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Illinois man convicted in 2018 booby trap shotgun slaying

  JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man who rigged a shotgun to a rope attached to the door of a shed on his property in 2018 has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of another man who tried to enter. A Union County jury convicted William Wasmund, 48, Thursday of both

Illinois lawsuit filed against top e-cigarette maker

  CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois teenager who fell ill with a lung disease after vaping for over a year has sued a leading e-cigarette maker. Attorneys filed the lawsuit Friday in Lake County Circuit Court on behalf of 18-year-old Adam Hergenreder. The 85-page suit says Juul Labs deliberately

Firefighters Help Control Chemical Spill at Water Plant

MENDOTA- The Mendota Fire Department and EMS were called to the water plant by Lake Mendota at noon on Friday for a reported chemical spill. Personnel stated they had a barrel that contained liquid permanganate, an oxidizer, that is used in the water treatment process leaking. Carus Chemical

Lawyers: Hastert trying to take back sexual-abuse admissions

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has sought to retract key admissions he made during his federal criminal case years ago that he sexually abused a then-high school student, a filing in an ongoing civil case alleges. The document filed by lawyers for the accuser cites a

R. Kelly a no-show in court on Minnesota solicitation charge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Singer R. Kelly was a no-show for an initial court appearance in a Minnesota case in which he is accused of offering a 17-year-old girl $200 to take off her clothes and dance in 2001. Kelly, who is jailed in Chicago on sexual abuse and other counts, was charged in Minnesota