EXCHANGE: A family has deep roots in baseball and softball

ILLINOIS EXCHANGE: A northern Illinois family has deep roots and both softball and baseball.
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Aberdeen wrestler comes out as gay

A Northern State wrestler, who's gay, reached out to media from after his 20th birthday with the desire to share his story with the world.
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Des Moines has 1.6 million parking spots

Des Moines has seven times as many parking spaces as people, according to a new study by the Mortgage Bankers Association
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Mormon missionaries set out in Minnesota

Mormon missionaries are getting to work in Minnesota
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North Dakota girl becomes Angus ambassador

A passion for Angus cattle has opened the door to wealth of new experiences for Madison Sundsbak
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Minnesota barber shop closing after 50 years

When The Barber's Hut closes for the last time this July, there will be little sadness
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Wisconsin family celebrates 100 years running farm

A Wisconsin family is celebrating 100 years of running their farm
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Canvassers warn Milwaukee residents of lead dangers

A Milwaukee group is going door-to-door in one of the city's neighborhoods to warn residents about the dangers of lead
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For Norland International, craft brewing market a boon

When Mike McFarland started Norland International in his basement 25 years ago, he never dreamed it would turn into what it is today
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What the union fee ruling means for Minnesota teachers

In the wake of the Supreme Court's Janus decision, Minnesota's teachers' union faces multiple questions about what the ruling means for individual teachers, for public education, and for the state's political landscape
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Wisconsin family reunited with veteran's lost dog tags

Lost for about 70 years, dog tags found with a metal detector in Colorado by a stranger have been returned to the family of a Wisconsin veteran
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Joe Ricketts finishes expensive Nebraska religious retreat

Through a large gate, past a gatehouse and up a winding road, Joe Ricketts' multimillion-dollar religious retreat center near the Platte River is finished and awaits its first guests
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EXCHANGE: For 122 years, observatory has demystified the sky

ILLINOIS EXCHANGE: For 122 years, University of Illinois Observatory has demystified the sky
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'Suffering' ends with Honduran baby back in parents' arms

A baby who came to embody the Trump administration's family separation policy is back with his parents in Honduras after five months
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Inside Trump's isolation after Putin summit, walkbacks

Trump's isolation untenable after much-criticized Putin summit, president makes a rare walk-back
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Corporation Commission appoints interim executive director

The Arizona Corporation Commission has appointed the head of the regulatory agency's Securities Division to temporarily oversee day-to-day operations of the commission's staff pending appointment of a new permanent executive director
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Albuquerque man gets 11-year sentence in trafficking case

A 51-year-old Albuquerque man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison on convictions of trafficking in synthetic drugs
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2 women arrested for trying to bring meth across border

Officials at the Arizona-Mexico border say two women from the U.S. were caught trying to smuggle pounds of meth
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Trial set for man accused of plowing a car into officers

A Sept. 13 trial has been set for a man accused of deliberately plowing a car into three Phoenix police officers
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Man suspected of shooting officer found, killed by police

A man suspected of gunning down a Hawaii police officer was killed during a shootout with police after a three-day search across the Big Island
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Man driving tractor leads Denver police on slow-speed chase

The Denver Post reports that a man driving a tractor led authorities on a slow-speed chase through the city Friday night before hitting a police vehicle downtown
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Trump missteps fuel new energy in Democrats' campaigns

President Donald Trump has sparked a Democratic renaissance, prompting candidates, activists and voters to pour their outrage, money and time into local races across the country.
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Ticket mix-up put family on ill-fated Missouri tourist boat

More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up
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Graveyard lost in Virginia Beach, the search to find it

More than five decades ago, a young boy and two of his friends explored among piles of dirt and heavy machinery at the construction site of today's Interstate 264
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Man dies trying to escape Portland apartment fire

A man in his 50s died after jumping from a third-story apartment to escape a fire in Southwest Portland
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Robotic cats help soothe patients with dementia

Southern Indiana health center using robotic cats help soothe patients with dementia
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Musical instrument drive inspired by student's story

Isaiah Jones didn't know that talking about his struggle to find a musical instrument could inspire people to help other students
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Nonprofit hires ex-criminals to give them 2nd chance

Delaware nonprofit hires ex-criminals to help keep them out of prison, give them 2nd chance
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Family farm a longtime labor of love for Vardaman pair

Jan Cook grew up following her father around the family farm. And he didn't mind one bit.
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Some say these workers are vital for local peach growing

Down a rough dirt road on a farm near Byron are five old houses occupied by 25 men known to few in Middle Georgia, but they play an important role in the local economy
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Inside race to save Louisiana's 1st line of storm defense

