Powderhorn Ranch along Texas coast now state wildlife area

About 15,000 acres of a private ranch along the Texas coast has become a state wildlife management area in a $50 million conservation project
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Another court nixes Trump push to cut 'sanctuary city' funds

A federal judge says the Trump administration can't withhold over $29 million in law enforcement money from six states and New York City in a clash over their i
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US Marshal killed outside Tucson house, suspect detained

US Marshal serving a felony arrest warrant shot and killed outside Tucson house
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Lawsuit against fraternity after student's death settled

The family of a Northern Illinois University student who died while enduring a fraternity hazing has reached a $14 million settlement of their lawsuit
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Tons of radioactive waste leave Oklahoma for Utah mill

More than 10,000 tons of radioactive waste that had been in northeastern Oklahoma is now in Utah
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Unbeaten Michigan playing with an edge with Purdue up next

Less than two years after a Big Ten opponent called Michigan a 'white-collar' team, the Wolverines have emphatically shed that label
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Not president, not yet a senator: Romney is starting over

Not president, not yet Utah senator: Romney learns Washington in the rarefied Senate
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After a miss last season, Stanford volleyball chases title

Every practice, Kevin Hambly writes out his Stanford volleyball starting lineup on the white board _ just so there's no question, even though the women usually
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Report: Search warrants served at Chicago alderman's office

A published report says federal agents executed search warrants at the City Hall office of a powerful Chicago alderman
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Illinois governor puts pressure on Airbnb West Bank decision

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to pressure Airbnb into reversing its decision barring lodging listings in the disputed West Bank
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Fight brewing over prospect of nuclear power plant shutdowns

Pennsylvania lawmakers sympathetic to nuclear power plants are making a push for state action to rescue plants whose shutdown is being threatened by their energ
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Senators consider sentencing bill tweaks to satisfy sheriffs

Senators are considering changes to criminal justice legislation to appease Republicans and law enforcement groups
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'Roma' named best film by New York film critics

Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" has dominated the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, winning best film, best director and best cinematography
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Tyree Jackson grounded as Buffalo set to play for MAC title

Quarterback Tyree Jackson stays grounded during breakout season in which he's helped lead the University at Buffalo to its second Mid-American Conference champi
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Fall session wraps up, Democrats anticipate Capitol control

The Illinois General Assembly has ended its fall session as Democrats anticipate complete control of the state Capitol in January
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Authorities: Body of missing baby found in Illinois woods

Authorities say they've found the body of a 6-month-old boy in a wooded area of southwestern Illinois after the child was reported missing over the weekend
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No. 6 Ohio State hopes to make playoff case vs Northwestern

No. 6 Ohio State hopes to make playoff case vs Northwestern in Big Ten championship game
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Webster, Johnson combine for 42, W. Illinois cruises 83-58

Kobe Webster and Isaac Johnson combined for 42 points, Brandon Gilbeck added 10 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots and Western Illinois led all the way
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Hemphill with 25, Green Bay edges Northern Illinois 85-83

Shanquan Hemphill scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Green Bay held on late to edge Northern Illinois 85-83 on Wednesday night
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Purdue Fort Wayne ties program record with 21 3-pointers

John Konchar had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and Purdue Fort Wayne tied a program record with 21 3-pointers in a 104-60 victory over Eastern Illino
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Fayne scores 20, hits big FTs, in Illinois State's OT win

Phil Fayne scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and put Illinois State ahead with a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left in overtime as the Redbirds defeated B
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Pet bobcat seized from Swansea home returned to family

A pet bobcat seized last month from a Swansea (SWAN'-see-uh) family is back home after the owner was fined for not having proper permits
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Activist voices opposition to legal Illinois marijuana sales

An opponent to legal marijuana in Illinois says it will allow white corporate exploitation of minority customers
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Saint Joseph's rallies to beat UIC behind Kimble's 31 points

Lamarr Kimble tied his career high with 31 points and Saint Joseph's rallied from 13 points down to beat Illinois-Chicago 89-75
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