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Timeline: How three days of terror unfolded in Paris

Influenza walloping schools in South, Midwest

usatoday.com — CHICAGO -- With Christmas break tantalizingly close, flu-bitten students and teachers across the USA are limping into the holiday season. Several public and private schools in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee announced this week they would start the holiday break early because as many as 30% of their students and teachers are out sick in one of the worst influenza seasons of recent memory.

Protests scale back as snow falls on Ferguson

wtsp.com — As a steady rain turned to snow Wednesday night, only a few protesters turned out along the Ferguson streets that had been the scene of unrest the previous two nights.

In Ferguson, businesses look tentatively at rebuilding

wtsp.com — FERGUSON, Mo. ( USA TODAY) -- Natalie DuBose has spent a lot of time crying, baking and rejoicing over the last couple of days. She has shed tears of anger and hurt over vandals throwing a chair through the window of her fledgling business, Natalie's Cakes and More, along Ferguson's downtown strip.

Protesters torch police car as troops guard Ferguson

wtsp.com — FERGUSON, Mo. ( USA TODAY) - Protesters torched a police car in a second night of unrest Tuesday, hours after Missouri's governor sent hundreds more National Guard troops to restore order in this riot-torn city. Tensions rose after darkness fell, a day after a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer for shooting an unarmed black teen sparked violent protests.

Ferguson protesters torch police car as troops stand guard

freep.com — Protesters torched a police car in a second night of unrest Tuesday, hours after Missouri's governor sent hundreds more National Guard troops to restore order in this riot-torn city. Tensions rose after darkness fell, a day after a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer for shooting an unarmed black teen sparked violent protests.

Daredevil Nik Wallenda conquers Chicago skyline on a tightrope

smh.com.au — High stakes: Nik Wallenda's shadow is cast against Chicago's West Marina Tower. Photo: AP/Discovery Communication Chicago: Nik Wallenda looked like he didn't even break a sweat in his latest effort to cheat death and create must-see TV. With thousands of roaring spectators on hand to watch, Wallenda on Sunday conquered the Windy City skyline.

Man's release twists Ill. death penalty reform narrative

khou.com — The man, who spent about 16 years in prison and came within 48 hours of being executed, was ultimately exonerated CHICAGO- A 64-year-old man whose confession for a double homicide played a key role in Illinois eventually abolishing the death penalty has been freed.

Flight cancellations in G.R., after fire in Chicago

wzzm13.com — GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Multiple flights in and out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport have been cancelled due to the fire at a Chicago airport related facility. FLIGHT TRACKER: http://www.grr.org/RTFI.php CHICAGO (USA TODAY) -- Flights have been grounded at Chicago's busy O'Hare and Midway airports following a fire at an air traffic control facility.

Chicago flights grounded after fire at FAA radar facility

wtsp.com — ( USA TODAY) -- More than 1,600 flights were grounded nationwide Friday following a fire at an Illinois air traffic control facility. The disruption at the Federal Aviation Administration radar facility hit Chicago's busy O'Hare and Midway airports the hardest, grounding virtually all flights at those airports for several hours.
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Jan 23, 2015

RT @mjdougherty3: "@TPM: The Economist names a woman editor for the first time in 172-year history bit.ly/1yTVTtv"

Jan 21, 2015

.@stlcountypd releases more video/photos of #Ferguson looters. This time of looters tearing apart Dellwood Market facebook.com/pages/St-Louis…

Jan 20, 2015

I heard Scott likes a crepe Suzette, but for Mark a hot dog will make him lose control @SusanPage @rlocker12

Jan 20, 2015

Cuba, Iran, cyber security, Ebola...all mentioned ahead of #Ferguson, police relations in U.S.

Jan 20, 2015

RT @deray: Iran was mentioned by the President of the United States before he even attempted to acknowledged American injustices. That's wild. #SOTU

Jan 20, 2015

RT @nanexllc: When Obama gave a plug to instagram - my teenage daughter cringed



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