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AP Exclusive: 4 in 5 Illinois debris sites high in toxins

SPRINGFIELD – Four in five Illinois quarries that backfill with concrete and other demolition waste show higher-than-acceptable levels of toxins, according to state sampling results obtained by The Associated Press. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency testing last spring produced levels exceeding allowable limits of arsenic, [...]

Jesse Jackson’s life shaped by many roles

CHICAGO – For more than 50 years, the Rev. Jesse Jackson has been in the public eye as an activist, a two-time presidential candidate and a guiding force in the modern civil rights movement. Jackson, 76, disclosed on Friday that he’s been treated for Parkinson’s disease for the past two years, leaving unclear what role he will pla [...]

Zimbabwe president defies mounting pressure to leave office

HARARE, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe defied calls to quit Sunday, saying he will preside over a ruling party congress in December in an announcement that could trigger impeachment proceedings this week and more protests demanding his ouster. The Central Committee of the ruling ZANU-PF party voted to dismiss Mugabe [...]

Many Christian conservatives are backing Alabama's Roy Moore

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama’s Christian conservatives see Roy Moore as their champion. He has battled federal judges and castigated liberals, big government, gun control, Muslims, homosexuality and anything else that doesn’t fit the evangelical mold. The Republican Senate candidate has long stood with them, and now, as he faces acc [...]

102-year-old survivor reunites with newly discovered nephew

KFAR SABA, Israel – Eliahu Pietruszka shuffled his 102-year-old body through the lobby of his retirement home toward a stranger he had never met and collapsed into him in a teary embrace. Then he kissed both cheeks of his visitor and in a frail, squeaky voice began blurting out greetings in Russian, a language he hadn’t spoken in decades. [...]