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Celebration In North Dakota - News With Mary DixonMembers of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe are celebrating after the Army opted to block the Dakota Access pipeline from going through territory near their reservation. They and their fellow protesters have argued for months the project would violate a treaty with the US and threaten their water supply ... It's pretty much melting now but we had a record snowfall yesterday, with 6.4" at O'Hare ... Police in Harvey have busted a man suspected of killing a security guard last month ... A criminal investigation's been launched into a warehouse fire during a party Friday in Oakland. At least 36 (UPDATED) people have died ... President-elect Donald Trump is nominating former rival Ben Carson to lead the department of Housing and Urban Development, a few weeks after Carson declined Health and Human Services because of his lack of experience in running a federal agency ... The Bears beat the 49ers in a glorious victory at Soldier Field, while the Blackhawks lost to the Jets ... We're expecting a little fog this morning, and then cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid-30s.
US Jobless Rate Drops To 9-Year Low - News With Mary DixonUPDATE: November's jobs report is a little rosier than anticipated. The Labor Department reports nonfarm payrolls added 178-thousand jobs last month. Economists had anticipated 175-thousand new jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 4.6%, beating expectations it would hold steady at 4.9%. It's the lowest jobless rate since August, 2007. UPDATE: Three people have died in a wrongway accident that is blocked westbound I-88 at Mill Road for several hours ... Governor Rauner has vetoed a Chicago teachers pension bill - and it blows a 215-million dollar hole in the CPS budget ... Illinois lawmakers have approved millions to save Exelon's nuclear plants downstate with some rate hikes for customers and a boost for green energy ... President-elect Trump has named retired Marine General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis as his defense secretary ... The Blackhawks won in overtime ... the Bears' Jay Cutler is out for the season with a tear in his throwing shoulder - and that could be it for Cutler as a Bear ... It'll be a little drizzly this morning, with cloudy skies later and highs in the upper-30s.
Trump's Treasury Sec'y Is Former Goldman Sachs Exec - News With Mary DixonPresident-elect Trump is expected to name more Wall Street and Washington insiders to his cabinet today. Former Goldman exec, hedge funder, Hollywood financier and Trump campaign finance chief Steven Mnuchin confirms that he and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross are signing on - Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary and Ross for Commerce. Mnuchin tells CNBC his chief priority will be sustained economic growth and cutting taxes. He expects to cut corporate rates to 15 percent, simplify the tax system, and promises a middle class income tax cut. Trump tweets that legal papers are being drawn up to separate him from his businesses, to avoid the numerous potential conflicts of interest they pose. The head of the CIA is warning the president-elect against pulling support from the Iran nuclear agreement, and against believing promises from Russia. The family of a man who was shot to death by a Chicago police officer last week is suing ... Federal judges in Chicago will hear from an Indiana teacher who argues a college didn't hire her because she is a lesbian ... Illinois lawmakers have failed to over-ride Governor Rauner's veto of a motor-voter bill ... and there's still no deal on a real budget ... The FDA has approved a large test for using the club drug Ecstasy to treat PTSD ... The Blackhawks are back home and they beat Florida in a shootout ... It'll be partly sunny and in the low-40s today.
'Post-Truth' Is 2016's Word Of The Year - News With Mary DixonThe Oxford Dictionaries Word Of the Year for 2016 is post-truth - an adjective defined as 'relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.' Editors say its us spiked during Britain's Brexit vote and the US presidential election. ... Twitter is suspending numerous accounts associated with the so-called 'alt-right' movement which provides haven for white nationalist, anti-Semitic, racist and sexist views ... President-elect Trump is tweeting that his cabinet appointment process is very organized, while one insider has characterized it as a 'knife fight' ... A Rockford man is charged in last year's murder of a little boy whose body was found in the Garfield Park lagoon ... Fast Eddie Vrdolyak has been indicted on charges related to his getting millions in tobacco settlement money without doing any work on that case ... The Bulls won in Portland while the Blackhawks were shut out in Winnipeg ... and Joe Maddon is a runner-up to the Dodgers' Dave Roberts for Manager of the Year ... Foggy this morning, sunny this afternoon with a high near 60.
