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In this April 13, 2015 photo, Illinois state Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, speaks at a news conference in Benton, Ill. Bryant has proposed a bill that would criminalize posting videos of fights to social media. Her proposal is prompting concerns that it could infringe on people’s freedom of speech rights. (Byron Hetzler/The Southern via AP)

Bill: Recording Fights a Crime

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Springfield, Ill. — The video posted on Facebook showed a 12-year-old on the ground while another boy tried to stomp him, with classmates standing by, circling the two and recording the fight on their phones. Neither boy was seriously hurt, but Republican Rep. Terri Bryant, of Murphysboro, Ill., was so disturbed by the spectators’ behavior that she’s proposed a bill …

Study: Zika Tied to Major Eye Defects in Babies

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Some Brazilian babies born with birth defects linked to Zika virus also have severe eye problems in addition to brain damage, doctors reported Tuesday. The doctors found eye damage in more than one-third of babies they studied in December at a hospital in Salvador, Brazil’s third largest city. The babies all were born with a rare condition known as microcephaly, which results in …

New Players Bid for Wireless Airwaves

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Washington — Venture capital and other investment firms have been positioning themselves to enter a major auction of wireless airwaves this spring that is expected to reshape the nation’s communications networks, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. At least one local firm, Alexandria, Va.-based Columbia Capital, intends to bid on the valuable frequencies used to carry mobile voice and data, said …

‘Human Error’ in German Crash

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Munich — The head-on collision of two commuter trains in southern Germany that left 10 people dead and dozens injured Tuesday was caused by “human error,” a source close to the investigation told dpa of the initial findings. …

US Army study: Iraq’s Mosul dam at ‘higher risk’ of failure

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

U.S. Army Study: Iraq’s Mosul Dam At ‘Higher Risk’ of Failure Baghdad — Iraq’s Mosul Dam has long been branded the world’s most dangerous dam, at risk of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That …

Syria Teeters On Verge of Catastrophe

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Suddenly, after four years of brutal civil war, Syria this week became even more of an uncontrollable military, diplomatic and humanitarian disaster. “We are not blind to what is happening,” Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday as he prepared for a meeting in Munich of stakeholders …

Court Puts Hold on Clean Power Plan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Washington — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory …

Fla. Man Accused Of Throwing Gator

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

West Palm Beach, Fla. — A Jupiter, Fla., man is out on bail after an arrest that only could happen in Florida made him the subject of viral attention Monday and Tuesday: throwing an alligator through a Wendy’s drive-thru window. Joshua James, 24, is charged with aggravated assault …

Clinton Falls To Sanders in N.H.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Concord — Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a decisive victory in Tuesday’s New Hampshire presidential primary, embarrassing Hillary Clinton in a state she won eight years ago and upending the Democratic nominating contest. Sanders’ win next door to his home state of Vermont, which Clinton conceded at 8 p.m. …

Death Shines Light on Police Code of Silence

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Chicago — For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend …

Task Force: Screen Adolescents for Depression Too, Says Federal Panel

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place either to diagnose, treat and monitor those who screen positive or …

Saudi Troops Met With Uncertainty

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom’s growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East. A …

Lawsuits Filed Over Flint Water

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Detroit — One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for Flint residents who unwittingly drank toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires’ disease. While government officials scramble to rid Flint’s tap water …