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Dior men’s designer Kris Van Assche departs after 11 years

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131 total views, 2 views today PARIS (AP) — Christian Dior announced Monday that long-time menswear designer Kris Van Assche would leave the Parisian fashion house and be succeeded by former Louis Vuitton designer Kim Jones. Van Assche, a 41-year-old Belgian, whose minimalist, urban aesthetic has garnered praise during his 11-year tenure at Dior, is one of…

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After 2017 election, US poised to fight fake news – in Kenya

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106 total views, 2 views today By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Just ahead of Kenya’s disputed 2017 election, video clips started spreading on social media of a slick-looking CNN broadcast asserting that President Uhuru Kenyatta had pulled far ahead in the polls. But the CNN broadcast was fake, splicing together real coverage from CNN…

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‘Black Panther’ tops box office for 5th straight weekend

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76 total views, 2 views today By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Not since “Avatar” has a box-office hit had the kind of staying power of “Black Panther.” Ryan Coogler’s comic-book sensation on Sunday became the first film since James Cameron’s 2009 smash to top the weekend box office five straight weekends. The Disney…

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Barbra Streisand says no #MeToo moment marred her life

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64 total views, 2 views today By LYNN ELBER, AP Television  Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barbra Streisand said she’s never suffered sexual harassment but has felt abused by the media. During a tribute to Streisand’s decades of TV music specials and other programs, producer and long-time admirer Ryan Murphy queried her about her career, the #MeToo movement…

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Tom Berman named news director for US Central region

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145 total views, 7 views today CHICAGO (AP) — The Associated Press has named Tom Berman as regional news director for the central United States, a new position overseeing AP’s journalism and news operations across media formats in 14 states stretching from Texas to the upper Midwest. The appointment was announced Tuesday by Managing Editor Brian Carovillano.…

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Orbitz: legacy travel booking platform likely hacked

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153 total views, 7 views today CHICAGO (AP) — Orbitz says a legacy travel booking platform may have been hacked, potentially exposing the personal information of people that made purchases between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 22, 2017. The company said Tuesday about 880,000 payment cards were impacted. Orbitz said data that was likely exposed includes name,…

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New safety system will change schedule in BNSF Line trains

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183 total views, 12 views today CHICAGO (AP) — Changes in train safety systems will mean a major schedule change for one of the Chicago area’s busiest commuter rail lines. Metra officials say Monday that the BNSF Line between Aurora and Chicago Union Station will be the first line to implement the Positive Train Control system, a…

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Brother of murder suspect charged with gun trafficking

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188 total views, 12 views today CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man is charged with bringing into the city a gun used in the slaying of a 9-year-old boy. Anthony Morgan is charged in U.S. District Court with gun trafficking for illegally obtaining eight guns through the mail that were shipped from New Mexico. Assistant U.S. Attorney…

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On the menu for McDonald’s: Cut greenhouse gas emissions

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127 total views, 7 views today By JOSEPH PISANI, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The company behind the golden arches wants to get greener. McDonald’s on Tuesday announced a number of steps it will take to cut the greenhouse gases it emits into the air, including tweaking the way the beef in its Big Macs and…

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Loyola returns home for Sweet 16 prep as talk of Chicago

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570 total views, 62 views today By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — These sure are sweet times for Loyola-Chicago. Two last-second shots — two prayers answered — vaulted the Ramblers to the Sweet 16 and placed them right in the national spotlight. “Coach (Porter Moser) has been talking about how ‘You think this is good?…

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Progressives look to continue gains on Illinois primary day

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206 total views, 13 views today By SARA BURNETT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Progressives face their next test Tuesday in Illinois, with a slew of candidates vying for a chance to help Democrats try to gain control of the U.S. House this fall. Enthusiasm already has been higher than usual among Democrats in the left-leaning state. In…

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Illinois primary could set up most expensive governor’s race

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166 total views, 13 views today By SARA BURNETT and JOHN O’CONNOR, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Two inordinately wealthy front-runners who have largely bankrolled their campaigns for Illinois governor faced nomination challenges Tuesday in a primary that also features a self-described “middle-class candidate,” a member of a famous political family and an insurgent state legislator. With Republican…

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Hardaway, Beasley lead Knicks past depleted Bulls, 110-92

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53 total views, 1 views today By JEFFREY BERNSTEIN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The Knicks have won two straight games for the first time in almost two months, and they’re not apologizing for the caliber of their competition. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points and Michael Beasley added 17 as New York beat the depleted Chicago…

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Trial begins for man accused in shooting death of teacher

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158 total views, 12 views today CHICAGO (AP) — After nearly four years of legal wrangling, the trial of a man charged in the 2014 shooting death of a Chicago special education teacher is underway. Dominique Hodrick is charged with murder in the death of 58-year-old Betty Howard. Howard was working part time at a realty company…

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McDonald’s reaches settlement in ‘joint-employer’ lawsuit

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150 total views, 7 views today NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s says it has reached a settlement with a U.S. labor agency over a lawsuit that could have decided if the fast-food company should be liable for hiring, pay and other decisions made at its franchised restaurants. The lawsuit, filed in 2016 by the National Labor Relations…

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Early voting for Illinois primary far exceeds last midterm

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39 total views, 1 views today By SARA BURNETT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Far more people have cast early ballots for Illinois’ primary than did so four years ago, an increase that comes amid competitive contests for governor and other offices and record-breaking spending that has made the election nearly impossible to ignore. More than 330,000 people…

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Publisher Tronc names CEO Dearborn chairman of board

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46 total views, 3 views today WASHINGTON (AP) — Newspaper publisher Tronc has named CEO Justin Dearborn as its chairman of the board, replacing Michael Ferro, who is retiring. The change announced Monday shortly before Fortune magazine published a story about two women who allege that Ferro made unwanted sexual advances during 2013 and 2016 before he…

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