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  1. Cubs infielder Ben Zobrist will be placed on the 10-day disabled list because of persistent lower back stiffness, he said after Friday’s 16-5 win over the Rockies.

    “We just need to try to stay healthy as a group,” Zobrist said. “I didn’t think it was worth risking a longer time.”

    Zobrist, who was...

  2. The essence of former FBI Director James Comey’s book tour appearance in Chicago on Friday night came down to his description of the Donald Trump presidency as “a forest fire.”

    That metaphor, he said on the stage of the Harris Theater before a largely appreciative crowd, is in the new book “A Higher...

  3. White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar was taken to the hospital after passing out in the dugout at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday night.

    Farquhar threw 15 pitches in the sixth inning of the Sox’s 10-0 loss to the Astros. In the bottom of the inning as the Sox were up to bat, he lost consciousness....

  4. As White Sox general manager Rick Hahn wrapped up speaking with the media Friday afternoon, a reporter asked about the pitcher Sox fans really wanted to see open the three-game series against the Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field.

    Sox top pitching prospect Michael Kopech was on the mound 180 miles...

  5. A homeless man was charged Friday with murder in a random attack on a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse.

    Jamal Jackson, 49, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele. He was...

  6. Javier Baez might not be a prototypical No. 2 hitter, but he’s providing timely production and energy to help a once-listless Cubs offense evolve into the mature lineup manager Joe Maddon has been seeking.

    The development of Baez as a more polished hitter took another major step Friday night with...

  7. Two gunmen took over and robbed a bank on the Northwest Side Friday afternoon, authorities said.

    The men held up the Parkway Bank at 4106 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Portage Park neighborhood around 4:20 p.m., according to the FBI.

    One robber was described as a black man, about 19 to 20 years old...

  8. The extra time Cubs officials gave top pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay to build arm strength paid off Friday night.

    Alzolay retired the first 12 batters he faced and didn’t allow a hit for 5 1/3 innings in his 2018 debut for Triple-A Iowa. Alzolay, 23, threw 50 of 75 pitches for strikes and left...

  9. A gunman carrying a shotgun in a guitar case opened fire at a Florida high school, wounding one student as other students and teachers piled desks and cabinets against classroom doors to make barricades.

    The 19-year-old suspect was later arrested and apologized as he was led away in handcuffs.

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  10. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer must declare in writing that his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination may be jeopardized if legal proceedings aren't delayed in a lawsuit filed by porn actress Stormy Daniels, a judge said Friday.

    U.S. Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles said...

  11. Warning: Spoilers ahead

    Mikey DiTomasso moved one step closer to winning the “MasterChef Junior” trophy and opening a make-your-own pasta bar in suburban Chicago.

    The Clarendon Hills contestant earned the Fox network competition’s first-ever “golden apron” on Friday’s episode and automatically...

  12. Emerging sunshine following our midweek snowfall has helped temperatures moderate to seasonable levels. Area readings Friday climbed as high as the mid-60s across the western suburbs, after a day that began with subfreezing temperatures. Officially, the temperature at O'Hare rose 30 degrees from...

  13. Kris Bryant is on pace to set a Cubs single-season record he thought he would have no chance of reaching.

    Through the first 16 games, Bryant has been hit by a pitch six times. Anthony Rizzo holds the team record for getting nailed by a pitch 30 times in 2015. But Rizzo, unlike Bryant, stands virtually...

  14. The Cubs placed reliever Eddie Butler on the 10-day disabled list Friday because of a right groin strain and called up reliever Luke Farrell from Triple-A Iowa.

    Butler didn’t retire any of the four batters he faced Thursday in an 8-5 victory over the Cardinals. He is 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA in six...

  15. More than 100 people stood silently in front of the police memorial wall outside Soldier Field as slain Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer’s widow, Erin, accepted a folded U.S. flag from Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

    Bauer’s 13-year-old daughter, Grace, then peeled off the blue tape from the wall...

  16. A television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend pleaded not guilty Friday to sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave "master" recruiting unsuspecting women to a cult-like group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the...

  17. When the Cubs and Indians got off to poor starts in the first half of 2017, the theory of a World Series hangover effect spread far and wide.

    But the Astros didn’t want to hear about it in spring training, and starter Dallas Kuechel told the Washington Post: “We're not the Cubs. I firmly believe...

  18. A motorist trapped inside a car that drove off Navy Pier into Lake Michigan was rescued by divers has died, officials said.

    At about 5:30 p.m., the fire department received a call of a car in the water on the north side of Navy Pier, said Ron Dorneker, a deputy district chief of marine and dive...

  19. St. Louis prosecutors on Friday charged Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens with a felony for using a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign, adding to the woes of the first-term Republican governor who responded by calling it another effort to "smear" him.

    The charge of tampering with computer...

  20. At $30 a ticket, the Illinois Lottery’s World Class Millions instant game was not only one of its priciest offerings — it was also potentially one of the most lucrative for players.

    “WIN UP TO $15,000,000! THE HIGHEST INSTANT PAYOUT IN ILLINOIS LOTTERY HISTORY,” shouted a banner across the magenta...

  21. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared he will suspend nuclear and missile tests starting Saturday, and that he will shut down the site where the previous six nuclear tests were conducted.

    The surprising announcement comes just six days before Kim is set to meet South Korean President Moon...

  22. A woman accused of taking part in the racially charged assault of a teen with mental disabilities that was livestreamed on Facebook was sentenced to three years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to a hate crime.

    Tanishia Covington, 25, was the second of four co-defendants to enter a guilty...

  23. An Aurora man found guilty of trying to kill his estranged wife’s new romantic interest while wearing one of her dresses is seeking a new trial in part because a juror claimed she was pressured into convicting him, according to documents filed in Kane County Circuit Court.

    Jermaine Baker, 40, put...

  24. The Democratic Party sued Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks and Trump's son and son-in-law Friday, accusing them of an intricate conspiracy to undercut Democrats in the 2016 election by stealing tens of thousands of emails and documents.

    The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal...

  25. Tribune NFL writer Brad Biggs takes his second crack at projecting who will go where in Thursday's first round.