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  • Maria Bamford of   loves watching “Celebrity Homes” on E! She has  where she imagines hosting her own show called “Comedian Homes” in which she would feature the pathetically humble abodes of her standup-scene friends:  “This is the kitchen, this is where the bathroom, the bedroom—and this is really where the 400 square feet of my apartment is.”But if Bamford were interviewing her friends who have parlayed their comic talents into blockbuster movies, lucrative TV roles and best-selling books, it

    While many of the following 12 stars got their start in standup comedy, most of them are better known for their work on the big and small screens...and one of them is nominated for a 2012 Oscar.

  • Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich greets supporters as he arrives for court July 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich's lawyers are expected to give their closing arguments in the trial today. Blagojevich has been charged with corruption including accusations of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama after the November 2008 election.

    A federal judge has sentenced the former Illinois governor to 14 years for corruption that included trying to sell or trade an appointment to the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

  • When it comes to resources for the physically active, not all US cities are created equal. Some have more parks and bicycle lanes than others. Some are blessed with perfect climates. Some are situated next to national parks. And some simply have a lot of gyms. But what they all have in common are attributes that encourage people to get outside and stay active.Click ahead to see some of the cities that are havens for physically active Americans.

    When it comes to resources for the physically active, not all US cities are created equal. Click to see some of the cities that are havens for physically active Americans.

  • $4 Gas in California

    It seems wherever you go these days, you can't help but feel the pinch when it comes to gas prices at the pump. Here is a breakdown of the states with the highest and lowest prices.

  • Bald Eagle

    Taxes are a necessary burden but in some states, they're becoming so financially unbearable, they're pushing some residents and companies out.

  • The first time Illinois tried to bail out its teetering pension fund by borrowing billions of dollars, it ended in disaster. Nevertheless, the state is trying again. The New York Times reports.

  • Uncle Sam taking money out of your wallet

    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Wednesday proposed a budget that largely depends on  selling more debt to pay off a pile of bills that have left Illinois' finances the weakest among U.S. states.