Another Link To Russia - News With Mary DixonThe Associated Press reports President Trump's former campaign chair secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Vladimir Putin and undermine anti-Russia opposition in the former Soviet republics. This would contradict Paul Manafort's and the administration's assertions UPDATE: Manafort confirms the story, but complains it unfairly casts the work as inappropriate ... President Trump is warning Republicans about the political consequences of voting against the GOP health care bill ... Chicago police are searching for a group of people seen raping a 15-year-old on Facebook Live ... A man is held without bond on charges of posing as an Uber driver and kidnapping and raping two women in Skokie ... NASA and SpaceX are looking for a place on Mars to land a spaceship ... The provocateur who created The Gong Show has died. Chuck Barris was 87 ... The architect of the Bulls' six-championship dynasty, Jerry Krause has died ... the Bulls and the Blackhawks lost in overtime last night ... It'll be windy and cold today with high temperatures in the upper-30s.
Russia Hearing Begins - News With Mary DixonFBI Director Comey is set to testify before the House Intelligence Committee today on the Kremlin's interference in the US election. It's expected congressmembers will ask whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, and whether President Trump's unsubstantiated assertion that President Obama ordered wiretapping at Trump Tower is valid ... Senate confirmation hearings begin today on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ... Chicago police are warning North Siders in the Ravenswood, Uptown and Sheridan Park neighborhoods about a recent round of armed robberies ... A Chicago man is being held without bail on charges that he kidnapped and assaulted a Wrigleyville woman earlier this month ... Bears legend Gale Sayers has dementia. His wife tells the Kansas City Star that Sayers was diagnosed four years ago, and his family believes football contributed to his condition ... The Blackhawks beat the Avs ... Michigan and South Carolina stage N-C-Double-A upsets ... DePaul is out of the women's N-C-Double-A dance ... Kinda rainy today, with temperatures in the mid-50s ... cooler near the lake.
White House To UK: "Sorry" - News With Mary DixonThe White House has apologized to British leaders and promised not to repeat a claim that UK spies surveilled Donald Trump. Spokesman Sean Spicer repeated the Fox News story yesterday while answering reporters' questions about President Trump's still-unsubstantiated allegation that President Obama ordered wiretaps on Trump Tower. Senate and House Intelligence Committee leaders say it didn't happen; British intel officials took the unusual step of calling it nonsense ... Chicago police say a three-year-old boy was critically injured by a gunshot as he and other children played cops-and-robbers in a South Side home ... Saint Charles police are investigating the deaths of two 18-year-olds found in a car ... Republican and Democratic congressmembers are pushing back against the GOP health care bill and the president's budget proposals for cutting domestic programs ... Secretary of State Tillerson is warning North Korea against further missile tests, and says pre-emptive military strikes are an option ... Northwestern won their first-ever NCAA game and will play Gonzaga tomorrow. Notre Dame won, too. And the Blackhawks won in Ottawa ... It'll be a bit rainy and in the mid-40s on this Saint Patrick's Day.
Oscar's Surprise Ending - News With Mary DixonPlot twist at the Oscars: "Moonlight" won Best Picture, after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially gave the prize to "La La Land." PriceWaterhouseCoopers is apologizing for giving them the wrong envelope. "Moonlight" is the first film with an all-black cast to win Best Picture. Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar. Co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, who adapted the screenplay from his play, is a member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble ... President Trump may release his budget proposal as soon as today. It reportedly includes big spending increases for the Pentagon, and deep cuts to the EPA and State Department. He's looking for new nominees for Navy and Army secretaries; both candidates have dropped out over concerns about divesting their business interests ... Police are investigating another act of vandalism at a Jewish cemetery, this time in Philadelphia. Thousands attended a vigil last night near Kansas City for an Indian man shot in a bar by someone who reportedly told him to 'get out of my country' before opening fire ... Chicago police are investigating more than a dozen shootings from the weekend. At least four people have been killed ... There's an election tomorrow in Illinois - mostly for local office and some referenda. The Blackhawks beat the Blues ... the Cubs and White Sox play today in Arizona ... Sunny today; temperatures near 50.
The New Frontier - News With Mary DixonSeven Earth-sized planets are orbiting a dwarf star known as Trappist-1 about 235-trillion years from here. NASA scientists say that's cosmically close, and one of those exoplanets might have liquid water and sustain life ... Chicago police say yesterday was the deadliest of the year to date - with 13 people shot and seven of them killed ... The Green Line is running normally, after a fatal car crash into a support pillar on the West Side ... Nine protesters have been arrested after refusing to leave their camp at the Dakota Access oil pipeline site ... Protesters gathered at the White House last night ... after the Trump administration reversed the Obama-era guidelines on bathroom and locker room use by transgender students ... Mexican leaders are pushing back against Trump's order to deport undocumented persons who are not from Mexico to Mexico ... The Blackhawks host the Coyotes tonight ... We'll have some patchy fog this morning, and then partly sunny skies and temperatures falling into the upper-40s.
