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Fire at Urbana house causes $60,000 in damage

URBANA — No one was injured — and one cat had to be rescued — after flames caused extensive damage to an Urbana home on Monday.

Fire chief Brian Nightlinger said crews were called to the 2000 block of Cureton Drive around 2:45 p.m., where they found flames on the outside of the home. Soon thereafter, they discovered the fire had extended inside through the eaves of the home.

'Johnny Appleseed' trees to mark Illinois bicentennial

EFFINGHAM (AP) — The Illinois State Historical Society is offering all 102 counties a tree that descends from an original "Johnny Appleseed" tree as part of the state's 200th birthday celebration.

EU backs Iran deal, urges Congress to protect it

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday backed the Iran nuclear agreement, saying the accord is working and is a key part of non-proliferation efforts despite U.S. President Donald Trump withdrawing his support for it.

The latest: Firefighting truck driver dies in crash

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The latest on California wildfires (all times local):

8:45 a.m.

California officials say a firefighting truck driver has died after the water transport truck he was driving rolled over near one of the wildfires that has devastated areas in and near Northern California's wine country.

Justices to look at government's email dispute with Microsoft

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital-age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad.

17-year-old charged in fatal shooting of 2-year-old boy

DECATUR (AP) — A 17-year-old has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old Decatur boy.

The Herald & Review reports police responded to a Decatur home Saturday morning for a report of an injured child. The boy was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital.

U.S.-backed Syrian force expects Raqqa victory soon

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force battling the Islamic State group in Syria will be in control of Raqqa "within a few days" after attacking the last militant-held pocket of the city, a spokesman for the force said Monday.

Bergdahl pleading guilty to desertion, misbehavior

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told a military judge on Monday that he's pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

"I understand that leaving was against the law," said Bergdahl, whose decision to walk off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009 prompted intense search and recovery missions, during which some of his comrades were seriously wounded.

Somalia truck bombing leaves over 300 dead, scores missing

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — More than 300 people are dead after the truck bombing in Somalia's capital and scores of others remain missing, authorities said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from one of the world's worst attacks in years.

As funerals continued, the government said the death toll is expected to rise.

Man convicted in N.Y. bombing that injured 30

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man was convicted Monday of planting two pressure-cooker bombs on New York City streets, including one that injured 30 people with a rain of shrapnel when it detonated in a bustling neighborhood on a weekend night last summer.