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13 facing charges over drug-trafficking operation

CHICAGO (AP) — Thirteen people are facing federal charges for their roles in what agents describe as a major trafficking operation to distribute cocaine, heroin and fentanyl in and near Chicago.

A Thursday statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago says five suspects were arrested Wednesday and five others in May. Three are fugitives.

07-28-17 Jim Turpin with Dale Morrissey and Todd Lindsey on CU in the Prairibbean

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07-28-17 Jim Turpin with Todd Lindsey and Dale Morrissey of DSC tell us about CU in the Prairibbean coming August 5 to downtown Champaign.

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07-28-17 Penny for Your Thoughts

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07-28-17 Penny for Your Thoughts.  Jim Turpin with a Penny open line in hour one.  In hour two Dale Morrissey of DSC and Todd Lindsey talk CU in the Prairibbean a fundraiser on August 5th.

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Mid-August opening for Panda Express

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URBANA — Urbana residents with a hankering for Orange Chicken or Five Flavor Shrimp will no longer need to leave the city to grab a bite to eat.

Employment costs grew more slowly in 2nd quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers grew more slowly in the second quarter.

The Labor Department said Friday total compensation was up 0.5 percent in the April-June period, compared to 0.8 percent growth in the first quarter.

Economy expands at stronger 2.6% rate in 2nd quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy revved up this spring after a weak start to the year, fueled by a surge in consumer spending. But the growth spurt still fell short of the optimistic goals President Donald Trump hopes to achieve through tax cuts and regulatory relief.

GOP blame-game begins after Senate sinks health care drive

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican finger-pointing commenced after the Senate's dark-of-night defeat of the GOP's flagship effort to repeal much of the Obama health care law in a startling vote that dealt a blistering blow to President Donald Trump.

Illinois suspends use of 12 rides after Ohio accident

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The state of Illinois says it's suspending the operation of all amusement rides similar to the one involved in a deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair.

Amusement rides remained closed at the Ohio fair Thursday, a day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a ride broke apart and flung people into the air.

Russia orders cut in U.S. diplomats in reaction to sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry ordered a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia on Friday and said it was closing down a U.S. recreation retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russia.

The U.S. Senate approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions Friday against Russia, Iran and North Korea and sent it to President Donald Trump to sign.

Man killed in fair ride wreck joined Marines week ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A high school student who dreamed for years of joining the military and had just enlisted in the Marines was killed when a spinning and swinging thrill ride broke apart and sent several of its passengers tumbling onto the midway at the Ohio State Fair.