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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is returning early from a vacation outside the country to visit areas damaged by floods. He plans to spend the next several days in central and southern Illinois, where severe weather has led to flooding and seven deaths. Rauner has issued a disaster proclamation for seven counties, where about 7 inches of rain fell between Dec. 23 and 28.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago police officers will undergo training to make encounters with citizens "less confrontational and more conversational." He says officers "must be better trained to distinguish between when they can use a gun and when they should use a gun. There have been protests and complaints that police are too quick to fire their weapons.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — A Mexican immigration official says the mother of the Texas teenager known for using an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving accident has been deported to the U.S. But a temporary injunction is keeping Ethan Couch in Mexico for now. Couch was moved from Guadalajara to an immigration facility in Mexico City on Wednesday.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) —Authorities say a federal grand jury in California has indicted a friend of one of the shooters in the San Bernardino massacre with conspiring with him in a pair of previously planned attacks and making false statements when he bought the guns used in the Dec. 2 massacre. Enrique Marquez is expected to enter a plea in an arraignment Jan. 6.
PHOENIX (AP) — A 13-year-old Arizona boy who got stuck in a chimney is free. Phoenix firefighters rescued him Wednesday evening. Officials say the boy was playing with his friends on the roof of an apartment complex's community center on the city's north side about 7 p.m. when he fell into the chimney. The boy had minor scrapes and bruises but no serious injuries.
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