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Gunman, Two Hostages Dead in Sydney Siege

Gunman, Two Hostages Dead in Sydney Siege

NBC 5′s Tammy Leitner provides more details about the man who held up several hostages at a chocolate store in Sydney, Australia. (Published Monday, Dec 15, 2014) The pop of gunfire and smoke grenades Monday morning signified a dramatic turn in a standoff at a Sydney cafe.

Listless Bears Fall 31-15 on Monday Night to Saints

Listless Bears Fall 31-15 on Monday Night to Saints

CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 15: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears warms up before a game against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field on December 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images) The Chicago Bears are talking a good game about not being resigned to their fate, but they didn’t show that on the field as they put forth a listless effort in a 31-15 drubbing at the hands of the New Orleans Saints.  The Bears got the ball to start off the game, but Jay Cutler quickly went into “Bad Jay” mode as he threw an interception on the third play from scrimmage.

10 Percent of School District Absent with Cold, Flu

10 Percent of School District Absent with Cold, Flu

NEWSLETTERS Receive the latest local updates in your inbox 600 students and staff are sick after a flu outbreak in Oak Park School District 97. (Published Monday, Dec 15, 2014) Monday, Dec 15, 2014 • Updated at 10:15 PM CST Nearly 600 students and staff members of a suburban school district were absent on Monday due to illness, prompting school officials to take extra measures in flu prevention.

How Sex Traffickers Communicate in the Digital Age

How Sex Traffickers Communicate in the Digital Age

Online sites made $45 million from online prostitution ads in 2012, watchdog group says. NBC5′s Marion Brooks has more.

Service Restored on Electric line After Semi Hits Power Lines

Service Restored on Electric line After Semi Hits Power Lines

NEWSLETTERS Receive the latest local updates in your inbox Monday, Dec 15, 2014 • Updated at 6:34 AM CST Service on Metra’s Electric District’s South Chicago branch was restored early Monday after an alleged drunken driver crashed into power lines. The driver of a tractor trailer heading southbound in the 7400 block of South Exchange struck a pillar holding electrical wires overhead about 5:30 p.m., according to Metra and Chicago police officials.

Rahm Takes Credit for Minimum Wage Hike

Rahm Takes Credit for Minimum Wage Hike

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s TV campaign ads show a trend. Rather than Emanuel making promises, he’s relying on Chicagoans to offer testimonials.

Rahm Writes $7K Check to City for 2012 Travel Bill

Rahm Writes $7K Check to City for 2012 Travel Bill

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wrote a check for $7,151.89 to the City of Chicago to cover the tab from his September 2012 trip to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte after the Chicago Tribune inquired about a tax-financed move to transport city cops to the splashy political event. The Tribune reported Monday that Emanuel submitted the four-figure sum late November possibly as a result of its probe for more information on the recruitment of three security officers to join the mayor at the election-season gathering.

Cat Killed in Edgewater High-Rise Fire

Cat Killed in Edgewater High-Rise Fire

NEWSLETTERS Receive the latest local updates in your inbox Firefighters were called to the third floor of a building on the 5800 block of North Sheridan Road shortly after 3 a.m. Monday, Dec 15, 2014 • Updated at 5:54 AM CST No people were hurt, but a cat was killed in a fire in a high-rise building early Monday in the Edgewater neighborhood on the North Side.

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