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News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

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CHICAGO (AP) - Officials in Chicago say violent crime and thefts on Chicago Transit Authority trains, buses and platforms has dropped significantly. The CTA says violent crime fell more than 30 percent between the first six months of last year and the same period this year. Its statement comes days after a July 16 armed robbery of several passengers aboard a train.

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge in Chicago says he needs more time to decide whether to grant preliminary approval for a settlement in a class-action concussions lawsuit against the NCAA. John Lee focused his questions on the lack of damages payments in the deal. He says he wants to learn more about why that's the case. The provisions include the creation of a $70 million fund to diagnose current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing contact sports.

CHICAGO (AP) - A judge has set a hearing in a lawsuit over hiring practices in Gov. Pat Quinn administration less than two weeks before voters will decide if they want to re-elect the Chicago Democrat. Attorney Michael Shakman wants an investigation of Department of Transportation hiring. Quinn's attorneys argue the judge should reject the request because it would be detrimental to state officials' duties of hiring workers.

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's is finding itself under intensifying pressure over pay and other labor practices at its U.S. restaurants. The National Labor Relations Board says the world's biggest hamburger chain can be named as a joint employer in several complaints by worker groups at restaurants owned by franchisees. The decision is pivotal because it could expose McDonald's to liability for a wide range of working conditions in those locations.

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