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Flood warnings remain in parts of Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — Flood warnings remained in effect for parts of northern, eastern and central Illinois after heavy rains combined with melting snow soaked the region.

U.S. says drone strike in Somalia killed 3 extremists

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The United States military says it has carried out a drone strike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, killing three "terrorists."

The U.S. Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred Monday near Jilib town in Middle Juba region. "We assess no civilians were killed in this strike."

Wife of lawmaker who killed self loses election bid

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The wife of a former Kentucky Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the (hash)metoo movement.

January sales of U.S. homes decline

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of existing homes fell in January from a year earlier by the most in more than three years. Would-be buyers were stymied by rising prices and a shortage of homes for sale.

Trump says more must be done to protect children

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long tied Washington in knots.

Rev. Billy Graham dies at age 99

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99.

Trump again attacks Obama over Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is again attacking his predecessor, suggesting he should have done more to prevent Russian election meddling.

Illinois to pick '200 greatest' to mark bicentennial

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois residents are invited to help choose the 200 greatest people, place and things in state history as part of Illinois' bicentennial celebration.

The public will get to cast votes online for a new category every two weeks. By early December voters will have selected 10 favorites in 20 categories.

Midwest faces flooding, other problems amid storms

MATTAWAN, Mich. (AP) — Sandbags were holding back floodwaters in parts of Michigan as a storm system moved across several Midwest and Great Plains states on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain, snow and ice to the region.

Florida shooting survivors in capital to demand action on guns

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Students who survived the Florida school shooting prepared to flood the Capitol Wednesday pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change laws before their legislative session ends.