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'Timid' black bear sighted again, this time in Mount Morris

A black bear passed by an Illinois nursing home, strolled through a small town, rested in a tree and visited a youth camp Wednesday. The sightings southwest of Rockford were the latest this month as the nomadic creature — and officials believe it’s just one — continues making its way through the …

Northwestern Law sued after expelling felon

A few months before graduation day for a program geared toward international lawyers, Northwestern University School of Law made a discovery that a prestigious institution of legal education might prefer to avoid — that one of its students was a felon famous in Texas for falsely portraying himself …

Lake County lieutenant demoted, not fired as sheriff sought

A Lake County sheriff's lieutenant under fire for insubordination and misuse of county electronic devices will keep his job despite his boss's attempt to fire him — but will be demoted under a disciplinary ruling issued by a quasi-judicial commission Wednesday.<p>Scott Morrison, the former lieutenant …

Kirk blasts new VA directive

Sen. Mark Kirk blasted a new directive from the acting head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday that requires veterans health officials to regularly review clinic scheduling practices, saying those responsible for the problems shouldn't conduct the inspections.<p>Kirk said …

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New details on the death of a family from Iowa vacationing in Mexico<p>Toxic gases blamed for American family death in Mexico<p>French police officer …