<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 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, 30 Jul 2014 14:13:40 -0500 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:13:40 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Aldermen OK Phone Tax Hike]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:55:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/160015060.jpg
Phone surcharge will increase from $2.50 a month to $3.90.

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<![CDATA[UCLA in "Drying Phase" After Water Main Break]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:57:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/193*120/ucla+flood+water+main+20140730_082724_resized+%286%29.jpg
More than 700 vehicles are stranded in flooded parking structures and nearby streets will remain closed Wednesday after a water main break that sent up to 10 million gallons of water gushing onto...]]>
<![CDATA[Activists Host "Die-In" to Protest Boeing]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:40:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pro-palestine-die-in-1.jpg
Boeing creates F-15 fighter jets, Apache helicopters, Hellfire missiles and other weapons that Israel has purchased and is using to target Palestinians in Gaza.

Photo Credit: Susan Carlson]]>
<![CDATA[10 Incredible Images of the UCLA Flood]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:40:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/edt-AP731937757829_2.jpg
UCLA's campus became a swimming pool Tuesday after a water main break spilled 9 million gallons of water into roads, buildings and parking garages in the area.

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<![CDATA[TODAY'S FORECAST: Cool Start Again]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:28:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Andy+Avalos+Updated.jpg
Check out the NBC 5 weather forecast.]]>
<![CDATA[Why Is This Gardner Suing Chicago?]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:07:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/193*120/kcummings.jpg
Cummings and other gardeners are filing lawsuits that claim city employees may not be able to distinguish between natural plant gardens and those unwelcome, unsightly weeds that typically litter empty or vacant...]]>
<![CDATA[1 Dead, Multiple Injured in Edgewater Crash]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:48:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/crime-stock-police-scene-tape-car-bicycle-lane.jpg
A pedestrian was killed and multiple others were injured in a crash Wednesday morning involving three cars and a CTA bus in the Edgewater neighborhood.

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<![CDATA[Mystery of Ship Buried Under World Trade Center Revealed ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:18:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/191*120/ground+zero+buried+ship2.jpg
Remnants of an 18th-century ship found buried in soil 20 feet under the World Trade Center site four years ago have been traced to Colonial-Era Philadelphia, according to a new

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<![CDATA[Officials Seek Victims of Man Charged With Sexual Exploitation]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:25:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jason+wiese+mug.jpg
Police are searching for victims of a Wisconsin man charged with sexual exploitation of a child.

Photo Credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Hayes Likely Won't Sign with Blackhawks]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:55:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/177*120/102421934.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks have been developing prospects and getting them to the NHL well over the past few years, but Kevin Hayes likely won't be one of them, as it appears he will test free agency instead.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Headlines: Shaw's Season Under the Microscope]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:54:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/shaw_4-23.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks announced this week that their preseason tickets will go on sale Monday morning at 10 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Most Important Bears: Jared Allen]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:52:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Curtis+Conway+getty.jpg
There are a lot of players that are going to be crucial to the Chicago Bears' chances for success in 2014, but none match the potential impact that Jared Allen could have on the team.]]>
<![CDATA[Long Cleared to Return from Viral Infection ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:47:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/long162441404.jpg
The Chicago Bears got some good news on the injury front Wednesday, as Kyle Long was cleared to begin his conditioning stint and receiver Alshon Jeffery returned to the practice field.

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<![CDATA[CA Has 1st Openly Gay Governor - For Part of Day]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:33:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/toni+atkins+swearing+in.jpg
For eight or nine hours on Wednesday, California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will be acting as the state's top chief executive— the first openly gay governor in state history.

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<![CDATA[Council Approves Renaming Water Tower Plaza for Byrne]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:01:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jane_Byrne_2.jpg
Jane Byrne served as Chicago mayor from 1979 to 1983, but unlike mayors before her, no city parks or buildings bear her name.]]>
<![CDATA[Group Names "Worst Restaurant Foods"]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:18:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cheesecake+factory_722.jpg
Working out may not be enough to burn off the calories some of these restaurants are dishing out.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois State Police Prepare For Weekend Crackdown]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:12:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/state+cops+wojo.jpg
Beginning at midnight on Friday, the Illinois State Police joins 15 other states to step up enforcement on commercial vehicles as part of a "massive public safety initiative" to help reduce traffic...

Photo Credit: Charlie Wojciechowski/NBCChicago.com]]>
<![CDATA[Man Discovers Dad's Killer Coaching Youth Baseball]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:40:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Joey_John_Matthews-2.jpeg
Joey Mathews wants Babe Ruth League board members dismissed and changes to be made in bylaws.]]>
<![CDATA[UCLA Flooded After Water Main Break]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:52:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/224*120/UCLA+flood+july+29+gadi.JPG
Crews were working through the night to repair a massive water main break that sent up to 10 million gallons of water gushing for nearly four hours onto Sunset Boulevard and the University of California,...

Photo Credit: Gadi Schwartz]]>
<![CDATA[Pauley Pavilion Court Shows Signs of "Buckling"]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:26:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/ucla+pauley+pavilion+court+water+flood.jpg
The historic Pauley Pavilion at the University of California, Los Angeles incurred some of the most serious damage after up to 10 million gallons of water gushed onto Sunset Boulevard and the UCLA campus Tuesday...

