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3 killed, thousands without power in Northwest windstorm

SEATTLE (AP) — Cleanup began Wednesday in Washington state after a powerful storm killed three people, cut power to more than 300,000 residents and flooded rivers.

Police said a woman in her 50s was killed Tuesday when a tree toppled in Spokane. Another woman died after a tree fell on her car on Highway 904 about 15 miles southwest of Spokane, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Chicago says pension overhaul delivers benefits despite cuts

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Lawyers attempted to convince the Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday that Chicago's plan to save its pension program from insolvency does not violate the state Constitution's protection against reduced benefits because it ensures there will be, for decades to come, money to keep those checks moving.

'I looked down and there was a knife sticking out'

URBANA — Megan Stauffer said she was headed home from work on a Friday evening a year ago when an ex-boyfriend asked her for a ride to his friend's disabled car. No good deed goes unpunished.

Updated: Police release images of suspect in bank robbery in Danville

DANVILLE — Danville police are searching for a suspect in an apparent armed robbery of a bank in downtown Danville.

Police received an alarm indicating a holdup at First Midwest Bank, 27 N. Vermilion St., shortly before 10 a.m. When officers arrived at the scene, they learned a robbery had occurred, and the suspect left on foot.

Updated: French hunt 2nd fugitive, launch new airstrikes on IS

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Rantoul man faces several charges after police chase

URBANA — A Rantoul man who allegedly stole a car in that village, crashed into a parked truck, and ran from police has been charged with several crimes, including possessing weapons and drugs.

North Chicago settles Taser death lawsuit for $3 million

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — The city of North Chicago has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died after police officers beat and shocked him repeatedly with a Taser.

Officials: 4 passengers removed from Chicago-bound plane in Baltimore

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Four people were removed from a Chicago-bound flight at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Tuesday morning after a passenger reported suspicious behavior as the plane taxied to the runway, officials said.

Minneapolis mayor seeks federal investigation into shooting

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One arrested, one at large in Urbana home invasion

URBANA - One man is in custody and another at large following an early-morning home invasion in Urbana and a police chase that went on about 15 minutes before ending in northwest Champaign.

Urbana police Sgt. Cory Koker said officers were sent to a home in the 1200 block of West Hill Street at 1:12 a.m. Tuesday for an unknown problem.