<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Wed, 07 Oct 2015 16:26:00 -0500 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 16:26:00 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Time, Date of Cubs' Playoff Game Have Special Significance ]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:46:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*129/GettyImages-490418344+%281%29.jpg
Do the date and the time of the Chicago Cubs' wild card game Wednesday night hold special significance to fans? The answer, weirdly, is yes.]]>
<![CDATA[Cubs Reveal Playoff Roster for Wild Card Game]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:16:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-489586364.jpg
The Chicago Cubs have established their 25-man playoff roster, keeping 10 pitchers and 15 position players for their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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<![CDATA[Obama Apologizes for U.S. Attack on Afghan Hospital]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:37:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_478772376784.jpg
President Barack Obama has apologized to Doctors Without Borders for the U.S. air attack that hit the group's medical clinic in Afghanistan. Obama spoke to the group's international president, Joanne Liu,...

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<![CDATA[Smugglers Tried to Sell Nuclear Material to ISIS: AP ]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 06:00:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP1748184606701.jpg
In the backwaters of Eastern Europe, authorities working with the FBI have interrupted four attempts in the past five years by gangs with suspected Russian connections that sought to sell radioactive material to...

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<![CDATA[CFD Identifies What Sparked Massive Fire in Historic Church]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:01:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Woodlawn+Fire.png
The Chicago Fire Department has identified the cause of an extra-alarm fire that engulfed a historic church on the city’s South Side Wednesday morning, citing the blaze was sparked by spontaneous combustion.]]>
<![CDATA[NASA Rocket Launch to Leave Colorful Trail in Night Sky]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:48:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP573837943638.jpg
A rocket launch off the Atlantic coast tonight could bring a spectacular, colorful sight over Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C. and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic as NASA tests new rocket technology. The...

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<![CDATA[10 Students Hospitalized After 'Pepper Spray' Discharged]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:02:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+fire+ambulance.jpg
Ten students at a Chicago elementary school were hospitalized after a form of "pepper spray" was discharged in a hallway Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Russian, U.S. Aircraft Have Close Encounter ]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:17:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_964126438697.jpg
The U.S. had to re-route aircraft to avoid at least one close encounter with a Russian aircraft, the Pentagon confirmed on Wednesday. The manned aircraft was within 20 miles of the Russian aircraft, the...

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<![CDATA[Cubs Set Lineup for Wild Card Showdown vs. Pirates ]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:53:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/arrieta+diamondbacks.jpg
The Chicago Cubs have not won a playoff game in 12 years and have been absent from the postseason for seven, and Joe Maddon has set his lineup as the Cubs look to advance to the next round Wednesday night.

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<![CDATA[Why Women Should Shop Around for Health Services]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:42:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-53402395.jpg
Thinking about getting a mammogram in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? You might check carefully because the cost can vary from $50 to as much as $1,045. How about an initial routine gynecological exam? Around...

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<![CDATA[Travel Site Ranks Top 10 'Snobbiest' Cities in Illinois]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:14:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/whole+foods+snobby.jpg
A travel website called RoadSnacks has compiled a new ranking of Illinois cities based on the "snobbiness" of their residents.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Fan Pulls Off Ultimate Prank Outside PNC Park]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:19:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/258*120/cubs+prank+thumb.jpg
A Chicago Cubs fan may have just pulled off the best prank ever.

Photo Credit: Travis Mpistolarides
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<![CDATA[City Releases Safety, Traffic Tips for Chicago Marathon]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:43:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+marathon+police.jpg
As the more than 40,000 runners in the Chicago Marathon prepare for the big day Sunday, the city of Chicago released its security plan and offered traffic tips to help runners and spectators safely navigate the...

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<![CDATA[Infamous Bartman Ball Meets Alou’s Glove 12 Years Too Late]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:45:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/Bartman.jpg
It’s been 12 years since Steve Bartman cemented his place in Chicago Cubs lore, but one group of fans is extending an olive branch to the infamous fan.]]>
<![CDATA[Portillo's Reveals Plans for First Wisconsin Location]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:02:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/Portillos+Brookfield_Renderings.jpg
Cheeseheads can soon get a little taste of Chicago-style grub thanks to Portillo’s.

