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Sony Cancels Christmas Day Release Of “The Interview” Amid Threats

Sony has pulled the plug on a Christmas release for the comedy “The Interview” amid threats to movie-goers from a group of hackers.

12/17/2014

Cigar (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Despite Normalization, Cuban Cigars May Take Time To Hit Shelves

While Cuban Cigars are an icon in the smoking world, new relations with Cuba will apparently not turn that world upside down, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

12/17/2014

Angela Grovey. (Credit: Lisa Fielding)

Roosevelt Grad Stars In “Newsies”

Angela Grovey graduated from Roosevelt University with a degree in musical theatre.

12/17/2014

Patrick Crawford. (Credit Facebook)

Meteorologist, NIU Grad Shot In Parking Lot Near Waco TV Station

A TV meteorologist – educated at NIU – has been shot and wounded in the station’s parking lot near Waco, Texas.

12/17/2014

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West Chicago Still Catching Up On Yearlong Backlog Of Water Bills

Many residents of West Chicago are still waiting on their city to send them a water bill. For many of them, it’s been as long as 15 months since they last had a water bill.

12/17/2014

President Barack Obama speaks to the nation about normalizing diplomatic relations the Cuba in the Cabinet Room of the White House on December 17, 2014.  (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

Durbin: Normalizing Relations With Cuba Long Overdue

The top Illinois Democrat in Congress applauded President Barack Obama’s plan to begin normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba, and end 50 years of isolation. “After 55 years of embargo and exclusion to put an end to the Castros and communism, they’re still there. We should try a new approach,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

12/17/2014

Mr. February in the 2015 Chicago Taxi Driver Calendar. (Credit: taxicalendar.com)

Cabbies Publish Another Racy Calendar To Fund Fight With City

Chicago cab drivers have graced the pages of a pinup calendar for 2015, as part of a legal battle with the city in federal court.

12/17/2014

Crews are demolishing Douglas Hall, a 51-year-old dormitory at Northern Illinois University, as part of a plan to expand the school's main drag, Lucinda Avenue. (Credit: NIU)

NIU Demolishing Douglas Hall To Extend Main Drag

Northern Illinois University spokesman Paul Palian said the school wanted to create a more accessible route across the main drag on campus, Lucinda Avenue. So it’s demolishing Douglas Hall, which was named for Abraham Lincoln political rival Stephen A. Douglas.

12/17/2014

One of seven new tow plows being used by the Indiana Department of Transportation to clear snow from two lanes of highway with one truck. (Credit: INDOT)

Indiana Deploying New Tow Plows To Clear Roads Faster

Lots of drivers in northwest Indiana might be doing double-takes this winter, when they pass the latest piece of snow-fighting equipment on the highway.

12/17/2014

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Remembering Judy Baar Topinka: “Judy Had No Rival”

The people who knew the late Judy Baar Topinka best were gathering Wednesday to share stories and celebrate her life, a week after the longtime Illinois politician died of complications from a stroke.

12/17/2014

Liz Biondi. (Warren Township High School District 121 website)

Suburban School Board Asks Member To Quit Over Gay Comments

The Warren Township school board in far north Suburban Gurnee is asking one of its board members to step down for voicing concern about hiring someone who is gay or lesbian as the district’s next superintendent, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

12/16/2014

Union Station (CBS)

Metra, Amtrak Come Up With Plan To Deal With Union Station Overcrowding

Metra and Amtrak have a new plan to deal with overcrowding at Chicago Union Station, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

12/16/2014

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Man Recuperating After Being Rescued By Coast Guard From Uninhabited Island In Bahamas

A 39-year-old man with ties to Illinois is recuperating at a Key West, Florida, hospital – after being rescued last night from a small island in the Bahamas.

12/16/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

State Lawmakers To Propose Merging Offices Of Treasurer, Comptroller

Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner could make history when he appoints a new state Comptroller next month. That’s because he or she could be the last state comptroller to serve in Illinois.

12/16/2014

Sam Love. (Credit: Dorothy Tucker)

Chicago 5th Grader Collecting Toys For Disaster Victims, Homeless Children

Santa is getting some big help from a little elf in Chicago this Christmas. A South Side 5th grader is collecting toys for disaster victims in the south and homeless children right here Chicago.

12/16/2014

Storm Clouds In Vernon Hills

Gloomy Weather Could Be Affecting Your Mood

It’s been another gloomy day in Chicago and the weather is affecting peoples’ moods.

12/16/2014

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Frustrated Bears Fan Turns Anger Into Holiday Parody Video

Feeling frustrated about a lost Bears season? A holiday parody may able to help and now it’s gone viral, reports WBBM’s Lisa Fielding.

12/16/2014

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Suburban School Board To Seek Member’s Ouster Over Comments On Gays

The board for Warren Township High School District 121 planned to ask board member Liz Biondi to resign Tuesday night, a week after she said the district should not hire a homosexual superintendent.

12/16/2014

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Mayor’s Panel Issues Recommendations On Curbing Violence In Chicago

A commission organized by the mayor has issued a report outlining what it calls a “strategic plan” for curbing violence in Chicago.

12/16/2014

Demario Bailey. (Credit: johnson College Prep)

Three More Teens In Court For Murder Of 15-Year-Old

Deafro Brakes, 17, Tarik Brakes, 16 and Isiah Penn, 17 were each charged with two counts of murder and two counts of attempted armed robbery with a firearm. Tuesday afternoon, a judge ordered Deafro and Tarik Brakes held without bail, and set Penn’s bond at $2 million.

12/16/2014