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7/7/2015 11:00:15 AM
The effort to grow the bison population on the Illinois prairie is apparently meeting with some early success. Fourteen bison calves were born this spring in the Nachusa Grasslands, a 35-hundred-acre preserve in Franklin Grove. The calves are the offspring of bison trucked into Illinois last October from Iowa under a reintroduction program funded with donations from the public. The newborns incr...read more

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PGA: U.S. Open-Final RoundDouble major winner Jordan Spieth believes defending champion Rory McIlroy's potential absence from the British Open through injury would "dampen" the occasion. McIlroy's title defense and keenly anticipated contest against Spieth was thrown into doubt on Monday when the Northern Irishman revealed he had ruptured an ankle ligament while playing soccer with friends. While many observers believe McIlroy is certain to miss the third major of the season, the American winner of this year's U.S. Masters and U.S. Open is keen to see the world number one recover in time to play at St Andrews next week.


Double major winner Jordan Spieth believes defending champion Rory McIlroy's potential absence from the British Open through injury would "dampen" the occasion. McIlroy's title defence and keenly anticipated contest against Spieth was thrown into doubt on Monday when the Northern Irishman revealed he had ruptured an ankle ligament while playing soccer with friends. While many observers believe McIlroy is certain to miss the third major of the season, the American winner of this year's U.S. Masters and U.S. Open is keen to see the world number one recover in time to play at St Andrews next week.

Spanish All-Star center Marc Gasol has agreed to terms to remain with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, in a five-year deal worth $110 million according to reportsSpanish All-Star center Marc Gasol has agreed to terms to remain with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, in a five-year deal worth $110 million according to reports. ESPN and CBS Sports reported that terms of the deal would give Gasol a chance to opt out after four seasons. Gasol, 30, never considered offers from other teams before deciding to stay in the city where he has spent his entire seven-season NBA career.


A view of at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FloridaAnother video of an American football player hitting a woman was made public, with a teen collegian's actions reviving memories of an incident with a professional player from a year ago. The Florida State Attorney's office released a surveillance video of DeAndre Jordan, a 19-year-old freshman quarterback at US college powerhouse Florida State University, punching a woman in the face at a crowded bar in a June 24 incident. Within hours, the school's coach, Jimbo Fisher, announced that Jordan had been dismissed from the team.


Jeremy Lin, pictured on February 22, 2015, could be on his way to the Dallas Mavericks next seasonJeremy Lin, the first American NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, could be on his way to the Dallas Mavericks next season, according to reports. The 26-year-old free agent point guard, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, is near to agreeing to terms on a deal that would bring Lin to the Mavericks. In 2012, Lin became famous worldwide while playing for the New York Knicks.


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A Confederate flag stands in front of the South Carolina State House in ColumbiaBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina's Senate is poised to pass legislation Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state house, where it has flown for five decades despite being viewed by many as a symbol of slavery. A bill to banish the flag from the Capitol grounds to a museum is headed on Tuesday for a third and final vote in the Senate, which it is considered virtually certain to pass. Then it will be taken up by the House of Representatives and could become law as early as Thursday.


Comedian Bill Cosby performs at The Temple Buell Theatre in DenverComedian Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he had obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving the sedatives to young women in order to have sex with them, according to court documents unsealed on Monday. Cosby, 77, made the admission during testimony in a civil case brought by a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby tricked her into taking drugs before he sexually assaulted her. Cosby's lawyers had argued that the documents would cause severe embarrassment to the comedian-actor, who is best known for playing lovable father figure Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the hit TV comedy series "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s and 1990s.


U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Virginia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson party fundraising dinnerU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Puerto Rico's public entities should be able to use U.S. bankruptcy laws to restructure some $72 billion in debt. Like U.S. states, Puerto Rico, a commonwealth, cannot file for bankruptcy protection. Unlike U.S. states, Puerto Rico's public entities, including municipalities, are not covered by U.S. Chapter 9 bankruptcy laws.


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