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This lock on the Chicago River is part of an Illinois waterway system that the Army Corps of Engineers says needs at least half a billion dollars in repairs. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

6-cent hike in diesel boat fuel tax urged to fund waterway fix

Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the fence on the North side of the White House in Washington on Saturday. The Secret Service is under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. | Susan Walsh/AP

Prosecutor: Hundreds of rounds of ammo found in intruder's car

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is "obviously concerned" about a weekend White House breach by an ex-soldier with a small knife who scaled a fence, sprinted across the lawn and entered the mansion before being arrested, a spokesman says.

Liberal group tells judge Wisconsin voters can't get IDs

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin offices that issue driver's licenses aren't open enough hours to issue photo IDs to all the voters who need them before the Nov. 4 election, a liberal group told federal judges in a brief filed Monday.


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.

Missouri state and county police move in on protesters in Ferguson, Missouri in August after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

Federal judge: Cameras could have stopped fatal police shootings

NEW YORK  — The federal judge who ruled that the New York Police Department's stop and frisk policy violated civil rights said in a speech that body cameras could have prevented the deaths of two men by police.

Keith Farnham, a former state lawmaker, faces child pornography charges. | Sun-Times library

Decades-old allegation may delay plea deal for Farnham

A plea agreement for Keith Farnham has been discussed; the former state representative was indicted on child pornography charges in May.

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.

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The Congress that hardly works?

Has the 113th Congress been working hard or hardly working? A close look at some data makes it difficult to argue it's anything but the latter.