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  • Go big or go home: Jason Aldean sets stadium shows Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:50 AM ET

    The hard-rocking country music star made a whirlwind run around the eastern U.S. on Thursday, announcing shows at Boston's Fenway Park, Chicago's Wrigley Field and on the University of Georgia campus in the space of 12 hours. Aldean will make the first appearance by a country music performer at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

  • ABC special shines light on Chicago violence Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- ABC News said it wanted to step beyond reporting on the gang violence in Chicago to explore ways of reducing it. There have been more than 400 murders in Chicago this year, with the murder rate four times what it is in New York, ABC said.

  • Ill. Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama's high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph Friday. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Illinois Gov.

  • USG shares rise as company pares its 3Q loss Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:06 PM ET

    CHICAGO-- Shares of USG Corp. rose Thursday after the building products maker said its third-quarter loss shrank. In the three months ended Sept. 30, the Chicago company reported a loss of $29 million, or 28 cents per share.

  • RR Donnelley shares drop on premature SEC filing Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 3:19 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- Shares of RR Donnelley fell and then partially recovered Thursday amid news the printer and communications consultant had mistakenly filed a draft version of client Google Inc.' s third-quarter financial results to the Securities and Exchange Commission hours before the final version was to be submitted.

  • GATX 3Q profit jumps on tank car orders Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 2:24 PM ET

    CHICAGO-- Railcar leasing company GATX Corp. said Thursday that its third-quarter earnings rose on a surge in orders for tank cars to haul oil, gas and chemicals. The company earned $53.8 million, or $1.13 per share, compared with $32.9 million, or 70 cents per share, a year ago. But stripping out those one-time items, GATX still topped Wall Street expectations.

  • Restaurant cell phone distractions still irritate Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- The digital divide is wider than ever between diners who talk, tweet and snap pictures mid-meal and those who wish they'd just shut up, shut down and be present. "There's no place to get away from the chatter," said Julie Liberty of Miami, who started the Facebook page "Ban Cell Phones From Restaurants" earlier this year. "

  • Illinois unemployment dips to 8.8 percent Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:51 PM ET

    CHICAGO-- Illinois' unemployment rate dipped to 8.8 percent in September. And the Illinois Department of Employment Security says the seasonally adjusted figures reported Thursday show Illinois' unemployment rate has fallen 10 times in the past 13 months.

  • House tea party icons face re-election challenges Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:18 PM ET

    Michele Bachmann's tendency to cause a ruckus on Capitol Hill made her a tea party sensation. Allen West of Florida, Steve King of Iowa and Joe Walsh of Illinois are all embroiled in tough and expensive races that are drawing plenty of spending by friends and foes from around the country.

  • Venture capital firm to open Chicago office Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- A leading venture capital firm is opening an office in Chicago, giving a boost to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's efforts to attract high-tech businesses and entrepreneurs to the city.

  • 'Clybourne Park' writer upset about blackface Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of " Clybourne Park" says he recently withdrew permission for a Berlin theater company to produce the play after learning that one of the actors would perform the roles in blackface.

  • Benefits can flow both ways at celeb charity galas Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- The Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom will soon be filled with flowers, chiffon, fine china and crystal stemware for a starry black-tie ball costing couples as much as $20,000 to attend.

  • Official proposes bullet tax to curb Chicago crime Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- As Chicago struggles to quell gang violence that has contributed to a jump in homicides, a top elected official wants to tax the sale of every bullet and firearm _ an effort even she acknowledges could spark a legal challenge.

  • Stolen art can be burden without connections Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:34 AM ET

    PARIS-- The burglars dashed out the back door with seven masterworks, then sped on screeching tires into the night. If the thieves who robbed Rotterdam's Kunsthal exhibition this week don't have a plan, the stolen art could quickly become a burden.

  • Prices for grains, livestock futures rise Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET

    CHICAGO-- Grains futures rose Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery gained 8.5 cents to $8.5625 per bushel; December corn rose 7.25 cents to $7.455 per bushel; December oats increased 3.25 cents to $3.9575 per bushel and November soybeans gained 15.5 cents to $15.0925 per bushel.

  • Grains futures mostly rise; livestock prices mixed Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 11:15 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- Grain prices rose Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery rose 3.25 cents to $8.51 per bushel; December corn gained 0.75 cent to $7.39 per bushel; December oats were unchanged at $3.9225 per bushel and November soybeans increased 4.25 cents to $14.98 per bushel.

  • Partnerships to help control Ill. Medicaid costs Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 8:42 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- A for-profit nursing home company owned by a politically connected Chicago businessman is a partner in a project Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Tuesday that aims to control health spending for high-cost Medicaid recipients.

  • Northern Trust 3Q profit rises 5 percent Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 12:34 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- Northern Trust Corp. said Wednesday that its third-quarter net income rose 5 percent due to higher fees from clients for managing their money. The wealth management firm, which is based in Chicago, earned $178.8 million, or 73 cents per share, in the three months through Sept. 30, up from $170.4 million, or 70 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

  • SF, South Florida, Houston bid for Super Bowls Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- Houston, San Francisco and South Florida are bidding for the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls. NFL owners will vote next May between San Francisco _ the 49 ers are building a new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., _ and South Florida for the 50th Super Bowl in 2016. The loser of that race will then compete with Houston for hosting the 2017 game.

  • Vikings to host Steelers in London next year Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- The NFL is doubling down on London. The league announced Tuesday that the Minnesota Vikings will host the Pittsburgh Steelers at London's Wembley Stadium on Sept. 29, 2013. This is the first time the NFL will play two regular-season games in London in the same season.