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'That's the lifestyle he chose': Urbana man gets 11 years

URBANA — An Urbana man who a judge said chose the lifestyle of drug dealing was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison for armed violence.

Champaign man turns himself in on weapons charge at court

URBANA — A Champaign man wanted for shooting at another man in October walked into a Champaign County courtroom on his own earlier this week.

Kevin Cooper Jr., 26, who listed an address in the 900 block of Kara Drive, turned himself in during arraignment court Monday on a charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Champaign teen gets juvenile prison in attack, robbery of UI student

URBANA — A 17-year-old Champaign boy who took part in an attack and robbery of a University of Illinois student from China in September has been sentenced to the juvenile penitentiary.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis on Wednesday said the teen, who was on probation for aggravated battery at the time of the Sept. 27 robbery, was beyond the control of his family.

State police increase patrols over holiday weekend

DES PLAINES (AP) — The Illinois State Police is warning drivers to use extra caution on the roadways this holiday season.

Authorities say they're stepping up enforcement starting Wednesday. They'll have extra officers patrolling Illinois interstates and roadside safety checks. Extra patrols will focus on stopping people who are driving under the influence, speeding or distracted.

Government wants most phone apps locked out for drivers

DETROIT (AP) — The government wants smartphone makers to lock out most apps when the phone is being used by someone driving a car.

The voluntary guidelines unveiled Wednesday are designed to reduce crashes caused by drivers distracted by phones. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also wants automakers to make infotainment systems easy to pair with smartphones.

Kansas waterslide where boy died to be demolished

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 168-foot-tall Kansas waterslide on which a state lawmaker's 10-year-old son was killed last summer will be demolished once the unfolding investigation of the tragedy is finished, the water park's operators said.

DeKalb man gets 63 years for child sexual assault

SYCAMORE (AP) — A northern Illinois man convicted of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl has been sentenced to 63 years in prison.

The sentence means that 37-year-old Jeremiah Riggs of DeKalb will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. He was convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault and has been in jail since he was arrested in 2013.

AP Explains: 5 Trump business ties that pose conflicts

NEW YORK (AP) — After Ivanka Trump appeared on CBS's "60 Minutes" wearing a $10,800 bracelet from her jewelry line, someone at her company sent photos from the interview to fashion writers to drum up free publicity. A firestorm of criticism erupted over the impropriety of profiting off the presidency, and the company apologized.

If only the bracelet brouhaha was the end of it.

Police don't believe Detroit officer shooting was ambush

DETROIT (AP) — A police officer is in critical condition after he was shot in the head while on patrol near a university campus in Detroit, but authorities said Wednesday he was probably not ambushed.

Judge happy to be heading home to new position

SULLIVAN — Dan Flannell joked that when his "dream job" of being the University of Illinois athletic director went to someone else, he was happy to accept a position that allowed him to stay in his hometown while still making a major contribution.