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Report: One-third of US kids still eat fast food every day

Fast food is considered heavy in calories, and scientists have pointed at drive-thru french fries and takeout pizza as contributors to kids being overweight.


5 cities in the running for 2024 games

Los Angeles is in the running to host a third Olympics while Hamburg, Paris, Rome and Budapest will battle to bring the multi-sport extravaganza back to Europe.


Democrats block legislation to kill Iran nuclear deal

By a vote of 56-42, the Republican-majority Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed in the 100-member chamber to advance the legislation.


Trump in the crosshairs at second Republican debate

Rivals seek to make up ground they have lost to the front-running billionaire with a flair for bomb-throwing rhetoric.


10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, Sept. 16

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


Obama to raise cyber concerns with China’s Xi

President Barack Obama will discuss cyber security with the Chinese leader when they meet in Washington this month amid rising U.S. worries about hackers.


Senate to hold one more vote on Iran nuclear deal

Senate Republicans will try a second time to move ahead on a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal, but the outcome is expected to be the same.


Aretha Franklin to welcome the Pope to America

The soul singer will be among those performing during the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia later this month.


U.S. airman who disarmed train gunman to receive Purple Heart

A U.S. airman who helped disarm a gunman on a Paris-bound train last month will receive a Purple Heart medal, in an unusual award of the honor to a serviceman wounded while not in a combat zone.


Hundreds protest Trump as Hillary shrugs off slumping polls

A downtown Dallas rally by presidential hopeful Donald Trump produced some of the sharpest scenes of conflict yet.


10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, Sept. 15

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


Schools face teacher shortages after years of cuts

After years of recession-related layoffs and hiring freezes, school systems across the United States are in urgent need of more qualified teachers.


GOP leaders’ complex fight to avoid federal shutdown

Republican leaders on Capitol Hill say there'll be no government shutdown this year. But with Congress, it's never easy.


Gas prices down 27 cents

Further price drops are likely if crude oil prices don't skyrocket, because the Sept. 15 change to winter grade gasoline comes with a cost cut in much of the country.


White House to announce steps to ease access to student aid

Among the measures Obama will announce in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday will be allowing aspiring college students and their families to apply earlier under the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.


Kentucky clerk won’t authorize, or block, marriage licenses

The county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples returns to work, with supporters and critics alike wondering whether she will soon be back before a judge.


10 FOR TODAY: Monday, Sept. 14

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


Making headlines this week

A look back at this week's big newsmakers and the headlines you may have missed.


America pauses to remember 9/11

Relatives of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks are due to gather in New York, Pennsylvania and outside Washington on Friday to mark the 14th anniversary of the hijacked airliner strikes carried out by al Qaeda militants.


PHOTOS: Sept. 11 anniversary observances

Across the nation - and the world - people paused to remember the fallen and honor the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001.

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American Business Club of Springfield Waiting for State Fair Money

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Owed thousands by the state, one of the Illinois State Fair vendors is giving money away anyway.

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St. John’s, Memorial Hospitals Help Enos Park

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Springfield's two hospitals are on the first step of a three-year joint initiative that for now will help provide better access to health care in the Enos Park neighborhood.

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Former Gov. Ryan Calls for Criminal Justice Reform


Former Gov. George Ryan is using examples from his own time in prison to call for changes to the criminal justice system.

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Students from China Help Champaign-Urbana

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More than 5,200 students from China attend the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana.

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Kent Gray Named Trump’s Illinois Campaign Director

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in Manhattan after he signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee in the 2016 general election, ruling out a third-party or independent run.

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Where: New York, New York, United States
When: 03 Sep 2015
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Gray directed reporters' inquiries to Hope Hicks, a national communications director for Trump, who wouldn't let us talk to him.