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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the Star Scholarships program Wednesday. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

CPS students with good GPA might get free ride to City Colleges

President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office on Wednesday morning. | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama, Netanyahu press each other politely but firmly

President Barack Obama called for an end to Palestinian civilian deaths while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the consequences of leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities.

Emotional Montel Williams to Obama: 'Make the call!'

During a hearing before a House panel, an emotional Montel Williams made a plea to President Barack Obama to call Mexican President Nieto regarding the imprisonment of U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi. "The president needs to pick up the phone ... make the call!" Williams said.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson greets chairman of the House Oversight Committee U.S. Rep Darrel Issa, R-CA, (center) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) before she testifies to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday. | Getty Images

Democrat on Secret Service head: 'I think this lady has to go'

A day after Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was grilled before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, called for Pierson's resignation — then quickly backtracked on Twitter.

 

Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.

Fashion guru Tim Gunn joins design experts for a forum on first ladies and fashion, looking at the first ladies’ style and their influence in the fashion world, at the National Archives in Washington on Tuesday. With Gunn are (L-R) designer Tracy Reese, who has designed for First Lady Michelle Obama, Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Lisa Kathleen Graddy, Deputy Chair and Chief Curator of Political History and the First Ladies Collection, Smithsonian National Museum of American History. | AP Photo/Molly Riley

Michelle Obama wins Tim Gunn's fashion critique

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama went under Tim Gunn's fashion microscope and got an approving nod, but not all first ladies fared as well — Hillary Rodham Clinton among them.

President Barack Obama’s escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign, forcing both sides to reassess their closing political messages.

Airstrikes against ISIS launched amid intelligence gaps

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Who is benefiting from the Lawndale Diabetes Project?

Gerry Allen, a resident of North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, suffered for years with unmanaged diabetes. But, thanks to an expanded community health initiative launched in April 2012 between a local hospital  and an insurance provider, he did something he thought he’d never do.