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Protecting President Obama's Chicago Home Costs City At Least $2.2 Million

Chicago Tribune | Annie Sweeney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Police Department has spent at least $2.2 million to secure President Barack Obama's Kenwood residence since he was elected in November, a...

Stroger To Turn Over Cell Phone Records After Lawsuit

Chicago Sun-Times | LISA DONOVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's office now plans to release cellphone records as soon as later today of the four people at the center of a ...

NY No Longer Fashion Capital Of The World

Huffington Post | Katharine Zaleski | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NO! NY has lost its spot as the Fashion Capital Of The World according to the trend-tracking group Global Language Monitor. WNBC NY has some more...

German Tourist Beaten, Airline Ticket Stolen

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. (AP) -- Two men have been arrested in the beating and robbery of a German tourist in Rockland County. The thieves in Haverstraw got...

Donald Trump's Golf Cart Stolen At Tourney

nj.com | Brendan Prunty | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

How quickly do you think Donald Trump pulled the trigger over this? Monday morning, the first day of competition at Trump National Golf Club-Bedmin...

Dan Hynes Stockpiles $3.5M Toward Possible Run For Governor

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Comptroller Daniel Hynes reported Monday that he has built up a campaign bankroll of $3.5 million as he considers challengin...

Mark Kirk Enters Senate Race, Looks To 'Restore Ethics And Integrity To Illinois'

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Republican Congressman Mark Kirk is running for the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. Kirk says Illinois has beco...

Witnesses Says Motivational Speaker Bought Condoms On Night Of Murder

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Motivational speaker Jeff Locker phoned his wife at their suburban home Wednesday night, telling her he had a flat tire and he'd be a...

Naked Cowboy Running For Mayor

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

UPDATE: The Naked Cowboy has blogged about his run for NYC Mayor on Huffington Post. Read it here. --- MONDAY: This just in... We're told that t...

Five-Legged Dog Saved From Coney Island Freakshow

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Update 7/24: Lily the dog no longer has five legs. From the Daily News: The owner of a five-legged puppy outfoxed a Coney Island sideshow - gett...

Heroin On The Rise In NY

Huffington Post | David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Call it the retro-trend gone awry, but heroin and designer drugs rarely seen since the 60s and 70s are on the rise across the city. Coming on the h...

Governor Quinn Meets Troops In Iraq

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Sunday that he spent the weekend visiting American troops and military leaders in a surprise trip to Iraq...

Man Arrested For Grisly Manhattan Cleaning Woman's Murder

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

AP - An elevator operator at a skyscraper near the World Trade Center site was arrested Friday night in the slaying of a cleaning woman whose bound bo...

Trash Bins Turned Into Pools For Brooklyn Swimming

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

AP - Some New Yorkers stuck in small apartments on a hot summer day have a new option: swimming in huge bins that once held trash. The idea for the...

Resolution Honoring Michael Jackson Peeves Lawmakers

Chicago Sun-Times | DAVE MCKINNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois House has put itself on record paying homage to the king of pop, but few lawmakers even realized they had feted the late Michael Jackson....

WATCH: Eat Burgers While Model Watching

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Next time you feel guilty while eating a burger, your guilt might be compounded by bumping into a slew of models. Yup! That's what the Soho restaurant...

Texting While Driving Ban Approved By State Senate

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY (AP) - The New York Senate voted Thursday to outlaw using portable electronic devices to text, play games or surf the Web while driving. The ...

West Side Factory Explosion: 2 Seriously Hurt (VIDEO)

AP | CHRISTINA M. WRIGHT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Two workers mixing chemicals at a Chicago biodiesel manufacturing plant Friday set off an explosion that left two workers injured - on...

Alderman Drops Anti-Gay Minister As Successor Pick, Wants Wife Instead

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Ald. Billy Ocasio said today he wants his wife to succeed him as 26th Ward alderman, and he has withdrawn his recommendation of a controversial...

Motivational Speaker Found Stabbed And Strangled In His Car

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

AP - Investigators are trying to retrace the steps of a motivational speaker found stabbed to death in his car. Police say Jeff Locker, of North Wo...

Bloomberg: Police Should Drag NY Senators Back to Work

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) -- - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the governor should dispatch state troopers to haul state lawmakers back into session. He wants them ...

Cubs Manager Piniella Meets White Sox Fan Obama: 'He Has Done A Really Nice Job For Our Country'

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lou Piniella was touring the White House with his wife and grandchildren Thursday when he got a five-minute meeting with President Barack Obama. ...

Blagojevich Gets Radio Host Gig As Campaign Office Closes (And Emanuel Letter Pops Up)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

What's the old adage, when one door closes another opens? That might well be true for Rod Blagojevich. Just as the campaign office of the disgraced f...

Giannoulias Fundraising Leads Senate Candidates

Chicago Public Radio | Alex Keefe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Giannoulias' exploratory committee has about $1.6 million to spend on the 2010 election, according to papers filed this week with the Federal Election...

New York's Untouched Stimulus Money: Billions Remain Unspent

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Even as New York rushes to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money for roads and bridges, billions more a...