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In this April 21, 2014 photo, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar speaks at the State of Illinois building in Chicago. Claar has been mayor of Bolingbrook for more than three decades, but faces a spirited challenge from union organizer, Jackie Traynere in the Tuesday April 4, 2017 election. (Brian Jackson /Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
April 05, 2017 - 6:24 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A longtime suburban Chicago mayor who held a fundraiser for President Donald Trump last year has expanded his narrow lead in his re-election battle with a union organizer backed by top Democrats. With all precincts reporting Wednesday, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar held a 104-vote...
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This Sept. 30, 2015 photo provided by Lambda Legal shows Kimberly Hively at the federal courthouse in Chicago. A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Tuesday, April 4, 2017, that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination, setting up a likely battle before the Supreme Court as gay rights advocates push to broaden the scope of the 53-year-old law. The case stems from a lawsuit by Indiana teacher Hively alleging that the Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend didn't hire her full time because she is a lesbian. (Lambda Legal via AP)
April 05, 2017 - 5:57 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A ruling by a U.S. appeals court in Chicago could reopen the question of whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act's protections apply to LGBT workers in the same way they bar discrimination based on someone's race, religion or national origin. The immediate impact of the 7th Circuit's...
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Federal agents are seen inside California Investment Immigration Fund in San Gabriel, Calif., Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Federal authorities on Wednesday raided the Los Angeles-area business they say cheated a U.S. government visa program to obtain green cards for wealthy Chinese investors. (AP Photo/Rich Vogel
April 05, 2017 - 5:54 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal authorities on Wednesday raided a Los Angeles-area business suspected of cheating a U.S. government visa program to obtain green cards for wealthy Chinese investors. Investigators searched the office of the California Investment Immigration Fund in San Gabriel as part of...
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In this Tuesday morning, April 5, 2017 photo, from left, Therese Howard, Randy Russell and Jerry Burton speak to reporters before heading into a courtroom in Denver, to stand trial for allegedly violating the city's camping ban. The three defendants are trying to turn the tables on the city by drawing attention to what they think is an immoral law that makes it dangerous for homeless people trying to survive on the street. (AP Photo/Colleen Slevin)
April 05, 2017 - 5:04 pm
DENVER (AP) — Three advocates for Denver's homeless population who tried to camp outside city hall last year were being tried in court Wednesday for violating a city law they consider immoral. They could face up to a year in jail if convicted. Randy Russell, Jerry Burton and Terese Howard set up...
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In this Jan. 13, 2017 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Peggy Whitson, center, floats inside the Quest airlock of the International Space Station with Thomas Pesquet, left, and Shane Kimbrough before their spacewalk. On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, NASA announced that Whitson will remain on the ISS until September 2017, adding three months to her original mission. (NASA via AP)
April 05, 2017 - 4:54 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's oldest and most experienced spacewoman is getting three extra months in orbit. NASA announced Wednesday that astronaut Peggy Whitson will remain on the International Space Station until September. The 57-year-old astronaut arrived last November and was...
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April 05, 2017 - 4:53 pm
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A legendary outlaw known as the Godfather of Grass who disappeared almost a decade ago while federal agents were closing in on him was deported from Canada on Wednesday and was being held in a Vermont prison pending his return to Kentucky to face marijuana charges. John...
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President Donald Trump and Jordan's King Abdullah II hold a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 05, 2017 - 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration and Syria (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says there's "no doubt in our mind" that the Syrian government under President Bashar Assad's leadership is responsible for what he's calling a "horrific attack."...
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President Donald Trump and Jordan's King Abdullah II hold a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 05, 2017 - 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration and Syria (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says there's "no doubt in our mind" that the Syrian government under President Bashar Assad's leadership is responsible for what he's calling a "horrific attack."...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, host Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel, poses for photos in the set in New York. More advertisers have joined the list of defectors from Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor show bringing the total to around 20. The New York Times had revealed over the weekend that Fox News' parent company had paid settlements totaling $13 million to five women to keep quiet about alleged mistreatment at the hands of Fox's prime-time star. O'Reilly has denied wrongdoing and said he supported the settlements so his family wouldn't be hurt. The news has sparked an exodus of advertisers telling Fox they didn’t want to be involved in O’Reilly’s show. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 05, 2017 - 4:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The rapid defection of advertisers this week from Bill O'Reilly's show because of sexual harassment allegations raises what once seemed an unthinkable question: Can O'Reilly survive at Fox News Channel? In just the few days since The New York Times reported that Fox News' most...
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A pontoon boat sits in the front yard of a home in the Screamer community of Henry County, Ala., after a suspected tornado touched down in the county Wednesday, April 5, 2017. National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Wool said a suspected tornado touched down Wednesday in Henry County, Alabama, before crossing into Georgia. (Michele W. Forehand/Dothan Eagle via AP)
April 05, 2017 - 4:21 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A large tornado toppled trees and power lines in rural Georgia and nearly a half dozen suspected twisters roughed up other areas of the Southeast on Wednesday as heavy rain and hail fell in spots. Forecasters said a wide area including large parts of Alabama, Georgia and South...
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