Peter Theo Curtis talks with reporters outside his mother's home in Cambridge, MA.

(Charles Krupa/AP)

News National/International - August 27, 2014

US Journalist Thankful For Work To Secure Freedom

A U.S. journalist says he is overwhelmed to learn of the efforts that went into securing his release from a Syrian extremist group.

Governor Pat Quinn signs measure protecting pregnant women from losing their jobs.

(ACLU of Illinois)

News Local/State - August 27, 2014

Pregnant Workers To Be Protected Under New State Law

Despite current employment protections, pregnant women in the workplace are still sometimes forced out of jobs in Illinois. The governor Tuesday signed legislation aimed at ending that practice.

Douglas McAuthur McCain, in a March 2008 photo by the Hennepin County, MN Sheriff's Office.

(AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office)

News National/International - August 27, 2014

American Reportedly Fighting Alongside Extremists In Syria Dies

A U.S. citizen reportedly fighting alongside a terrorist group in Syria has died.  The National Security Council has not said whether or not Douglas McAuthur McCain was fighting for the group that calls itself the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL.)

News Local/State - August 26, 2014

Quinn: Agencies Must Follow Hiring Rules

Gov. Pat Quinn says it was up to his transportation secretary to follow employment rules even when hiring candidates the governor's office favored.

Dana Bolger, a rape victim, co-founded a group that seeks to education students of their rights.

(Jennifer Ludden/NPR)

News National/International - August 26, 2014

Student Activists Keep Pressure On Campus Sexual Assault

More than 70 colleges are under investigation for how they've handled sexual assaults. The current attention to campus sexual assault has been driven largely by student activists using social media.

News Local/State - August 26, 2014

How Politics Steered The Uber Bill

Downstate residents may be wondering what all the fuss is about over Governor Pat Quinn's veto Monday of rideshare legislation.  But it could help the technology come to a city near you.

Vladimir Putinshakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko,after posing for a photo in Minsk, Belarus, August 26.

(AP Photo/Kazakh Presidential Press Service, Sergei Bondarenko, Pool)

News National/International - August 26, 2014

Leaders Of Russia, Ukraine Meet To Discuss Conflict

Russia's and Ukraine's presidents were meeting on Tuesday for talks many hope will lead to peace between Kiev and separatists in the eastern part of the country.

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