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Shadow contracts, corruption keep the lights out in Iraq

SAMYA KULLAB Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — In the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, glossy election campaign posters are plastered alongside jungles of sagging electrical wires lining the alleyway to Abu Ammar’s home. But his mind is far from Iraq’s Oct. 10 federal election. The 56-year-old retired soldier’s social welfare payments barely cover the cost…

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Investigators seek cause of deadly train derailment

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — Federal investigators are seeking the cause of an Amtrak train derailment near a switch on tracks in the middle of vast farmland in far northern Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized over the weekend. The westbound Empire Builder was traveling from Chicago to Seattle when it left the…

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Bullet fired outside hits Chicago paramedic’s hat inside ER

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago Fire Department paramedic treating a patient inside a hospital emergency room narrowly escaped serious injury when a bullet shattered a window and struck his hat, police said. According to police, a person in an older model green Buick pulled up to Stroger Hospital on Chicago’s near West Side and opened…

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Ex- Northwestern professor to stand trial in fatal stabbing

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Northwestern University professor is set to stand trial in the stab- bing death of his boyfriend as part of what prosecutors said was a sexual fantasy he shared with another man who was charged in the case. Jury selection, opening statements and testimony from at least one witness were expected…

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Bloomington family channels activism after rare diagnosis

Lyndsay Jones The Pantagraph (Bloomington) BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The animals at J.R. Equestrian in LeRoy know that Axel Riordan is different. They knew his mother first because she works at the facility, but they have come to know her 3-year-old son, too. The horses, the dogs, the kittens, the chickens — they all know…

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“The Road to the Emancipation Proclamation”

Part of the Looking for Lincoln Conversations live online events The Emancipation Proclamation is one of the most well- known documents of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. This program shares the events that brought Abraham Lincoln to live with his family at the Soldiers’ Home and the “behind-the- scenes” events that took place there leading to Lincoln…

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Fall Harvest Festival at Rock Springs, October 16

DECATUR — Celebrate fall with fun outdoor activities during the Fall Harvest Festival at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, October 16 from 1pm to 4pm. Activities will include 3D archery, canoeing, pumpkin painting, and wagon rides. Homestead Prairie Farm, along with its’ wood- working shop and gardens will be open for free tours. There…

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Women may be more willing than men to donate organs

Karen Schmidt American Heart Association News Men and women have similar reasons for becoming – or not becoming – an organ donor, according to a new study. Yet women appear more willing to donate their organs to fami- ly members or strangers. The results, published Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggest…

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Patterson, Scholastic team up on new literacy initiative

HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — With a donation of $1.5 million from author James Patterson, Scholastic Book Clubs has launched “The United States of Readers,“ a classroom program designed to address literacy inequity. Scholastic announced Monday that United States of Readers will help bring books to 32,000 kids nationwide, grades K-8,…

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