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Trump Gets Busy - News With Mary DixonAfter a weekend of inaugural balls and massive women's demonstrations, President Trump plans to meet with congressional leaders today, will reportedly withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership, and according to adviser Kellyanne Conway will not release his tax returns. A watchdog group is filing suit alleging that Trump is violating the emoluments clause of the US Constitution because of his businesses taking payments from foreign governments ... Organizers estimate a quarter-million people showed up for Chicago's Women's March - though it turned into a rally because of the size. ... Severe storms have killed at least 19 people in Georgia and Mississippi ... United Airlines flights are back in the air after a computer problem caused a ground stop for nearly three hours ... The Blackhawks won their third game in a row ... the Patriots will play the Falcons in Super Bowl 51 -- sorry, Pack. ... A bit of fog and drizzle this morning, with high temperatures today in the low-40s.
Inauguration Day - News With Mary DixonTens of thousands of supporters and protesters are gathering in Washington, DC for the inauguration of Donald Trump as our 45th president. He will be sworn in at about 11 a.m. Chicago time ... with the Obamas leaving Washington for a vacation soon after Trump's inaugural address ... American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are looking at intercepted communications and financial transactions as they probe links between Russian officials and Trump's associates, including his former campaign chair ... according to the New York Times ... In Chicago, demonstrators plan to be in Daley Plaza this afternoon and at the Trump Hotel this evening. Tomorrow, tens of thousands are expected for the Women's March at Jackson and Columbus. The CTA and Metra are adding longer trains for the day ... An off duty Chicago police officer charged with murder has been released with an electronic monitor - no bail. A Bolingbrook officer has died in a one-vehicle crash ... The Mexican drug lord El Chapo has been extradited to the US ... Rescue crews have found some survivors in that central Italian hotel buried by an avalanche ... The Bulls' Jimmy Butler will be a starter in the All Star game. The Bulls play in Atlanta and the Blackhawks are in Boston tonight ... Patchy fog, light rain and drizzle today and tomorrow. High temperatures today in the low-40s.
Obama's Final WH Press Conference - News With Mary DixonPresident Obama plans to hold his final news conference as chief executive this afternoon. He's drawing praise and condemnation for his latest round of clemencies and commutations. They include the ex-Army private Chelsea Manning, who pleaded guilty to leaking military secrets to Wikileaks ... former FALN leader Oscar Lopez Rivera, who's from Chicago ... and another Chicagoan, the former governor of the Gangster Disciples, Eric Wilson. ... A Chicago firefighter is recovering from a fall at a home on fire in the Austin neighborhood ... Chicago police report a 5-year-old girl is in serious condition after she shot herself in an East Garfield Park home ... President-elect Trump is back in Washington. He hosted the Chairman's Global Dinner last night, the first inaugural event of the week. The list of Democrats skipping Friday's ceremony has grown to nearly 60 ... Confirmation hearings continue for Trump's picks for Health and Human Services, Education, Commerce and the EPA ... The Blackhawks won in Colorado ... the Bulls lost at home ... We'll see cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-40s today.
Obama's Chicago Farewell, Trump's Kompromat DenialPresident-elect Trump is supposed to have a news conference today, and he'll probably face some questions about last week's intelligence briefing. The heads of the intel agencies told Trump not only about their conclusion that Russia influenced the US election, but that there are unsubstantiated reports that Russia collected compromising personal information about him - some of it financial, some personal. Trump tweeted that it's fake news and a witch hunt ... Hearings continue on Trump's cabinet nominees. His pick for secretary of state, former Exxon chief Rex Tillerson, is sure to face questions on his business deals in Russia. Four other confirmation hearings have been postponed while ethics disclosures are completed ... President Obama urged Americans to work to protect democracy as he made his farewell address at McCormick Place ... The Blackhawks beat Detroit in overtime ... the Bulls lost in Washington ... and the Cubs will visit the White House and President Obama next Monday ... It's going to be rainy today, with high temperatures in the mid-40s.
