Windy City weather may be severe...50 believed dead in Russia plane crash...Filipinos pray

CHICAGO (AP) — Fans heading to today's Bears-Ravens game in Chicago are being warned of the possibility of severe weather. The National Weather Service says parts of Illinois, Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio are at risk of seeing tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. Forecasters say strong storms are rare this late in the year because there usually isn't enough heat from the sun to sustain the thunderstorms, but temperatures today are expected to reach into the 60s and 70s.

MOSCOW (AP) — Officials say a passenger airliner has crashed in Russia, and all 50 people aboard are believed to have been killed. The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed while landing in the city of Kazan, about 450 miles east of Moscow, where the flight originated.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan plans to put former President Pervez Musharraf (pur-VEHZ' moo-SHAH'-ruhv) on trial for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution in 2007. The interior minister says the government will ask the Supreme Court tomorrow to begin treason proceedings against Musharraf, a former army chief. He governed the country for nearly a decade after a 1999 coup, stepping down in 2008. Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March after years in self-imposed exile.

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — It's a day of prayer for many Filipinos who have lost homes and loved ones in this month's devastating typhoon. Thousands in the largely Roman Catholic country attended Mass today, many praying for help and the repose of souls, others giving thanks for surviving. One priest celebrating Mass in a badly damaged church in Tacloban (tahk-LOH'-bahn) told worshippers, "The church may have been destroyed, but our faith is intact."

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is promoting prayer as medicine for the heart. Appearing at his window overlooking St. Peter's Square today, Francis compared himself to a pharmacist. He held up a box designed to resemble a packets of pills that had a rosary inside. He recommended reciting the rosary as a "spiritual medicine" that is "good for the heart." Volunteers then passed out thousands of the boxes to people in the crowd.