Home sales increase 2.6% in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously owned homes rose for a third straight month in June, pushing activity to the highest level in eight months and providing evidence that housing is regaining lost momentum.

Israeli soldier missing as Gaza fighting rages on

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two week war that has killed more than 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.

Crash victims' remains reach Ukraine-held city

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Bodies of those killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash reached Ukrainian government-controlled territory Tuesday, leaving a war zone en route to the Netherlands after delays and haphazard treatment that put pressure on European foreign ministers to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia.

Bement man arrested after purse-snatching try

URBANA — A 25-year-old Bement man was arrested at midday Monday for allegedly trying to rob a woman of her purse on the University of Illinois campus.

UI police Lt. Matt Myrick said a 21-year-old Champaign woman was on the walkway between Morrill and Burrill halls, between Mathews and Goodwin avenues, about 11:20 a.m. when a man came up and tried to grab her purse off her arm.

Rural Clifton man charged with pot-growing operation

KEMPTON — A nine-month investigation into a marijuana-growing operation in northern Ford County has resulted in the arrest of a 60-year-old man from rural Clifton.

Ford County State's Attorney Randy Yedinak said that in October 2013, agents from the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group began an investigation into a possible cannabis grow in rural Kempton.

Quinn moves to block PCB disposal

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois EPA is asking DeWitt County officials for more information in order to block the disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at a Clinton landfill.

Dey: Controversy over Illinois' ban on executions not over yet

Regrets — he's had a few. But, then again, too few to mention.

Well, except for that one.

"I regretted killing that Greek fella," former Gov. George Ryan said in a recent interview.

The 80-year-old convicted felon was referring to mass murderer Andrew Kokoraleis.

This day in history: July 22, 2014

Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014.

There are 162 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On July 22, 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater, where he had just seen the Clark Gable movie "Manhattan Melodrama."

On this date:

Ex-business dean named CEO of UI Hospital in Chicago

CHICAGO — Former business dean and presidential adviser Avijit Ghosh has been named CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital.

Area history, July 22, 2014

In 1914, the Champaign City Council seems to be headed toward requiring that all horse-drawn vehicles traveling city streets be required to carry lights at night, the same as automobiles and bicycles.

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