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  • Bitcoin futures rise as virtual currency hits Chicago Board Options Exchange

    CHICAGO — The first-ever bitcoin future jumped after it began trading Sunday as the increasingly popular virtual currency made its debut on a major U.S. exchange. The futures contract that expires in January surged more than $3,000 to $18,580 eight hours after trading launched on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The contract opened at $15,000, according to data from the CBOE. The CBOE futures don’t involve actual bitcoin. They’re securities that will track the price of bitcoin on Gemini, one […]

  • Crawford leads Blackhawks to 3-1 win over Coyotes

    CHICAGO — Corey Crawford made 31 saves, Artem Anisimov scored with 4:47 left in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Sunday night. Tommy Wingels and Nick Schmaltz also scored in the third as Chicago earned its second straight win after dropping five in a row. Patrick Kane had two assists to run his career total to 781 points, breaking a tie with Doug Wilson for fifth on the franchise scoring list. Kane found […]

  • Trubisky, Howard lead Bears over hapless Bengals 33-7

    CINCINNATI — Rookie Mitchell Trubisky threw for a touchdown and ran for another in his best showing yet, and the Chicago Bears ended a five-game losing streak by routing the lackluster Cincinnati Bengals 33-7 on Sunday, their most lopsided victory in five years. Jordan Howard ran for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Bears (4-9) dominated a matchup of the NFL’s worst offenses. Their rookie quarterback took full advantage of an injury-depleted defense, completing a career-high 25 […]

  • ‘Why do they bully? What’s the point of it?’ Boy’s tearful questions to mom go viral

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  — A Tennessee woman’s video of her tearful son recounting being bullied at middle school has prompted a wave of support from athletes and entertainers. Kimberly Jones said in a Facebook post Friday she had just picked up her son, Keaton, from school because he was too afraid to go to lunch. In the video, Keaton said other students call him ugly, make fun of his nose and tell him he has no friends. He said milk was […]

  • Mirotic big off bench, Bulls edge Knicks 104-102

    CHICAGO — Kris Dunn is a key piece of the Chicago Bulls’ rebuilding effort. He wants to be a key to the team’s success. Dunn made two free throws with 2.9 seconds left to give the Bulls a 104-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night. Coach Fred Hoiberg put the ball in Dunn’s hands during the final possession and the second-year point guard was fouled by Courtney Lee while driving to the basket. “I want to be […]

  • Sources: Yankees set to reel in MVP Stanton from Marlins

    MIAMI — After helping the New York Yankees to five World Series titles, Derek Jeter might help them win another. The Yankees and Jeter’s Miami Marlins have agreed to a trade that would send NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to New York, pending a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations said Saturday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams hadn’t announced the agreement. Stanton has a no-trade clause in his record $325 million, […]

  • New Mexico school closed indefinitely after deadly shooting

    AZTEC, N.M. — A northwestern New Mexico high school where a deadly shooting occurred will remain closed until further notice. Authorities say 21-year-old William Atchison, a former student at Aztec High School, shot and killed two students at random Thursday before killing himself. School district Superintendent Kirk Carpenter says counseling services will be available Monday as Aztec High School staff members meet at another school for a “family gathering” and debriefing. The Daily Times in Farmington reports that Carpenter declined to comment […]

  • Forsling’s goal in OT lifts Blackhawks over Sabres, 3-2

    CHICAGO — Gustav Forsling scored on a screened shot from the blue line with 4.9 seconds left on the clock in overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Forsling, who had two assists in regulation, fired a low drive between Robin Lehner’s pads with Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen blocking the goalie’s view. Sabres star Jack Eichel failed to score on a penalty shot at 1:31 of overtime […]

  • Markkanen scores 24, Bulls end skid with OT win over Hornets

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Chicago Bulls thought they were trending in the right direction in the last few games of their 10-game losing streak. On Friday night, they kept their poise and finished strong. Lauri Markkanen had 24 points, including a key 3-pointer in overtime, and 12 rebounds to lead Chicago to a 119-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets. “Lauri showed again that he’s going to be a heck of a player in this league,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. […]

  • Chicago settles lawsuit involving police code of silence

    CHICAGO — The city of Chicago has settled a lawsuit involving whether a police code of silence protected a detective before he drove drunk and killed two men in a 2009 crash. U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall announced the settlement during a break in closing arguments Friday. The trial stemmed from a wrongful-death lawsuit by the victims’ families against Joseph Frugoli and the city. They argued that even though Frugoli had been off duty, the code of silence helped conceal […]