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  • Richard Mattos, 59, looks for jobs at a state-run employment center in Salem, Ore.

    Weekly U.S. unemployment benefit claims fall to 339,000 Jan 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, evidence that layoffs are low and hiring will likely remain steady. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average rose 8,500 to 357,250.

  • 2 men killed in Vietnam, 1 from Illinois, to be buried at Arlington Sep 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    The bodies of two men killed in Vietnam are being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The remains of Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., and Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, Ill., will be buried Monday.

  • Illinois residents using mobile phones are wasting $1.4 billion a year by signing up for the wrong cellphone data plan, according to a consumer advocacy group's study released Tuesday.

    CUB: Illinois residents waste $1.4B on data plans Jun 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Illinois residents using mobile phones are wasting $1.4 billion a year by signing up for the wrong cellphone data plan, according to a consumer advocacy group's study released Tuesday. In a news release, the Citizens Utility Board said that the analysis found that the difference between the amount of data paid for and the amount actually used added up to about $194 a year for smartphone users and about $30 a year on traditional wireless phones.

  • A logo sits on display inside a Lego A/S toy store in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. The "Lego Friends" series, introduced in January in most markets, is Lego's sixth attempt over the years to target girls and the "most significant" new product in a decade, according to Chief Executive Officer Joergen Vig Knudstorp. Photographer: Freya Ingrid Morales/Bloomberg

    Louisville Slugger exhibit features Lego stadiums Jun 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    A baseball-themed exhibit built entirely from Legos is attracting adults and children to the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. The exhibit occupies a large space inside the museum and is filled with baseball-themed art, including a 58,000-piece model of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.

  •  In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 file photo, a man carries a boy who was severely wounded during heavy fighting between Syrian rebels and Syrian Army forces in Idlib, north Syria.

    Obama steps up military aid to Syrian rebels Jun 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels marks a deepening of U.S. involvement in the two-year civil war. But U.S. officials are still grappling with what type and how much weaponry to send the opposition forces and how to ensure it stays out of the hands of extremists battling for control of Syria.

  • Athletes, from left, Olivia Jakubicek of Cary-Grove High School, Meri Bennett-Swanson of Vernon Hills High School, and Ashley McConnell of Fremd High School pose for pictures during the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence event at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.

    Top moments in high school sportsApr 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    High school athletes across the suburbs face off on basketball courts, football fields and baseball diamonds; they size each other up in tennis matches, around golf tees and across wrestling mats. The give it their all for their schools, their teams, their classmates and their coaches. The Daily Herald put together a video to honor athletes at our suburban high schools. Watch this feature to see some of the top moments in high school sports.

  • Trio of retailers to settle FTC “faux” fur charges Mar 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    The FTC said Tuesday that Neiman Marcus and two other retailers have agreed to settle charges that they claimed certain products were made of "faux" fur when they actually contained real fur. In addition to the upscale department store operator, the retailers include Inc. and Eminent Inc., doing business as Revolve Clothing.

  •  Round Lake’s Karnell Wright, left, and Zack Pick battle for a loose ball with Grant’s Luke Lostroscio during Wednesday’s game in Fox Lake.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week Jan 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from boys and girls basketball.

  • This screen shot of the "#MyJihad" Twitter feed shows people tweeting positive messages about what the word jihad means to Muslims.

    Muslims use social media to counter anti-Islam messagesSep 27, 2012 12:00 AM
    Suburban Muslims are reacting in a positive manner, including with social media, to the controversial movie slandering Islam's Prophet Muhammad and a locally started Twitter campaign to counter advertisements in New York City subways maligning the word "jihad." "I think it's a brilliant way to use social media. ... It's the most peaceful way," said a mother of three.

  • Who’s competing Mar 6, 2011 12:00 AM
    Who will be competing in the Team Dance Illinois championships on Sunday in Peoria.

  • The Lake Park Lancettes open dance team performs “Wavin' Flag,” which they will reprise in Peoria.

    Suburban high schools flock to TeamDance championships in Peoria Mar 6, 2011 12:00 AM
    Poms, flag teams and dancers from more than 100 high schools throughout Illinois are converging on the Peoria Civic Center today for one of prep sports' most colorful state championships. But if you think “best in poms” means a traditional halftime routine, think again. Just the name of the sanctioning organization — TeamDance Illinois — reflects the trend. In all, more than 2,000 students will be competing, as they showcase the best dance, flag and poms routines from throughout the state.

  • Houses are submerged in floodwater in Shadad Kot near Sukkar, Pakistan. Workers piled stones and sandbags to plug leaks in a levee protecting a pair of southern Pakistani cities Monday.

    Suburban Muslims rush to aid Pakistan flood victimsAug 25, 2010 12:00 AM
    The catastrophic floods in Pakistan has sent shock waves through Chicago's suburban Muslim communities, who are donating unprecedented amounts of supplies and cash, say officials with area relief agencies.

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