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Clapton guitar auctioned for $45,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 4:00pm

A guitar owned by British singer-songwriter Eric Clapton has sold at auction for $45,000 and the proceeds will be used to pay the medical bills of a well-known Texas musician whose wife recently died of leukemia.

Construction at NIU stalled by state budget ready to resume

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 3:01pm

Northern Illinois University has been given approval to resume work on a $27.4 million project that came to a halt amid the state's budget crisis.

Security concern causes flight to divert to Portland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 2:40pm

Officials with regional carrier Compass Airlines say a flight from Seattle to San Diego landed in Portland because of an unverified threat.

Report says prison spending outpacing education budget

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 2:00pm

The U.S. Department of Education has found that Maryland's spending on prisons is growing at a rate that's twice as fast as spending on education.

FAA cites Allegiant Air for 'minor' infractions after audit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 1:40pm

The Federal Aviation Administration has cited Allegiant Air for a series of minor procedural infractions discovered during a three-month audit.

Detroit to inspect basements damaged by backed up sewers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 1:40pm

City inspectors will visit homes on Detroit's east side to check for damage to basements and public health issues from backed up sewers during a July 8 rain storm.

ACLU praises new Illinois limits on cellphone surveillance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 12:40pm

A new Illinois law limits how police can use devices that cast a wide net in gathering cellphone data and are at the center of a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department.

Idaho dairy faces fines after worker death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 12:10pm

Federal officials have fined a south-central Idaho dairy for the death of a worker who drowned in a waste pond earlier this year.

Lawmakers weigh lottery bill odds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 10:51am

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said lawmakers are being polled about support for lottery legislation as the governor mulls a possible special session.

Oil company expands drilling at Indiana State University

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 10:30am

A company is expanding its search for oil deposits on Indiana State University property.

European grocery store giants complete $29 billion tie up

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 9:31am

The owner of Stop & Shop and Giant and the parent company of Food Lion completed their $29 billion combination after receiving regulatory clearance by the Federal Trade Commission.

Dayton school board opts against tax levy for fall ballot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 9:20am

Voters in Dayton will see just one tax levy on their ballots this fall after the city's school board dropped a proposed property tax levy.

US 61 to bypass Mediapolis, draws safety concerns

Julia Shumway, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 8:30am

Just north of Burlington, U.S. 61 becomes decidedly more rural. As tree canopies fade into farmland, the highway narrows to two lanes.

Solar projects can't save the forest for the trees?

Frank Eltman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 7:50am

A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red.

Merkel pledges that security services 'will do everything possible to protect the security and freedom of everyone'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 6:50am

Merkel pledges that security services 'will do everything possible to protect the security and freedom of everyone'

Kellogg Community College expands technology center

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 2:20am

The Kellogg Community College Regional Manufacturing Technology Center's $2.75 million addition is expected to be ready for the fall semester.

15 die after bus overturns in north Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 12:30am

Iran's state TV is reporting that 15 people have died after their bus crashed into a high-voltage electricity pylon and overturned in the north of the country.

'Low-cost' health insurance plan can carry high-risk costs

Steve Twedt-Gazette, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 11:10pm

Richard Sankovich is not happy about the $6,035 invoice he recently got from West Penn Hospital for what turned out to be a pulled stomach muscle, but his experience likely says more about the risks of buying a low-cost health plan than it does about high hospital costs.

Unbeaten Enola Gray romps to 7 3/4-length win at Del Mar

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 9:30pm

Unbeaten Enola Gray romped to a 7 3/4-length victory Friday in the $150,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies.