Exhibit at Art Institute explores interwoven histories of Picasso and Chicago

The new exhibition "Picasso and Chicago" at the Art Institute of Chicago weaves together the famed artist's 80-year career with holdings from the museum and other collections.

It also tells the story of Chicago, which, like Picasso, exemplifies the bold and modern, curator Stephanie D'Alessandro said at the media preview.

Indiana trucker injured in I-74 crash

CHAMPAIGN — An Indiana man remained hospitalized Wednesday afternoon with injuries he received when his semitrailer truck rolled on its side in the morning.

A release from Illinois State Police at Pesotum said Bobby Cannon, 57, of Carbon, Ind., was driving on the ramp from Interstate 74 westbound to I-57 southbound when his rig overturned into the left ditch just before 9:30 a.m.

Georgia man arrested at Rantoul motel with runaway

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RANTOUL — A man from Georgia is in the Champaign County Jail on charges alleging he had sex with a teenage runaway from Texas.

Same-sex marriage bill sent to full House

SPRINGFIELD — Legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois is one step from reality, but it's a big step.

An Illinois House committee late Tuesday night narrowly approved a gay marriage bill with the help of a Chicago Democrat who said he'll likely vote against the measure on the House floor.

New film tells story of unsung civil rights leader

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Syria says 53 killed by Damascus car bomb

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Costa Rica toughens stance in U.S.-backed drug fight

LIBERIA, Costa Rica — On a recent Friday morning at a gleaming new international airport in Costa Rica, hundreds of tourists from New York and Minnesota emerged blinking onto the sun-blasted tarmac. At the other end of the runway, eight Americans zipped into tan flight suits aboard a massive white surveillance plane.

Schreiber's passion at forefront as Common Ground kitchen is dedicated

URBANA — Dan Schreiber was all about getting others to think about their passion. And he was well into the pursuit of his own in the form of food when the University of Illinois graduate student died in July 2010 at age 24.

Coroner: Country star Mindy McCready dies

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday. She was 37.

Man charged with slapping toddler now out of a job

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight is out of a job, his former employer said Sunday.