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Pilot, 4 U.S. tourists killed in Australian plane crash

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed into a suburban shopping mall and burst into flames Tuesday, shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

Creeks, rivers top banks after latest California storm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Creeks and rivers topped their banks, hundreds of homes were evacuated and several thousand people found themselves trapped in a rural hamlet as Northern California emerged Tuesday from yet another winter storm.

Austria OKs U.S. extradition for Ukrainian oligarch

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian court on Tuesday approved a U.S. extradition request for a Ukrainian oligarch suspected of paying millions of dollars in bribes to Indian officials.

Police: Newly freed gang member killed California officer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two suburban Los Angeles police officers thought they were helping a driver after a car crash.

Then, authorities say, he pulled a gun.

Whittier Officers Keith Lane Boyer and Patrick Hazell didn't know that the motorist allegedly had killed his cousin hours earlier in neighboring East Los Angeles and stolen his car.

Urbana resolution addresses mental health, safety

URBANA — On Monday, the city council started discussing a resolution addressing the intersections between mental health, criminal justice and public safety.

A Life Remembered: 'She always had a smile on her face'

DANVILLE — Friends and loved ones are remembering a 19-year-old Danville woman who was found in a submerged car in Lake Vermilion early Saturday morning as a caring person who loved to sing and help others.

"She always had a smile on her face," Blessing Lipscomb said of La'Bresha R. Lillard, whom she called her best friend.

No one injured in semi fire on I-74 exit ramp

TILTON — A fire that began on a refrigerated semitrailer's tire led to an exit ramp on westbound Interstate 74 near Tilton being blocked for several hours Monday morning.

Police officer killed while responding to traffic accident

WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — A California police officer was killed and another wounded in a shooting Monday while they were trying to help a man who had been in a traffic accident in Whittier, officials said.

UPDATED: Lake victim ID'd: La'Bresha R. Lillard, 19

DANVILLE — Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden has identified the woman whose body was found inside a vehicle in Lake Vermilion. 

La'Bresha R. Lillard, 19, of Danville was pronounced dead Saturday. An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday, McFadden said.

Cleanup begins at Springfield's old Pillsbury plant

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Work has started to remove asbestos from the long-abandoned former Pillsbury Mills plant in Springfield.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports ( ) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency crews have started a cleanup that's expected to take six months and cost $1.8 million.