Trump To Protesters: Don't Fear - News With Mary DixonPresident-elect Donald Trump says his supporters should stop their racist attacks and that his critics should not be afraid. In his 60 Minutes interview, Trump suggested he wants to appoint a Supreme Court judge who will overturn Roe-v-Wade but not marriage equality. Trump has appointed Republican party chair Reince Priebus as his chief of staff and Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist. Bannon headed Breitbart - a haven for white nationalism and sexism. The late Andrew Breitbart described Bannon as 'the Leni Reifenstahl of the Tea Party movement.' The Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League and the Council on American-Islamic Relations are among those raising alarms. Anti-Trump protests continued in Chicago and around the country over the weekend ... Swedish prosecutors are questioning Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about sexual assault claims against him ... Chicago police and federal authorities boosted patrols on the South and West sides while more than 30 people were shot ... Illinois House Speaker Madigan is blowing off an invitation to meet with Governor Rauner ... Two people have died in earthquakes in New Zealand ... The Bears lost in Tampa ... the Blackhawks won at home ... It'll be partly sunny today with a high in the upper-50s.
Trump Protest Shuts Down LSD - News With Mary DixonA few thousand people marched from Chicago's Trump Tower through the Loop and onto Lake Shore Drive last night to protest the election of Donald Trump. Chicago police report five arrests. Similar protests drew thousands in a number of large American cities. Trump adviser Rudolph Giuliani calls them a bunch of cry-babies. Trump goes to the White House today to begin the transition. So do the Cleveland Cavaliers to celebrate their NBA title, including LeBron James, who supported Hillary Clinton ... There's a hearing today in San Diego on a fraud lawsuit against Trump University ... Stock markets are back up on traders' assumptions that Trump will lower corporate taxes and cut regulations on the health care, banking and energy industries ... Cook County commissioners today are expected to vote on a new tax on pop and other sugary drinks ... The Blackhawks won again and the Bulls lost in Atlanta ... Sunny and windy today with a high in the mid-60s.
Cubs Hold On - News With Mary DixonThe Cubs are still in it - after winning the fifth game of the World Series last night at Wrigley Field. They trail 2-3 and go to Cleveland for Game 6 tomorrow night ... UPDATE: Chicago police are investigating at least 17 murders in gunfire over the weekend ... Chicago teachers begin voting today on whether to accept their new contract offer from CPS ... A little more than a week to go before Election Day, and Hillary Clinton is vowing to not be knocked off course by the word from FBI Director Comey about a new batch of e-mails retrieved from her aide Huma Abedin ... Pope Francis travels to Sweden today to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation ... About 300-million of the world's children are breathing toxic air because of pollution, according to a new report from UNICEF ... The Blackhawks shut out the Kings ... It'll be partly sunny with a high around 60 today.
Chicago Ready For World Series - News With Mary DixonTonight is the first game of the World Series ... the first World Series in which the Chicago Cubs have participated since 1945. They haven't won since 1908. First pitch in Cleveland is at 7:08 -- or 1908, military time. No pressure, guys ... Chicago aldermen won't get to buy those tickets at face value - the Board of Ethics thought it looked shady and the Cubs have dropped the offer ... ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a police academy in Quetta, Pakistan ... Federal regulators have opened Healthcare.gov to consumers, who will find higher premiums and fewer insurers this year ... Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are campaigning in Florida, while early voting is proving very popular in Illinois ... The Blackhawks lost to Calgary by a shootout goal by former teammate Kris Versteeg ... and Jay Cutler is cleared to play next Monday night ... Cloudy today with a high in the mid-50s.
Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate - News With Mary DixonUPDATE: Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. He's the first songwriter to be honored. Sara Danius of the Swedish Academy says Dylan is a great poet in the English tradition, and that his work is comparable to Homer and Sappho ... Five women have come forward in the last 24 hours to say that Donald Trump groped and kissed them without their consent. His campaign denies it and is demanding a retraction on the story of two of these women in the New York Times ... Cook County Board President Preckwinkle wants to hike taxes on pop and other sugary drinks to help balance the county's budget ... The chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo is resigning after the bank's phony account scandal came to light ... Floodwaters are rising in North Carolina ... while Bermuda braces for another hurricane ... Nigeria's president confirms 21 of more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls have been freed from their jihadi kidnappers ... The Blackhawks lost their home opener to the Blues ... we'll find out tonight who the Cubs face in the NLCS ... It'll be sunny today with temperatures in the mid-50s.
CTU's Karen Lewis Calls Governor Rauner "Teorrorist", Blackhawks Shaw Suspended One Game [Listen]CTU's Lewis calls Gov Rauner a terrorist as teachers strike looms, Harriet Tubman replaces Andrew Jackson on the $20, Blackhawks Forward Andrew Shaw issues apology over homophobic slur & receives on game suspension, a deadly shooting on I-57 has left one dead.
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