Courts, Police, Fire

Courts, Police, Fire

Trump says FBI was 'plotting against my election'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump disputed findings by the Justice Department on Friday that former FBI Director James Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe was not politically motivated, declaring that the FBI was biased "at the top level" and "plotting against my election."

6 injured when Florida roller coaster derails

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two roller coaster riders fell 34 feet (10 meters) when their car derailed and was left dangling from the track, and firefighters used ladders to pull eight others to safety high above the Daytona Beach Boardwalk.

"The front car which was holding four passengers completely came off the tracks," said Daytona Beach Fire spokeswoman Sasha Staton.

Concerns raised over 3 deaths in 2 police shootings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police shot and killed two men who were fighting in a downtown square, less than an hour after city officers fatally shot a woman reportedly seen brandishing a sword, raising concerns about police tactics and how the investigations will be handled.

Michigan girl, 12, fatally shot during Chicago visit

CHICAGO (AP) — A 12-year-old Michigan girl spending the summer in Chicago was fatally shot, just a few hours after attending a cousin's eighth-grade graduation, police and family members said.

Odor at county morgue prompting calls for upgrades

GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — The odor of decomposing bodies has renewed calls to replace a county morgue in northern Illinois.

AT&T, Time Warner close merger 2 days after judge's OK

WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T has completed its $81 billion takeover of Time Warner, one of the biggest media deals ever. A federal judge approved the combination just two days earlier over objections by the Trump Justice Department that it would hurt consumers.

Trump says he won't sign 'moderate' GOP immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he would not sign a "moderate" immigration bill being finalized by House Republicans, igniting confusion on Capitol Hill over a GOP bill that Trump's allies believed had his support.

CU Fresh Start's fourth 'call-in' group has six members

CHAMPAIGN — At the community's fourth CU Fresh Start "call-in" intervention to stop local gun violence, facilitator Tracy Parsons acknowledged that the program continues trying to find its footing.

Woman who saw officer-involved shooting recalls Danville man she considered a brother

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated a knife was involved in the incident. The News-Gazette regrets the error.


UI football players referred to second-chance program in statue theft

URBANA — Two University of Illinois football players who admitted they took a steel sculpture from a Champaign park in late April have been given a chance to avoid a conviction on their records.

James Marchese, 21, and Drew Murtaugh, 20, both of the 500 block of South Second Street, were referred Thursday to the county's felony second-chance program.