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Photographer outraged at social media censoring of photos of moms, kids

Hailey Holmberg was pregnant with her second child when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She was forced to terminate the pregnancy. Six years later, as a survivor, to show her strength she was photographed in a black bra and underwear as part of Ashlee Wells Jackson’s 4th Trimester Bodies Project, a photo documentary aimed at showing the “beauty inherent” in the changes to women’s bodies from motherhood, childbirth and breastfeeding. But her black-and-white image is nowhere to be found on Instagram.

2 charged with attempted murder in shooting of 3-year-old

Alger Sanchez, 19, and Anton Aseves, 22, were charged Sunday with one count each of aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm and two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, police said.

Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

An international court on Monday ordered Russia to pay over $50 billion in compensation to the former majority shareholder of now-defunct oil producer Yukos over the expropriation of the company more than 10 years ago.

Israeli strikes on Gaza, rocket fire, break lull

Israeli jets pounded three Hamas sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday.

UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.

CTU, progressives form new Chicago coalition

Look out Chicago, a new political movement has arrived. United Working Families, a partnership between labor groups, including the Chicago Teachers Union, and a coalition of a dozen community groups is expected to announce its formal launch on Monday, executive director Kristen Crowell says.

Walgreens May Face Consumer, Political Backlash if it Elects to Become a ‘Corporate Deserter’

Within the next several weeks Illinois-based Walgreens drug store chain is set to decide if it will become what President Obama referred to last week as a “corporate deserter” by – in essence – tearing up its U.S. Citizenship in order to cut its corporate taxes. Walgreens recently bought a 45 percent stake in the Swiss drug chain, Alliance-Boots. It is now considering whether to complete a merger with the Swiss firm, so it can move its official corporate headquarters to lower-tax Switzerland, while maintaining most of its operations in the United States. Forty-seven American corporations have used this this tax trick – known as an “inversion” — over the last decade and the maneuver is increasingly favored by corporations that apparently have no loyalty to the

After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care

After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up…

Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as “China's Jerusalem” for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are…

Death toll mounts as clashes intensify in Ukraine

At least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two Ukrainian cities held by separatist militants, officials in the rebellion-wracked east said Monday.

Two Charged In Shooting Of 3-Year-Old In Brighton Park

Two men have been charged in the shooting of a three-year-old boy Friday night in Brighton Park.

Emotional Frank Thomas shows heartwarming side in Cooperstown

RICK MORRISSEY: Once the tears started, they never really stopped. And seeing as how they started the moment Frank Thomas stepped to the podium Sunday, there was a very good chance he was going to be at flood stage three minutes into his Hall of Fame induction speech.

Legislative I.G. has financial ties to Madigan, other lawmakers

THE WATCHDOGS: J. William Roberts’ mix of political and prosecutorial experience was key to getting the job of legislative inspector general. But it could raise questions about his ability to impartially investigate lawmakers, including Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.