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Mayor Rahm Emanuel, shown with Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy in July, thinks his city's approach on marijuana citations should be tried statewide, but stats show Chicago's effort to decriminalize small amounts of drugs has been a bust. | Associated Press

Emanuel proposes softer statewide penalties for drug offenses

Government hackers try to crack

WASHINGTON — The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability — but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features.


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.

Dold, Schneider, Illinois 10 rivals, appear at Stevenson HS event

WASHINGTON — The Illinois 10th congressional district rivals, Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and rival former Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., appear at an election 2014 event on Tuesday evening hosted by the Stevenson High School Political Action Club and the Mikva Challenge. The event runs from 6 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. and features other candidates.

Jessica Huskey stands by a yellow ribbon placed there by her spouse, Nivia Huskey, before Nivia's military deployment in Jacksonville, N.C. Last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don't recognize gay marriages, leaving thousands of military families missing out on legal rights they would enjoy if Uncle Sam had stationed them elsewhere. | AP Photo/Gerry Broome

Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — On the wall over her bunk in Kuwait, Marine Cpl. Nivia Huskey proudly displays a collection of sonogram printouts of the baby boy her pregnant spouse is carrying back home in North Carolina. If all goes as planned, the 28-year-old military policewoman will return to Camp Lejeune in time for a January delivery at an on-base hospital.

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the recent airstrikes against ISIS Tuesday morning. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

Obama on ISIS: 'This is not America's fight alone'

"America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations," President Barack Obama said during remarks from the White House shortly before departing for New York. "This is not America's fight alone."

An A-18C Hornet prepares to launch from the flight deck of the USS George H.W. Bush on Tuesday. | Robert Burck/ U.S. Navy

7 things to know about airstrikes in Syria

WASHINGTON — Bombing attacks against Islamic State militants started on Monday, with, according to the Pentagon's Central Command in Tampa, the U.S. partnering with five Arab nations: the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Also revealed on Tuesday: The U.S. thwarted an " imminent attack" against the U.S. and "Western interests conducted by a network of seasoned al-Qa'ida veterans - sometimes referred to as the Khorasan Group - who have established a safe haven in Syria."

Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. could operate in Iraq and Syria under the "right of hot pursuit." | AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Would U.S. have 'right of hot pursuit' in Syria?

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry told senators last week that a "right of hot pursuit" could provide a basis for military forces to move across the border between Iraq and Syria to strike at Islamic State militants. But does Kerry's legal theory — which has little grounding in international law — provide firm precedent for Monday night's massive U.S. airstrikes in Syria and for future military actions?

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.

Obama guidance, schedule, Sept. 23, 2014 — Syria strikes, to UN

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama delivers a statement from the White House on Tuesday morning, hours after airstrikes against ISIL militants in Syria started. Later, with first lady Michelle, the president departs for New York city for the United Nations General Assembly and fundraising to benefit the Senate Democrats.