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Benton Evening News - Benton, IL
Updated at 8:51 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " San Francisco city leaders unanimously granted landmark status to a tall, slender pine tree that a San Francisco property owner wants to cut down but that neighbors rallied to save. The vote Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors protects a Norfolk pine hybrid that stands in the backyard of a small parcel of private property. The tree's age is in dispute, with proponents saying it was planted more than a century ago and others saying it dates to the 1940s. The...

Updated at 8:47 PM

DETROIT (AP) " Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly Tuesday to advance a $500 million plan to restructure Detroit public schools by creating a new district " a vote intended to ease the concerns of teachers who closed the district for a second...

Updated at 8:46 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) " Authorities and emergency responders were called to Prince's suburban Minneapolis home over the last five years for everything from mundane reports of tripped fire alarms to more serious medical calls, a log released Tuesday...

Updated at 8:42 PM

HONOLULU (AP) " A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Hawaii mother to a month in jail and three months under home confinement for assaulting her 15-month-old daughter on a flight from Alaska. Samantha Leialoha Watanabe declined to speak...

Updated at 8:39 PM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) " An anti-abortion activist intended to intimidate a Wichita physician when she sent a letter suggesting someone might place an explosive under the doctor's car, a Justice Department lawyer told jurors in opening statements in...

Updated at 8:35 PM

CHICAGO (AP) " A new study has found that many competitors on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" leave the show with a slower metabolism, making it more difficult to keep off the pounds. The National Institutes of Health study finds that...

Updated at 8:34 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, has died of an apparent heart attack, authorities said Tuesday. She was...

Updated at 8:29 PM

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) " Republican Gov. Paul LePage, the state's all-time veto champion, has named his new dog Veto. LePage, who has earned renown for exercising his veto pen on bills he didn't like, adopted a Jack Russell terrier mix from a...

Updated at 8:17 PM

DETROIT (AP) " Fiat Chrysler and Google will work together to more than double the size of Google's self-driving vehicle fleet by adding 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The companies announced the agreement on Tuesday, saying that Chrysler...

Updated at 7:55 PM

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) " It took a village and two hours to corral an uncooperative llama named Ethel who escaped from her pasture in rural Colorado and wandered near some busy roadways. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office tweeted a wanted...

Updated at 7:47 PM

BEIRUT (AP) " The Latest on Syria's civil war and the escalating violence in the contested northern city of Aleppo (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Britain and France are calling on the U.N. Security Council to hold an urgent meeting on...

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