Amanda Loutris

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Russian plane crash: Flying Britons home from Sharm el-Sheikh 'will take time'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1205000/1205332_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524671591_a244a6c796c23fb58e16e3f29c874111<p><b>It could be "some time" before British tourists in Sharm el-Sheikh are home, David Cameron has said, as he defended the suspension of flights as</b> …

European Union predicts 3 million more migrants by end of next year

Refugees have been growing more frustrated and desperate, spending nights in the rain and cold and wondering whether they’ve come too late.<p>Refugees have been growing more frustrated and desperate, spending nights in the rain and cold and wondering whether they’ve come too late.<p>LONDON — The European …

European Union

In Croatia's close-run election, the focus is migrants and the economy

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia’s ruling Social Democrats can claim success on the two biggest issues facing the country - Europe’s migration crisis and a sluggish economy just climbing out of recession - but it faces a tough fight to retain power in an election on Sunday.<p>Migrants wait for registration …

North Africa

Maduro: I'll cut off my mustache if Venezuela doesn't build a million homes by 2016 | Fox News

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has made some bold promises during his time leading his struggling country. Most of the time, he has failed to follow through.<p>But now Maduro is putting his money where his mouth is – or, to be more specific, where his mustache is.<p>The socialist leader promised …

Capitol Hill Buzz: Pelosi says next president a she

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made a presidential prediction Thursday while talking about the budget.<p>At a news conference, …

The White House

Police: 9-year-old Chicago boy 'lured' into alley and shot

CHICAGO (AP) — A 9-year-old Chicago boy who was fatally shot this week was "lured" from a park into an alley and executed because of his father's …

Crime

Workers trapped in collapsed Pakistan factory plead for help on mobile phones

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Rescuers at the site of a collapsed factory in Pakistan continued to dig through the rubble on Thursday, as the death toll rose to at least 21, officials said, describing the latest tragedy to spotlight poor safety standards in South Asia.<p>Rescue officials said 102 …

Pakistan

Russian plane crash: Was a bomb on board? Russia, Egypt downplay theory

<b>(CNN) —</b> British Prime Minister David Cameron says it's "more likely than not." U.S. President Barack Obama says "it's certainly possible."<p>But Russian and Egyptian authorities pushed back Thursday on suggestions that a bomb brought down Metrojet Flight 9268 over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, saying …

Airplanes

White Sox decline $10 million option on shortstop Alexei Ramirez

The White Sox declined to pick up Alexei Ramirez’s $10 million option Wednesday, choosing instead to pay a $1 million buyout that makes the 34-year-old shortstop a free agent.<p>The Sox’s first major offseason decision only leaves the club with more questions, chief among them whether the move …

Showers, thunderstorms bring end to unseasonably mild Chicago temperatures

Despite patchy fog early in the morning and increasing cloudiness, temperatures Thursday afternoon are expected to warm well into the 70s. This will mark the fourth consecutive day with temperatures 70 degrees or higher here — an event that has only occurred three other times in November, according …

Officials: Fox Lake cop killed himself because he feared discovery of crimes

Upending the portrayal of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz as a hero tragically cut down in the line of duty as he neared retirement, authorities on Wednesday said the Fox Lake officer died in a suicide he staged to look like a murder as it became clear he could face consequences for years of alleged …

Blackhawks blow three-goal lead in 6-5 loss to Blues in overtime

Believe it or not, there was a time when the Blackhawks were struggling to score goals and were winning with their defense. And it was only a week or so ago.<p>The numbers were eye-popping — in that they might have made Hawks fans pop a blood vessel upon sight of them. Before scoring a goal in 5-on-5 …

4 men hurt in shootings on West, Northwest sides

Four men were hurt in separate shootings since late Wednesday morning on the West and Northwest sides, Chicago police said.<p>Most recently, a 30-year-old man and a 44-year-old man were wounded in a shooting around 2:10 a.m. Thursday near The 606 trail in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest …

