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<![CDATA[Poll: More Than Half Disapprove of Trump's Job Performance]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:38:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trumpwarpress.jpg
Fifty-four percent of Americans somewhat or strongly disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the presidency after a month in office, while 43 percent approve somewhat or strongly, according to the latest...

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<![CDATA[City, Suburbs See Overnight Hail, Lightning]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:21:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lightning2.png
Severe storms brought heavy rain, hail, and lightning across the Chicago area Thursday night into the early hours of Friday morning. NBC 5's Lauren Petty reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Metra Trains Halted at Union Station Due to Computer Glitch]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:34:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/223*120/Metra5.png
Metra trains entering and leaving Union Station were halted during the Friday morning rush due to Amtrak “computer signaling problems” on the north and south sides of the station, according to Metra.The glitch started tying up Metra trains about 6:30 a.m. on the Milwaukee District-North, North Central Service, BNSF, Milwaukee District-West, SouthWest Service and Heritage Corridor lines, the transit agency said.The problems were ongoing as of 7:25 a.m., with Amtrak crews “manually lining tracks for trains” to start moving in and out of the station, until the computer system is restored, officials said.It wasn’t clear how long it would take Amtrak to fix the problem. Metra urged riders to listen to platform announcements and monitor its website.]]>
<![CDATA[Police Dig at Joliet Home for Woman Missing Since 1990]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:49:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/joliet+robin+abrams.png
New leads in the case of a woman who went missing in 1990 led authorities to a dig at a home in southwest suburban Joliet on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Pritzker Pitches Odd Protest After Trump Strips Trans Rights]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:09:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/JB-Pritzker.png
Prospective Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker slammed President Donald Trump Thursday for stripping federal protections that allowed transgender students to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, proposing a bizarre protest.

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<![CDATA[Gibson Continues Exodus of Long-Tenured Chicago Athletes]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:38:55 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630275836.png
Taj Gibson's departure from Chicago on Thursday is just the latest in a long line of high-profile stars who have left the city in recent months.

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<![CDATA[Trump Wants to Make US Nuclear Arsenal 'Top of the Pack']]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:18:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/donaldtrumponnukes.jpg
President Donald Trump on Thursday again expressed a desire for America to be an unparalleled military power, saying he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to make it "top of the pack," NBC News reported. In an interview with Reuters, the president stated that the United States had fallen behind on atomic weapons but did not detail what kind of expansion, if any, the military would pursue. "A dream would be that no country would have nukes," Trump told Reuters. "But if countries are going to have nukes, we're going to be at the top of the pack."

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<![CDATA[Bryant Weighs in on Proposed MLB Rule Changes]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:58:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kris+Bryant4.png
Chicago Cubs third baseman has had a pretty good career so far, and he has some thoughts on proposed changes that MLB is putting forth as a way of speeding up the game of baseball.

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<![CDATA[Baby Who Survived Mother's Shooting Five Months Ago Dies]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:48:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/babymiracle0222.JPG
A baby who was born prematurely after the shooting that claimed her mother’s life five months ago died Thursday night.]]>
<![CDATA[Popular Flooring Company Accused of Causing Thousands of Dollars in Damage To Home]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:43:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/respondsfloor0222.png
A Granger, Indiana family said their lives were turned upside down last September, days after Empire Today installed vinyl flooring in their home and left thousands of dollars of damage covered up underneath.]]>
<![CDATA[Fraternity Suspended at Loyola Amid Hazing Allegations]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:30:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/loyola0222.png
A fraternity has been suspended at Loyola University after allegations of hazing, university officials confirmed Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[Taj Gibson Posts Touching Tribute to Bulls Fans]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:50:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tajgibson0222.jpg
After spending the last eight seasons in Chicago, Taj Gibson was traded by the Bulls on Thursday, but before he headed to Oklahoma City he penned a heartfelt tribute to the fans that rooted for him in the Windy City.

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<![CDATA[Colder Weather and Chance of Storms Descend on Chicago-Area]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:49:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/weatherfriday0222.png
Chicago's weather has been strange this week, to say the least - and our rollercoaster ride is far from over.
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<![CDATA[Debit Card's 'Surprise' Security Feature Creates Pre-Paid Problems For Couple]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:53:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/debitcard0222.png
Reloadable debit cards can be handy if you need to pay bills, but don’t have a bank account. They’re also a hit with consumers who choose not to carry around cash. But a couple in Chicago said they were surprised by a key security feature that kept one of them from accessing their money.]]>
<![CDATA[After 7 Killed in 1 Day, Trump Tweets ‘Chicago Needs Help!']]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:32:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17054738991453.jpg
After seven people, including a pregnant woman, were fatally shot in Chicago Wednesday, President Donald Trump demanded to know “what is going on there?” and insisted “Chicago needs help!” on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Southwest Flight to Chicago Makes Emergency Landing in Omaha]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:04:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/southwest+airlines+GettyImages-111681658.jpg
A Southwest Airlines flight from Denver to Chicago made an emergency landing in Omaha after an “unusual odor” was detected in the cabin Thursday, the airline confirmed.

