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Danville woman receives probation for ID theft

URBANA — A Danville woman who admitted stealing a friend's identity to take out a loan has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Kylie McNew, 38, was also ordered to make restitution of $1,660, perform 100 hours of public service and write a letter of apology to her victim as part of her sentence for identity theft.

Group targets Forsyth GOP legislator over vote to override veto

NAPERVILLE — State Rep. Bill Mitchell is one of 16 state representatives being targeted by the Americans for Prosperity-Illinois for voting to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a 32 percent income tax increase.

McCain diagnosed with brain tumor after clot is removed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, Vietnam prisoner of war and political maverick in Congress for more than three decades, has been diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain tumor.

World's plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there's enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study.

Exxon fined $2 million for breach of Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department hit Exxon Mobil Corp. with a $2 million fine Thursday for violating Russia sanctions while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil company's CEO.

McConnell prods senators on health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spurred Republican senators Thursday to resolve internal disputes that have pushed their marquee health care bill to the brink of oblivion. Yet the GOP's reeling effort to dismantle much of President Barack Obama's health care law may face even longer odds because of Sen.

Advisers uneasy about Trump's Putin overtures

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's persistent overtures toward Russia are placing him increasingly at odds with his national security and foreign policy advisers, who have long urged a more cautious approach to dealing with the foreign adversary.

Senate panel backs FBI director nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick to head the FBI.Christopher Wray's nomination will now move to the Senate floor.

Trump campaign inner circle called before Senate panels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Trump campaign's inner circle, including his eldest son and son-in-law, are being called before Senate committees next week to talk about the 2016 election.The week has the potential to deliver the most high-profile congressional testimony involving the Russian meddling probes since former FBI Director James Comey appeared in June.

Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

HOFFMAN ESTATES (AP) — Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.The announcement Thursday sent shares of Sears soaring more than 18 percent at the opening bell. The tie-up with the internet behemoth could give shares of the storied retailer one of its biggest one-day percentage gains ever.