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Dennis Rodman: Trump and N. Korea's Kim 'pretty much the same'.

BEIJING, China, Dec 13 - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman is perhaps the only person in the world to call both US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “friend”. The ex-Chicago Bulls power forward , who has swigged vodka with Kim and been fired by Trump on “Celebrity ...

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

How 34 Illinois tech organizations are working to close the diversity gap.

GUEST: Diversity is a major topic of conversation in tech, but so far, that conversation hasn't significantly improved representation of women and minorities in the industry. In a recent survey conducted by First Round Capital, nearly 68 percent of founders across the country believe that the tech industry will not become ...

- VentureBeat - US

Minnesota joins U.S. states limiting controversial farm chemical.

CHICAGO - Minnesota became the latest U.S. state on Tuesday to restrict controversial weed killers made by Monsanto Co and BASF SE that were linked to widespread crop damage, while Arkansas took a step back from imposing new limits.

- Reuters - US

Minnesota joins U.S. states limiting controversial farm chemical.

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO - Minnesota became the latest U.S. state on Tuesday to restrict controversial weed killers made by Monsanto Co and BASF SE that were linked to widespread crop damage, while Arkansas took a step back from imposing new limits. The United States has faced an agricultural crisis this year caused by new ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Warriors, Rockets roll on as Celtics crash.

The Golden State Warriors shrugged off the absence of Stephen Curry to edge past the Portland Trail Blazers Monday as a depleted Boston Celtics crashed to defeat against the Chicago Bulls.

- The Daily Star - LB

'Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are pretty much the same,' claims Dennis Rodman during visit to Beijing.

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman is perhaps the only person in the world to call both US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “friend”. The ex-Chicago Bulls power forward – who has swigged vodka with Kim and been fired by Trump on Celebrity Apprentice – believes the two ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

More than 50 US mayors just signed a charter to meet the Paris agreement goals without Trump.

US mayors have pledged to meet the US goals set in the Paris climate agreement, despite President Donald Trump's pledge to pull out. In the Chicago Climate Charter, mayors have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the targets set by the Paris agreement, as well as promote investment in clean energy, ...

- Business Insider - US

USA Gymnastics bans coach for sexual misconduct with athlete.

CHICAGO — USA Gymnastics says it has banned an Illinois coach after an investigation revealed he violated its code of ethical conduct by engaging in a sexual relationship with an athlete.The Indianapolis-based organization...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Warriors, Rockets keep winning.

THE Golden State Warriors shrugged off the absence of Stephen Curry to edge past the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday as a depleted Boston Celtics crashed to defeat against the Chicago Bulls.

- Shanghai Daily - CN

CBOE's Bitcoin futures are off the starting block.

BI Intelligence This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Fintech Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. The Chicago Board Options Exchange , a major US exchange, first announced plans to launch a Bitcoin futures product in August, and got the green light from the Commodity Futures Trading ...

- Business Insider - US

Litecoin creator issues stern warning after the cryptocurrency doubles in a single day.

youTube Litecoin, a smaller cousin of bitcoin, has seen its value more than double in just one day. Litecoin creator Charlie Lee tweeted a sobering warning to those not prepared to lose their entire investment. Still, Litecoin fans on Reddit were preparing celebrations, some of which seem fairly risky. Cryptocurrencies have ...

- Business Insider - US

Dennis Rodman: Trump and N.Korea's Kim 'pretty much the same'

BEIJING, Dec 12 — Former basketball star Dennis Rodman is perhaps the only person in the world to call both US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un friend'. The ex-Chicago Bulls power forward — who has swigged...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Surprise! Chicago suburb is home to a major Guadalupe shrine

Chicago, Ill., Dec 12, 2017 / 03:01 am .- Marian devotion is intense among the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe each year on her feast day. Not just her shrine in Mexico City. The Virgin of Guadalupe has a major place of honor in Des Plaines, Ill., a Chicago suburb. “People ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

One life lost in Paarl blaze as shacks gutted

A resident died in hospital after suffering injuries during a fire that destroyed 42 shacks and 14 formal houses in Chicago, Paarl East.

- Cape Times - SA

‘Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are pretty much the same,’ claims Dennis Rodman during visit to Beijing

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman is perhaps the only person in the world to call both US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “friend”. The ex-Chicago Bulls power forward – who has swigged vodka with Kim and been fired by Trump on Celebrity Apprentice – believes the two ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Amos Yee evicted for pro-paedophilia views

INTERNET celebrity Amos Yee has claimed he has been evicted from his Chicago home for holding pro-paedophilia views publicly expressed on his YouTube channel. The post Amos Yee evicted for pro-paedophilia views appeared first on Asian Correspondent.