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<![CDATA[Winning $435M Powerball Ticket Sold in Indiana]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:25:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/powerball1.png
The winning Powerball numbers have been drawn for the jackpot that's climbed above $400 million for the first time in nearly three months.

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<![CDATA[ICE Detainee with Tumor Removed from Texas Hospital: Lawyer]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:08:05 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/041211+ICE+agent+generic.jpg
An undocumented woman in need of surgery to remove a brain tumor is being held at a North Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center, Attorney Chris Hamilton said.Sara Beltran Hernandez has been held at the Prairie Land Detention Center in Alvarado since November 2015. She collapsed at the detention center this month after complaining of headaches, nosebleeds and memory loss, according to Hamilton. She was then transported to Texas Health Huguley Hospital in Burleson, where she was diagnosed with a brain tumor that requires surgery.

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<![CDATA[Alderman, State Police Director Pump Gas For Body Armor]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:57:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/body-armor-sanger.jpg
A Chicago alderman and an Illinois State Police official pumped gas for patrons at a South Side station Thursday afternoon to raise cash to help replace worn out police body armor.

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<![CDATA[Possible Gas Leak Near Wrigley Field: CFD]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:30:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Breaking-Generic1.jpg
Streets around Wrigley Field in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood on the North Side were closed due to a possible gas leak Thursday afternoon, authorities confirmed.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Bulls Trade Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson: Reports]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:51:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/taj+doug.png
The Chicago Bulls have made a move at the NBA trade deadline, sending Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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<![CDATA[Doctor Called 'Monster' Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:42:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Gymnastic-doc-sexual-abuse.jpg
Toting a Bible, disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appeared in court Thursday to plead not guilty to molesting young girls — the latest in a string of charges that led Michigan's top prosecutor to call him "a monster," NBC News reported. A judge ordered Nassar held without bond — a moot point since he is already locked up without bail on federal child pornography charges and a state charge that he repeatedly molested a family friend starting when she was 6 years old.Wearing orange jail garb with his left hand shackled to his waist, Nassar gave only brief answers to the judge's questions at the first of two back-to-back arraignments in two counties on 22 counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree.

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<![CDATA[Broncos Plan to Let Russell Okung Test Free Agency: Report]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:43:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Russell+Okung.png
The Chicago Bears are looking to upgrade at a lot of positions this offseason, and they could have another name to consider as the Denver Broncos are reportedly set to let Russell Okung become a free agent.

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<![CDATA[More Than Meets the Eye: Can You Spot the Product Placement?]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:29:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ezgif.com-video-to-gif7.gif
Now that you can easily skip through traditional television commercials, advertisers are finding creative new ways to get their brands on your radar, the NBC Los Angeles I-team reported.A recent survey found that 76 percent of people use their digital video recorder ("DVR") and/or ad blocking software to avoid commercials on television and online. A total of 68 percent of those surveyed admit to remembering fewer than five advertisements that they've seen in the past week.With billions of ad dollars at stake, marketers are turning to less obvious strategies to get consumers to buy.One technique that's proven effective is "product placement," where a company pays to have its product appear in the background of a TV show. Nielsen identified 4,538 instances of product placement during the 2015-2016 television season.

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<![CDATA[MLS Close to Naming All-Star Game Opponent: Report]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:38:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MLS+All-Star.png
Earlier this winter, it was announced that the Chicago Fire would host this season’s MLS All-Star Game at Soldier Field, and it looks like one of the top teams in the world could be making a trip to the Windy City.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Sign Goaltender Jeff Glass to 2-Year Deal]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:32:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jeff+Glass.png
The Chicago Blackhawks have one of the best goaltending tandems in the league in Corey Crawford and Scott Darling, but on Thursday they bought an insurance policy as they signed Jeff Glass to a two-year contract.

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<![CDATA[Cutler Reportedly Mulling Retirement as Trade Rumors Swirl]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:26:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cutler3.png
Earlier this week, reports emerged that the Chicago Bears are engaged in trade talks to ship Jay Cutler out of town, but apparently the quarterback could have other ideas about what his future may hold.

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<![CDATA[Derrick Rose Could Be Traded Again: Report]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:07:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630659010.png
With the NBA trade deadline looming, a former Chicago Bulls star could be reunited with former head coach Tom Thibodeau as teams are taking trades.

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