NYT: Trump Campaign Aides Talked With Russian Spies - News With Mary DixonThe New York Times reports at least three members of the Trump campaign were in repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials before the election. President Trump is complaining on Twitter this morning that the quote, 'fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred.' He was watching CNN and MSNBC, which are reporting on the Times story quoting four current and former American officials say there's no evidence so far of collusion with the Russians to influence voting ... UPDATE: Southbound Lake Shore Drive is reopened, after a fatal shooting at Fullerton ... Three children have been shot in Chicago in three days. Police are looking for the killer of a 2-year-old boy and a man yesterday, while an 11-year-old girl shot over the weekend died. UPDATE: Chicago police have charged a 19-year-old man with Takiya Holmes's murder. A 12-year-old girl remains in critical condition ... Governor Rauner plans his budget address as Illinois closes in on two years without a full budget. Chicago Public Schools are suing Rauner over the state's funding of education ... Humana is pulling out of Obamacare for 2018 ... People are returning home after crews patched up the Oroville Dam in northern California ... The Bulls beat the Raptors at the UC ... It'll be partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-30s.
Trump's NSA Resigns - News With Mary DixonPresident Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has resigned, following reports he'd discussed lifting sanctions on Russia with Moscow's ambassador before the inauguration. The Washington Post reports ousted acting Attorney General Sally Yates had warned the White House that Flynn was not being forthcoming and potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail ... Northwestern and the University of Chicago are joining the list of organizations opposed to the Trump administration's travel ban ... Senators have confirmed former Goldman Sachs and film executive Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary ... Police in Gary are looking for a 15-year-old girl who went missing yesterday after her mother was attacked ... Chicago police are asking for the community's help. They're still looking for two shooters whose stray bullets critically injured two young girls over the weekend ... Spring training begins for the Cubs and White Sox in Arizona - Cubs pitchers and catchers report today! Tonight, the Bulls host the Raptors ... Sunny and mid-40s today.
Why Your Salmon Dinner Costs More - News With Mary DixonThe price of salmon is going up because of rising infestations of sea lice. Scientists say warmer water caused by climate change may be making it worse ... President Trump is saying it again - that illegal immigrants robbed him of a popular vote victory, and again without any evidence to support it. This morning, he's to meet with auto executives ... Senators have confirmed Trump's CIA Director, Mike Pompeo ... The British Supreme Court has ruled that Parliament needs to vote on withdrawing from the European Union ... A Chicago man is due to be sentenced for hacking into celebrities' e-mails and stealing their information including nude photos ... Chicago police are investigating 15 shootings overnight ... and report that shootings are up so far in 2017 ... The Bulls are in Orlando tonight, while the Blackhawks host the Lightning ... It'll be cloudy today with a high around 40.
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.
Obamas Move Out - News With Mary DixonPresident Obama plans one last round of clemencies on his final full day in office, while President-elect Trump's nominees for Treasury and Energy secretaries are up for confirmation hearings ... Trump's choice to head the EPA, Scott Pruitt, testified that he does not agree with Trump's assertion that climate change is a hoax, but that its causes and cures can be debated. NASA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration report 2016 was the world's hottest on record, and the first time in the modern era that global heat records have been beaten three years in a row ... Trump is planning to return to Washington today ... Have you been thinking it might be awesome to just check out for the next eight months? A group of NASA researchers will check into a geodesic dome on a Hawaii volcano for a study of human behavior in long-term space missions ... An off-duty Chicago police officer is charged with murdering a man during an argument ... Four Chicago officers are suspended for a week; they were on the scene of the shooting death of Laquan McDonald ... At least 30 people are missing after an avalanche caused by earthquakes buried a hotel in central Italy ... Former White Sox outfielder Tim Raines is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez ... the Bulls and Blackhawks were off ... Novak Djokovic's been upset at the Australian Open ... Patchy fog this morning, light rain this afternoon and temperatures in the low-40s.
Put Down The E-Cigs - News With Mary Dixon The U.S. Surgeon General says e-cigarettes are not harmless and that too many teenagers are vaping. Dr. Vivek Murthy warns that vaping is an emerging public health threat. He says teens are ingesting nicotine and it’s bad for developing brains ... Chicago police have been shot at for the sixth time in two weeks. The latest was in the University Village neighborhood and the suspected shooter is in custody ... President-elect Trump has named a climate skeptic to head up the EPA, and is slamming an Indiana union leader on Twitter for criticizing the deal to keep some Carrier jobs in the Hoosier state ... The wild giraffe population in Africa has fallen 40 percent in the last 30 years. Conservationists blame habitat loss, civil unrest and illegal hunting ... Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman is reportedly headed back to New York, while the Cubs bring Wade Davis to town. The White Sox are getting pitching prospects as they send Adam Eaton to Washington ... It’ll be a blustery day, with a few flurries and a high in the mid-20s.
Back To Work/Cyber Monday - News With Mary DixonToday is Cyber Monday - when millions of us get back to work and do some online holiday shopping. More people went shopping after Thanksgiving but spent less because of deep discounts ... Nearly 60 people have been shot in Chicago over the long holiday weekend ... including at least three men shot by Chicago police officers ... Officials in Wisconsin will begin a recount of presidential ballots this week, while President-elect Donald Trump is tweeting unsubstantiated claims that he would have won the popular vote but for millions who voted illegally ... Mourning and celebrations continue over the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who died Friday at the age of 90 ... The Bears lost to the Titans ... It'll be cloudy and breezy with some rain this afternoon and temperatures around 50.