March 12, 2013

Colorado Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea For Holmes

A bearded and bushy-haired James Holmes sat quietly as a packed courtroom waited Tuesday for a plea that could help shed light on a deadly shooting rampage he is accused of going on in a crowded Colorado movie theater last summer.

March 12, 2013

Fracking Opponents Rally at Illinois Statehouse

Dozens of environmentalists and land owners are meeting with lawmakers in Springfield hoping to persuade them to temporarily ban high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.

Cardinals begin their conclave to choose next pope.
(Valdrin Xhemaj /EPA /LANDOV)
March 12, 2013

The Smoke is Black: No Pope After Cardinals’ First Vote

Update at 2:43 p.m. ET. No Pope Today: Black smoke just poured from the chimney above the Vatican. That means, as was expected, the cardinals did not choose a pope on the first vote of their conclave to name a successor to the now-retired Pope Benedict XVI.

gun shop
(Keith Srakocic/AP)
March 12, 2013

Senate Panel OKs Dems Gun Background Check Bill

A divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved a Democratic bill Tuesday expanding required federal background checks to nearly all gun purchases, giving President Barack Obama an early victory on curbing gun violence in a fight that still faces difficult odds.

Homer Village Board considers mining contract
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
March 12, 2013

Homer Board Reverses February Vote for Coal Mine

A month after trustees in Homer rejected a water contract for a proposed coal mine, trustees have reconsidered and approved the plan with Sunrise Coal on a 4-3 vote.

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