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11/26/2014 10:00:03 AM
Millions of people are hitting the roads for the holiday, but they aren't the only ones. State troopers are boosting patrol and conducting more roadside safety checks. The troopers will be looking for people are drunk, not strapped in, or using their cell phones. Seven people died on Illinois roads during the Thanksgiving holiday last year. Three of those fatalities involved a drunk driver....read more

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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) runs away from New York Giants' Jayron Hosley (28) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


10ThingstoSeeSports - Crystal Palace's Fraizer Campbell, left, competes for the ball with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


World No. 1 player Rory McIlroy, seen during a press conference ahead of the Australian Open golf tournament, at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney, on November 26, 2014Sydney (AFP) - World number one Rory McIlroy returns to defend his Australian Open title this week with Adam Scott itching for revenge after last year's final hole anguish.


Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants, seen during a game against the Kansas City Royals, in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 29, 2014Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, top Major League Baseball free agent sluggers, signed contracts with the Boston Red Sox, who welcomed the boost to a struggling lineup of hitters. Deals with Sandoval, a star third baseman who helped San Francisco win three of the past five Major League Baseball titles, and Ramirez, a shortstop who will switch to outfielder who first signed with Boston in 2000 at age 16, were announced separately on Tuesday, when slugger Adam LaRoche joined the Chicago White Sox.


Adam Scott of Australia tees off on the ninth hole during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in ShanghaiBy Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Adam Scott still feels the hurt of losing the Australian Open title to Rory McIlroy on the final green last year but believes the world number one has also inspired him to become a better golfer. Scott was set to win a rare "Triple Crown" of Australian titles when he went into the final round at Royal Sydney last year but bogeyed the final hole to allow McIlroy to win his only title of 2013 with a birdie. "I certainly have a thorn in my side after not winning last year. ...


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By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - (Please note offensive language in last paragraph) Some 2,000 National Guard troops helped ward off a second night of rampant arson and looting in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, and sympathy protests spread to several U.S. cities. President Barack Obama appealed for dialogue, and his attorney general promised that a federal probe into the Aug. ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A storm expected to blast the East Coast with rain and snow through Thursday morning is threatening to snarl traffic for millions and impede air travel ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of Mexico and is sweeping the northeast will bring rain to major cities, including New York and Boston, while higher elevations of New England will see as much as a foot of snow, said National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Orrison. "Either way, travel is not going to be in a good state," Orrison said. ...
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland officials said they would release on Wednesday video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a pellet gun. Tamir E. Rice was shot by a patrol officer on Saturday after a 911 call reported someone pointing a gun at people at the Cudell Recreation Center. Police asked Rice to raise his hands, but an officer shot him when he instead reached for the pellet gun, police said. He died on Sunday. Police have said the video, which has no audio, clearly shows what happened. It will be released at about 1 p.m. local time. ...
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