US Bolsters European Military Presence - News With Mary DixonUS tanks have rolled into Germany. CBS News reports Operation Atlantic Resolve is meant to protect Eastern Europe against a potential Russian invasion and reassure nervous European allies ... Senate confirmation hearings begin this week for Donald Trump's cabinet nominees - some of whom have not filed their ethics disclosures ... President-elect Trump dismisses Meryl Streep as a "Hillary lover" - Streep called him out last night for mocking a disabled reporter during the campaign. This was at the Golden Globes - where La La Land and Moonlight won top honors ... A Joliet man faces charges that he breached security at O'Hare yesterday ... The CTA is getting one-billion dollars from Washington to rebuild parts of the Red Line on the North Side ... The Blackhawks beat the Predators ... the Packers and Steelers won NFL wild card games ... It'll be cloudy with a high in the upper-20s today.
CTA Workers Protesting - News With Mary DixonCTA workers are planning to protest today in favor of a new contract, but they're saying it won't disrupt service ... Illinois lost more residents last year than any other state ... Roughly 30 people have died in a chain-reaction blast in a Mexico City fireworks market ... The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin ... President Obama is moving to ban offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans ... Chicago's lakefront paths will get a makeover to separate runners and bikers. The Sun Times reports local billionaire Ken Griffin is donating 12-million bucks for the project ... The Blackhawks lost to Ottawa and Marian Hossa got hurt ... It'll be cloudy and breezy on this first day of winter with high temperatures in the mid-30s.
Winter Weather Advisory Begins At Noon - News With Mary DixonIt's going to be a real wintry weekend, with a Winter Weather Advisory starting at noon and several inches of snow expected through tonight ... President Obama is promising payback for Russia's suspected hacking into the US presidential election. The Kremlin calls it "nonsense." ... Facebook plans to fight fake news by recruiting fact checking groups and making it easier for users to report bogus stories ... President-elect Trump's "thank you" tour goes to Florida tonight ... Two people are recovering from what's believed to be a gas explosion in a home in Homer Glen ... A federal jury has awarded 22-million dollars to a former Chicago gang member who was wrongfully convicted of a double murder; he claims Chicago police framed him ... The Blackhawks won in New York ... the Bulls lost in Milwaukee.
Trump Puts Off Biz Conflict Talk, Tabs Tillerson & Perry - News With Mary DixonPresident-elect Donald Trump has postponed a news conference on how he plans to hand off his businesses to his children rather than place them in a blind trust ... (UPDATE) He's named ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State, and NBC News reports former Texas Governor Rick Perry is being picked for Energy Secretary. As a Republican presidential candidate in 2011, Perry wanted to eliminate the Energy Department and then famously forgot it during a debate ... Chicago aldermen have given preliminary approval to five-million dollars in settlements to two police shooting cases ... Authorities have used dental records to identify atheism activist Rob Sherman as the victim of a weekend small plane crash in McHenry County ... Chicago's pro teams were off last night. Tonight, the Bulls host Tom Thibodeau's Timberwolves and the Blackhawks play in New York ... We'll get some light snow this morning and high temperatures in the teens, before serious wind chills start kicking in tonight.
Trump: CIA Russian Hacking Report "Ridiculous" - News With Mary DixonThe CIA's concluded that Russia tipped the electoral scale for Donald Trump. President Obama, Democrats and some Republicans are calling for further investigation; President-elect Trump calls it ridiculous. He's also waving off daily intelligence briefings, and says his executives and children will run his business instead of putting his assets into a blind trust. Chinese leaders have serious concerns about Trump's latest comments on re-considering the US policy on One China ... The first big snowstorm of the year has passed over us, dumping nearly 11-inches of snow at McHenry and causing some residual delays at Chicago's airports ... Bob Dylan didn't attend, but thanked the Swedish Academy for considering his work as literature as they held the awards ceremony for Dylan's Nobel Prize over the weekend ... The Bears lost to the Lions ... the Blackhawks beat the Stars ... It'll be partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-20s before the Polar Vortex moves in ...
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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.

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