Web service outage cripples numerous internet sites

Amazon Web Services suffered a major outage Tuesday, the company said, limiting service at many key and popular sites. The company provides cloud computing services to many governments, universities and companies, including The Associated Press. Problems began midmorning on the U.S. East Coast and continued late into the day Tuesday. Amazon said in a post…Read more…

Mom of dead Illinois State student hires prominent attorney

CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of an Illinois State University graduate student who vanished in August and was later found dead in a river has hired a prominent civil rights attorney to investigate the Black man’s death. A coroner determined in October that Jelania Day died from drowning, but said it was unclear how the…Read more…

BP agrees to $500K penalty, soot limits at Indiana refinery

Oil giant BP has agreed to pay a $512,450 penalty and reduce soot emissions from its Whiting refinery in Indiana. The company reached a consent agreement Thursday with regulators and activists who accused the company of violating an earlier deal. The sprawling facility is on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. Its high-temperature processing units…Read more…

Feds: Track coach tricked women into sending him nude photos

BOSTON (AP) — A former college track and field coach accused of setting up sham social media and email accounts in an attempt to trick female athletes into sending him nude or semi-nude photos of themselves has been indicted on 15 counts. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that 28-year-old Steve Waithe, 28, of Chicago, was indicted…Read more…

State to release nearly $100 mil for Ill. airports

SPRINGFIELD, Ill — Governor JB Pritzker announced Wednesday $94 million in funding to improve public airports throughout Illinois. The money represents the largest capital investment program for airports in state history says the governor, providing funding to locations statewide. The funding unlocks $11 and a half million dollars in local contributions as well. The 96…Read more…

Suburban Chicago police fatally shoot armed man firing guns

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Suburban Chicago police say officers fatally shot an armed man early Thursday after he refused to comply with officers’ orders as he walked toward them while firing two handguns. Buffalo Grove police say the man called 911 and when officers arrived about 12:30 a.m. he was firing two handguns and…Read more…

Second Centralia man sentenced in double shooting

CLINTON COUNTY — A 20-year-old Centralia man was sentenced Wednesday to 24-months probation in Clinton County Court to the lesser of five felonies stemming from a double shooting incident earlier this year on Centralia’s west side. Dalton Garrison was also fined $1,000 plus assessments. He was given credit for 256 days served in the Clinton…Read more…

Justices signal they’ll OK new abortion limits, may toss Roe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority is signaling it will uphold Mississippi’s 15-week ban on abortion — and may go much further to overturn the nationwide right to abortion that has existed for nearly 50 years.   After nearly two hours of arguments on Wednesday, all six conservative justices, including three appointed by…Read more…

Shots fired through Chicago hospital’s windows, no injuries

CHICAGO (AP) — Gunshots fired from cars outside a Chicago hospital entered windows on the hospital’s third and fourth floors Monday morning, but police say no one was injured. Chicago police said the gunfire about 7 a.m. came from people shooting from inside cars during an altercation outside Saint Anthony Hospital and that bullets entered…Read more…

Three clerks cited in Centralia alcohol compliance check

CENTRALIA — Three clerks received citations Wednesday after allegedly selling alcohol to minors during a local alcohol compliance check. According to Centralia Police Chief Greg Dodson, seven local package retailers were checked and three retailers sold alcohol to the youth buyer, Lincoln Liquor Mart, Midtown Liquors and Circle K. The clerks who sold the alcohol…Read more…

Deere Q4 profit jumps 69% despite strike and supply problems

Deere & Co. said its fiscal fourth-quarter profit jumped 69% on strong sales of its agricultural and construction equipment despite a monthlong strike that began near the end of the period. The Moline, Illinois-based company said Wednesday that it earned $1.28 billion, or $4.12 per share, in the quarter that ended Nov. 1. The results…Read more…

Wisconsin authorities identify body found 13 years ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities have identified the body of a woman found in Wisconsin 13 years ago, but are still investigating how she died. The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office says they had used DNA samples and dental X-rays from the body, found in a creek in 2008, to identify the dead woman as…Read more…

The Santa experience this year is a mix of laps, distancing

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa is back this year, but he’s asking people to be cautious as he continues to tiptoe through the pandemic. There are fewer available Santas this year, which means some are busier than ever. Where it’s allowed, some malls and big-box stores are offering Santa’s guests a choice of full contact…Read more…

Suburban Chicago man to plead guilty to Jan. 6 Capitol riot

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man is scheduled to plead guilty next month to a misdemeanor charge of taking part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Citing federal court records, the Chicago Tribune reports that 27-year-old Mark Kulas Jr., of Lake Forest is charged with “parading, demonstrating or picketing in a…Read more…