California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with your child's meal at a California restaurant, you'll need to ask for them starting next year.

Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.

Latest plan to stabilize Middle Fork near coal-ash pits to get more scrutiny

OAKWOOD — The public may get the chance to formally weigh in on the latest proposal by the owner of coal-ash pits near the Middle Fork River to stabilize sections of the waterway.

Chick-fil-A to replace long-closed Ruby Tuesday in Champaign

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CHAMPAIGN — Chick-fil-A is making plans to open a new restaurant in Champaign.

127 dead after Tanzania ferry capsizes on Lake Victoria

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The official death toll rose to 127 after a badly overcrowded ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzanian authorities said Friday, as a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun.

Trump drops civil tone, slams Kavanaugh accuser's credibility

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump challenged the credibility of the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault on Friday, declaring that if the alleged attack was so terrible she would have reported it to law enforcement.

Army misses 2018 recruiting goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time since 2005, the U.S. Army missed its recruiting goal this year, falling short by about 6,500 soldiers, despite pouring an extra $200 million into bonuses and approving some additional waivers for bad conduct or health issues.

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen boasts of aiding Mueller investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer says he is providing "critical information" as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Turkey says it will patrol north Syria town with U.S. forces

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey will soon conduct joint patrols with U.S. forces in the strategic northern Syrian town of Manbij, once a stronghold of the Islamic State group, a top Turkish official said on Friday.

Man convicted of fatally stabbing wife in 2015

ROCKFORD (AP) — A judge has found a 38-year-old man guilty of fatally stabbing his wife inside their Rockford-area apartment after he got upset with her over some text messages.

Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato said Jose RodriguezAranda was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder. He's scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Randy Wilt on Dec. 17.