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  • Speed, apathy mute protests for Wisconsin right-to-work bill

    MADISON, Wis. – For two straight days this week, 2,000 union members converged on Wisconsin's Capitol to rally against a new right-to-work bill, chant ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 4:55 pm
  • John Cullerton says budget agreement with Bruce Rauner not close

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has hit a roadblock in his effort to persuade lawmakers to give him more authority to patch a $1.6 billion hole in thi ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 3:51 pm
  • Justices appear to favor Muslim denied job over headscarf

    WASHINGTON – Have you heard the one about the Sikh, the Hasidic Jew, the Muslim and the nun who walked into a job interview?
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 1:15 pm
  • Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

    WASHINGTON – Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:23 am
  • USDA stats show Illinois had 'historic' corn, soybean yields

    BLOOMINGTON (AP) – Illinois' 2014 corn and soybean harvest reached historic, "never seen" levels, Illinois Farm Bureau spokesman John Hawkins says.
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:22 am
  • U.S. new home sales barely nudge up in January

    WASHINGTON – Sales of new U.S. homes were basically flat in January, evidence that recent job gains and relatively low mortgage rates have yet to spur ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:27 am
  • States use surveys to try predicting inmates’ future

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – States are trying to reduce prison populations with secretive, new psychological assessments to predict which inmates will commit ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:25 pm
  • Truck stalls on track before train crash

    OXNARD, Calif. – A commuter train slammed into a truck stuck on the tracks early Tuesday, sending three rail cars tumbling onto their sides and injuri ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:24 pm
  • Republicans offer vote on Homeland Security bill

    WASHINGTON – A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered on Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripp ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:23 pm
  • Dozens of Christians abducted by Islamic militants in Syria

    BEIRUT – The Islamic State militants struck before dawn, staging house-to-house raids in a cluster of villages nestled along the Khabur River in north ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:24 pm
  • Pills before and after sex can help prevent HIV

    SEATTLE – For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:22 pm
  • Ukraine disputes rebel pullback claim

    ILOVAYSK, Ukraine – Russian-backed separatists moved some heavy weapons well back from the front line Tuesday in eastern Ukraine, but the Ukrainian go ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:24 pm
  • Obama vetoes controversial Keystone XL pipeline bill

    WASHINGTON – Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeli ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:22 pm
  • Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

    DETROIT – It’s a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.More than 46 million ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:22 pm
  • Deadline nearing for senior property tax deferrals

    Note to readers: This story has been changed to reflect the correct deadline to apply for the program.
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:01 am
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