Lupita Nyong'o wins best supporting actress
(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
March 03, 2014

Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two

The big winner was 12 Years A Slave, but there was quite a bit of love to go around at Sunday night's Oscars. What there wasn't, as usual, was a lot of riveting television.


Ukrainian military personnel stand guard in the Crimean port city of Feodosia on Sunday. Ukraine is mobilizing for war, calling up reserve troops.
(Thomas Peter/Reuters/Landov)
March 02, 2014

Ukraine Warns Russia: Two Sides On ‘Brink Of Disaster’

Ukraine's new government warned Russia on Sunday that the two countries "are on the brink of disaster" after an incursion by Moscow's forces into the Crimea peninsula that has sparked a rapidly escalating international crisis.


February 28, 2014

State Groups Want Tougher Coal Power Company Regulations

There are 90 aging coal ash pits in Illinois — piles of slag left behind when coal is burned for energy, most often electricity. Environmental groups are asking for tougher state regulations on coal-burning power companies now that coal ash residue is starting to show up in the water supply.


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters at the Pentagon on Monday. Hagel and President Obama will need to fight through a wall of resistance to their proposed defense budget cuts, say former members of a defense base closing commission.
Carolyn Kaster/AP
February 27, 2014

Pentagon Cuts Promise Political Pain

Cutting defense spending in Washington is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very.


February 27, 2014

Macon County May Issue Same-Sex Licenses Early

Macon County Clerk Steve Bean expects to make a decision early next week about whether to issue same-sex marriage licenses before Illinois' new gay marriage law starts June 1.


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