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Tammy Duckworth expecting baby girl in December

chicagotribune.com — Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois congresswoman and Iraq War amputee, announced Monday that she is pregnant and is due in early December. Duckworth, 46, a Democrat from Hoffman Estates running for her second term in the House, is expecting a girl, according to spokesman Anton Becker, who said the lawmaker told her staff about a month ago.
Sep 01, 2014

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Sep 01, 2014

Tammy Duckworth, IL congresswoman and Iraq War amputee, is expecting a daughter in December. chicagotribune.com/news/ct-tammy-…

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Bears calling starting safety decision "wait and see"

chicagotribune.com — Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman was asked after Monday morning’s practice at Halas Hall whether he had settled on his starting safeties for Sunday’s season opener against the Bills. Yet the “wait and see” response Trestman offered was likely not what fans were eager to hear.
Sep 01, 2014

RT @Rich_Campbell: Who are the Bears' starting safeties? Coach Marc Trestman's response: trib.in/1rJhfX7

Sep 01, 2014

Who are the Bears' starting safeties? Coach Marc Trestman's response: trib.in/1rJhfX7

Peet's Coffee taking on Starbucks in Chicago push

chicagotribune.com — Peet's Coffee & Tea is embarking on a major expansion in Chicago, hoping to win over coffee connoisseurs with fresh-roasted beans and handcrafted drinks. Peet's is getting ready to open 16 shops in the Chicago area in the coming months, many in former Caribou Coffee locations that were closed down by its sister chain, which is focusing on other parts of the country where it is more popular.

First Neanderthal cave art found, study claims

chicagotribune.com — Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported Monday in a paper describing the first discovery of artwork by this extinct species.

Kurdish oil tanker reappears off Texas coast

chicagotribune.com — A tanker carrying disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude oil reappeared on satellite tracking Monday near Texas, days after having gone silent with a $100 million cargo, but the latest vessel data showed it had not offloaded at sea. According to AIS ship tracking data used by the U.S.

'Gronk' cleared to play in Patriots' opener

chicagotribune.com — After missing the entire preseason recovering from right knee surgery, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is ready to return to the field for Sunday's regular-season opener at Miami. "I'm ready to go. I'll be playing," he said. Gronkowski did not suit up for New England's preseason games but participated on a limited basis in some 11-on-11 sessions.

Soler, Cubs take aim at Brewers

chicagotribune.com — Ominous clouds hovered Monday over Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Cubs hoped to spoil the playoff hopes of the Milwaukee Brewers. This marks the home debut for rookie Jorge Soler, who made an impressive showing during a recent trip at Cincinnati and St. Louis.

Pistachios may help reduce diabetes risk: study

chicagotribune.com — For people who may be headed for type 2 diabetes, regularly eating pistachios might help turn the tide, according to a new trial from Spain. People with so-called prediabetes have blood sugar levels higher than normal but not yet in the diabetes range.

Bears bring Isaiah Frey back on practice squad

chicagotribune.com — The Chicago Bears announced their 10-man practice squad Monday, including seven players who had been with them throughout training camp and the preseason. There were three new faces added to the mix in cornerback Terrance Mitchell, defensive tackle Roy Philon and receiver/return specialist Rashad Ross.
Sep 01, 2014

Bears roster moves this morning... Finalized practice squad: trib.in/1rJ5BeO Signed long snapper: trib.in/1rJ5EY5

Nigeria confirms 16th case of Ebola

chicagotribune.com — Nigeria has a third confirmed case of Ebola disease in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, bringing the country's total confirmed infections to 16, with around 200 people under surveillance, the health minister said on Monday.
Sep 01, 2014

RT @chicagotribune: Nigeria has confirmed its 16th case of Ebola. 200 people are being watched for it. trib.in/1lEmzZc pic.twitter.com/8jwKPZZvt0

Quinn, Rauner ad war at full throttle

chicagotribune.com — Labor Day traditionally has marked the kickoff of the fall campaign season, but the heated race for governor between Democrat Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner has made the holiday little more than an election-year speed bump. For evidence, look no further than the advertising war.

Kid Cudi OK after fainting during North Coast set

chicagotribune.com — Kid Cudi fainted Saturday night while performing his headlining set at the North Coast Music Festival in Union Park. During one of his songs the rapper went into the photo pit. Fan video footage showed him interacting with fans in the photo pit when he started to fall back.