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  • U.S. construction spending up 1.8 percent in July

    WASHINGTON – U.S. construction spending staged a strong rebound in July, rising by the largest amount in more than two years. All major categories of ...
    NEW: Sept. 2, 2014 - 9:34 am
  • Illinois starts accepting medical marijuana requests

    CHICAGO – Thousands of patients in Illinois will be able to apply for special ID cards allowing them to use medical marijuana under a new state law.
    NEW: Sept. 2, 2014 - 9:09 am
  • One person shot in Crystal Lake neighborhood

    CRYSTAL LAKE – One person was found shot after reports of disorderly subjects near the 7300 block of Oakwood Lane in Crystal Lake, police say.
    NEW: Sept. 2, 2014 - 9:07 am
  • U.S. eating habits improve a bit – except among poor

    CHICAGO – Americans' eating habits have improved – except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among weal ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Pakistan’s premier challenged by raging anti-gov’t protests

    ISLAMABAD – Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan’s prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-governmen ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 10:52 pm
  • Tensions simmer on McHenry City Council

    McHENRY – A city’s strategic plan lists its strengths and weaknesses and outlines its goals.It’s not ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 10:10 pm
  • Parents of ill boy fight extradition from Spain

    LONDON – The parents say they want to give their 5-year-old boy with a brain tumor the best chance to live with a revolutionary new treatment they lea ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 10:10 pm
  • Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants

    BAGHDAD – Iraq's outgoing prime minster pledged Monday to turn his country into "a big grave" for Sunni militants from the Islamic State group and com ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 9:59 pm
  • Three Americans detained in N. Korea call for U.S. help

    PYONGYANG, North Korea – North Korea gave foreign media access Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their famili ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 9:59 pm
  • Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

    MOSCOW – Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autono ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 9:56 pm
  • Obama: ‘Revving’ economy calls for higher wages

    MILWAUKEE – President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy’s “revving” p ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 10:01 pm
  • Patients to start applying for marijuana

    SPRINGFIELD – One unanswered question about a new state law legalizing medical marijuana is just how many Illinois residents will actually ask for per ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 9:54 pm
  • Study: Action-packed television shows may make you snack more

    CHICAGO – Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That’s the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced televisio ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 9:54 pm
  • Illinois to spend another $102M on high-speed rail

    CHICAGO – The state of Illinois will spent $102 million to build a bridge over the Kankakee River along with other improvements as part of high-speed ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 9:54 pm
  • Beyond governor race, big stakes in Illinois vote

    CHICAGO – Anyone in Illinois who’s turned on a television in recent weeks knows the race for governor is shaping up as a no-holds-barred, no-expenses- ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 9:54 pm
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