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Top seeds in a hurry on day of U.S. Open upsets

World number ones Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic launched their U.S. Open title bids in ruthless style.

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Why Bill Murray is in the new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie

After spending a quarter of a century not agreeing to be in "Ghostbusters 3" as Peter Venkman, Bill Murray recently signed on to Paul Feig’s reboot of the franchise.

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Will Smith to take on NFL coverup

"Concussion" is based on Dr. Bennet Omalu, who was the first to discover the existence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (or CTE): a disease of the brain found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 26 freebies to help you celebrate this September

On your birthday you can have your (free) cake and eat it too!

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College finds manuscript of original ‘Happy Birthday’ song

A librarian at the University of Louisville may have found the precursor tune to the Happy Birthday song.

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Smoking rate continues to fall

The smoking rate dropped to 17 percent last year, down from about 18 percent in 2013.

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Durbin: Override Heroin Veto

Calls Rauner's veto "thoughtless"

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Kirk Cousins gets the start in Washington

Coach Jay Gruden has announced that Cousins will be his starting quarterback for the season, saying the Michigan State product gives his team the best chance to win.

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Regulations could mean healthier ‘happy meals’ for kids

Lawmakers in NYC are proposing regulations requiring fast food meals that come with a toy include a serving of fruit, vegetable, or whole grain and limit the meal to no more than 500 calories.

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More Voters Than Citizens

Illinois #3 in nation; Sangamon County is one of the offenders

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.

in Lifestyle

College really is ‘higher’ education

The number of U.S. college students smoking marijuana every day or nearly every day is greater than it has been in 35 years, according to a study released on Tuesday.

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In Alaska, Obama paints doomsday picture

Obama will spend the second day of his Alaska tour in the picturesque coastal town of Seward, named after President Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State William Seward, who negotiated the purchase of Alaska in 1867 from Russia.

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10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, Sept. 1

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Tuesday’s Sports Minute

A look at some of the sports headlines making news today, Tuesday, Sept. 1.

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in Viral Videos

One wild ride

This is one way to get around ... but it seems like people are doing more and more dangerous stuff while wearing a camera.

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in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: Sept. 1

A look back at some of Hollywood's biggest headlines.

8-31-15 Horace Mann Survey

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Survey: Teachers Still Spend Plenty of Money Out of Pocket

A new study by Horace Mann insurance suggests teachers spend a lot of their own money on supplies for their classrooms.

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UIS-Led Survey Examines Issues for Transgendered People

A national survey conducted by the University of Illinois-Springfield shows positive attitudes towards the rights of transgendered people.

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Lawmaker: Cut Tax Breaks, Close DCEO

State Rep. Jack Franks will propose closing tax loopholes and eliminating what he considers to be unfair credits for businesses.

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Combination-Locked Pill Bottles Now Law

Illinois is the first state providing for a combination lock on a prescription pill bottle.

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Gary Busey, Tamar Braxton round out new ‘DWTS’ cast

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The 21st season of "Dancing With The Stars" promises to be a wild ride.

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Was ‘Concussion’ altered to avoid angering the NFL?

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Hacked Sony emails appear to show that the m arketing plans for the movie were positioned to focus on the story of a whistle-blower, rather than a condemnation of the sport.

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How to make work better

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Some of these tips are actually helpful ... but mostly they're just hilarious.

in Music

Akon ordered to pay $245K repo bill

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The "Locked Up" hitmaker has some big time money troubles.

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No Auto-Tune: Watch T-Pain sing a moving rendition of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’

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The R&B hitmaker opened Monday night's Dodgers game in pure patriotic style.