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Man who shot ex-NFL player charged with manslaughter

HARVEY, La. (AP) — The man who fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight has been arrested and jailed on a charge of manslaughter.

Ronald Gasser, 54, was arrested late Monday, after initially being released last week without charges pending further investigation, jail records show.

Fake news rings alarm bells from restaurant to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bizarre rumors began with a leaked email referring to Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of pizza parties. It morphed into fake online news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats operating out of a Washington, D.C., restaurant.

Officers share their thoughts on Champaign police review board

CHAMPAIGN — Two police officers on the working committee for a citizen police review board shared their profession-informed perspectives on having the additional review process when the group met on Monday.

UI professor upset by police visit to his classroom

URBANA — A hunt for a stolen cellphone at the University of Illinois has triggered a debate about when campus police can enter a classroom.

The Oct. 10 incident has been magnified by tensions over police treatment of minorities across the country as well as racial incidents reported during the presidential campaign and its aftermath.

Judge rules Cosby's 2006 testimony admissible in new case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Damaging testimony that Bill Cosby gave in an accuser's lawsuit, including admissions that he gave young women drugs and alcohol before sex, can be used at his sex-assault trial, a judge ruled Monday.

Murder trial over 1990 death pushed back to April

MONTICELLO — The upcoming murder trial of a Piatt County man has been moved from Jan. 3 to April 3.

Judge Karle Koritz granted the request filed by the attorneys of Gregory J. Houser of Mansfield at a hearing Monday at the Piatt County Courthouse.

UI Research Park director gets court supervision for DUI

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois Research Park Director Laura Frerichs was sentenced to 12 months of court supervision for driving under the influence of alcohol last summer in Champaign.

Arbitrator's ruling on Champaign officer's firing expected this month

An attorney representing former Champaign police officer Matt Rush said an arbitrator's ruling on one peg of his dismissal is expected before Christmas.

UPDATE: Oak Forest man dies in crash on I-57

New 10:32 a.m. Monday:

At one least one victim remains hospitalized from Sunday night's fatal crash on Interstate 57 northwest of Champaign that involved three vehicles.

Twenty-nine year-old Tierra Boylan of Chicago is in fair condition, while the condition of others who were taken to the hospital, including if they are still there, are not yet known.

Death toll from Oakland fire rises to 36

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire has grown to 36 and authorities say they expect the number to rise when they resume work later Monday following a temporary work stoppage. A wall is leaning inward, posing a safety hazard to those who have been searching the building that erupted in fire Friday night.