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Christmastime comes with superstitions, tall tales

Christmas has long been a time ripe for superstitions, tall tales and odd beliefs.

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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 18

A look at the Hollywood headlines that made history.

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Hundreds Turn Out in Chatham to Talk Water

Complaints about water quality in Chatham pour in

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Some Want Rail Crossing “Quiet Zones”

3rd Street corridor too noisy for some residents

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Lincoln Library Receives Sizable Gift

Estate of local icon provides large gift to public library for upgrades

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U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

The major policy shift will end decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island.

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2002 file photo, Illinois state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka participates in a Republican campaign rally in Springfield, Ill. Topinka, who won a second term for state comptroller 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.

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Topinka Honored, Remembered in Memorial Service

Friends, family, and politicians bid their final farewell to Judy Baar Topinka.

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Deliberations Begin in IDPH Grant Fraud Case

A federal jury has started deliberating on whether a Chicago businessman and his wife stole $3.4 million they received in Illinois state grant funds.

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State Courts Warn of Jury Duty Phone Scam

Illinois residents are being warned about a phone scam in which victims are told there's a warrant for their arrest because of missed jury duty.

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Phone Companies Want “Relief” From Providing Land Lines

Should local phone companies be required to provide residential land-line service?

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Brangelina hired a cyber security firm for their kids

The "Tomb Raider" star and her husband are taking precautions to protect their six children as they grow up in a digital world.

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(Don’t) embrace the YES!

Johns Hopkins University says 300 applicants were mistakenly sent welcome messages when they were actually rejected.

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Martin Freeman appears in a scene from the film, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

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REVIEW: Final ‘Hobbit’ movie falls short of original trilogy

This Christmas, Peter Jackson gives us the gift of his final trip to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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‘7th Heaven’ star admits to sexually abusing girls

Troubled actor Stephen Collins has confessed the molestation claims against him are true.

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Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol

Restaurant drinkers will soon know how many calories are in their margarita or craft beer.

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113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

Congress has limped out of Washington, capping two years of legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes.

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Blake Shelton wins ‘The Voice’ again

The "Boys 'Round Here" hitmaker's country protegeé Craig Wayne Boyd won a recording contract and $100,000 cash prize.

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‘Saving Private Ryan’ among films being preserved

A new set of classic movies is being inducted into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation.

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Tennessee police looking for real-life ‘Grinch’

Police in suburban Nashville are looking for a Scrooge who sawed off a live Christmas tree loaded with decorations.

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Obamacare enrollment tops 2.5M

Officials said demand for the health insurance plans jumped during the final week of 2015 open enrollment.

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Illinois Tollway Expects Spike in Holiday Traffic

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Free coffee will also be available at tollway oases.

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Quinn Signs Bill to Pay Jurors More in Illinois

Governor Quinn Signs Historic Pension Reform

Quinn signs bill to increase daily pay for those who serve jury duty in Illinois.

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Central Illinois Food Bank Says Need is Great All Year Long

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Executive Director Pam Molitoris says need remains great the entire year.

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T-Mobile Customers May Be Eligible for Refunds

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Court ruling says cellphone company illegally charged customers