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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.

Dylann Roof allowed to hire lawyers back, for now

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday allowed a white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church to hire back his lawyers, at least for the first phase of his trial.

Pro boxer dies following shooting in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Managers say a professional boxer from Chicago has died after he was shot in the head while returning from a midnight workout.

Ed "Bad Boy" Brown was shot early Saturday as he sat in a car in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood. Manager Michael Cericola tells WGN-TV that the 25-year-old Brown died in a hospital Sunday afternoon.

Police: Fake news story led gunman to D.C. pizzeria

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fake news story prompted a man to fire a rifle at a popular Washington, D.C., pizza place as he attempted to "self-investigate" a conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring from there, police said.

Civilian police board prepares for proposal

CHAMPAIGN — Members of the civilian police review board working committee are feeling positive about their last meetings before proposing the Champaign Police Department initiative to city council in January.

UI's tie to PTI could be severed

With construction under way on a state-of-the-art police training academy in Decatur, many in the community are wondering what will happen to the University of Illinois Police Training Institute on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

The answer for now: a resounding don't know.

'Tears of happiness' for safe return of missing Rantoul boys

RANTOUL — The parents of a pair of Rantoul boys who were missing for about 18 hours Friday and Saturday were “overjoyed” when the boys were found safe late Saturday morning.

Accused murderer pleads guilty to lesser charge

URBANA — A 25-year-old Champaign man whose murder conviction was set aside more than a year ago based on a prosecutorial error has pleaded guilty to armed robbery in that same case.

Demarco Taylor was to have been retried starting Monday in the Dec. 19, 2008, murder of James Ellis, 34, who was fatally shot inside a garage made into an apartment on Joanne Lane in Champaign.

Champaign woman charged with ID theft

URBANA — A Champaign woman acting as a caretaker for a disabled woman with cancer has been criminally charged with stealing the woman's identity.

Rozjolei J. Jackson, 23, who listed an address in the 1600 bloc of Valley Road, was arraigned Friday for aggravated identity theft, a Class 2 felony.

Paxton B&B owner: 'The fix was in'

PAXTON — The owner of the TimberCreek Bed-and-Breakfast near Paxton, which is facing $80,000 in fines and other sanctions for violating the civil rights of a same-sex couple from Tuscola, said he finds it "a very strange coincidence" that two of the three commissioners who were tasked with reviewing his case for the Illinois Human Rights Commission happen to be either "LGBT activists or openly