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Data: Sammy Hagar Concert Helps Grandstand Shows that Lost Money

Musical acts at this year's Illinois State Fair brought in more than $37,000 after expenses.

The high water level on the Illinois River laps at the very base of the BNSF railroad bridge Wednesday, July 1, 2015, as a locomotive pulling cars slowly makes its way over. (David Spencer/The State Journal-Register via AP)

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Beardstown Overrun with Sinkholes

Officials in Beardstown say they're plagued with sinkholes, and need help from the state or federal government.


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Congress plunging into debate on Iran nuclear deal

Lawmakers head into tense debate on the Iran nuclear deal as they return to Washington from a five-week summer recess.

FILE - This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. Despite new rules that say only about 140 medical marijuana dispensaries are eligible to stay open, more than 450 have filed renewals to pay Los Angeles business taxes this year.

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Caped ‘superhero’ fighting for legal pot instead of fighting crime

A caped green superhero stumping for marijuana legalization votes at Ohio college campuses and bars has sparked debate over its impact on children.

Los Angeles premiere of 'San Andreas' held at TCL Chinese Theatre - Arrivals

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson saves a dog in Labor Day pool drama

The "Furious 7" star turned into a real-life action hero.


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‘Star Trek’s’ Captain Kirk writes an autobiography

"The Autobiography of James T. Kirk – The Story of Starfleet’s Greatest Captain," will be published by Titan Books on Tuesday - 49 years to the day after "Star Trek" premiered on television in 1966.

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Langfelder: Move the Dates of the State Fair

Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder says it's time to change the date of the Illinois State Fair.


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Sam Smith taking on ‘Bond’ theme

Grammy Award winner Sam Smith will sing the theme song for the next "James Bond" movie, "Spectre," the first time a British male solo artist has recorded the title tune for a 007 film since 1965.


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New app lets friends virtually walk each other home

Companion is being used on college campuses across the country.


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Williams sisters to put family ties to ultimate test

Family ties will be stretched to the limit when Serena and Venus Williams clash in a compelling U.S. Open quarter-final on Tuesday where much more than sibling bragging rights will be on the line.


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Boston awaits release of new Bulger movie ‘Black Mass’

Anticipation is building in South Boston for a new movie about convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.


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Race for Congress Is Almost Over

Thursday is Election Day


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End to Brady suspension a game-changer for NFL fantasy football

The New England Patriots star quarterback will suit up this Thursday for his team’s season opener, after U.S. District Judge Richard Berman threw out the National Football League’s four-game suspension against him in the now notorious “Deflategate” case.


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Durbin, Anti-GMO Crowd Differ

No evidence these foods are unsafe, he says

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Flash Index Holds Steady

U of I: State budget battle has little impact


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WATCH: 4-year-old boy, his dog rescued from well in Mississippi

The boy had been trapped in a well nearly 25 feet deep, and only about a foot and a half wide.


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Pope radically simplifies Catholic marriage annulment procedures

Pope Francis, making the most substantial changes to Catholic marriage annulment procedures in centuries, on Tuesday radically simplified them and said bishops should give greater help to divorced couples.


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Hopes high for Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ debut

What remains to be seen is how an unfiltered Colbert will play as he makes the transition from a 30-minute Comedy Central show four nights a week to an hour-long slot five nights a week on a major broadcast network renovating the house that David Letterman built.


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The marketing ‘force’ behind ‘Star Wars’ toys

The release of the new movie is still months away, but Disney unleashed its full marketing "force" of toys and other items related to the film.


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HIGHLIGHTS: Rickie Fowler’s hard-fought Deutsche Bank Championship win

Fowler sank a 40-foot birdie putt on 14 en route to a 3-under 68 and a 15-under total.

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Will Smith planning to tour with DJ Jazzy Jeff


The "Independence Day" star is reuniting with his longtime friend for a world tour as part of his musical comeback.

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Mississippi grants title to B.B. King


Even though B.B. King died in May, he's still so respected in Mississippi that the state is bestowing a special honor upon him.

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Ellie Goulding battling heart condition


The "Burn" singer received the frightening news last year, but she has been too busy to follow it up with her doctor.

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Taylor Swift tops Instagram


The ladies of pop music are commanding the most followers on Instagram, the photo-sharing app said as it celebrated its fifth birthday.

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DraftKings, FanDuel defend integrity after insider bet


The two major U.S. sports fantasy companies are defending their businesses' integrity after an employee used insider information to place bets in the unregulated multi-billion-dollar industry.