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  • Fan gets tackled in front of visitors' dugout at Wrigley Field. (Chicago Tribune photo)

    Fan charged for running onto Wrigley Field during game

    CHICAGO –A Chicago Cubs fan was arrested for getting too close to the action. Christopher Hilton ran onto Wrigley Field during Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Security tackled him right in front of the visitors’ dugout. Hilton is charged with criminal trespassing. Police say he was drunk when they found him on the field. Hilton is due in court on Monday.

  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressing crowd at a public budget hearing at Wright College Thursday.

    Emanuel gets earful about property tax hike at final budget hearing

    CHICAGO —  It didn’t have to be stopped early like the last one, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s last public budget hearing had plenty of angry comments. The hearing at Wright College was the first since Emanuel offered a plan to pass the highest property tax hike in the city’s history. A package of tax and fee hikes could raise $550 million for covering pensions and schools. That includes a new monthly garbage hauling fee. “If you look at and […]

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    About 300,000 veterans died waiting for medical care

    An efficiency problem reveals that the Department of Veterans Affairs doesn’t know if applicants for health care are actually alive. About 900,000 veterans have pending applications for care. But a new report says that about a third of them are likely deceased. Some applications go back nearly two decades. The report found that “data limitations” prevent the department from knowing when applicants died or when they submitted the paperwork. It also says thousands of unprocessed applications were incorrectly marked as […]

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    38-pound dachshund gets help losing weight

    HOUSTON — A dangerously obese dog is getting help as it strives for a healthier lifestyle. Vincent is a dachshund in Houston. He weighs 38 pounds. And that’s after he lost some weight. Vincent’s bulging shape makes it about twice the size that he should be. There’s even a curve in his back because his large belly sags so low. The dog was dropped off at the pound after his owner died. So Melissa Anderson is looking after him through […]

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    It’s not Heinz ketchup, it’s ‘tomato seasoning’: Israel

    [ndn id=29596418] ISRAEL — Heinz ketchup is no longer ketchup in Israel. The country’s health ministry says Heinz ketchup should be called, “tomato seasoning.” They ruled the product does not contain enough “tomato solids” to be considered ketchup. The ruling came after a complaint from local competitor, Osem. Osem claimed Heinz ketchup contains 21 percent tomato concentrate, rather than the 61 percent that it claims. Israeli food standards require ketchup to have 41% tomato concentrate. The Heinz distributor in Israel […]

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    Siblings reunited after 75 years apart

    SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of siblings has reunited after their family was split up several decades ago. Patsy Maughan and her little brother Dan hugged for the first time in 75 years, when they saw each other in an airport in Salt Lake City. Patsy was seven when her baby brother and sister were taken away from her parents. She had no luck in finding them, but her son did. Her little brother wasn’t so little anymore. He […]

  • Susan "Kayla Kupcakes" Surrette flashes Judge in Florida courtroom

    Woman flashes judge during bond hearing

    BROWARD COUNTY, Flor. — A woman was having her day in court when she displayed exhibit-A and exhibit-B. Susan Surrette was in court in Broward County, Florida, for disorderly intoxication, when she flashed her breasts at the judge. During a conversation with Judge John Hurley, Surrette said she was a hair dresser and had another job. “You’re also what,” asked Hurley. “Kayla Kupcakes.  I’m an escort too,” answered Surrette. Surrette calls herself Kayla Kupckakes on her website, which advertises her […]

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    Man takes cab to theme park and takes driver inside

    ABU DHABI — Irish businessman Liam Murphy was visiting the United Arab Emirates when he decided to go to a theme park. On the way there, his cab driver, Shakiha, told him he had never been to one. So when they arrived, Murphy got out and told Shakiha to get out too, because he was coming with him. Murphy treated Shakiha to a day of food and rides at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. The day included the driver’s first roller […]

  • Pro golfer Ernie Els with his 12 year old son, Ben

    Golfer Ernie Els opens school for children with autism

    JUPITER, Fla — Autism is something golfer Ernie Els and millions of other parents deal with every day. His autistic son, Ben, is now 12 years old. But when he was diagnosed, Els says it was difficult to find good information for parents and good education programs for kids. Over eight years, the Els family has raised over $30 million. That has led to the Els Center of Excellence in Florida. It’s a 26-acre campus for autistic children, with classrooms […]

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    Woman targets neighbor with insulting ‘For Sale’ sign

    DALLAS —  A “For Sale” sign in Texas says less about the house and more about the neighbor. The sign was posted after a dispute between two neighbors in Farmers Branch, Texas. Lisa Price says her neighbor reported her to the city because her four dogs were barking. That led to a $121 fine. And that led Price to put her house up for sale, but she might not attract any buyers. The sign reads, “For sale by owner because […]


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