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<![CDATA[Rahm Beats Karen Lewis in Latest Mayoral Poll]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:54:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lewis_rahm.jpg
Poll shows Rahm beating potential opponent Karen Lewis by 12 points in mayoral race.]]>
<![CDATA[Walgreens Considers Moving Headquarters to Switzerland]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:49:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/walgreens+sign+edit.jpg
Sen. Dick Durbin proposes bill that would shut off federal contracts to companies leaving the U.S.]]>
<![CDATA[6 Narcotics Officers Stole Half a Million Dollars From Suspects: Feds]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:53:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/police+badge+philly1.jpg
Federal agents arrested six Philadelphia Police narcotics officers as part of an ongoing corruption probe and accused the group of swiping more than half a million dollars' worth of money, drugs and other items...

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<![CDATA[Comatose Md. Man Dies in Liberia]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:56:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/0729-nathaniel-dennis.jpg
A comatose Maryland man who was stuck in Liberia during the ongoing Ebola quarantine has died, according to a webpage set up by his family. Nathaniel Dennis, 24, was visiting family in Monrovia, Liberia...]]>
<![CDATA[Shootout Cop to Leave Hospital]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:47:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cop+released+hospital+shooting.jpg
The NYPD detective who went into a Greenwich Village smoke shop on a tip that an accused child molester on the run for two years was working there and was shot, along with two U.S. Marshals, when gunfire erupted

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<![CDATA[Maryland Woman to Become U.S. Citizen on Her 100th Birthday]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:57:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Maria+Ward+and+Leticia+Munoz.jpg
Four generations of family will join Donatila Leticia Munoz Orantes at the Baltimore office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Wednesday, celebrating not only her citizenship, but also her...

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<![CDATA[Naperville Considers Closing Bars Earlier]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:50:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Beer-Tap-Generic.jpg
Some city councilmembers concerned about increased late night violence and suspected DUI fatal crash earlier this month.]]>
<![CDATA[Kennedy Cousin to Return to Court]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:47:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/michael+skakel+released+bond.jpg
Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel will appear in Stamford Superior Court on Wednesday to face the state's appeal of a ruling nearly a year ago that allowed his release from prison, pending a new trial in the case of...]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Accused of Stabbing Classmate Hours Before Prom Due in Court]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:46:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chris+plaskon+in+court+2.jpg
A Connecticut teen accused of stabbing his classmate to death at a Milford high school hours before the prom is due in court on Wednesday. Christopher Plaskon, 17, is accused of stabbing and killing...]]>
<![CDATA[Man Charged in Punch That Killed Palatine Man]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:35:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Michael-Platt.jpg
Ryan Flannagan was discovered lying unconscious and bleeding from his head on July 18.

Photo Credit: Palatine Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Shake Shack To Open Second Chicago Location in 2015]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:02:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/190*120/shake+shack+getty.jpg
New York City-based Shake Shack, as famous for its lines and web cam as its burgers and shakes, is adding a second Chicago location before opening the first.

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<![CDATA[UCLA Students Deal With "Knee-Deep" Water on Campus]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:38:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/ucla-flooding-10.jpg
A carnivalesque atmosphere took place at UCLA on Tuesday afternoon as a 30-inch water main busted a 15-foot hole in a street, sending millions of gallons of water rushing onto campus and...]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick Kane Stars in New TV Spot ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:19:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Patrick_Kane_commercial.jpg
Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has featured in several memorable TV spots, but he jumps up a level in a new ad that also features JJ Watt and Bryce Harper, among others.

Photo Credit: Gatorade]]>
<![CDATA[Four Storylines to Watch When Bears Camp Resumes ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:20:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/492704205.jpg
The Chicago Bears are enjoying a day off from training camp in Bourbonnais, so it's a good time to take a look at some of the biggest storylines that have emerged so far during practices.

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<![CDATA[Program Uses Selfies to Determine Life Expectancy]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:08:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/face+my+age+2.jpg
Your next selfie could be saying a little more about you than you think.

Photo Credit: Face My Age]]>
<![CDATA[Water Tower Plaza To Be Renamed for Jane Byrne]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:31:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jane_Byrne_2.jpg
Jane Byrne served as Chicago mayor from 1979 to 1983, but unlike mayors before her, no city parks or buildings bear her name.]]>
<![CDATA[LA Water Main Break Floods Twitter]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:26:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/167*120/kenny+holmes+water+rush+ucla.JPG
UCLA students took to social media to share their horror, amazement and even humor as a massive water main break left their campus underwater Tuesday. "Damn it, L.A. Don't you know California is in...

Photo Credit: Kenny Holmes]]>
<![CDATA[Blues Band Shows Bears Pride in New Tune]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:50:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/154978436.jpg
With training camp underway, Bears fans are gearing up for the official start of football season.

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<![CDATA[Festival Drops R. Kelly From Lineup After Protests]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:04:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/R.Kelly_pitchfork.jpg
A music and fashion festival in Columbus, Ohio, dumped R. Kelly from its lineup following protests of the the controversial Chicago native by locals and artists.

Photo Credit: Cindy Barrymore]]>
<![CDATA[NYC Elevator Attack Caught on Video]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:03:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/elevator+robbery+bk.jpg
Police are looking for two men who followed an 18-year-old woman into a New York City apartment building elevator, then punched and kicked her before running away with her]]>
<![CDATA[4 Charged in USC Student's Killing]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:12:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/usc+student+xinran+ji1.JPG
Four people were charged in connection with capital murder on Tuesday in the beating death of a 24-year-old USC graduate student, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's

Photo Credit: Xinran Ji/LinkedIn]]>