Ten miles from Louisiana's receding shore, on an island that was on the verge of sinking away, new land is growing at a rate of 200 feet per day
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Professional wrestling slams in Fairmont for charity event

Professional wrestling slams down in Fairmont for charity event
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Alabama woman holds graduation after mom, 70, earns diploma

Martha Skanes' high school graduation ceremony was everything she could have hoped for
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An injured dog, speeders, drug dealers: A court sees it all

From an injured dog to speeders and drug dealers, magistrate court sees it all
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Conner Prairie eyes boosting White River in museum's future

Conner Prairie officials planning key role for White River in central Indiana museum's future
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Matchmaker for pups who can't find homes has perfect record

He's a matchmaker for pups who can't find homes. So far he's got a perfect record.
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Sondheim winner Benitez draws empathy to immigration debate

A sandal, a toothbrush, a wall: Sondheim winner Benitez draws empathy into immigration debate
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Storm was ruining wedding, stranger made the bride an offer

Dulce Gonzalez was sure her beach wedding was ruined
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Hillary Clinton to appear at Central Park summer festival

Hillary Clinton will be part of a star-studded lineup at a summer festival of conversation, music and food in New York's Central Park
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The Latest: Hawaii mayor: Wounded officer will survive

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim says a police officer wounded in a shootout Friday with a man suspected of killing another officer will survive
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Tornado stuns Iowa town but residents say they'll rebuild

Business owners and residents of the central Iowa city of Marshalltown began picking up bricks from collapsed buildings, dragging away downed trees and trying to return to the lives they knew before a powerful tornado roared through their community
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Former lawmaker facing domestic violence charges again

A former Delaware lawmaker has been arrested on charges of strangulation and assault
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AP Explains: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo remains hot topic

AP Explains: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo remains hot topic
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Worries of violence accompany 2020 GOP convention choice

Charlotte, North Carolina, gets another chance to take its place on the national and world stage after its selection as the site for the 2020 Republican National Convention
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WWII hero's lost Purple Heart returned to his family

A lost Purple Heart medal has been returned to the family of an American sailor from New York City who died trying to rescue shipmates after his Navy vessel was attacked by a German submarine during World War II
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Feds seek $70K from Georgia sheriff for muscle car purchase

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking $70,000 from a Georgia sheriff who spent the money on a muscle car
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Northern Illinois man convicted of murdering sister-in-law

A northern Illinois man has been found guilty of killing his sister-in-law and burying her body in a shallow grave
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Proposed water project in northern Colorado advances

The Army Corps of Engineers has released its final environmental impact statement on a proposed project that would satisfy water needs for more than a dozen partners in northern Colorado until 2040
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Hotrod team donates brains, urges same from military members

Hotrod team donates brains for research, urges same from military members
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The Latest: Woman wounded during shootout with suspect

A police spokesman says a woman was shot and wounded during a police shootout that killed a man suspected of fatally shooting an officer
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Ex-guard accused of pepper-spraying inmate over lawsuit

A former Tennessee correctional officer is accused of pepper-spraying an inmate for joining a lawsuit that said the jail was not treating a scabies outbreak
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Comic-Con gets a look at Spider-Man spinoff 'Venom'

Director Ruben Fleischer says that there aren't really any heroes in the superhero movie "Venom," who is a grittier, more violent and more complicated character than his Marvel brethren
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Migos' Offset arrested on felony gun charges in Georgia

Offset of the hip-hop group Migos is facing two felony gun charges after he and his bodyguard were pulled over outside of Atlanta
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Dog teams search for man in Rocky Mountain National Park

Crews plan to use dog teams this weekend in their search for a man who has been missing for three weeks in Rocky Mountain National Park
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The Latest: Police kill suspect in Hawaii officer killing

Police say a tip that a man suspected of killing a Hawaii police officer was seen in a pickup truck led to the arrests of two people but the shooter remains at large
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Man suspected of shooting and killing Hawaii officer during traffic stop dies in police shootout, authorities say

Man suspected of shooting and killing Hawaii officer during traffic stop dies in police shootout, authorities say
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NYC prepares sandbags to barricade steam-pipe blast site

New York City has sandbags at the ready to barricade the site of a Manhattan steam-pipe explosion against possible heavy rains that could complicate the cleanup of asbestos-laced debris
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NJ Sen. Booker stumps for fellow Dem Espy in Mississippi

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey is campaigning for a fellow Democrat in a U.S. Senate race in Mississippi
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NRA, others sue Seattle over gun-storage law

The National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation and two Seattle residents are suing the city over its new gun-safety law
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Basketball 'escort queen' indicted on forged checks charges

