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6/26/2016 10:43:04 AM
The Illinois Department of Natural Conservation Police continue to investigate a boating accident Friday night in Ogle County on the Rock River the claimed the life of a Rockford woman. 32-year old Megan Wells was pronounced dead at a Rockford hospital following injuries from the incident. The collision took place a short time after 8:30 Friday night on the Rock River, about 3 miles north of Ore...read more

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Henrik Stenson of Sweden plays a tee shot on the 10th hole during the continuation of the weather delayed first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on June 17, 2016 in Oakmont, PennsylvaniaHenrik Stenson sealed a second BMW International Open title in Germany on Sunday, after recovering from a mid-round wobble to win by three shots. The Swede went into the final round with a one-stroke lead from Dane Thorbjorn Olesen, and he finished strongly to reach 17 under par and hold off the chasing pack. It is a 10th European Tour title for a player who is regarded by many peers and pundits as one of the best to have never won a major crown, and a first since his second World Tour Championship win two seasons ago in Dubai.


Lydia Ko of New Zealand jokes while she walks up the fairway on the 18th hole during the second round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, ArkansasNew Zealand's world number one Lydia Ko fired a record-equalling second-round 62 on Saturday to seize a share of the lead with Morgan Pressel at the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship. Pressel posted her low round of the year with a bogey-free eight-under par 63 on the Friday at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. The two go into the final round of the 54-hole event with a two-stroke lead over China's Yan Jing, and Canadian Alena Sharp, who carded 65s,and Taiwan's Candie Kung, who signed for a 66.


A firefighter sprays a smoldering home as the Erskine Fire burns near WeldonBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A massive wildfire burning out of control in the foothills of central California has left at least 150 homes in ruins and damaged another 75, officials said on Saturday, warning that more residents may be forced to flee the advancing flames. The so-called Erskine fire, which broke out on Thursday some 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Bakersfield in Kern County, has already claimed at least two lives, sent three firefighters to the hospital and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. More than 1,100 firefighters have been deployed to battle the blaze, which has blackened some 35,700 acres and was zero percent contained as of Saturday afternoon.


LPGA: KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Final Round(Reuters) - World number one Lydia Ko finished birdie-eagle for a tournament-record tying nine-under-par 62 to charge into a share of the second-round lead with Morgan Pressel at the Arkansas Championship on Saturday. Former major winner Pressel held the clubhouse lead after a bogey-free 63 for a 14-under total of 128 in the 54-hole event at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers before being caught late in the day by the fast-finishing Ko. "I've played well here the past few years and had the opportunity to play here as an amateur," Ko told Golf Channel.


Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, CaliforniaWashington (AFP) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Golden State forward Harrison Barnes have agreed to play for the United States at the Rio Olympics, completing the American roster, ESPN reported Saturday.


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A protester holds up a sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is due on Monday to issue its first major abortion ruling since 2007 against a backdrop of unremitting divisions among Americans on the issue and a decades-long decline in the rate at which women terminate pregnancies. The court's decision on whether a Republican-backed 2013 Texas law placed an undue burden on women exercising their constitutional right to abortion is one of three remaining cases for the court to decide on Monday, the last day of its term. The last time the justices decided a major abortion case was nine years ago when they ruled 5-4 to uphold a federal law banning a late-term abortion procedure.


People take part in the kick off of the annual NYC Pride parade in New York CityBy Elizabeth Barber NEW YORK (Reuters) - Millions of people draped in the rainbow hues of LGBT pride turned out for an annual parade through New York on Sunday, two weeks after a mass shooting in a Florida nightclub stirred fear and solidarity among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. A subdued but angry mood dominated as marchers stepped off at noon near the Empire State Building in midtown Manhattan en route to Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the gay rights movement. The tone this year was in sharp contrast with the joy that emanated from the 2015 pride events, which came days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country.


A burned out truck rests on a roadside after the Erskine Fire burned through Weldon(Reuters) - Firefighters have begun to contain a wildfire in central California, which has killed at least two people and destroyed 150 homes, state fire officials said on Sunday, as six other blazes rage in the state in an already intense wildfire season. The fire known as Erskine, now about 110 miles (180 km) north of Los Angeles, melted steel, exploded structures and reduced homes to ash, Kern County Sheriff's public information officer, Ray Pruitt, told NBC affiliate KCRA news in Sacramento. Erskine has ripped through 36,810 acres - or nearly 60 square miles - and is 10 percent contained, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) public information officer, Daniel Berlant, tweeted.


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