

After teaming with former Bull Marcus Fizer in Tim Floyd's pre-Bulls coaching days at Iowa State, Paul Shirley played for 11 teams in five countries over four seasons, including a nine-game stint for Scott Skiles' Bulls in 2004.<p>Shirley, who turns 40 in December, wrote about that experience in a …

Writing

Dramatic sentencing hearing expected in Bowe Bergdahl case

The fate of Bowe Bergdahl — the Army sergeant who pleaded guilty to endangering his comrades by leaving his post in 2009 in Afghanistan — now rests in the hands of a judge.<p>A sentencing hearing for Bergdahl starts Monday at Fort Bragg and is expected to feature dramatic testimony about soldiers and …

Bowe Bergdahl

Eddie Jackson steals the Bears a win, but it’s still about Mitch Trubisky

<b>Bears defensive end Leonard Floyd</b> calls rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky “Pretty Boy Assassin.’’ I call him “The Only Thing That Matters.’’<p>This season is all about Trubisky. No matter how much Floyd and the defense have improved – and man, have they ever become scary — it’s all about the second …

Mitch Trubisky

Trump to try to rally House Republicans on Sunday call to speed up tax cuts

President Donald Trump on Sunday afternoon plans to join a conference call of House Republicans to rally support for a Senate-passed budget bill that clears the way to enact tax cuts later this year without Democratic support.<p>White House and congressional aides who confirmed plans for the call …

Donald Trump

backed forces take Syria's largest oil field from Islamic State

U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria's largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces.<p>With IS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in a race to …

Syria

Ohio police officer fatally shot while responding to domestic dispute

An Ohio police officer has been fatally shot while responding to a reported domestic disturbance in the northeastern part of the state.<p>Authorities say 31-year-old Girard police officer Justin Leo was shot just after 10 p.m. Saturday as he and another officer stood at front door of a home where the …

Policing

A Cub Scout pressed a lawmaker about gun control. Then his den kicked him out, his mother said.

When Ames Mayfield's Cub Scout den met with a Colorado state senator last week, the 11-year-old came prepared with a long list of typed-up questions. He excitedly raised his hand to ask his first one.<p>Ames pressed the Republican state senator, Vicki Marble, on an issue he knew was important to her: …

Cub Scouts

Russian Americans divided over President Trump, fear another Cold War

Anastasia Kurteeva worries about a new Cold War.<p>She's afraid that escalating tensions between the United States and Russia will make it harder for people to travel freely between the countries, harder for her parents in Moscow to visit.<p>The U.S. government's decision in August to temporarily suspend …

Russia