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    Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    President Barack Obama, speaking at the White House on Thursday, said degrading Islamic State militants is going to require a “regional strategy” and assistance from partners in the Middle East.

    Aug 28, 2014 7:28 PM

    President Barack Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying “we don’t have a strategy yet” for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.

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    DuPage County touts $5 million Bartlett project

    A stormwater diversion project will “make a substantial difference” to reduce flooding in Bartlett’s southwest side, said Jim Zay, chairman of DuPage County’s stormwater committee, who is standing alongside Forest Preserve Commissioner Shannon Burns, left, and Eagle Scout Gavin Burseth.

    Aug 28, 2014 5:18 PM

    DuPage County officials on Thursday toured a $5 million project to reduce flooding around Route 59 and Stearns Road in Bartlett. Construction began last year to solve drainage problems near the intersection and improve the quality of water heading into Brewster Creek. "It's going to make a substantial difference," said Jim Zay, chairman of the county board's stormwater committee.

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    Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs

    In this undated photo provided by the Gilbert family shows Dylan Gilbert, 7, of Naperville, demonstrating how he helped collect samples of bacteria from his foot during a 2012 study. Dylan’s father, microbiologist Jack Gilbert of Argonne National Laboratory, led the Home Microbiome Project that analyzed bacteria in seven homes around the country, including his own, and found the microbes that normally live in people’s bodies quickly move onto their doorknobs, countertops and floors.

    Aug 28, 2014 1:47 PM

    Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it’s covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you’ll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors in your new house, too. In fact, researchers who studied seven families in Illinois, Washington and California could easily match up who lived where using their microscopic roommates, almost like CSI for germs.

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    Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko canceled his visit to Turkey on Thursday due to a “sharp escalation of the situation in the Donetsk region, particularly in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, as Russian forces have entered Ukraine,” he said in the statement.

    Aug 28, 2014 7:51 PM

    Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had “outright lied” about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict. Russia dismissed the allegations, describing the fighters there as “Russian volunteers.”

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    UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

    People stand on the shoreline near a sign reading ‘NO DUMPING,’ among rubbish at West Point, a area heavily effected by the Ebola virus, with residents not being allowed to leave West Point.

    Aug 28, 2014 7:09 PM

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.

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