A woman who declared herself the "escort queen" of a sex scandal involving the University of Louisville's basketball team has been indicted on theft charges
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Police ID officer injured in crash

Phoenix police say an on-duty officer who was involved in a car crash is in critical but stable condition
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Alabama teen charged with murder in fatal shooting of fetus

An Alabama teen has been indicted in a shooting of a pregnant woman that led to the fetus' death
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Grandfather arrested after California boy shoots cousin, 2

Authorities have arrested the grandfather of a 2-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed by her 4-year-old cousin in Southern California
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Alabama attorney, company official convicted in bribery case

A prominent Alabama attorney and a coal company executive have been convicted on federal charges involving bribery of a state lawmaker
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The Latest: Horse races cancelled in North Texas due to heat

A forecast of excessive heat this weekend has prompted the cancellation of the weekend's racing at a North Texas thoroughbred horse racing track
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The Latest: Texas Rangers play hottest home game in decades

Mother Nature is bringing the heat at the home ballpark of the Texas Rangers
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Latest: Grandfather arrested after boy, 4, shoots cousin, 2

Authorities have arrested the grandfather of a 2-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed by her 4-year-old cousin in Southern California
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Expert and advocate for iconic monarch butterfly has died

A man who was perhaps the foremost expert on the iconic monarch butterfly has passed away
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Investigators identify truck that dropped rock, killing boy

Alaska State Troopers say they have identified the truck from which a rock fell and hit a car, killing a child inside
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Man sentenced in burning, killing of baby girl in Arizona

An Arizona man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and child abuse in the killing of an 8-month-old baby has been sentenced to 20 years in prison
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Firefighters battle blazes in several western states

Firefighters battled heat, wind as they battled wildfires across the western United States on Friday
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LA man gets 21 to life for fatally stabbing toddler daughter

Prosecutors say a man has been sentenced to 21 years to life in prison after fatally stabbing his toddler daughter in his Los Angeles apartment and then setting the room on fire
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Former assembly speaker: 'I pray I will not die in prison'

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is begging for mercy ahead of his sentencing next week, telling a judge he prays he will not die in prison
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Texas slayings highlight shortcomings in state parole system

Authorities say a Texas felon accused in three shooting deaths shows cracks in the state's criminal justice system
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The Latest: Baby didn't initially know parents at reunion

A baby who came to symbolize the U.S. government's policy of separating immigrant families didn't recognize his parents at first when they reunited in Honduras
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Sierra Nevada forest fire near Yosemite continues to grow

A forest fire burning in the Sierra Nevada just west of Yosemite National Park has grown to nearly 36 square miles
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The Latest: Crews battle Santa Barbara County brush fire

Fire crews are trying to get a handle on a fast-moving brush fire that is burning in Buellton
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Former Georgia Tech fraternity president pleads to rape

A former Georgia Tech fraternity president has pleaded guilty to rape, more than two years after police say he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend
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Ex-Las Vegas councilman sentenced in campaign money case

A former Las Vegas councilman who admitted to misusing campaign funds has been sentenced to one month in prison, three months in a halfway house and eight months in home detention
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The Latest: 2nd fatality in Oregon wildfires is homeless man

Authorities in Oregon say a second man has died in a wildfire
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The Latest: Contractor stops work where rock killed boy

An Alaska contractor has halted reconstruction work on a highway where a rock fell from a truck and killed a boy riding in a car
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1 dead, 2 hurt after small plane crash near Sheboygan Falls

A pilot is dead and two people are hurt after a small plane crashed into a farm near Sheboygan Falls
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Residents pick through rubble in Iowa after tornadoes

With the shock of the scope of devastation sinking in businesses, homeowners and utility companies earnestly undertook the task Friday of cleaning up what a powerful tornado left in its wake
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Branson mourns for 17 killed in sinking of packed duck boat

Branson mourns for 17 killed when packed duck boat capsizes and sinks in storm
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Judge: 'Great progress' reuniting families split at border

A federal judge says the Trump administration is making "great progress" toward meeting a July 26 deadline to reunite more than 2,500 children with their families after they were separated at the border
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Sheldon Silver: 'I pray I will not die in prison'

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is begging for mercy at his sentencing next week, telling a judge he prays he will not die in prison
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Jackson County authorities: Man found dead inside wildfire perimeter died in blaze, was homeless

Jackson County authorities: Man found dead inside wildfire perimeter died in blaze, was homeless
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Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen and Rev. Al Sharpton meet 'n tweet

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and the Rev. Al Sharpton have met to renew a long acquaintance _ and they made a point of going on Twitter to let the public know.
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