- Asian Correspondent - HK

Dems divided on when to fight over fate of young immigrants

WASHINGTON — For Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a passionate, liberal Democrat of Puerto Rican descent, there is no more important issue in the year-end budget showdown than protecting from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the…

- Billings Gazette - US

Apple CEO Tim Cook wants to teach every Chicago public school student to code

With tech facing criticism for lack of diversity, Apple pushes coding initiative to a district where about 84% of students are black or Latino.        

- USA TODAY - US

Dems divided on when to fight over fate of young immigrants

WASHINGTON — For Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a passionate, liberal Democrat of Puerto Rican descent, there is no more important issue in the year-end budget showdown than protecting from deportation hundreds of thousands of...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over virtual currency

Bitcoin's debut on a major U.S. exchange is a hit so far, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the virtual currency rising 16 percent. The futures contract that expires in January was up $2,440 to $17,900 Monday afternoon on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Trading began Sunday,...

- Chicago Tribune - US

Time Out to open one of Chicago's biggest food halls in Fulton Market district in 2019

The publisher of Time Out entertainment magazines confirmed plans to open one of the largest food halls in Chicago in 2019, in the Fulton Market district that’s already a destination for foodies. Time Out Market Chicago is planned for a three-level, nearly 50,000-square-foot building to be constructed...

- Chicago Tribune - US

Meet Chicagoans jumping into the world of bitcoin

In January, Mike Haynes’ salary was cut in half as the tech startup he worked for restructured. By spring, he had burned through most of his savings. Now he’s one of the many speculators chasing their fortunes though bitcoin investing. The CBOE Futures Exchange became the first traditional exchange...

- Chicago Tribune - US

Dems divided on when to fight over fate of young immigrants

For Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a passionate, liberal Democrat of Puerto Rican descent, there is no more important issue in the year-end budget showdown than protecting from deportation hundreds of … Click to Continue

- Miami Herald - US

Bitcoin tops US$18,000

NEW YORK, United States , Bitcoin surged past US$18,000 after making its debut on a major global exchange but was trading lower yesterday, highlighting the volatility of the controversial digital currency that has some investors excited but others nervous.Trading on a futures contract began at 6:00 pm Sunday on the ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Bitcoin futures suggest price gains to slow down

, Newly launched bitcoin futures on Monday suggested that traders expect the cryptocurrency's blistering price gains to slow in the coming months, even as it blasted above $17,000 to a fresh record high in the spot market. Chicago-based derivatives exchange Cboe Global Markets launched the futures late on Sunday, ...

- VentureBeat - US

Futures market for Bitcoins took off on Sunday at Chicago Board Options Exchange

The first-ever Bitcoin future jumped after it began trading on Sunday as the increasingly popular virtual currency made its debut on a major U.S. exchange. The futures contract that expires in January surged more than US$3,000 to US$18,010 four hours after trading launched on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The ...

- MercoPress - FK

Chance the Rapper acts as weatherman on live TV

Chance the Rapper made an appearance on a local Chicago news station where he tried his hand as a weatherman on live TV.

- CNN - US

Obamacare Sign-Up Glitches Reported In Final Days Of Enrollment Period

WASHINGTON — Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for “Obamacare” sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience.In Illinois, some consumers who successfully completed an application for financial ...

- TPM News - US

Bitcoin surges in first day of futures trading

Bitcoin contract futures opened at $15,000 and 890 contracts were traded in the first 15 minutes Sunday evening, according to the Chicago-based Cboe. The platform said 4,127 bitcoin futures contracts were traded in the first full day.

- Washington Post - US

A new legitimate era for Bitcoin

Dealing in Bitcoin gets more real as trading in futures contracts of the virtual currency has started on Chicago's CBOE exchange. The subsequent buying frenzy prompted skeptics to again warn of a bubble.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Chicago suspect in train theft pleads guilty on trial date

The sole suspect in a 2015 theft of guns off a Chicago train who chose to go to trial has changed his mind and pleaded guilty just as jury selection was to start.

- FOX News - US

Bitcoin futures soar in major exchange debut

The first-ever futures contracts for the virtual currency bitcoin started trading at the Chicago Board Options Exchange Sunday. The price has surged.         

