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Obama widens post-2014 combat role for forces in Afghanistan

The U.S. military will have a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month.

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Obama to Republican critics on immigration: ‘Pass a bill’

The President shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration.

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Two Thirds of Illinois Fourth Graders Fall Short

Advance Illinois promotes its report

In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen, right, and Liam Hemsworth portrays Gale Hawthorne in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1."

in Entertainment

‘Hunger Games’ tops box office, sets new record

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" tallied $123 million in ticket sales to score the year's biggest U.S. opening.

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Katy Perry to headline Super Bowl halftime show

The "Roar" hitmaker oins the likes of Madonna, Beyoncé and Prince to perform at the NFL's Super Bowl halftime show.

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PHOTOS: American Music Awards red carpet arrivals

Music's biggest stars strut their stuff on the AMA red carpet.

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Boy bands top American Music Awards, ladies lead performances

Boy bands bested pop's leading women in the top award categories at the AMAs.

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Durbin Expects to Work with Rauner

Blagojevich an exception, Durbin says

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Attorney General Says Pension Case Could Go Either Way

Madigan seeks speedy review by Illinois Supreme Court

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Making the Case for Illinois’ Military Presence

Lt gov, state chamber release report

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A Major Award for Rochester’s Bertrand

Credited with making school district a "shining example of success"

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in Viral Videos

Kids react to a realistic Barbie doll

The Lammily doll wants to show children that average is beautiful.

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Scandal-plagued former Washington mayor Marion Barry dies

Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine, has died.

FILE- This is a 1967 handout image from Parlophone of The British group, The Beatles,. From left, are: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney; and George Harrison. The woman who as a child was the basis for the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is gravely ill. It was thought by many at the time that the psychedelic song from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band was a paean to LSD because of the initials in the title, but it was actually based on a drawing that John Lennon's young son Julian brought home from school. He told his father the drawing was of Lucy in the sky with diamonds. Lucy Vodden, now living in Surrey just outside of London _ drifted apart after schoolyard days, but they have gotten back in touch as Lennon has tried to help Vodden cope with Lupus, a life-threatening disease.

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: Nov. 24

A look back at some of Hollywood's most memorable headlines.

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Higher Speed Limits Expanding to Tollroads: Senate Overrides Vetoes

The Illinois Senate has overridden the governor's vetoes of bills raising speed limits in Illinois.

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Supreme Court Decision: Illinois May Have To Set Up Its Own Website

Illinois may have to set up its own insurance webpage because of U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Affordable Care Act.

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Governor-Elect Rauner Prepares To Take Reins of Illinois’ Government

Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner busies himself with plans for taking reins of Illinois' government.

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Heroin Kills: Man Sentenced To 24 Years For Dealing Lethal Drug

A Pekin man is given 24 years in prison for selling heroin that prosecutors say killed at least three people.

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New awards, big performances set for Sunday’s AMAs

Taylor Swift will kick off the American Music Awards on Sunday by performing her chart-topping single “Blank Space” and will…

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Fire Displaces Seven

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No injuries reported

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Report: State Unemployment Rate Drops Again

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Lowest in more than 6 years

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State Lawmakers May Return to Springfield Earlier Than Planned

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But will Senate and House leaders agree?

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Jacksonville Area Teacher Arrested

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ISP working with Morgan County State's Attorney

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Durbin Weighs in on Cuba Relations

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