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  • Upcoming CPS bond issue gets favorable outlook from Wall Street

    December 8, 2016 11:17 PM 21

    Chicago Public Schools' plan to sell $500 million in bonds for construction projects won a rather rosy response from one Wall Street ratings agency, which concluded that tax money devoted to pay off the debt would protect bondholders should the district ever file for bankruptcy. Fitch Ratings' "A" rating and stable outlook for the construction bonds

  • Ex-football coach Jim McCafferty in court on child sex charge

    December 8, 2016 1:47 PM 25

    A former Celtic FC youth coach has appeared in a court in Belfast charged with sexual activity with a child. Jim McCafferty, 70, from Raby Street, south Belfast, is accused of offences alleged to have taken place between 2011 and 2014, when the alleged victim was between 13 and 16 years old. A defence solicitor said he would not apply for bail because

  • Ohio teen with autism makes 3-pointer in first basketball game

    December 8, 2016 12:26 AM 24

    At Brooklyn High School’s Friday night game, one player hit a three-pointer in his first game. Any three-pointer is a cause for cheers, but this one is particularly special. The shot was thrown by Isaiah Upshaw, an 18-year-old junior with autism who also has speech difficulties. Isaiah tried out for the team last year, but he ended up being the team’s

  • Air Force veteran, service dog beloved by customers at Lowe's in Texas

    December 6, 2016 10:15 PM 28

    ABILENE, Texas -- Some customers at a Lowe’s store in Texas are getting tag-team assistance from a military veteran and his service dog after both were hired to work at the store. Over the weekend, a customer posted a photo of Luthy and Charlotte and it went viral. “I love Abilene Lowes, way to go! This is a disabled vet who struggled to get a job because

  • WATCH: A Slow-Mo, Many-Car Pileup In Snowy Montreal

    December 6, 2016 9:07 PM 19

    Let's note off the bat: According to the CBC, there were no serious injuries reported as a result of this many-car pileup. So you can go ahead and laugh, if you're so inclined. Or wince your way through as driver after driver seems to think, "Hey, I've got this." (And be sure to watch to the end; it ain't over 'til it's over.) This video, shot Monday

  • Seattle 'thief' caught by remote car door lock

    December 5, 2016 2:45 PM 30

    An alleged car thief was arrested after he was remotely locked inside a stolen vehicle. Seattle Police Department has revealed a suspect was captured after the BMW was traced and the car maker locked its doors remotely. The man was found asleep in the BMW 5 Series, parked in an alley with the engine running. Technology installed in the car meant the 38-year-old

  • Drake is Spotify's most-streamed artist of 2016

    December 1, 2016 6:46 AM 25

    Drake has been named Spotify's most-streamed artist of 2016, with his single One Dance the site's biggest song of the year. The Canadian star racked up 4.7 billion streams this year, more than half of which were for his album Views. That's despite the album being withheld from Spotify for two weeks as part of a deal with Apple Music. One Dance alone

  • Oil prices skyrocket as OPEC confirms deal to cut production

    November 30, 2016 10:38 AM 29

    The oil cartel finalized an agreement on Wednesday to cut its overall production by 1.2 million barrels a day. Crude prices boomed by almost 9% to $49.20 per barrel as investors cheered the long-awaited deal. The agreement will set OPEC's new production ceiling at 32.5 million barrels a day starting in January. That's down from the 33.6 million barrels

  • 1 dead and 3 injured after vehicle veers off 405 Freeway and crashes into homeless encampment in Van Nuys

    November 30, 2016 3:07 AM 23

    A vehicle veered off the side of the 405 Freeway on Tuesday evening and landed in a homeless encampment, killing one person and injuring three others. The vehicle was traveling along the southbound 405 Freeway near Sherman Way in Van Nuys when it went off the road, according to Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department

  • Russian chess champion Yuri Yeliseyev dies in Moscow fall

    November 28, 2016 11:21 AM 26

    Russian chess champion Yuri Yeliseyev, 20, has died after apparently plunging from a balcony on the 12th floor of a Moscow apartment block. A fellow chess grandmaster, Daniil Dubov, said Yeliseyev had been trying to reach another balcony but slipped. Yeliseyev reportedly practised parkour, an urban challenge which involves climbing or leaping across