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Cooler weather aids crews fighting Washington fire

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.

They just hope that the "lightning watch" also forecast this week doesn't ignite new fires.


Appeals court deals blow to health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law, potentially derailing billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.


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.


2 from Urbana among 4 killed in Will County crash

JOLIET (AP) — A semi-truck driver involved in a Will County crash that killed four people has been charged.

The Will County coroner's office has identified the victims as 54-year-old Vicky Palacios of Coal City, 48-year-old Urlike Blopleh of Channahon, 43-year-old Kimberly Britton of Urbana and 11-year-old Piper Britton of Urbana.


Bean truck rollover blocks Illinois 49

HOMER — A truck carrying soybeans overturned on Illinois 49 early Tuesday, blocking the road in both directions between Ogden and Homer.

Illinois State Police said a commercial vehicle on 49, just south of County Road 1250 N, blew a tire just before 7 a.m. and rolled on its side, spilling beans in the road.


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.


Cobb: 'We cannot arrest our way out of this problem'

CHAMPAIGN — The capture of Rakim Vineyard's killer alone won't solve the city's ongoing violence problem, Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb said.


N.M. police probe other attacks after transients killed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police were investigating whether three teenagers suspected of beating two homeless men to death with cinderblocks, bricks and a metal fence pole were responsible for dozens of other attacks on transients in recent months.


Chicago man dies after police use stun gun

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a 41-year-old man has died after Chicago police used a stun gun while trying to break up a fight.


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