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  • Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

    BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013.
    NEW: Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:44 am
  • Cubans hope for better future with U.S.-Havana deal

    HAVANA (AP) — Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expa ...
    NEW: Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:39 am
  • Suburban Chicago man and former tutor arrested in child porn case

    PARK RIDGE — Authorities in Cook County say they've arrested a suburban Chicago man who once worked as a tutor for middle school and high school stude ...
    NEW: Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:35 am
  • Firefighters rescue special needs boy from Rockford home fire, chief says

    ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Rockford firefighters have rescued a 14-year-old boy who they found hiding in the basement under a sheet during a home fire.
    NEW: Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:29 am
  • Illinois brothers plead guilty to U.S. tax fraud

    PEORIA — Two Illinois brothers have pleaded guilty in what federal authorities say was a $6.1 million tax fraud scheme.
    NEW: Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:25 am
  • Kraft Foods CEO Tony Vernon to retire; Chairman John Cahill named successor

    NORTHFIELD — Kraft Foods Group Inc. says that CEO Tony Vernon plans to retire later this month. The company named Chairman John Cahill as his successo ...
    NEW: Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:22 am
  • MCC to offer phlebotomy technician training

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Training to become a phlebotomy technician – a health care professional who collects, transports, handles and processes blood and other ...
    NEW: Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:19 am
  • Abused kids die as officials fail to protect

    BUTTE, Montana – At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities – many of ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • MCC to offer CPR training for health care providers

    CRYSTAL LAKE – CPR training for health care providers will be available each month starting in January at McHenry County College.
    UPDATED: Dec. 18, 2014 - 9:18 am
  • McConnell wants to stop coal rules

    WASHINGTON – Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama’s coal plant ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • U.S., Cuba patch torn relations

    WASHINGTON – After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shi ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:48 pm
  • New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

    ALBANY, N.Y. – Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say ar ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • Trial set for Waukegan mother accused of murder

    WAUKEGAN – A trial has been set in March for a Waukegan mother accused of killing her 11-year-old daughter.
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:29 pm
  • Police: Intoxicated Illinois parents smother baby

    BELLEVILLE – Authorities have charged two Swansea parents who they say rolled on and killed their newborn baby while asleep in bed.
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:30 pm
  • Fourteen charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

    BOSTON – Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:31 pm
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