Courts, Police, Fire

Courts, Police, Fire

Illinois Supreme Court upholds hospital tax-exemption law

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois Supreme Court ruling upholding the state's 6-year-old hospital tax-exemption law is being viewed as a win for both nonprofit hospitals and taxing districts, but it remains to be seen how it will play out in the Carle Foundation's pending lawsuit over property taxes in Champaign County.

New landslide kills 21, buries houses in Philippines

NAGA, Philippines (AP) — A massive landslide buried dozens of homes near a central Philippine mountain Thursday, killing at least 21 people and sending rescuers scrambling to find survivors after some sent text messages pleading for help.

Floodwaters inundate lake at N.C. power plant

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike at the facility and inundated a large lake.

AP Fact Check: GOP ad misleads on McCaskill immigration vote

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican political action committee has launched a television ad that alleges Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri shifted her stance on immigration policy and supported a reprieve for 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally.

Four wounded in Chicago shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a baby and a 13-year-old girl are among four people wounded in a shooting following an apparent argument between people in two vehicles.

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death.

3 children waiting for bus hurt by lightning

ROUND LAKE HEIGHTS (AP) — Officials say three middle school students were injured by a lightning strike near a school bus stop in Chicago's northern suburbs.

The lightning strike happened about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Round Lake Heights as a wave of thunderstorms moved across the area.

Taiwan tracing U.S. gun company owner accused of sex with girl

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan said Thursday it is looking for the owner of a Texas company that sells blueprints to make untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted on an arrest warrant tied to an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.

GOP warns time running out for Kavanaugh's accuser to talk

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are warning that time is running out for Brett Kavanaugh's accuser to tell Congress about her claim he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, even as President Donald Trump called the woman's allegation hard to believe in one of the GOP's sharpest attacks on her credibility.

UPDATE: 3 killed in Maryland shooting; suspect in critical condition

UPDATED AT 12:40 P.M.

ABDERDEEN, Md. (AP) — Three people were killed Thursday morning in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland, officials said.