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Dec 20, 2013

How much for that Degas? Detroit appraises priceless art collection

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – For decades, visitors to the Detroit Institute of Arts have been amused, inspired and perhaps warned of the dangers of overindulgence by the peasant revelers of 16th century painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Now, as a result of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, “The Wedding Dance,” considered priceless by lovers of the world-famous city collection, has a price tag of $100 million to $200 million, according to a Christie’s auction house report made public on Thursday.

Dec 18, 2013
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Most Americans celebrate Christmas, half see it as mostly religious holiday: poll

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(People carrying shopping bags leave a shopping store advertising sales in New York, December 24, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford )

Nine in 10 Americans say they celebrate Christmas – including 80 percent of non-Christians, according to a poll released on Wednesday. But only half of Americans view Christmas mostly as a religious holiday, while a third view it as more of a cultural holiday, according to the poll by the Pew Research Center.

Dec 18, 2013

Half of Americans see Christmas as mostly religious holiday -poll

Dec 18 (Reuters) – Nine in 10 Americans say they celebrate
Christmas – including 80 percent of non-Christians, according to
a poll released on Wednesday.

But only half of Americans view Christmas mostly as a
religious holiday, while a third view it as more of a cultural
holiday, according to the poll by the Pew Research Center.
Others said it was both, or gave no opinion.

Dec 17, 2013

Nearly half of Americans like ‘Happy Holidays’ as greeting -poll

CHICAGO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Nearly half of Americans say
stores and businesses should greet customers with “Happy
Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” instead of “Merry Christmas”
out of respect for people of different faiths, according to a
poll released on Tuesday.

The issue has become increasingly political, with 49 percent
of Americans supporting “Happy Holidays,” up from 44 percent in
2010, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. A
minority, 43 percent, prefer the specifically religious
greeting.

Dec 17, 2013

No sale at auction of Michael Jordan’s Chicago-area estate

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago-area mansion belonging to American basketball star and NBA franchise owner Michael Jordan did not attract a winning bid at an auction on Monday, a spokeswoman said.

The 56,000-square-foot (5,200 square-meter) home on more than seven acres in the northern Chicago suburb of Highland Park has a regulation-size basketball court, a putting green, tennis court, nine bedrooms and 15 full and four half bathrooms.

Dec 16, 2013

Michael Jordan’s Chicago-area estate up for auction

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago-area mansion belonging to American basketball star and NBA franchise owner Michael Jordan goes up for auction on Monday, according to a real estate auction house.

The 56,000-square-foot (5,200 square-meter) home on more than seven acres in the northern Chicago suburb of Highland Park has a regulation-size basketball court, a putting green, tennis court, nine bedrooms and 15 full and four half bathrooms.

Dec 5, 2013

Minnesota Archdiocese identifies 30 priests accused of abusing minors

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday identified 30 priests accused of sexually abusing minors in the archdiocese, which has been under fire for its past handling of clergy abuse cases in its part of Minnesota.

The archdiocese said the 30 priests had “credible claims against them of sexual abuse of a minor.”

Dec 4, 2013

Illinois Senate advances incentive bill to keep ADM headquarters

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Illinois Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would offer incentives for Archer Daniels Midland Co to keep its global headquarters in Illinois.

ADM has been the dominant corporate presence in the central Illinois city of Decatur for 44 years. Its disclosure in September that it was seeking a new global headquarters shook Decatur and brought other cities, including Chicago, into a contest to land a new corporate nameplate.

Dec 3, 2013

Undocumented immigrants start testing for Illinois driver’s licenses

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Undocumented immigrants in Illinois began taking road tests on Tuesday to qualify for driver’s licenses, starting a process expected to be closely watched by other U.S. states that are preparing to implement similar laws.

Illinois is the largest U.S. state to implement legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to get licenses – following in the steps of New Mexico and Washington.

Dec 2, 2013

Michigan lawmakers may act on separate abortion insurance

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – The Michigan legislature will consider a proposal this week that, if enacted, would make it the ninth state to prohibit insurance companies from offering abortion services unless women pay an extra fee in addition to the usual premium.

The proposal will go before the majority-Republican legislature as a petition organized by Right to Life of Michigan, an anti-abortion group, that was approved on Monday by the Michigan Board of Canvassers.