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400 Illinois National Guardsmen learn they’ll be deployed to Afghanistan

Just as word was circulating Thursday of President Donald Trump’s desire to withdraw nearly half the 14,000 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan, about 400 Illinois Army National Guardsmen were learning of their own planned summer deployment to the war-torn nation.

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Dow Jones drops to 14-month low after interest rate hike, government shutdown fears

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at a 14-month low on Thursday, the second consecutive day of sell-offs after the Federal Reserve announced its fourth widely-anticipated rate hike of the year.

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East Coast continues to get slammed by heavy rain during busy holiday travel period –

A southern storm brought two confirmed tornadoes to Florida, record rainfall in Orlando and damage to Georgia and the Carolinas on Thursday. Now the storm continues to inch its way north during the busiest travel days of the holiday season.

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The Best and Worst gadgets of 2018

There was countless gadgets released in 2018. Some where great! Like the Oculus Go. Or the Google Home Hub. But some were junk like the revived Palm or Playstation Classic.

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Lake Villa police hold 10th annual Shop with a Cop

Police Chief Craig Somerville said 64 children participated in this year’s event, all of whom were nominated for the program by teachers or administrators within the Lake Villa school district. The support the police department receives each year for the event is unparalleled, he added.

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Children’s thrift shop in Round Lake Beach is closing

Green Kids Resale, at Rollins Road and Route 83, will close Thursday. Eight years ago, Pat Block went looking for cleats for her daughter at a children’s resale shop in Round Lake Beach and was saddened to find the store was closing. Believing the closure would leave moms like her without a place to shop […]

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Fox Lake teen identified as victim of fatal crash

A pedestrian who fatally was struck by a car in a Saturday evening crash was identified as 16-year-old Sydney Weber of Fox Lake, according to a news release from Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper. Autopsy revealed blunt force trauma as cause of death; toxicology results pending

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Shop with a Sheriff helps bring holidays to almost 80 Lake County children

Lake County Sheriff’s Office employees held the annual “Shop with the Sheriff” last week, making the season brighter for several local children in need.

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Who’s running for school board in Libertyville, Mundelein and Vernon Hills? We’ve got the list.

Several school board races in central Lake County will be heavily contested in the April 2019 consolidated election, according to a review of filings.

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Facebook gave Netflix, Spotify, Amazon access to user messages, friends data: Report

Facebook gave about a dozen companies wide access to its 2.2 billion users’ personal data without consent, including private messages, names and contact info for friends, according to a report in The New York Times. “Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records […]

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Consumer advocacy groups call on FTC to investigate kids’ apps on Google Play

A coalition of twenty-two consumer and public health advocacy groups, led by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), have today filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission asking them to investigate and sanction Google for how its Google Play Store markets apps to children. The complaint states that […]

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Trump to announce US will withdraw troops from Syria: Officia

There are about 2,000 U.S. troops in eastern Syria advising and assisting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against ISIS. The first U.S. troops arrived in Syria under the Obama administration in October 2015. The original force of 50 U.S. advisers grew to an official level of more than 500, though it […]

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Trump administration issues final rule banning bump stocks

On Tuesday, 443 days since the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was carried out at a Las Vegas music festival with the use of rifles equipped with bump stock devices that allowed the weapons to essentially operate as an automatic weapon, the Trump administration made good on President Donald Trump’s promise to ban the […]

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After Russia propaganda reports, NAACP calls for Facebook ‘LogOut’

The NAACP on Tuesday called for a week-long Facebook “LogOut” to protest, in part, new revelations about the breadth of Russia’s online misinformation campaign and its targeting specifically of the African-American community on social media – an issue that Facebook said it takes “incredibly seriously.”

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Epidemic of dangerous youth e-cigarette, vaping use, surgeon general declares

The U.S. surgeon general on Tuesday issued a strong warning against e-cigarette use by young people, called it unsafe in any form and termed vaping an epidemic. Two years after my predecessor sounded the alarm bells, youth e-cigarette use has skyrocketed — so much so today that I am officially declaring e-cigarette use among youth […]

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$6 million Gurnee Mills renovations nearing completion

After more than a year of work, the extensive $6 million renovation to Gurnee Mills is almost complete.

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