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<![CDATA[Wild Card Tickets Remain Pricey for Cubs vs. Pirates]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:45:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/166*120/GettyImages-453879922.jpg
The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are getting set to battle at PNC Park, but if you want tickets to the game, you'll have to fork out some serious cash.]]>
<![CDATA[Top Halloween 2015 Costumes: Princesses, Trump, 'Star Wars' ]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:15:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/halloween-costumes1.jpg
Expect to see plenty of Batman and "Star Wars" characters, minions, superheroes and maybe even Donald Trump out trick-or-treating in your neighborhood on Halloween, according to those who are tracking this...

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<![CDATA[Forte Makes Powerful Statement on Chicago's Gun Violence]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:26:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/165*120/GettyImages-456402808.jpg
Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, in a recent interview, made a powerful statement about Chicago’s violence issue.]]>
<![CDATA[Hospital Kicks Out 800-Pound Man]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:16:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Steven+Assanti.jpg
An 800-pound Cranston, Rhode Island, man who was kicked out of a hospital for ordering pizza is living out of his father's SUV and needs a new home. According to NBC affiliate WJAR, Steven Assanti, 33, recently...

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<![CDATA[Chicago Marathon Forecast: Sunny, Windy and Warm]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:17:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/153610024.jpg
Temperatures may be a bit on the warm side for Sunday's Chicago Marathon, but runners can still breathe a sigh of relief as the forecast shows no sign of rain, snow or excessive heat.

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<![CDATA[Toddler Hurt After Being Accidentally Run Over by Lawn Mower]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:07:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ambulancegeneric.jpg
A 2-year-old girl was injured Tuesday in southwest suburban Plainfield when she was caught under a riding lawn mower being driven by her great-grandmother.

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<![CDATA[Rate My Professors Ranks Top Colleges, Universities]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:48:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-458239530+%281%29.jpg
College rankings are in no short supply, from U.S. News & World Report to Princeton Review to the international Times Higher Education. But one set of newly released rankings are chosen by a different kind...

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<![CDATA[Push for the Pennant: Early Morning Cubs Rally Underway]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:23:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000014576927_1200x675_540036163622.jpg
Cubs fever has officially swept Chicago with overwhelming excitement ahead of Wednesday night's Wild Card Game. NBC 5's Lauren Petty reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Are You a Cubs Superfan? Take Our Quiz to Find Out!]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:30:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/5-NEWS-QUIZ-2.png
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<![CDATA[Pros.: Man Drove Away From Crash With Body Still on Car]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:35:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/adrian+harris.jpg
A Chicago man accused of fatally hitting a person on the Eisenhower Expressway over the weekend was pulled over after police spotted him driving with the victim’s body still on his car.

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<![CDATA[Missing Cargo Ship: Who Are the Americans Aboard?]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:19:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/missing-cargo-ship-splitscreen.jpg
Family members of the 28 Americans aboard a container ship believed to have sunk when Hurricane Joaquin swept the Bahamas are sharing the stories of their missing loved ones. El Faro's American crew members...

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<![CDATA[Toddler's Head Reattached After Internal Decapitation]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:46:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Australia_toddler.jpg
An Australian toddler seriously injured in a car accident got a second chance at life following a “miracle” surgical procedure. The 16-month-old Jaxon Taylor was riding in the car along with his mother...]]>
<![CDATA[West Bank Unrest: 970 Injured Since Weekend, Red Crescent Says]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:09:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_69140811787.jpg
Escalating unrest in Israel and the West Bank saw at least 75 people injured in stabbings, shootings and clashes with authorities on Wednesday, officials said. An Israeli man in his mid-30s shot an 18-year-old...

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<![CDATA[Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to DNA Researchers]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:02:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_752575451872.jpg
American scientists Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar and Sweden's Tomas Lindahl won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for work on mapping how cells repair damaged DNA, the award-giving body said on Wednesday,...

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<![CDATA[Burned Cat May Have Been Tortured]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:52:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/Blossom-cat-arlington.jpg
The Humane Society of North Texas is caring for a kitten it said may have been intentionally burned on her face and ears with a lighter or blowtorch. Veterinarians said Blossom had burns all over her body,...

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