Benton Evening News - Benton, IL
Updated at 5:58 PM

ROME (AP) " Italy's president promised Saturday he'll decide "in the next hours" about who to tap as the next premier, saying the country needs a new government as soon as possible to tackle problems, like troubled banks and quake-struck towns needing reconstruction. Matteo Renzi has been staying on as a caretaker premier following his resignation Dec. 7 after voters rejected his government-backed reforms, ending his nearly three-year center-left coalition. "Our country needs, in...

Updated at 5:54 PM

PELHAM, N.C. (AP) " In today's racially charged environment, there's a label that even the KKK disavows: white supremacy. Standing on a muddy dirt road in the dead of night near the North Carolina-Virginia border, masked Ku Klux Klan...

Updated at 5:48 PM

Spoilers for the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries past this...

Updated at 5:47 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) " Venezuela's socialist government has seized nearly 4 million toys from a private company and says it intends to hand them out as Christmas gifts to poor children this holiday season. The country's fair pricing...

Updated at 5:43 PM

Elana Meyers Taylor and Steven Holcomb are dealing with the same problem. Both want to compete in this season's world bobsled championships, since it this will probably be their final opportunities to do so before retirement. Except, for...

Updated at 5:35 PM

NEW YORK (AP) " The Latest developments on Donald Trump's transition to the presidency (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Donald Trump has met with Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as the incoming president considers his options for secretary...

Updated at 5:33 PM

† The big news today is a report in the Washington Post that the CIA has concluded that Russia deliberately tried to help elect Donald Trump as president of the United States. The potential implications of this stuff are far-reaching, to put it...

Updated at 5:31 PM

STOCKHOLM (AP) " Patti Smith needed two attempts to get through Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday. The American singer-songwriter forgot the lyrics in the second verse and had to...

Updated at 5:00 PM

MARSEILLE, France (AP) " Former Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the ice dance at the Grand Prix Final on Saturday, clinching the elusive title for the first time in their comeback year. Leading overnight after the short...

Updated at 4:56 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " Donald Trump's presidential transition team on Saturday challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence assessments concluding that Russia was trying to tip the November election to the Republican. A senior U.S. official said...

Updated at 4:48 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) " To set foot in the Ghost Ship on a party night was to pass through the industrial facade of an old warehouse and enter an exotic world glowing with rainbow lanterns, guarded by figures of Asian deities and pulsing with a...

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