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  • AirAsia plane with 161 on board missing in Indonesia

    JAKARTA, Indonesia – An AirAsia plane with 161 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking ...
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 11:42 pm
  • Deputy shootings top local stories of 2014

    The shooting of two McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies and the manhunt afterward was the top local story of 2014 chosen by Northwest Herald editors.
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 11:36 pm
  • McHenry County jail rental program with feds hard to quantify

    Note to readers: This is the first in a three-part series examining McHenry County’s longtime jail bed-rental program with two federal agencies. Some ...
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 11:34 pm
  • After record economic development, Huntley eyes hotel in 2015

    HUNTLEY – After seeing record economic development in 2014, Huntley officials will look to secure a hotel in 2015, as they continue to try and draw a ...
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 10:06 pm
  • McHenry City Council race busiest in years

    McHENRY – Longtime McHenry City Council member Andy Glab said he has to go back more than a decade to remember a time there was so much participation ...
    Dec. 28, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • E.C. Nichols Holiday Classic final

    Marengo beat Richmond-Burton during Saturday's E.C. Nichols Holiday Classic final at marengo HIgh School.
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Insurers dogged by claims of slanted Sandy reports

    NEW YORK – When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, flood insurance companies working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency dispatched an army ...
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • Agonizing, lonely search for missing kids in China

    BEIJING – In the grainy video, Zhang Xiuhong can see her daughter ride her bike down a country road on her way to school one spring afternoon six year ...
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 8:53 pm
  • Food hubs link consumers with locally farmed food

    BURLINGTON, Vermont – Move over farmers’ markets. More than 300 food hubs around the country are also providing small farms another outlet to sell loc ...
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • Wanted extremist leader surrenders in Somalia

    NAIROBI, Kenya – A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intell ...
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 8:50 pm
  • Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes

    WASHINGTON – It was supposed to be a joke. "Are you still president?" comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month.
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 8:49 pm
  • N. Korea uses racial slur against Obama over hack

    SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea blamed its recent Internet outage on the United States on Saturday and hurled racially charged insults at President B ...
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 8:50 pm
  • NYC officer mourned at funeral as tensions linger

    NEW YORK – Thousands of police officers from across the nation packed a church and spilled onto streets Saturday to honor Officer Rafael Ramos as a de ...
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 8:49 pm
  • U.S. mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

    HAVANA – A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States’ seven-story mission looms over Havana’s seaside Malecon boule ...
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 8:48 pm
  • MCC to give update on state tax law changes

    CRYSTAL LAKE – With another tax season just around the corner, McHenry County College is offering a seminar to update accountants, tax preparers and f ...
    Dec. 27, 2014 - 8:45 pm
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