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The bobcat was hunted to near extinction. But protections allowed the population to rise. Now, hunting and trapping is legal in many states, including Illinois. But some conservationists think that goes too far.
Sen. Kyrtsen Sinema speaks at the U.S. Capitol after the Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act in November.
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Sinema's move is unlikely to change the power balance in the Senate, as it comes days after Sen. Raphael Warnock won the Georgia runoff election to give Democrats a 51-49 majority.
American basketball star Brittney Griner gets out of a plane after landing in San Antonio on Friday.
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Player of Brazil Vinícius Júnior celebrates after scoring a disallowed goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 group G soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland at Stadium 974 on Nov. 28, in Doha.
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UIS professor Yona Stamatis interviewed Illinois Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Trevor Orthmann and Assistant Conductor Jacobsen Woollen about the Holiday Pops in the Heartland concert and the various holiday musical selections which will be featured. The concert takes place at the UIS Performing Arts Center on Dec. 16 and at the ISU Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 17.
Protesters hold up blank papers and chant slogans as they march in protest in Beijing, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.
Ng Han Guan
After weeks of protests, officials in China are loosening the country's notoriously strict anti-COVID measures. How did protestors succeed despite heavy online censorship?
<strong>Top left:</strong> Luka Modrić of Croatia in action on Dec. 5 in Al Wakrah, Qatar. <strong>Bottom left: </strong>Lionel Messi of Argentina at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Dec. 3 in Doha, Qatar. <strong>Top right: </strong>Kylian Mbappé<strong> </strong>of France celebrates after scoring a goal on Dec. 4 in Doha, Qatar. <strong>Bottom right: </strong>Neymar of Brazil on Dec. 5 in Doha, Qatar.
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Oleh Mahlay, the artistic director of the Bandurist Choir, conducts members of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus of North America and Ukrainian Children's Choir at New York City's Carnegie Hall on Sunday.
Fadi Kheir
A Ukrainian chorus first performed Shchedryk in the U.S. in 1922. A century later, during another fight for freedom, Ukrainian singers performed the folk song at the site of its North American debut.
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