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Job seekers adjust their paperwork as they wait in line to attend a job fair in New York February 28, 2013.

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Jobless claims signal firmer labor market

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen.

Michael Stipe attends the "Young Ones" premiere at the Landmark Sunshine on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in New York.

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Michael Stipe offered up as garage sale bargain

Watch Former R.E.M. star Michael Stipe star in a skit to mark the end of TV host Stephen Colbert's late-night show.

Singer Jill Scott poses for a photo in the pressroom at the Essence Festival at the Superdome on Friday, July 5, 2013, in New Orleans.

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Jill Scott to be honored at Essence Black Women in Music event

Jill Scott has been named a special honoree at Essence magazine’s annual Black Women in Music event.

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Report: State Unemployment Rate Drops Again

Lowest in more than 6 years

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State Lawmakers May Return to Springfield Earlier Than Planned

But will Senate and House leaders agree?

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

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Accused Boston bomber appears in court

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect told a judge that he was satisfied with his lawyers' preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack.

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Third ‘Night at the Museum’ marks final film for Williams, Rooney

The credits for "Secret of the Tomb," which opens Friday, read "In loving memory of Mickey Rooney," and "For Robin Williams - the magic never ends."

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Jacksonville Area Teacher Arrested

ISP working with Morgan County State's Attorney

FILE - In a Jan. 7, 2011, file photo, Country Music Hall of Fame member and Grammy Award winner Ray Price celebrates his 86th birthday by performing in Bullard Texas. Price, one of country music's most popular and influential singers and bandleaders who had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. He was 87.

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Ray Price’s widow opens up after loss

Ray Price's widow refused to leave her house for four months in the aftermath of her husband's death.

Superstar singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor Usher Raymond performs in concert on The UR Experience Tour at Philips Arena on December 9, 2014, in Atlanta.

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Usher will skip cash giveaway during U.K. shows

Usher will abandon his onstage trick of handing out cash to audience members when he takes his latest tour to the U.K. because of safety concerns.

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Noel Gallagher embarrassed daughter in front of Harry Styles

Noel Gallagher left his teenage daughter mortified by embarrassing her in front of One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles.

Singer Donny Osmond performs in Bryant Park on ABC's "Good Morning America" show on Friday, August 15, 2008, in New York.

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Donny Osmond predicts end is near for One Direction

Donny Osmond predicts One Direction will split up in 2016 and Harry Styles will launch a successful solo career.

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Durbin Weighs in on Cuba Relations

For the the first time since 1961, the United States is moving towards official diplomatic relations with Cuba — and…

"Woman of the Year" honoree Taylor Swift attends the 2014 Billboard Women In Music Luncheon at Cipriani Wall Street on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in New York.

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Taylor Swift and J. Cole rule Billboard charts

Taylor Swift is celebrating her longest reign at the top of the U.S. pop chart after Blank Space racked up a fifth week at number one.

Gene Simmons speaks onstage during the "4th and Loud" portion of the AMC 2014 Summer TCA on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Gene Simmons credits mother for drug-free life

The Kiss frontman insists he has never been drunk or gotten high because he always worried about his mom's reaction.

Calvin Harris receives the 'songwriter of the year' Ivor Novello Award at the 58th Ivor Novello awards at the Grosvenor House in London on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

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Calvin Harris is new Emporio Armani spokesmodel

Calvin Harris has followed in the footsteps of Rihanna as the new face of Emporio Armani.

In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, Stevie Wonder performs “Songs in the Key of Life” tour Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Las Vegas.

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Stevie Wonder welcomes ninth child

Stevie Wonder and his partner Tomeeka Robyn Bracy have welcomed a daughter called Nia.

T.I. attends ASCAP Presents The 2014 Grammy Nominee Brunch, at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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The Game, T.I. to judge new rap reality show

The Game, T.I. and Rza are searching for the next big rap star in a reality TV contest.

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Joan Jett to open for The Who’s 50th anniversary tour

The "My Generation" hitmakers are set to bring their The Who Hits 50! tour to North America.

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Chris Pratt thought ‘Guardians’ would be a box office flop

The "Parks and Rec" star was very, very wrong.

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T-Mobile Customers May Be Eligible for Refunds

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Court ruling says cellphone company illegally charged customers

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Durbin Says There is a Lesson to be Learned in Cyber Attack

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Durbin fears more attacks coming

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Quinn Appoints Former Budget Director as Comptroller

FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka gestures on the House floor at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Topinka, who won a second term in November 2014, died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, 2014, less than 24 hours after having a stroke, according to her office. She was 70. Topinka previously served three terms as Illinois state treasurer, was a former Illinois GOP chairwoman and ran for governor in 2006.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to announce the successor to late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at a Friday event in Chicago.

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Deputies to Be More Visible in Rural Areas

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Barr wants his department on the country roads more

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Durbin: New Budget Acceptable, Needs Tweaking

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Says some provisions need to be changed