• Illinois oil train derailment involved safer tank cars

    GALENA – Railroad company officials say a fiery oil train derailment in western Illinois involved tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard ...
    March 6, 2015 - 8:36 am
  • U.S. adds a robust 295K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5 pct.

    WASHINGTON – U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000.
    March 6, 2015 - 8:21 am
  • Obama: Racial bias in Ferguson police dept not isolated

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said the type of racial discrimination found in Ferguson, Missouri, is not unique to that police department, and h ...
    March 6, 2015 - 8:19 am
  • DeKalb High School to host a cappella competitions

    DeKALB – When Grace Klonoski steps forward to deliver her solos on stage, her voice is accompanied by music.
    March 5, 2015 - 10:57 pm
  • Ringling Bros. Circus to give up elephant acts

    POLK CITY, Fla. – The family that owns the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus won’t say just what it was that made them finally decide to remov ...
    March 5, 2015 - 10:47 pm
  • States on edge about the future of health insurance markets

    MIAMI – Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summe ...
    March 5, 2015 - 10:47 pm
  • Plane skids off snowy NYC runway, stops feet from icy bay

    NEW YORK – A Delta jetliner landing at LaGuardia Airport in a driving snowstorm Thursday skidded off a runway and crashed through a chain-link fence, ...
    March 5, 2015 - 10:46 pm
  • Can Clinton live up to pledge to learn from 2008 presidential campaign mistakes?

    WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton says that if she pursues the presidency again, it will be different this time around.
    March 5, 2015 - 10:45 pm
  • Plan would ax university employee tuition breaks for kids

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois lawmaker is proposing that the state do away with tuition breaks for children of employees at public universities.
    March 5, 2015 - 10:45 pm
  • Iranian role in fighting IS in Iraq: Where will it lead?

    WASHINGTON – Iran’s growing influence in Iraq is setting off alarm bells, and nowhere is the problem starker than in the high-stakes battle for Tikrit ...
    March 5, 2015 - 10:44 pm
  • Survey: Americans support same-sex marriage

    WASHINGTON – In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it’s now favored by clea ...
    March 5, 2015 - 10:45 pm
  • Father tells jury about boy’s death at Boston Marathon

    BOSTON – With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seated at the defense table no more than 15 feet away Thursday, the father of an 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston M ...
    March 5, 2015 - 10:44 pm
  • Harrison Ford crash-lands plane on golf course

    LOS ANGELES – Harrison Ford crash-landed his small vintage airplane at a Los Angeles golf course Thursday, shortly after taking off from a nearby airp ...
    March 6, 2015 - 12:13 am
  • Charges filed against 2 named to build car charging stations

    CHICAGO – The former owners of a California-based company tasked to build electric car charging stations in Illinois have been charged with fraud.
    March 5, 2015 - 10:45 pm
  • District 427 to begin kindergarten registration March 17

    SYCAMORE – Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year will begin in District 427 by appointment on March 17.
    March 5, 2015 - 11:06 pm
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