Iraqis push toward Mosul

BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces fought their way into two villages near Mosul on Monday as the offensive to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week and a rights group urged a probe into a suspected airstrike that hit a mosque, killing over a dozen civilians.

Early voting expands Monday in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Early voting opportunities have greatly expanded across Illinois as of Monday.

Early voting has been available in Illinois since Sept. 29 but only in certain places, like a county election authority office. The Illinois State Board of Elections say that as of Monday permanent polling locations have opened across the state, making early voting more accessible.

Probe underway in bus crash that left 13 dead, 31 injured

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A maintenance crew had slowed down traffic on a California highway through the night, and the work had gone on for hours without problems. Then a tour bus returning to Los Angeles from a casino trip slammed into the back of a semi-truck. Passengers who were asleep on the bus woke up to loud screams and the sound of crushing metal.

Police hunt for suspect in Oklahoma shootings

WELLSTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are searching Monday for a man suspected in a double slaying who is also accused of shooting and wounding two police officers near Oklahoma City.

Updated: Champaign house fire causes $17,500 in damages

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No injuries were reported after a stovetop fire caused $17,500 in damages at a Champaign home on Sunday night.

This day in history, Oct. 24, 2016

Today is Monday, Oct. 24, the 298th day of 2016. There are 68 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history:

On Oct. 24, 1962, a naval quarantine of Cuba ordered by President John F. Kennedy went into effect during the missile crisis.

On this date:

Those Who Served: When cargo plane came under fire, he saved a life

SIDNEY — Bill Hensch saved a man shot in the back on a cargo plane. To this day, he doesn't even know if the soldier was American or Vietnamese.

Hensch, 73, an Iowa native, enlisted in the Air Force to avoid the draft into the Army in the Vietnam War, and served from 1964 to 1968, then had a long career in the Illinois State Police.

Examining Unit 4 referendum: Centennial's outdated heating, A/C systems

Every Monday between now and Election Day, staff writer NICOLE LAFOND will spotlight one piece of Champaign's six-school, $183.4 million ballot question that will be put before voters Nov. 8.

How much it would cost

$8.4 million of the $63.3 million planned for Centennial would go toward replacing or upgrading parts of the HVAC system.

Willie Brown: 'I think of them as my angel'

CHAMPAIGN — Firefighters Greg Elliott and Lieutenant Andy Quarnstrom said it's rare for a routine life saved by CPR to affect them more than a year later.

Early voting expands to more sites today

URBANA — Early voting for the Nov. 8 election gets underway on a much larger scale today in Champaign County.

Eight additional voting locations will open this morning — in addition to the county clerk's office at the Brookens Center in Urbana — for Champaign County voters who want to avoid potentially long lines at their polling places on Election Day.