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Army Corps of Engineers blocks route of Dakota Access oil pipeline

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites. North...

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  • The Second City's guide to gifts that will ruin your relationship

    The Second City's guide to gifts that will ruin your relationship

    Whether you’re more of a Black Friday elbow-thrower or a Cyber Monday add-to-cart-er, no one’s safe from dropping mad amounts of dough on holiday gifts. Even the most thoughtful among us know that “It’s the thought that counts” is a bunch of bull, the really expensive kind of bull that people like...

  • The Second City: Creative ways to hide your post-election crying fits

    The Second City: Creative ways to hide your post-election crying fits

    Whether you’re ready to move on or not, regular life is carrying on in our post-election world. Hey, you can go for as long as 45 minutes without remembering the current societal chaos! Perhaps you’ve even smiled once or twice? And then, out of the poorly-predicted-by-Nate-Silver blue, you’re crying....

  • Ask Anna: Can I hook up with my friend?

    Ask Anna: Can I hook up with my friend?

    Dear Anna, I am interested in having sex with one of my friends. Usually I need some kind of emotional attachment for sex, so this works out. The problem is that the attachment between us could be compared to the best attachment on the vacuum cleaner— you know, the one that never comes off the...

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  • Mall of America, nation's biggest, hires first black Santa

    Mall of America, nation's biggest, hires first black Santa

    The nation's largest mall is hosting its first-ever black Santa Claus this this weekend. The Star-Tribune reports The Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis hired Larry Jefferson to play Kris Kringle from Thursday to Sunday as part of its Santa Experience. Santa Experience co-owner Landon Luther...

  • Starbucks: Howard Schultz to step down as CEO, focus on innovation

    Starbucks: Howard Schultz to step down as CEO, focus on innovation

    Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz is stepping down as CEO of the coffee chain he joined more than 30 years ago and transformed into a globally known brand. Schultz will become executive chairman in April to focus on innovation such as high-end shops and social impact activities, the Seattle-based...

  • Chicago newcomer completes 'L' challenge in under 9 hours, makes us all look bad

    Chicago newcomer completes 'L' challenge in under 9 hours, makes us all look bad

    Let's be honest. Most of us can barely handle riding the CTA for more than 20 minutes, let alone a couple of hours. But Chicago newcomer Jack Brandtman took it upon himself to learn a little more about the transit system by completing the Chicago "L" challenge—a roughly NINE-HOUR undertaking—and...

  • What your smartphone choice says about you

    What your smartphone choice says about you

    The age-old battle between iPhone and Android rages on, and this time they're coming for your inherent personality traits. In a study conducted in the United Kingdom, 500 smartphone users were surveyed based on their smartphone preferences.  When it comes to iPhone users, those who prefer the Apple...

  • Chicago tops 700 homicides — with a month to go in violent 2016

    Chicago tops 700 homicides — with a month to go in violent 2016

    In a year of relentless violence, Chicago has hit another grim milestone, exceeding 700 homicides for the first time in nearly two decades, according to official Police Department records. The 700 mark was reached about 6:20 a.m. Wednesday when a 25-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and back...

  • In case involving Indiana teacher, judges consider workplace protections for LGBT community

    In case involving Indiana teacher, judges consider workplace protections for LGBT community

    In a case that could extend workplace protection to the LGBT community, federal appellate judges in Chicago are reconsidering whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation. The case, heard Wednesday before a full panel of 7th Circuit Court judges, revolves...

  • Don't get your hopes up for #Michelle2020

    Don't get your hopes up for #Michelle2020

    It's no secret that Michelle Obama has captured the hearts and minds of many Americans during her tenure as First Lady of the United States. According to her husband, however, this doesn't mean she'll run for the highest office in the land. In an interview with Rolling Stone, President Barack Obama—gotta...

  • Man dies after being hit by truck in Loop

    Man dies after being hit by truck in Loop

    A pedestrian who was hit by a tractor-trailer truck Wednesday morning in the Loop neighborhood has died, authorities said. The 59-year-old man was hit by a large truck shortly before 10:30 a.m. in the 100 block of West Congress Parkway,  police said. The victim was taken in critical condition to...

  • Chicago police, preparing for Trump visit, told trip is off for now

    Chicago police, preparing for Trump visit, told trip is off for now

    The Chicago Police Department, which had been preparing for a visit later this week by President-elect Donald Trump, has been told the trip is off for now, sources said Wednesday afternoon. The Trump camp never did confirm such plans, but sources had told the Tribune that Chicago police were working...

  • 2016 Giving Guide: Buy gifts and do good at the same time this holiday season

    2016 Giving Guide: Buy gifts and do good at the same time this holiday season

    It's the most wonderful time of the year. And that time often includes feeling unbearably selfish every time you walk past those bell-ringing Santa Clauses outside of major retail stores. To help combat that end-of-the-year giving guilt, we've compiled a list of places to shop that will simultaneously...

  • LaCroix is finally answering our prayers with a Holiday Variety Pack

    LaCroix is finally answering our prayers with a Holiday Variety Pack

    One of the universal experiences of a newfound LaCroix addict is to purchase a case of the bubbly water and be stuck with 12 cans of a flavor that's not quite your speed. But fret no longer, in the spirit of the holiday season, the sparkling water brand will be offering a variety pack available...

  • Trump declares 'consequences' for flag burners, despite court protections

    Trump declares 'consequences' for flag burners, despite court protections

    President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that anyone who burns an American flag should face unspecified "consequences," such as jail or a loss of citizenship. But the Supreme Court has held that flag-burning is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment, and the Constitution forbids the...

  • Divvy offers free memberships in holiday bike photo contest

    Divvy offers free memberships in holiday bike photo contest

    If a sweet ride is on your wish list, be on the lookout for the candy cane-striped Divvy bike that hit the streets Monday. People who spot the festive bike can enter for a chance to win one of five free annual memberships — valued at $99 each — if they snap a photo and post it to Instagram or Twitter...

  • Grab your reading glasses: Chicago Public Library and CTA partner to offer free content

    Grab your reading glasses: Chicago Public Library and CTA partner to offer free content

    Instead of using phone data to Facebook stalk your ex on your commute to work (don’t lie, we know you do), now there's a more intellectual use for the CTA’s 4G service. Specifically, passengers can now access Chicago-related e-books, blogs, movies and more for free. The new program is the result...

  • CTA approves funds for engineering study in Red Line extension project

    CTA approves funds for engineering study in Red Line extension project

    The Chicago Transit Authority and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that the agency will dedicate $75 million toward a plan to extend the southern branch of the Red Line more than 5 miles. The CTA board approved an amendment to the capital improvement plan for fiscal years 2016 to 2020, designating...

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