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  1. The Chicago Tribune writers make their predictions for the 2017 baseball season.

    Mark Gonzales

    AMERICAN LEAGUE

    Division winners

    East: Red Sox Central: Indians West: Astros Wild cards: Rangers, Blue Jays AL champion: Red Sox

    NATIONAL LEAGUE

    Division winners

    East: Mets Central: Cubs West: Dodgers...
  2. A woman struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser with a vehicle near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said.

    The incident occurred near the Botanic Gardens. A District of Columbia police spokeswoman, Margarita Mikhaylova, says it's possible that an officer fired shots.

    ...
  3. Elizabeth Donatelli told a DuPage County judge Tuesday that she still had feelings for the boyfriend she ran down last summer with a car — an act that left him with a fractured skull and broken leg.

    "(A) part of me still loves (him)," Donatelli said, shortly before Judge Robert Miller sentenced...

  4. Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly apologized Tuesday for saying he had a hard time concentrating on California Rep. Maxine Waters during a speech because he was distracted by her "James Brown wig."

    O'Reilly said that his jest about her hair was dumb. "I apologize," he said in a statement.

    He had...

  5. Starship Technologies, the London-based company that has created six-wheeled self-driving delivery robots, will begin taking customers Domino's pizzas in Germany and the Netherlands.

    Starship, launched in July 2014 by two former Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, will whisk pizzas...

  6. Bill Kochevar didn't feed himself for more than eight years, nor did he scratch his nose. He couldn't. A bicycle accident in 2006 left him nearly completely paralyzed from the shoulders down.

    Now, as outlined in research published Tuesday in The Lancet, Kochevar regained usage of his right hand...

  7. The daughter of author Amy Krouse Rosenthal plans to finish a project her mother started before her death earlier this month following a battle with cancer.

    Rosenthal wrote more than 30 books. A New York Times essay titled, "You May Want to Marry My Husband," was widely-shared online after being...

  8. Bill O'Reilly's "James Brown wig" comment was horrendous.

    Mean, mocking, sophomoric — beyond the pale, really, even for a guy whose racially charged comments are his calling card: "If you go to any restaurant, Mexican restaurant in the world, they come out and they're singing 'Guantanamera' with...

  9. Today's Birthday (03/29/17). Love's easier to find this year. Partnership thrives. Study, investigate and learn new tricks. Group changes this August lead to a passion, romance and creativity phase. A growth year for family finances launches in October. Discipline benefits your career for two years,...
  10. Kris Bryant signed a three-year deal to become the face of "MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2017," a mobile app video game.

    Glu Mobile tested the waters with the Cubs third baseman last season and made a long-term commitment to him as the company pushes out a redesigned game that also features Major League...

  11. Right now, the glass walls starting to encircle Apple's new flagship store alongside the Chicago River, by North Michigan Avenue, don't look like much. That's exactly the point.

    Eventually the scaffolding will be taken down, leaving floor-to-ceiling glass walls opening a view from the Pioneer Court...

  12. Last time I drove by Soldier Field, and stared at the white tent being raised for the horse extravaganza "Odysseo" on the south parking lot of the stadium, my thoughts immediately went to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, once headed for Chicago, then the subject of lawsuits that killed the project...

  13. A 25-year-old Indonesian man has been swallowed whole by a python on the island of Sulawesi, villagers and news reports said.

    A six-minute video on the website of the Tribun Timur publication shows villagers slicing open the python's carcass to reveal the legs and torso of the dead victim, named...

  14. Wait, so now the Bears might not draft a quarterback?

    Again?

    For the third straight year?

    Indeed, that’s what Bears GM Ryan Pace said Tuesday at the owners meetings in Phoenix — that there’s no guarantee the Bears will draft a quarterback.

    Just like, I guess, that there’s no guarantee Pace still...

  15. As the Bears continue pushing forward after last season’s 3-13 disaster, John Fox feels encouraged. Fox has been around the NFL long enough to know how rapidly things can change. He’s seen playoff teams come unraveled and struggling squads rebound overnight. And he’s convinced that his Bears can...

  16. No injuries were reported when a fire broke at a KinderCare center in South Elgin on Wednesday morning, officials said.

    The day care center at 1250 W. Springfield St. was not open for business when the fire started around 5:45 a.m., and no one was inside, fire officials said.

    Crews from South Elgin...

  17. Baylor moved Tuesday to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed in January filed by a former student who claimed to have been gang-raped by a pair of football players in 2013. In addition, her complaint alleged 52 "acts of rape" committed by the school's football players between 2011 and 2014.

    Those numbers...

  18. A $45 million health care fraud case against a young north suburban couple has fizzled in stunning fashion in the midst of trial after federal prosecutors admittedly failed to hand over key evidence to defense lawyers.

    Richard and Maribel Tinimbang and two alleged co-conspirators have been on trial...

  19. Illinois taxpayers have funded about $2 million in "retention" bonuses for employees of a private firm managing the lottery despite the firm performing so poorly Illinois is working to replace it.

    A Tribune investigation has found the state approved paying bonuses as part of a complicated deal...

  20. Four DePaul University students were awaiting potential criminal charges Tuesday following an investigation into the illegal sale of prescription drugs.

    The men — three age 20 and the fourth 21 — were arrested in the afternoon near the Lincoln Park campus after some or all of them sold the drugs...

  21. The United Kingdom filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shaking the foundations of a bloc that is facing challenges to its identity and its place in the world.

    ...
  22. A staffer working for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock secretly provided the government with a trove of emails, credit card receipts and other documents that violated the now-indicted congressman's constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure, his lawyers argue in new court filings.

    ...
  23. The truck transporting the Cubs equipment and personal belongings to Wrigley Field arrived Tuesday in front of their complex.

    But it wasn't certain if every player on the 25-man roster had been allowed to place property on the truck.

    "There are still some items to be thought through," manager Joe...

  24. Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.

    Topspin

    A group of House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday are scheduled to unveil what they're calling the "Illinois comeback...

  25. Two officers and a 17-year-old boy were injured in a crash late Tuesday after the teen drove past a stop sign, according to Chicago police. 

    About 11:55 p.m., officers in a marked police car were heading west in the 5700 block of West Grand Avenue in the Belmont Central neighborhood when the teen,...