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FILE - This Oct. 30, 2013 file photo shows entertainer Elton John speaking during a panel discussion after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rockefeller Foundation in Washington. Elton John is declaring his support of the Russian people, and he says they still accept him despite that country's harsh new anti-gay law. John said Wednesday that he visited Russia in December concerned that the new law would affect how he was treated as "an openly gay foreigner." He says he received a warm welcome.

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Today in entertainment history: Nov. 4

A look back on the Hollywood headlines that went down in history.

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Boyfriend to be Charged in Beardstown Baby’s Death

The man accused of beating a baby to death in Beardstown is in the hospital due to self-inflicted wounds.

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Grimm Complains About “Half-Truths” Leveled by Republicans

There has been no shortage of misrepresentations and half-thruths told during this campaign – so much so that even the Libertarian candidate is complaining.

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Baby’s MechWarrior costume wins Halloween

A father and his infant son recreate Sunder from the MechWarriror series.

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

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Rauner Stops in Springfield, Vows to End “100 Years” of Dem. Rule

Joined by his wife, running mate, former Gov. Jim Edgar, and other Republicans, Rauner tried to close the sale.

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Illinois Early Voting Up Significantly This Year

The Executive Director of the Illinois State Board of Elections is reporting a significant uptick in early voting totals this year in advance of the Nov. 4 election.

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Benedictine Students Have Options

Informational fair to provide help on transfers

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For $50K, you can name a giraffe

The Dallas Zoo has sold the naming rights for a recently-born male giraffe calf.

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Original Apple computer on the auction block

We've got iPads and iPhones but it all started with the 1970s-era Apple I computer.

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Springfield’s Leaf Pickup Program Underway

The popular service will run through November 24th.

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Man Shot Dead at Highland Park Hospital

Police in suburban Chicago say an officer shot and killed a man who drew a handgun at a hospital.

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World Trade Center, tallest building in U.S., open for business

Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center is back in business today.

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Sting, ‘Sesame Street’ set for Macy’s parade

KISS, Miss USA Nia Sanchez, Nick Jonas, and Idina Menzel are also set to take part in the 88th annual parade.

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Robin Williams’ Christmas film reworked as tribute

The holiday film "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" was reworked after the funnyman's sudden death.

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Kevin Spacey gets video game treatment for ‘Call of Duty’

The "American Beauty" star will appear graphically as Jonathan Irons, the unhinged leader of a global private military firm.

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Chris Brown blames cough syrup for bad behavior

The R&B star says a potentially-fatal cough syrup concoction is to blame for his bad behavior.

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Voters’ Rights Measure Is on the Ballot

Joins crime victim bill of rights as proposed constitutional amendments

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State Tries to Ramp Up Exports

Help is available for companies wanting to export more

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Prince is off all social media

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The "Purple Rain" hitmaker delighted fans by posting his first selfie but it appears he had a change of heart about connecting with fans online.

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Jordin Sparks takes aim at ex Jason Derulo in new song

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The R&B singer appears to be breaking her silence on her breakup with the "Talk Dirty" hitmaker.

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Ariana Grande hits back at Bette Midler

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Ariana Grande performs on stage at 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango at the StubHub Center on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Carson, Calif.

The "First Wives Club" star called the "Problem" singer "ridiculous" and questioned her sexy antics.

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TODAY’S MUST SEE: John Oliver takes on Turkey pardoning

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The silly tradition is lampooned by the "Last Week Tonight" host.

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11 awkward Thanksgiving jokes

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Worried about spending quality time with family this weekend? Cut the dinner table tension with a delightfully awful Thanksgiving zinger.