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Kendrick Lamar performs at the iTunes Festival during the SXSW Music Festival on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Austin, Texas.

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Kendrick Lamar’s leaked album debuts at number one

Kendrick Lamar scores his first TransAtlantic double chart-topper with To Pimp a Butterfly.

The Academy of Country Music hosts a free all star concert for fans as country music artist Jana Kramer performs at the ACM Fremont Street Experience on Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Las Vegas.

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Jana Kramer defends home state after Madonna criticism

Jana Kramer steps up to defend Michigan after Madonna slammed their home state in interviews.

In this Jan. 25, 2014 file photo, Miley Cyrus arrives at the 56th annual GRAMMY awards - salute to industry icons with Clive Davis, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Cyrus is in the hospital and unable to perform her “Bangerz” concert at Kansas City’s Sprint Center as planned. A Cyrus spokeswoman says the 21-year-old entertainer canceled her performance Tuesday, April 15, 2014, after she was hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.

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Miley Cyrus recovering after teeth extraction

Miley Cyrus is nursing a swollen mouth after having five teeth removed on Wednesday.

Police hold media away from the house where Andreas Lubitz lived in Montabaur, Germany, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Lubitz was the copilot on flight Germanwings 9525 that crashed with 150 people on board on Tuesday in the French Alps. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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Police search house of pilot who crashed A320

The co-pilot of the airliner that crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 people aboard, appears to have brought the plane down deliberately.

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Pull Kids from PARCC?

Bill would allow parents to opt kids out of standardized tests

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Home Care Is Preferred, Say Advocates

$337 M savings per year

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PHOTOS: Crash of Germanwings Flight 9525

All 150 people on board the jet - including three Americans - were killed Tuesday when it crashed in the French Alps.

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‘Empire’ co-stars spark romance rumors

Are Trai Byers and Grace Gealey more than just coworkers?

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Idris Elba could be the next ‘Star Trek’ villain

The in-demand actor is in talks to join the star-studded cast of the sci-fi franchise.

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Eyes on the road: AAA says distracted driving worse than we thought

You know how some people insist they can drive safely — even while they fiddle with their smartphones or other electronic devices? They can't.

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Balki’s bills: ‘Perfect Strangers’ star owes $280K in taxes, mortgage payments

Bank officials say actor Bronson Pinchot hasn't been heard from in over a year.

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GPS can’t help Cubs pitcher find his way

You've heard of baseball pitchers who have trouble finding the plate. How about a pitcher who can't even find the ballpark?

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Boy George joining ‘American Idol’

The Culture Club singer has signed on to mentor "Idol" hopefuls.

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Ringo Starr: Beatles reunion would have happened if Lennon, Harrison hadn’t died

The drummer says he believes the band would have eventually gotten back together.

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The biggest bank accounts in baseball

The Yankees are once again baseball's most valuable team.

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Aaron Hernandez cousin due back on the stand in murder trial

Prosecutors are "about a week or so" away from resting their case, which is beginning its ninth week.

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Senate up next after House passes bold conservative budget

Senate Republicans will try to pass their own budget after House Republicans pushed through a plan that deeply cuts programs for the poor.

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Thief uses his own credit card to jimmy door, leaves it behind

A Pennsylvania man left behind an important clue when he broke into a friend's garage — a credit card with his name on it.

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Judge lets ex-NHL players’ lawsuit go on

Former players are seeking unspecified financial damages and medical monitoring for neurological disorders.

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Thursday’s Sports Minute

A look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Thursday, March 26.

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Mayoral Candidates Debate on WTAX — And Ask Each Other Questions

3-26-15 Mayoral Debate

Minimum wage, right to work zones, and other questions were posed.

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Springfield Opens New Park

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Children wasted no time Thursday morning running to play in the new "Bounties of Nature" playground at Center Park in Springfield, once it officially opened.

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Legislature Passes Budget Fix, Governor Says He’ll Sign

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The Illinois Legislature has approved a plan ending weeks of negotiations over plugging a $1.6 billion hole in this year's state budget.

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Schock Leaves Congress with “Humility, Sadness”

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Congressman Aaron Schock says he is leaving Congress with sadness and humility.

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National Guard Talks More About Guardsman Accused of Terrorism

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An Illinois National Guard soldier is one of two people arrested for allegedly providing support to ISIS.