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Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson, 'Big Jim,' dies at 84

Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson, 'Big Jim,' dies at 84

CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, known as “Big Jim” during a long career that eventually made him the state's longest-serving chief executive, has died. He was 84. Thompson died shortly after 8 p.m.
California heat spurs 1st rolling power outages since 2011

California heat spurs 1st rolling power outages since 2011

LOS ANGELES — California on Friday ordered rolling power outages for the first time since 2011 as a statewide heat wave strained its electrical system.
Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Trump-Russia probe review

Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Trump-Russia probe review

WASHINGTON — A former FBI lawyer plans to plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S.
Trump visits brother, Robert, at New York hospital

Trump visits brother, Robert, at New York hospital

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump on Friday paid a visit to his younger brother, Robert Trump, at the New York hospital where he has been hospitalized.
US retail sales rise for 3rd month but slowdown expected

US retail sales rise for 3rd month but slowdown expected

WASHINGTON — Americans increased their spending at retail stores and restaurants in July for a third straight month, but some evidence suggests that sales are weakening with the expiration of government rescue aid that had previously put more money i
R. Kelly's manager charged with phone threats to theatre

R. Kelly's manager charged with phone threats to theatre

NEW YORK — R.
Democrats tested in first party convention of pandemic era

Democrats tested in first party convention of pandemic era

NEW YORK — Joe Biden is poised to unveil his vision for the modern Democratic Party in the first presidential nominating convention of the coronavirus era, an all-virtual affair that will test the former vice-president's ability to overcome unprecede
J Balvin says he is recovering from the coronavirus

J Balvin says he is recovering from the coronavirus

NEW YORK — Colombian superstar J Balvin says he is recovering after battling the coronavirus.
US industrial production up 3%; factory output up 3.4%

US industrial production up 3%; factory output up 3.4%

WASHINGTON — American industry continued to regain ground lost in the coronavirus recession last month, but production remains well below where it was before the pandemic struck.
Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges writes children's book

Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges writes children's book

NEW YORK — Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges has written a children's book with a candid telling of the past and positive message for the future, inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests.