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Senate expected to act on NSA collection of phone records

If the Senate doesn't act, the laws authorizing the programs will expire June 1, and officials say they will lose valuable surveillance tools.

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Friday’s Sports Minute

Here’s a look at some of the big sports stories making news today, Friday, May 22. WARRIORS ARE 2 UP…

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Islamic State continues its advance in Syria

The success piles pressure on Damascus and Baghdad and throws doubt on a U.S. strategy of relying almost exclusively on air strikes to support the fight against ISIS.

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Cleanup of oil-covered California beach could take months

Oil spilled from a pipeline rupture has closed two state beaches and fouled offshore waters near Santa Barbara.

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Bless This Boat

It's National Maritime Day !!

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10 FOR TODAY: Friday, May 22

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

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Today in entertainment history: May 22

A look at the news that made Hollywood history in years past.

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks from the speakers podium in the House chambers Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Springfield Ill. The Illinois Legislature resumes work toward its end of May deadline.

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Millionaires’ Tax Falls Short

3 Democrats join Republicans against

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Butler: Campaign Donation Doesn’t Impact Relationship with Governor

State Representative Tim Butler got some political campaign cash from Governor Bruce Rauner.

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Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Program Extension, Heads to Governor

Dispensaries could begin selling the product later this year. The legislation extends the program to four years after that date.

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Senate Passes Pot Decriminalization, Measure Heads to Governor

The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that would treat possession of small amounts of marijuana like a speeding ticket rather than a crime

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‘Bad Blood’ breaks record

Taylor Swift's new star-studded video has shattered viewing records.

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Illinois Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 6%

Illinois' unemployment rate held steady over the last month.

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Discounted Gas to Bring Awareness to High IL Gas Taxes

58 cents per gallon is paid in gasoline tax in Illinois

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Illinois Standardized Tests to be Shorter, Simpler

School officials say next year's statewide student assessment exam will have a shorter, simpler format to improve the testing process for students and educators.

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Mom shames daughter for inappropriate Facebook profile

After Val Starks found her 13-year-old daughter's secret profile - posing in her bra and claiming to be 19 - she set the record straight and the video has gone viral.

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McCann’s Bobcat Hunting Measure Passes Senate

A measure that would allow hunting bobcats in Illinois has won Senate approval.

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‘Lolz,’ it’s totally ‘Obvs:’ Score points with these new Scrabble words

For the first time in four years, Scrabble has added new words to its dictionary - thousands of them.

Republican gubernatorial candidate State Treasurer Dan Rutherford 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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Fired Rutherford Employees Seek Back Pay, Threaten Lawsuit

Patrick Carlson, George Daglas, and Ashvin Lad want the state to provide back pay and clear their personnel records.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner enters the House to applause to delivers his first budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill. Illinois Rep. Greg Harris is seen on the far right.

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Rauner Pens SJ-R Op-Ed, Warns of “Very Long” Extra Session

He notes the May 31 deadline for the Legislature to pass a new state budget and adjourn its spring session is fast approaching.

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PHOTOS: Dogs of Hollywood

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Check out these celebs and their four-legged friends.

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National Portrait Gallery show explores nature of celebrity

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In the age of selfies and social media, the idea of what makes a celebrity has expanded far beyond the Hollywood icons of the past.

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This weekend in entertainment history

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A look back on some of the most memorable moments in Hollywood history.

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REVIEW: Evil clown returns for “Poltergeist” reboot

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Just when you felt it was safe to look under the bed, we're given another "Poltergeist" movie.

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PLAYLIST: 19 of the best Summer songs

Patriotic Music

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Start your season off right with this playlist spanning the '60s to now.