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Man to get treatment after threatening Trump online

EAST ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Illinois man will get mental health treatment and substance abuse counseling after pleading guilty to making online threats against President Donald Trump.

Joseph Lynn Pickett of Edwardsville was also ordered to spend six months behind bars for the June threats, though he's already served the time since his arrest last year.

Supreme Court rejects 2 gun rights appeals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting two challenges by guns rights groups to California laws regulating firearms' sales.

The action Tuesday came less than a week after a gunman in Florida killed 17 people at a Florida high school.

The justices did not comment in leaving in place two rulings by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Little progress in Pullman restoration as monument

CHICAGO (AP) — It has been nearly three years since former President Barack Obama designated part of Chicago's historic Pullman neighborhood as Illinois' first national monument.

Since then not much has happened to restore the historic factory grounds of George Pullman's namesake community.

Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study

The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut flour helped sensitize children to nuts in a major study.

Special counsel files new charge in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election charged an attorney Tuesday with lying to federal investigators about his interactions with a former Trump campaign official.

The latest: Shells push back Syrian forces in Afrin

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

5:55 p.m.

Turkey's state-run news agency says pro-Syrian government forces have turned back 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Afrin city following shelling by the Turkish military.

Anadolu Agency said the Turkish artillery fired "warning" strikes, forcing the militia group to turn back.

Police suspect Netanyahu associate of trying to bribe judge

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Tuesday said they suspect a close confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of offering a sitting judge a top posting in exchange for dropping a corruption case against Netanyahu's wife.

PRIMARY 2018 QUESTIONNAIRES: 13th Congressional District Democrats

Illinois' 13th Congressional District covers a large swath of the central part of the state, stretching from Bloomington-Normal on the north to the St. Louis suburb of Glen Carbon on the south and from the Missouri state line on the west to Champaign-Urbana on the east.

Michigan utility to phase out coal-based electricity production by 2040

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility's president and CEO told The Associated Press.

Ammons joins state Dems' panel on harassment, discrimination

URBANA — State Rep. Carol Ammons said she is "honored to work with" U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and State Comptroller Susana Mendoza in leading a statewide discussion about the role of women in the Illinois Democratic Party and changing the culture of political work.