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    Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica where he delivered the Urbi et Orbi at the end of the Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the the Vatican Sunday.

    Apr 20, 2014 3:39 PM

    Marking Christianity’s most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

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    Seabrook suspended 3 games for Backes hit

    Brent Seabrook has been suspended three games by the NHL for an illegal hit to the St. Louis Blues’ David Backes during Saturday’s playoff game.

    Apr 20, 2014 3:37 PM

    As if being down 2-0 in their series with the physical St. Louis Blues weren’t enough, now the Blackhawks will have to mount a big comeback without one of their more physical players, defenseman Brent Seabrook, who was suspended 3 games by the league Sunday for his shoulder hit to the head of the Blues’ David Backes inSaturday's game.

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    Algonquin girl becomes face of national parks

    Aida Frey, 13, of Algonquin, who has visited 163 national parks and historic sites, has been dubbed an unofficial spokesperson for the National Park Service's Junior Ranger program.

    Apr 20, 2014 6:33 AM

    Aida Frey knew she wanted to be a park ranger ever since her first visit to a national park. Three years later, the 13-year-old from Algonquin has visited 163 national parks and historic sites with her family, and earned about 300 badges, pins and medals as part of the National Park Service's Junior Ranger program. “I don't have a favorite because each national park is special in its own way,” she said.

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    Deja vu all over again for Blackhawks

    The Blues’ Barret Jackman (5) is congratulated by teammates Adam Cracknell, right, and Roman Polak (46) after his game-winning goal against the Blackhawks during overtime in Game 2 on Saturday in St. Louis.

    Apr 19, 2014 9:10 PM

    St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock was one prescient dude just hours before the Blackhawks and Blues met for the second time in about 36 hours. “I would say the order of the day would be chaos,” he predicted. “Just prepare to play in the chaos.” Boy oh boy did Hitchcock make the right call there, because as impossible as it was to imagine a hockey game being any more chaotic than Thursday’s three-overtime thriller, won 4-3 by the Blues, well, Saturday’s...

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    Breaking down the Bulls-Wizards season series

    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, back, of Poland, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Washington.

    Apr 20, 2014 6:34 AM

    Here's a closer look at the regular season games between the Bulls and Washington. The Wizards won two out of three, becoming the only team in the East to win a season series against the Bulls this year.

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    Kayaker dies in accident on Fox River in Geneva

    Fire officials and emergency responders gather Saturday afternoon where two men lost control of their kayak near an area on the Fox River in Geneva. A 26-year-old man died after he got stuck in the kayak.

    Apr 19, 2014 11:19 PM

    One man was killed and another injured Saturday in a kayaking accident near a dam on the Fox River in Geneva, fire officials said. Two bystanders -- an Ottawa police officer and a West Chicago man -- and emergency responders rescued a 26-year-old man who was recovering in a Geneva hospital Saturday night, officials said.

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    Puppy mill protesters picket in Batavia

    Members of The Puppy Mill Project held their first protest Saturday in Kane County on Randall Road outside the Petland in Batavia. Organizers said they sought to raise awareness about the dangers of mass breeding and to educate consumers about adoption alternatives.

    Apr 19, 2014 7:19 PM

    Protesters from The Puppy Mill Project picketed along Randall Road in Batavia Saturday. Organizers said the effort was to help raise awareness and consumers about places like Petland and other stores that get their animals from USDA licensed breeders,which they consider to be puppy mills. The Petland owner said she visits each breeder to check on the care each puppy receives.

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