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  • NASA launches Earth-observing satellite

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soi ...
    NEW: Jan. 31, 2015 - 9:01 am
  • Pilots in helium-filled balloon land safely in Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico early Saturday after an audacious, nearly 7,000-m ...
    NEW: Jan. 31, 2015 - 9:01 am
  • Man detained over suitcase found stuffed with human remains

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man was detained Friday night in connection with a suitcase that had been found on a downtown San Francisco street stuffed with ...
    NEW: Jan. 31, 2015 - 8:59 am
  • Teammates, fans remember Hall of Famer Ernie Banks

    CHICAGO (AP) — Fans and friends of Ernie Banks are paying tribute to the legendary Chicago Cubs slugger with a memorial service followed by a processi ...
    NEW: Jan. 31, 2015 - 8:58 am
  • Illinois basketball museum set for 2016 opening in Pontiac

    PONTIAC (AP) — A museum dedicated to Illinois basketball glory will open to fans by 2016.The Pantagr ...
    NEW: Jan. 31, 2015 - 8:57 am
  • Northert Illinois University looks at cuts, other changes

    DEKALB — Northern Illinois University is beginning a yearlong review of many of its operations and programs as it deals with declines in enrollment an ...
    NEW: Jan. 31, 2015 - 8:56 am
  • 'Right to Try' bill would give access to experimental drugs

    SPRINGFIELD – Two Illinois lawmakers want terminally ill patients to have access to experimental and unapproved treatments.
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:32 pm
  • Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline

    TOKYO – The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible ...
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • Bomb blast at Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan kills 56

    ISLAMABAD – A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, killing at least 56 people an ...
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • Illinois threaten to withhold funds if district don't test

    CHICAGO – Illinois State Board of Education officials are threatening to withhold funds from any school district failing to administer a new statewide ...
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • U.S. mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 Census

    DETROIT – The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year Cen ...
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:30 pm
  • White House grapples with fraught terrorism language

    WASHINGTON – Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism.
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:33 pm
  • Marengo man accidentally shoots self, son; suffers minor injuries

    MARENGO – A Marengo man and his 14-year-old son were taken to a hospital after a gun accidentally fired while the man was cleaning it.
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:25 pm
  • Federal prosecutors drop dozens of stash house sting charges

    CHICAGO – The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago has quietly dropped dozens of serious narcotics conspiracy charges stemming from undercover stings inv ...
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:25 pm
  • Pro wrestler cheats at Wing Bowl, hides food in fanny pack

    PHILADELPHIA – Professional wrestling star Mick Foley was ejected from the Wing Bowl eating contest Friday after stuffing uneaten chicken wings into a ...
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:24 pm
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