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10 FOR TODAY: Thursday, April 7

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges that he broke federal banking laws and lied about the money when questioned by the FBI. The indictment two weeks ago alleged Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone from his days as a high school teacher not to reveal a secret about past misconduct.

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Dennis Hastert’s Lawyers Trying to Avoid Prison Time for the Former U.S. House Speaker

Hastert pleaded guilty back in October to violating bank laws.

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Sen. Dick Durbin Convinced Merrick Garland is Qualified to Serve in the Senate

Sen. Dick Durbin met with Garland Wednesday in Washington.

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Last chance for 2015 tax deductions

If you are in the process of preparing your 2015 tax return and find yourself horrified by the amount you owe or disappointed by the paucity of your refund, you have one last chance to cut the bill by paying yourself instead of Uncle Sam.

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White House to transfer Ebola funds to combat Zika virus

ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Pres WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional officials say the Obama administration is about to announce it will transfer…

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Republican Collins urges U.S. Senate hearings on high court pick

A moderate Republican senator heaped praise on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, bucking Senate Republican leaders in calling for confirmation hearings but saying she was not optimistic enough others in her party would agree.

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Republican Cruz crushes Trump in Wisconsin, says party will unite

Republican Ted Cruz easily won the Wisconsin presidential primary on Tuesday, dealing a blow to front-runner Donald Trump's hopes of amassing enough delegates for the party's nomination and boosting chances of a rare contested convention.

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10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, April 6

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Obama urges Congress to take action on corporate tax reform

President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Congress to take action to stop U.S. companies from taking advantage of tax loopholes that allows them to avoid paying sufficient taxes.

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Islamic State hints at attacks on the West

The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday suggesting it may carry out further attacks in the West, naming London, Berlin and Rome as possible targets.

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GOP appeal to conservatives with health care, immigrant cuts

Trying to win over conservatives, House Republicans are sweetening their budget proposal by putting several programs on the chopping block

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Trump pushes border wall plan to drum up votes as Wisconsin loss looms

U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump proposed blocking money transfers to Mexico by illegal immigrants until that country agrees to pay for a border wall, pushing immigration policies that have won him votes as he faced likely defeat in Wisconsin's primary.

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Divided U.S. Supreme Court cautious about taking new cases

With a seat vacant possibly until next year, the U.S. Supreme Court is accepting fewer cases and seeking compromises as it tries to avoid being hamstrung by 4-4 deadlocks on such contentious issues as abortion, birth control and immigration.

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10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, April 5

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today:.

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Tax filers can still get professional help

If you are among the 35 percent of taxpayers who do not file until the final two weeks or blow the deadline altogether, here is what you need to know about getting some last-minute professional help.

State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, left, one of the authors of a bill to raise California's minimum wage, is hugged by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, as the Senate voted on the bill, Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. The bill, SB3, to gradually raise the state's minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 an hour by 2022, was approved by both houses of the Legislature and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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California governor signs $15-an-hour minimum wage into law

California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill gradually raising the minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour by the year 2023, making the nation's most-populous state the first to boost pay to that level for the working poor.

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Clinton, Sanders audition for role as anti-Trump candidate

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are tussling in Wisconsin over who would best represent the Democratic Party against Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

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FBI trick for breaking into iPhone likely to leak, limiting its use

The FBI's method for breaking into a locked iPhone 5c is unlikely to stay secret for long, according to senior Apple Inc engineers and outside experts.

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GOP Congress’ incomplete: Stalled bills, no court nominee

Congress increasingly is being defined by what it's not doing this election year.

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In Wisconsin, Trump looks to put rough week behind him

Donald Trump is fighting to put a difficult week behind him and finish strong on Tuesday in Wisconsin, a state whose primary contest may prove to be a turning point in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Auburn School Happy to Host Gov. Rauner

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Hosting the governor at his small, rural district's high school Wednesday, Auburn school superintendent Darren Root says there is an important point to make.

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Caterpillar to Close 5 More Plants

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Caterpillar Inc. says it will close five more factories — including an Oxford, Mississippi plant — as the Peoria, Illinois-based heavy equipment maker reacts to slowing demand for construction and mining equipment worldwide.

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Advocates Fear Chaos After Rauner Home Health Care Ruling

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Illinois social service advocates fear chaos when a new ban on most overtime for home health care workers goes into effect Sunday.

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Six People Charged in Champaign Murder

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Four are in custody after the woman was found in Clinton Lake.

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Crimestoppers Seeks Gun Stealers

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Springfield Police are looking for the public's help in solving a weekend burglary at a local business.