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William Hirtman unloads turkey legs from racks at Heinkel’s Packing Co., Inc. where he has been working for five months in Decatur, Ill. Hirtman, 53, of Decatur, is about to graduate from Macon County Hybrid Court, a diversion program that gives offenders guilty of nonviolent felonies the su…

October 19, 2014 12:00 am

Royals' run to World Series has Kansas City abuzz

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | This Midwestern city best known for its barbecue, bebop jazz and, for most of the past three decades, bad baseball has exploded into a sea of blue as long-suffering Royals fans suddenly find their team at the center of the sports universe.

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October 04, 2014 12:00 am

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September 20, 2014 12:00 am

After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — As a drizzly mist enveloped Edinburgh in the grim weather locals call dreich, Scots coped Friday with a potent mixture of relief and disappointment, anger and joy, after voting to reject independence.

September 19, 2014 12:56 pm

Chicago mayor says students read 2.7 million books

CHICAGO | Chicago Public School students read 2.7 million books this summer as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Readers Summer Learning Challenge, officials announced Monday

September 16, 2014 8:02 am

Toronto's Rob Ford withdraws from mayor's race

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is withdrawing his re-election bid.

September 12, 2014 12:08 pm

DNA tests ordered in killing of ex-Bear girlfriend

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago judge ordered new evidence tests in the case of a woman serving a life sentence for killing the pregnant girlfriend of former Chicago Bears player Shaun Gayle in 2007.

September 12, 2014 10:46 am

Recent editorials published in Indiana newspapers

Long-term forecast gets cold shoulder

September 06, 2014 12:00 am

Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

August 29, 2014 7:04 am
EPA: Petcoke piles violate Clean Air Act

EPA: Petcoke piles violate Clean Air Act

Petroleum coke, or petcoke, in late October is watered down where it is stored along the Calumet River on Chicago's Southeast Side. The EPA in June said the piles violate the Clean Air Act.

June 04, 2014 8:01 am
Pollution board to consider Quinn's petcoke regs

Pollution board to consider Quinn's petcoke regs

Petroleum coke, or petcoke, in late October is watered down where it is stored along the Calumet River on Chicago's Southeast Side. The byproduct of oil refining has been piling up along Midwest shipping channels and sparked waves of environmental concerns.

January 23, 2014 7:13 am
Deal requires removal of Chicago's 'petcoke' piles

Deal requires removal of Chicago's 'petcoke' piles

Petroleum coke, or petcoke, in late October is watered down where it is stored along the Calumet River on Chicago's Southeast Side. The byproduct of oil refining has been piling up along Midwest shipping channels and sparked waves of environmental concerns.

December 19, 2013 7:52 am
Business tax cut tops Pence legislative agenda

Business tax cut tops Pence legislative agenda

INDIANAPOLIS | Ignoring data showing that Indiana's decade of trickle-down prosperity policies haven't improved the income, health or quality of life for most Hoosiers, Gov. Mike Pence promised Thursday to deliver still more business-centered programs in the upcoming legislative session.

December 05, 2013 6:42 pm Photos

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Piles of Midwest 'petcoke' raising residents' ire

Piles of Midwest 'petcoke' raising residents' ire

Petroleum coke, or petcoke, in late October is watered down where it is stored along the Calumet River on Chicago's Southeast Side. The byproduct of oil refining has been piling up along Midwest shipping channels and sparked waves of environmental concerns. The rapid increase in petcoke pile…

November 25, 2013 4:48 pm
Piles of Midwest 'petcoke' raising residents' ire

Piles of Midwest 'petcoke' raising residents' ire

A large mound of petroleum coke, or petcoke, is seen in the background near a residential neighborhood on Chicago's Southeast Side. The volume and size of petcoke piles has grown sharply — especially in the Midwest and has sparked new waves of environmental concerns.

November 25, 2013 4:48 pm
Piles of Midwest 'petcoke' raising residents' ire

Piles of Midwest 'petcoke' raising residents' ire

Petroleum coke, or petcoke, is stored in late October on barges on the Calumet River near the Chicago Skyway Bridge in Chicago. The grainy black byproduct of oil refining has been piling up along Midwest shipping channels and sparking a new wave of environmental concerns. The volume and size…

November 25, 2013 4:48 pm
Piles of Midwest 'petcoke' raising residents' ire

Piles of Midwest 'petcoke' raising residents' ire

Susanna Gomez, 37, puts a sock on her 5-year-old daughter, Mariah Burgos, as she talks about living near the the Calumet River and industrial sites on Chicago's Southeast Side where petroleum coke, or petcoke, is stored. Listening to the interview is Gomez's 3-year-old grandson Aerien Pachec…

November 25, 2013 4:48 pm
Chicago council approves $500M Wrigley renovations

Chicago council approves $500M Wrigley renovations

CHICAGO | Chicago's City Council gave final approval Wednesday to a $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field that includes its first massive Jumbotron, improved facilities for the players in the bowels of the 99-year-old ballpark and a hotel across the street.

July 24, 2013 5:00 pm
Chicago council approves $500M Wrigley renovations

Chicago council approves $500M Wrigley renovations

An artist rendering provided May 1 by the Cubs showed planned renovations at Wrigley Field. On Wednesday, Chicago City Council aldermen are set to vote on proposed renovations at the historic ballpark. Under the deal, the Cubs agreed not to erect outfield signs in addition to a Jumbotron in …

July 24, 2013 1:16 pm
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