Person of interest in 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee's slaying released

Chicago police detectives released a person of interest they questioned Wednesday night in the slaying of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in an alley in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.<p>Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for Superintendent Garry McCarthy, confirmed a lawyer accompanied the person to …

Man wanted for attempted abduction: police

Police are on the lookout for a man who tried to abduct a girl on the Southwest Side on Tuesday.<p>He was in the 7900 block of South Talman Avenue when he grabbed the girl by the shoulder and pulled her backward, police said. She bit his hand and ran home, and the man went southbound on Talman.<p>The …

2016 Election Central: 2 Debates Coming Up & More Politicking

For those of you who are counting, we are just 370 days away from the 2016 presidential election. We’ve seen four debates and two more are coming up this month. While negotiations over the format of the debates continue, former Gov. Jeb Bush is slipping in the polls and Sen. Marco Rubio is riding …

Government

Refugee crisis: EU states failing to meet funding and resource commitments

EU member states are falling short of all the main commitments they agreed to in September to urgently address the refugee crisis.<p>Too few had responded to calls from Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia to provide the resources they need to cope with the situation, according to the European commission.<p>The …

World Leaders

Brent Budowsky: Sanders trouncing Trump, media ignores

In an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday, Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersPrimary win gives resurgent left a new shot of …

Donald Trump

Bernie Sanders pushes to legalise marijuana in the United States

The Democratic presidential challenger to Hillary Clinton has filed a bill in the Senate that would remove federal constraints on the recreational use of the drug<p>Bernie Sanders has pushed legalise marijuana in the United States, filing a bill in the Senate that would remove federal constraints on …

GOP Candidates: We Must Censor News Media to Protect Us from a Democracy

Republican presidential candidates complained about the questions asked during last week's debate on CNBC. They've demanded that rules be changed for future debates.<p>Ben Carson blamed moderators for asking questions designed for the candidates to explain their positions. He called those "gotcha …

Fast-food workers plan new strike, aim to sway election

<i>Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version of this story provided the wrong last name for worker Terrence Wise.</i><p>Fast-food workers, already a potent political force, are planning their largest nationwide strike yet next week and this time will leverage their crusade for a $15-an-hour wage in …

Middle-class

She Kills People From 7,850 Miles Away

Her name is ‘Sparkle.’ She operates a drone. She is sick of whiny boys. And she is perfectly OK with dealing out death.<p>Anne crawled out of bed in her …

Al-Qaeda

Three Rich Treasury Secretaries Laugh It Up Over Income Inequality

LOL. Peasants!<p>Three of the world's richest and most powerful people (and Timothy Geithner) had a good laugh over income inequality earlier this year.<p>Former Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin, Henry Paulson and Geithner were asked about the issue by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg during a …

Middle-class

Afghan teen rapper goes from poverty in Afghanistan to eating sushi in the US

"My name is Sonita Alizadeh. I am from Afghanistan. I came to USA eight months ago. I am student at Wasatch Academy. And I’m a singer and rapper about women’s and children’s rights." And here’s where Sonita switches to her native Farsi. She goes back and forth between the two languages during her …

Confessions of a Clinton reporter: The media's 5 unspoken rules for covering Hillary

The reporter's job is to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" — a credo that, humorously, was originally written as a smear of the self-righteous nature of journalists. And so the justification for going after a public figure increases in proportion to his or her stature. The bigger …

Factoring race into college admissions is crucial to campus diversity

Twelve years ago, after an epic legal battle over the University of Michigan’s affirmative action admissions policy in its law school and undergraduate school, the Supreme Court upheld the importance of student body diversity for the institution’s educational mission and the need to consider race …

Higher Education

Holding Universities Accountable

When I was a senior in college, I asked myself: "What if I had $200,000 - the price-tag of a degree at many elite universities - to spend on maximizing learning?" The possibilities I entertained - traveling the world, hiring brilliant professors as tutors, or even investing in my own business - …