- USA TODAY - US

Hitler-themed homework upsets parents of Illinois middle school students

Parents at a middle school in Gurnee, Illinois are upset after their kids received a controversial Hitler-themed assignment.

- FOX News - US

Bitcoin futures suggest breakneck rise in price to slow | Reuters

NEW YORK/LONDON - Newly launched bitcoin futures on Monday suggested that traders expect the cryptocurrency’s blistering price gains to slow in the coming months, even as it blasted above $17,000 to a fresh record high in the spot market. Chicago-based derivatives exchange Cboe Global Markets launched the futures ...

- Firstpost - IN

Fate of young immigrants divides Dems on last-minute budget

WASHINGTON — For Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a passionate, liberal Democrat of Puerto Rican descent, there is no more important issue in the year-end budget showdown than protecting from deportation hundreds of thousands of...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Bitcoin surges in first day of futures trading

Bitcoin contract futures opened at $15,000 and 890 contracts were traded in the first 15 minutes Sunday evening, according to the Chicago-based Cboe. The number of contracts had grown to 3,200 by mid-afternoon Monday.

- Washington Post - US

Scientists discover new form of matter, excitonium

Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have for the first time proven the existence of excitonium -- a new form of matter.

- UPI - US

Bitcoin surges in first day of futures trading

Bitcoin prices surged as contract futures for the cryptocurrency began trading on Sunday evening on the CBOE Global Markets, the first traditional platform serving the currency. Bitcoin contract futures opened at US$15,000 and 890 contracts were traded in the first 15 minutes on Sunday evening, according to the ...

- Stuff - NZ

Litecoin is surging after Bitcoin futures launch

Marko Ahtisaari/Flickr Litecoin, the fifth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, has gained more than 25% in value over the last 24 hours, reaching an intra-day high of $195.66 per coin. The gains come the day after Cboe Global Markets, a a Chicago-based exchange operator, launched trading of Bitcoin futures contracts. ...

- Business Insider - US

Couple busted for lying to Chicago cops about knife-point robbery by black man who 'looked like Fat Albert'

A Minnesota couple have been charged with lying to Chicago police about being robbed at knife-point by three black men on a visit to the city. According to the City Paper, Ryan Reiersgaard and his girlfriend Katie Mager, both 27, told police that they had been accosted by three black men after leavi...

- The Raw Story - US

Some glitches seen in deadline week for 'Obamacare' sign-ups

Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for "Obamacare" sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience. In Illinois, some consumers who successfully completed an application for financial assistance...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

New study identifies genetic basis for western corn rootworm resistance in maize

Farmers are stuck. Western corn rootworm can destroy cornfields - and profits - but populations of the "billion-dollar bug" have stopped responding to insecticides and the genetically modified corn hybrids designed to resist insect attacks. But there may be hope. In a new study, University of Illinois researchers uncover ...

- PhysOrg - NL

Bitcoin futures soar on first day of trading in Chicago

Trading in bitcoin and bitcoin futures began Monday with a quick rise in price on their first day of trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

- UPI - US

Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO - Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use. The incentive to use XtendiMax with VaporGrip, a herbicide based ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Even his dad thought it was impossible: Four-year-old Chicago boy reads 100 books in one day

Aspiring Ninja Turtle Caleb Green, 4, set out to read 100 books in just one day. His family streamed the efforts on Facebook Live.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Bitcoin jumps on mainstream acceptance

Cryptocurrency's price stabilises after launch of futures contracts on chicago exchange

- GulfNews - AE

Bitcoin surges past US$18,000 on trading debut in Chicago

BITCOIN surged past US$18,000 after making its debut on a major global exchange but was trading lower yesterday, highlighting the volatility of the controversial digital currency that has some investors excited but others nervous.

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Bitcoin tops $18,000 in debut on major bourse

Bitcoin surged past $18,000 after making its debut on a major global exchange but was trading lower on Monday, highlighting the volatility of the controversial digital currency that has some investors excited but others nervous. Trading on a futures contract began at 6:00 pm on the Chicago board options exchange at a ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

The Latest: Bitcoin futures soar in debut on major exchange

CHICAGO — The Latest on the debut of bitcoin futures trading :

- Billings Gazette - US

The Simpsons Just Addressed One of Your Most Burning Questions Ever

Somethings in Springfield never change

- TIME Magazine - US

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