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January 09, 2014

The FBI’s Comey On Snowden: ‘Confused’ By Hero Talk

FBI Director Jim Comey says he's "confused" by reports that characterize NSA contractor Edward Snowden as a "whistleblower" or a "hero" because, he says, all three branches of America's government have approved the bulk collection of U.S. phone records, one of the most important revelations in Snowden's cascade of leaks.

January 08, 2014

Blue Cross Extends Payment Deadline To Jan. 30

People who signed up recently for health insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois now have until Jan. 30 to pay their first month's premium and still get coverage for all of January.

January 08, 2014

‘Saturday Night Live’ Takes A Very Important First Step

Saturday Night Live ignores so many perennial complaints — that it's stale, that it has a spotty history with women, that sketches are too long — that it was kind of surprising to hear in mid-December that it was holding not-very-secret "secret auditions" to find a black woman to join the cast. Cast members Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah had both been talking about it in different ways, but to have longtime SNL boss Lorne Michaels suddenly go for a midseason hire?

January 08, 2014

Report: 5 State Pension Funds Owed $100.5B

A state report shows the amount of money taxpayers owe five state pension plans hit $100.5 billion on June 30. But that's $3 billion less when not using a counting method adopted five years ago that made the pension picture brighter.

January 08, 2014

Danville Votes To Remove 2 Dams

Aldermen in Danville have voted to remove two of the city's dams where drownings have happened over the last two decades.

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