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  • Mayor Emanuel names Richard C. Ford II as new fire commissioner

    CHICAGO — A 35-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department has been named the city’s new fire commissioner. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the appointment of Richard C. Ford II Sunday. He has been the acting commissioner since Sept. 1. His appointment requires City Council approval. Ford replaces Jose Santiago in the $200,000-a-year job. Santiago reached the mandatory retirement age of 63. Ford is a life-long Chicagoan. Most recently he served as the first deputy commissioner, overseeing day-to-day operations. Earlier, he […]

  • As Senate hearing set for Kavanaugh, new accuser emerges

    WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says he sexually assaulted her as a teenager, as a claim of sexual misconduct emerged from another woman. The New Yorker magazine reported Sunday night that Senate Democrats were investigating a second woman’s accusation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh dating to the 1983-84 academic year, Kavanaugh’s first at Yale University. The New Yorker said 53-year-old Deborah […]

  • Tiger Woods caps off amazing comeback with first win since 2013

    ATLANTA — A comeback not even Tiger Woods saw coming a year ago. A chaotic celebration that golf hasn’t seen even in the best of times. Woods delivered the perfect ending to his amazing return from four back surgeries on Sunday with a performance that felt like old times. He left the competition feeling hopeless as he built a five-shot lead early and hung on to win the Tour Championship. Woods raised both arms over his head after he tapped […]

  • Schwarber homers as Cubs beat White Sox 6-1

    CHICAGO — Kyle Schwarber homered and drove in two runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the crosstown White Sox 6-1 on Sunday to lower their magic number for clinching the NL Central title to five. Ben Zobrist had three hits and Kyle Hendricks dazzled again as the Cubs took the rubber game of the weekend series. They also stayed 2½ games ahead of second-place Milwaukee, which cruised to a 13-6 victory at Pittsburgh. Playing the field for the first time […]

  • ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ ticks to No. 1 in theaters

    NEW YORK  — The gothic family fantasy “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” exceeded expectations to debut with an estimated $26.9 million in ticket sales at the weekend box office, while audiences showed considerably less interest in Michael Moore’s Donald Trump-themed documentary, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” than his George W. Bush-era one. “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” was easily the biggest draw on a quiet weekend at North American movie theaters, where the other three new wide […]

  • Major flooding lingering more than a week after Florence

    BLADENBORO, N.C. — More than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, thousands of coastal residents were told Sunday that they may need to leave their homes because of still-rising rivers. About 6,000 to 8,000 people in Georgetown County, South Carolina, were told to prepare to evacuate ahead of a “record event” of up to 10 feet (3 meters) of flooding expected because of heavy rains dumped by Florence, county spokeswoman Jackie Broach-Akers said. She said the flooding is expected […]

  • US considers limit on green cards for immigrants on benefits

    SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration has proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires those seeking green cards to prove they will not be a burden — or “public charge” — but the new rules detail a broad range of programs that could disqualify them. The Department of Homeland Security said Saturday that current and past receipt of certain public […]

  • Cubs beat White Sox 8-3, inch closer to NL Central title

    CHICAGO — With every big swing, every defensive gem all over the infield, Javier Baez is making an argument for NL MVP. It’s turning into quite a case. Baez homered and the Chicago Cubs took advantage of huge mistake by Ryan LaMarre, beating the crosstown White Sox 8-3 on Saturday night to increase their lead in the NL Central. Ben Zobrist added two hits and two RBIs as the Cubs moved 2½ games ahead of second-place Milwaukee. Coupled with the […]

  • Kavanaugh accuser tentatively agrees to testify Thursday

    WASHINGTON — Negotiators reached a tentative agreement Saturday for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear testimony Thursday from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault from decades ago, according to two people briefed on the matter. Lawyers for Ford and bipartisan representatives of the committee came to the tentative agreement after a short phone call, said one of the people, who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. The person said […]

  • Northern Illinois school threat report was hoax, police say

    BELVIDERE, Ill. — Police say a woman called in a false threat of a gunman that prompted dozens of officers to search for the suspect and place several schools on lockdowns. Belvidere police say 20-year-old Sabrina L. Andrews of Belvidere has been arrested on felony charges that include making a false police report. Police say Andrews called the police department on Thursday, claiming a man with a gun outside of Belvidere South Middle School was threatening to shoot her child. […]