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  • Merriam-Webster names 'culture' word of the year for 2014

    NEW YORK — A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against the ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 9:35 am
  • Australian police: 3 dead, including gunman, in Sydney cafe siege

    SYDNEY (AP) — Amid a barrage of gunfire, police stormed a cafe in the heart of Sydney early Tuesday to end a 16-hour hostage siege by an Iranian-born ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 2:44 pm
  • Brookfield Zoo welcomes newborn bottlenose dolphin calf

    BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Zoo is welcoming a newborn bottlenose dolphin.The Chicago Zoological Soc ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 9:28 am
  • Chicago police charge 17-year-old in teen's fatal shooting

    CHICAGO — A 17-year-old has been charged with murder in the shooting death of another teenager during what the victim's aunt says was an attempt to st ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 9:27 am
  • 10 Things to Know for Dec. 15; gunman takes hostages in Sydney, Australia

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 7:42 am
  • 5 people escape from Sydney cafe in hostage crisis

    SYDNEY (AP) — Five people escaped from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages during Monday morning rush hour. Two people ins ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 6:23 am
  • CIA report revives legal debate on interrogation

    WASHINGTON – When the CIA sought permission to use harsh interrogation methods on a captured al-Qaida operative, the response from Bush administration ...
    Dec. 14, 2014 - 11:11 pm
  • McHenry County nonprofits benefit from charitable donations' year-end surge

    ‘The end is near for area nonprofits. The end of the year, that is. And as many charity organization ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 9:45 am
  • MCC considers temporary building for Student Life, club activities

    CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College is one of the few community colleges without a dedicated space for Student Life activities and clubs, its studen ...
    Dec. 14, 2014 - 11:08 pm
  • Correction

    A photo on page A3 of Saturday’s Northwest Herald incorrectly identified the priest giving a sermon during the Lady of Guadalupe Mass on Friday night ...
    Dec. 14, 2014 - 10:11 pm
  • Cancer patients testing drugs on mouse ‘avatars’

    Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same – with the hope of curing their own disease. They are paying a privat ...
    Dec. 14, 2014 - 10:10 pm
  • At United Nations climate talks, a crack in rich-poor barrier

    LIMA, Peru – A last-minute deal that salvaged U.N. climate talks from collapse early Sunday sends a signal the rich-poor divide that long held up prog ...
    Dec. 14, 2014 - 10:07 pm
  • Spending deal may not offer 2015 Congress road map

    WASHINGTON – Optimists might think twice before seeing Congress’ bipartisan agreement to keep the government running another year as a road map for 20 ...
    Dec. 14, 2014 - 10:07 pm
  • Hunting of bobcats up to outgoing Illinois governor

    ST. LOUIS – Ken Staley spends days setting traps in pursuit of beavers, otters, raccoons and muskrats. Yet the southwestern Illinois man for years has ...
    Dec. 14, 2014 - 10:06 pm
  • Man gets 9 years for role in liquor store heist

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Illinois – A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend more than nine years in federal prison for his role in a Belleville l ...
    Dec. 14, 2014 - 10:06 pm
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