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The state's unemployment rate fell in August, the sixth straight monthly decrease and the largest annual decline since 1984. The rate of six-point-seven-percent is the lowest it's been since July of 2008, and represents a sharp drop from a year ago when it stood at nine-point-two-percent. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the leisure and hospitality sector generated the most new ...read more

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10ThingstoSeeSports - Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) can't make the catch as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler (28) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Denver. The Broncos won 31-24. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


File: In this Tuesday May, 20, 2014, file photo Oscar Pistorius outide the HIgh Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce her verdict in Pistorius' murder trail after scrutinizing evidence Thursday and Friday given by 37 witnesses in a court transcript running to thousands of pages in a drama that has played out over six months. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Saturday: - - - - MOTOR RACING Formula One: Singapore Grand Prix (to 21) Hamilton seeks qualifying boost in Singapore SINGAPORE - Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to carry his Friday speed into qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix after the Briton lapped the fastest in practice as he hopes to make inroads into Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg's 22-point lead in the championship. ...

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talks during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel on September 19, 2014 in New York CityNew York (AFP) - Embattled National Football League boss Roger Goodell vowed to put the sport's "house in order" amid a firestorm over the NFL's handling of off-field violence involving players.


Paula Reto of South Africa plays a shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill Senator Course on September 19, 2014 in Prattville, AlabamaPrattville (United States) (AFP) - South Africa's Paula Reto fired a six-under 66 to take a three-shot lead over Hur Mi-Jung after 36 holes of the LPGA Tour's Yokohama Tire Classic.


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A U.S. Secret Service agent with an automatic rifle hurries people to evacuate the White House complex over a security alert moments after President Barack Obama and his family left for the presidential retreat, Camp David, in MarylandBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped over the White House fence and made it to the front doors of the executive mansion before being apprehended on Friday, sparking an evacuation within the complex shortly after President Barack Obama departed for the weekend. Omar J. Gonzales, a 42-year-old white male from Texas, made it onto the grounds at 7:20 EDT, a U.S. Secret Service spokesman said. Gonzales ignored commands to stop and was ultimately caught, unarmed, just inside the North Portico doors of the White House, one of the building's main entrances. ...


A piece of burnt metal is seen at the King Fire in Fresh Pond northeast of SacramentoBy Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada seized on a break in the weather on Friday to slowly gain ground against a blaze threatening to destroy 12,000 homes as it roared for a seventh day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. More than 3,000 residents of those dwellings remained displaced, Larry Pendarvis, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said. ...


A girl holds a U.S. flagBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion. ...


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