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  • Political revolt roils Sri Lanka presidential vote

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Until just a few weeks ago, Sri Lanka’s upcoming election seemed a mere formality. Nothing, it seemed, could keep President Mahin ...
    Jan. 3, 2015 - 9:33 pm
  • 114th Congress includes more women, minorities

    WASHINGTON — The 114th Congress that convenes Tuesday will count more minorities and women than ever, although lawmakers remain overwhelmingly white a ...
    Jan. 3, 2015 - 8:38 am
  • At awkward time, Wisconsin's Scott Walker faces GOP rift

    MADISON, Wis. – Republican Gov. Scott Walker has rolled over his Democratic opponents in Wisconsin, shutting down their allies in labor unions, turnin ...
    Jan. 2, 2015 - 10:02 pm
  • More sanctions for North Korea in Sony hacking case

    HONOLULU – Opening a new front in its cyber spat with North Korea, the United States slapped new sanctions Friday on government officials and the Nort ...
    Jan. 2, 2015 - 8:14 pm
  • Beyond marriage, challenges ahead for gay rights groups

    NEW YORK – Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring ...
    Jan. 1, 2015 - 11:14 pm
  • What if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run for president?

    WASHINGTON – In Washington, in Iowa, in New Hampshire, really in any place that's already talking about the 2016 campaign for president, just about ev ...
    Jan. 1, 2015 - 11:12 pm
  • Illinois has no explanation for pot permit delay

    CHICAGO – Without explanation, Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration has conceded it missed its end-of-the-year target for deciding which businesses will re ...
    Jan. 1, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • Illinois lawmakers work on bill for special 2016 election

    SPRINGFIELD – A spokeswoman for Illinois' Senate President says legislation is being prepared to establish a 2016 special election to replace late sta ...
    Dec. 31, 2014 - 10:48 pm
  • Illinois governor pardons 1800s abolitionists

    CHICAGO – Three Illinois abolitionists who were convicted for anti-slavery efforts in the 1800s were posthumously pardoned Wednesday by Gov. Pat Quinn ...
    Dec. 31, 2014 - 10:51 pm
  • In 2015, Illinois to confront daunting issues, divisions

    Keeping schools and social services funded. Making higher education more affordable. Addressing crowded prisons. Possibly redoing pension reform.
    Dec. 30, 2014 - 11:07 pm
  • McHenry County Board member Tina Hill pleads out on DUI charge

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board member Tina Hill pleaded out to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence stemming from an October arrest.
    Dec. 29, 2014 - 11:51 pm
  • Harvard District 50, Woodstock District 200 show support for enterprise zone applications

    An enterprise zone application to the state from Harvard and Woodstock now has support from local school districts as well.
    Dec. 28, 2014 - 11:24 pm
  • U.S., NATO mark end of 13-year war in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan – The war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 bloody years and still raging, came to a formal end Sunday with a quiet flag-lowering cerem ...
    Dec. 28, 2014 - 11:19 pm
  • Key decisions on drones likely from Congress

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions ...
    Dec. 28, 2014 - 11:15 pm
  • GOP puts up a bigger tent for minority challenge

    WASHINGTON – The faces of the Republican Party’s most ambitious members are changing.Long criticized ...
    Dec. 28, 2014 - 11:13 pm
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