Russian official says Saudi Arabia backs Syria truce deals

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Saudi Arabia has assured Russia that it supports a gradual process of negotiating local cease-fires and setting up "de-escalation zones" in Syria, Russia's foreign minister said Monday, a day after meeting with Saudi leaders.

More aid on way for Irma-battered Caribbean; death toll grows

HAVANA (AP) — With ports mended and weather cleared, Caribbean officials struggled to get aid to islands devastated by Hurricane Irma on Monday and tried to take full stock of the damage caused by the Category 5 storm.

Crossing Trump on climate, new Miss America fears no tweet

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Cara Mund is not worried that she may begin her year-long reign as Miss America by starting a Twitter war with the nation's tweeter-in-chief.

The 23-year-old Miss North Dakota won the crown Sunday night in Atlantic City after saying in an onstage interview that President Donald Trump was wrong to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

Irma moves into Georgia, bringing strong winds and rain

ATLANTA (AP) — The nation's busiest airport canceled about 800 flights Monday as a weakened Irma moved from Florida into Georgia, where the governor had declared an emergency a day earlier for the entire state.

UPDATE: Irma loses hurricane status but keeps causing misery


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Irma weakened into a still-dangerous tropical storm Monday as it pushed inland, triggering record flooding in Florida's northeastern corner, while rescuers in its soggy, wind-battered wake mobilized to reach victims and learn the full extent of the damage.

U.S. calls for vote on new North Korea sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called for a vote Monday on new U.N. sanctions against North Korea, though exactly what measures would be in the resolution remained a mystery.

Security Council diplomats, who weren't authorized to speak publicly because talks have been private, said the U.S. and China were still negotiating the text late Sunday.

Like it or not, area lawmakers willing to work on DACA fix

WASHINGTON, D.C. — East Central Illinois' congressional representatives indicated Monday that they welcome the opportunity to give Congress the chance to approve legislation that grants legal status to young, undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Dawson strives to report news that makes a difference

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Durrell Dawson and a few fellow young Rantoul friends had plans to start their own neighborhood newsletter when they were growing up.

It would include tales of their athletic exploits and many neighborhood goings-on. They even had some neighbors "signed up" to get copies of the free publication.

The latest: Clerk just happy to have touched winning ticket

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — The latest on the lone winning ticket for the $758.7 million Powerball drawing that was sold in Chicopee, Mass. (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

Given her excitement, you might think Angelica Merced won the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot.

But her exhilaration Thursday comes from being the first person to touch the winning ticket.

UPDATE: Crews tending to downed power lines

Update 4:30 p.m.

Ameren Illinois has brought crews to rural Philo, where winds knocked down more than two dozen utility poles.

Champaign County Highway Department maintenance supervisor Tracy Wingler said that straight-line winds knocked down 25 utility poles near county roads 1200 E and 900 N, about four miles west of Philo, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.