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  • NSA Surveillance Oversight Spy panel wants duplicate oversight board replaced WASHINGTON (AP) -- For months, two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They have functioned sep

    December 21, 2013 1 Photo

  • Weather National Foul weather threatens to snarl US holiday travel ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Holiday travelers in the Midwest and parts East and South were keeping a leery eye Friday on a band of foul weather stretching across the nation's midsection that was threatening to mar the opening weekend of one of the year's busie

    December 21, 2013 5 Photos

  • APTOPIX Budget Battle Bipartisan budget agreement nears final passage WASHINGTON (AP) -- A modest, bipartisan budget pact designed to keep Washington from lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and to ease the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts is on the brink of passing the Senate Wednesday despite increa

    December 19, 2013 1 Photo

  • Disabled Cruise Ship Lawsuit: Fire risk known before Carnival ship sailed McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- Carnival Cruise Lines knew about the risk of leaks from engine fuel hoses and recommended taking precautions on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph that later caught on fire at sea, according to court documents. A compliance notice

    December 19, 2013 1 Photo

  • Quinn wants higher minimum wage by Christmas 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to raise Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10 by Christmas of next year. The Chicago Democrat who's seeking re-election campaigned on the issue in 2010 and mentioned it during his annual address this yea

    December 19, 2013

  • ACA — Thousands told to start over on health insurance

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois officials are emailing and calling thousands of people, advising them to start over on their health insurance applications if they believe the federal government mistakenly referred to Medicaid. Federal officials received mor

    December 19, 2013

  • Quinn says ADM decision good news for Ill. economy

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he stressed Illinois' workforce and transportation when pitching the state to be headquarters of Archer Daniels Midland Company. Quinn told reporters Wednesday that he spoke with ADM CEO Patricia Woertz several tim

    December 19, 2013

  • Concealed Carry Ill. to allow paper applications SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Just days after saying Illinois would accept only online applications for concealed carry permits, Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has announced it will accept paper applications, but not until six months after the process b

    December 19, 2013

  • Urbana hotel cuts rates for students during finals

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- Can you put a price tag on silence? The Illini Union Hotel at the University of Illinois is banking on it. The 74-room hotel in Urbana is offering a special deal during final exams, hoping to woo stressed-out students who need to

    December 18, 2013

  • Teen Drug Use Survey: Teens using synthetic drugs less often WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government's annual survey on drug use. Synthetic marijuana

    December 18, 2013 1 Photo

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