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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005, file photo, customers walk past a Family Dollar store at Hickory Grove Market in Charlotte, N.C. Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion, the companies announced Monday, July 28, 2014.

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Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

Discount store chain Dollar Tree Inc offered to buy rival Family Dollar Stores Inc for about $8.5 billion.

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Cameras Could Appear in Sangamon County Courtrooms

Half a dozen central Illinois counties could soon join a pilot project that allows cameras in court.

Tim Clark tees off the 12th hole during the third round of the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal GC - Blue Course on July 26, 2014.

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South African Tim Clark wins Canadian Open

South African Tim Clark sank a six-foot par putt to beat American Jim Furyk by one stroke at the Canadian Open.

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Aksel Hennie as Tydeus, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Atalanta, Dwayne Johnson as Hercules, Reece Ritchie as Iolaus, and Rufus Sewell as Autolycus in a scene from "Hercules."

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‘Lucy,’ ‘Hercules’ beat expectations at box offices

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" collected $44 million at the domestic box office, outmuscling "Hercules" which took in $29 million.

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U of I Research: Stem Cells Could Repair Exercised Muscles

Stem cell research could lead to repairs to muscles damaged by vigorous exercise.

Senator-elect Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is interviewed by a Reuters reporter at Sanders' office in Burlington, Vermont on November 28, 2006.

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Tentative agreement reached on U.S. veterans’ funding bill

The head of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and his House counterpart will outline the funding agreement at a news conference today.

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Quinn Agrees to Live on Minimum Wage Salary

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has agreed to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a ballot measure.

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Baby elephant meets a cat

Maybe this elephant is more of a dog lover?

A costumed Spider-Man character attends the Be Amazing Volunteer Day held in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, April 25, 2014.

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Spider-Man charged with punching police officer

A street performer dressed as Spider-Man in New York City's Times Square was arrested after punching a police officer.

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Belleville Man Drowns in Pond

St. Clair County police say a man has drowned in a pond following what appears to be a wheelchair or scooter accident.

A man is treated by a paramedic after a lightning strike in the water in Venice, California July 27, 2014.

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One dead after lightning strikes beach crowd

One man died and at least eight people were injured in a lightning strike during a rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach in Los Angeles.

Palestinian Abir Shamaleh, left, sits next to the grave of her son Saher, a civilian according to the family, who was killed in an Israeli strike during the war, as members of the family visit a cemetery in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Monday marked the beginning of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which caps the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims usually start the day by visiting cemeteries, to pay their respects to the dead, and then exchange family visits.

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Gaza fighting abates as diplomatic tension flares

Israel eased its assaults in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declined sharply on Monday, with calls for a durable ceasefire.

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‘Game of Thrones’: Season 4 bloopers

Check out the awkwardness behind the scenes with your favorite Westeros characters.

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Today in entertainment history: July 28

A look back at the Hollywood headlines that went down in history.

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U of I Economist: Farmers Who Rent May Need To Re-Negotiate

A University of Illinois Economist says farmers who rent may have to renegotiate their terms due to fall in profits.

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Thousands of Gallons of Used Cooking Oil Stolen: 3 Arrested

Three men have been arrested for stealing cooking oil from restaurants to sell to biodiesel plants.

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Prison Time For Former Custodian: Sex With Special Ed Student

A former Jr. High custodian goes to prison for sex with a 15-year-old special education student.

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Minimum Wage: Illinois Workers Demand Increase

Illinois Fast Food Workers demand an increase in the state's minimum wage.

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Potential for Severe Weather Today in Central Illinois

Potential threat of severe weather this afternoon through tonight in Springfield and Central Illinois.

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Christie Pledges More Money to Rauner Campaign

Christie says the Republican Governors Association will pledge more money to Rauner's campaign.

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Blood Center Opens New Lab, Administrative Center

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CICBC unveils its new headquarters

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Durbin Pushing for Safer Rail Tankers

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking to enact stricter safety regulations on trains carrying crude oil and ethanol

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Gubernatorial Debates Set; No Springfield Plans

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Illinois' gubernatorial candidates will appear together at three traditional debates before November -- but not in the state capital.

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More Shootings on Springfield’s East Side

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Another night, another couple of shootings