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Illinois Amtrak train hits 111 mph in test run

October 20, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, left, U.S. Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood, center, and US Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., celebrate after the Amtrak train they are riding reached 110 mph during a test run between Dwight and Pontiac, Ill., on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, in Pontiac, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — For the [&hellip...

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Jobless rate falls in most battleground states

October 20, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking about the choice facing women in the upcoming election, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) CLEVELAND (AP) — Unemployment rates fell...

Microsoft profit falls ahead of Windows 8 launch

October 19, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, file photo, the new Microsoft logo is seen above the entrance to a company store in Seattle. Microsoft Corp.’s net income fell 22 percent in the latest quarter as it deferred revenue from the sale of its...

Overnight storms swat Southeast; 7 hurt in Miss.

October 19, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, Oct. 17, 2012 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows a line of strong and severe thunderstorms along a cold front moving into the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. A warm front extends across the northern Great Lakes to New York with areas...

Tigers rout Yankees 8-1 for 4-game ALCS sweep

October 19, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Detroit Tigers’ Phil Coke gives himself a celebratory dousing in the locker room after his team won Game 4 of the American League championship series 8-1, against the New York Yankees, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Detroit. The Tigers move on to the World...

Minn. man convicted of aiding Somalia terror group

October 19, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones talks with reporters after a federal jury in Minneapolis on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 convicted Mahamud Said Omar on all five terrorism-related charges of helping send young men through a terrorist pipeline from Minnesota to Somalia....

Jason Aldean makes 2nd stop of day in Chicago

October 19, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Country singer Jason Aldean speaks during a news conference at Wrigley Field to announce his 2013 Night Train Tour on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Chicago. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP) CHICAGO (AP) — As a kid, Jason Aldean thought he would...

Judge sides with DC Comics in fight over Superman

October 18, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this comic book image released by DC Comics, the cover of “Superman” No. 1, is shown. Heirs of Superman artist Joe Shuster had sought to reclaim the copyrights, but a judge ruled they relinquished that right more than two decades...

Decades late, FDR memorial park dedicated in NYC

October 18, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

This Aug. 24, 2012 photo provided by FDR Four Freedoms Park LLC, shows the New York City memorial park, honoring President Franklin D. Roosevelt, that has been completed 40 years after the original design was created. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms...

Texas AG intervenes in cheerleader banner dispute

October 18, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Sept. 19, 2012 file photo, Kountze High School cheerleaders and other children work on a large sign in Kountze, Texas. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that he is intervening in a lawsuit that cheerleaders filed...