Keystone pipeline leak days before Nebraska expansion ruling

Posted on November 17, 2017

By JAMES NORD PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Keystone pipeline has leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in rural South Dakota but officials don't believe it has polluted water. The pipeline operator, TransCanada Corp., says it has shut down the system and the state has sent an inspector to the site near the border with North Dakota. According to U.S. government data, there have been 17 oil leaks in the U.S. larger than the new spill since 2010. But it comes ...

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Residents demand tough permit for NW Indiana coke plant

Posted on November 17, 2017

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) - Environmentalists and residents who live near an industrial plant in northwestern Indiana are urging state regulators to include tough compliance requirements in the plant's proposed air permit. They voiced their concerns during a Wednesday public hearing and urged state officials weighing the permit sought by the Indiana Harbor Coke Company to ensure it includes a strict compliance schedule to protect the public ...

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House OKs renaming post office for man killed in Afghanistan

Posted on November 17, 2017

FAIRVIEW, Ill. (AP) - Lawmakers in the U.S. House have approved a measure to name a western Illinois post office in honor of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan. U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos sponsored the legislation to rename the facility in Fairview the Sergeant Douglas J. Riney Post Office. Riney graduated from Spoon River Valley High School and volunteered with the Fairview Fire Protection Unit before he joined the Army in 2012. The husband ...

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Chicago-area man who strangled wife sentenced to 30 years

Posted on November 17, 2017

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in the strangulation death of his wife. The Will County State's Attorney's office says in a news release that 29-year-old Cesar Garcia of Crest Hill was sentenced Thursday. Garcia pleaded guilty in August to first-degree murder in the 2015 death of 22-year-old Laura Garcia. Police were conducting a well-being check at Laura Garcia's apartment when they discove...

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Police: 2 teens dead, 1 wounded in shooting at Chicago home

Posted on November 17, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say two teenagers were fatally shot and a third was wounded during an apparent home invasion. They were inside a home Thursday evening in the city's Austin neighborhood when police say someone came in, demanded property and shot them. Police say two boys about 15 or 16 years old were pronounced dead. One was shot in the back and the other was shot in the head. Police say a 14-year-old girl was wounded in a leg. S...

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Lawsuit on immigration law dropped, to be filed federally

Posted on November 10, 2017

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) - Attorneys for a Mexican immigrant suing a sheriff's office over alleged violations of Illinois' new immigration law are withdrawing a county lawsuit and pursing it in federal court. The law limits cooperation between local and federal immigration authorities. Attorneys for Niceforo Macedo-Hernandez of Crystal Lake say the McHenry County sheriff's office violated the law by holding him on an Immigration and Customs and ...

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Illinois man charged with murder in sister-in-law’s death

Posted on November 10, 2017

HENNEPIN, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois man has been charged with murder in the death of his sister-in-law, who went missing and whose body was found in a shallow grave. Clifford Andersen of Standard in north-central Illinois previously pleaded not guilty to charges of felony concealment of a homicidal death after police found 62-year-old Deborah Dewey's body in September 2016. She was last seen that August in Spring Valley. On Thursday a Putnam ...

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5 charged with murder in 3 separate Rockford shootings

Posted on November 10, 2017

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say they've charged five people with first-degree murder in three separate shootings in the Northern Illinois community of Rockford. The (Rockford) Register Star reports that Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato announced the charges on Thursday. Twenty-nine-year-old Terrick T. Mackey was charged in the January 2015 slayings of a man whose body was found lying in a street and a woman found dead in a ...

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The Latest: Rauner downplays legislative veto defeats

Posted on November 10, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on legislative action in Springfield (all times local): 3 p.m. Gov. Bruce Rauner is downplaying defeats in the just-ended legislative session where lawmakers voted to nix most of the Rauner vetoes they attempted to override. The Republican told reporters Thursday that it doesn't signal a defection by GOP lawmakers a year before Rauner faces re-election. He says it means "the battle to get a better future for ...

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Wall of 22,000 pills is memorial to opioid overdose victims

Posted on November 10, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - A memorial wall opens to the public in Chicago on Friday that includes 22,000 pills each engraved with the face of someone who died of an opioid overdose. The National Safety Council memorial will be in Chicago through Nov. 16 before making stops in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Ohio and Washington D.C. The nonprofit organization calls the wall "Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis." A machine carves a new ...

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