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4 arrested after funeral procession gunfire

HILLSIDE (AP) — Authorities in suburban Chicago have taken into custody four people suspected of firing guns from a vehicle during a funeral procession.

'Silence Breakers' named Time's Person of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — The "Silence Breakers" — those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment — have been named Time magazine's Person of the Year.

Meg Makes: Molasses tones down pecan bars' sweetness

The older I get, the more I appreciate holiday treats that aren't too sweet.

So when my mom made these pecan bars for Thanksgiving, I was thrilled to hear she created her own less-sweet recipe. She also used molasses, which, admittedly, is not everyone's favorite flavor. If you'd rather skip it, use more corn syrup in its place.

Illinois Ancestors: FamilySearch lists Illinois mortality schedules

Mortality schedules were first created at the same time the 1850 federal Census was enumerated and consist of lists of people who had died between June 1849 and May 1950. Similarly, mortality schedules were created at the time of the 1860, 1870 and 1880 Censuses, and identified people who had died June 1859 to May 1860, June 1869 to June 1870, and June 1879 to May 1880.

My Amish Home: Making most of a sunny end of November

"Jesus said unto her, 'I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.'" John 11:25-26

This day in history, Dec. 6, 2017

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2017. There are 25 days left in the year.

Area history, Dec. 6, 2017

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Parkland hosting panel on information literacy, press freedom

CHAMPAIGN — A panel discussion on information literacy and press freedom will take place Wednesday afternoon at Parkland College.

Trump science post nominees missing advanced science degrees

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to filling jobs dealing with complex science, environment and health issues, the Trump administration is nominating people with fewer science academic credentials than their Obama predecessors. And it's moving slower as well.