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12/8/2016 9:27:40 PM
A Byron teen pled guilty in Ogle County court yesterday after being arrested in a sexual assault incident that took place in May at the Nash recreation Center in Oregon.19-year old Robert Swanson has been charged with the Class "X" felony offense of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.The male victim was under the age of 13 years old. Ogle County officials say that Swanson knew the boy. W...read more

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Golf - DP World Tour championshipUnheralded Australian Sam Brazel shot a three-under 67 to grab a share of the lead with playing partner Rafa Cabrera Bello after the third round of the Hong Kong Open at Fanling on Saturday. Ranked 480th in the world, Brazel soared up the leaderboard with three birdies on the back nine as Spaniard Cabrera Bello, who had led by three strokes overnight, endured a roller-coaster even par round at the European Tour co-sanctioned event. Playing in the final group of the day, Cabrera Bello and Brazel strode down the par-four 18th fairway tied after both found the green safely with their second shots.


Justin Rose has waved goodbye to the Hong Kong Open title, saying he was trating this year's event as "rehab" for a bad backJustin Rose admitted his Hong Kong Open title defence was all but over on Saturday and said he was treating the $2 million tournament as "rehab" for a painful back injury. Rose displayed signs of discomfort during his round but he said he was feeling his way back to fitness after pulling out of last week's Hero World Challenge with the back problem. "I'm out here doing my job, the physios out here have been great, the gym facilities at the hotel have been great.


Carmelo Anthony became the 29th player in NBA history to reach 23,000 points, taking his career total to 23,024Carmelo Anthony capped a tense week with a milestone night, pouring in 33 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 103-100 NBA victory over the Kings in Sacramento. Jackson told CBS Sports Network in an interview that aired on Tuesday that Anthony's tendency to hold the ball too long slows the team's offense.


Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (pictured) has inscribed his name alongside that of Michael Jordan with a seventh straight triple-doubleRussell Westbrook's seventh straight triple-double put him in rare company, but it couldn't lift the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Houston Rockets. Westbrook on Friday scored 27 points, handed out 10 assists and pulled down 10 rebounds to become the first player since Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan in 1989 to notch seven consecutive triple-doubles. Guard Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 17 points and Ryan Anderson chipped in 14.


David Howell shot a record-equalling 63 at the Hong Kong Open, December 10, 2016David Howell came from nowhere to shoot a record-equalling 63 at the Hong Kong Open Saturday, as the former Ryder Cup player rediscovered long-lost form to surge up the leaderboard. The 41-year-old world number 228, who defeated then world number one Tiger Woods to win the inaugural HSBC Champions in Shanghai in 2005, scorched to seven-under at par-70 Fanling to put himself in contention. Howell, who matched the course record held jointly by Chris Wood and Lucas Bjerregaard, arrived at the European Tour 2017 season-opener after taking six weeks off to recover from a foot injury.


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Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in ShelbyRoof told investigators after his arrest for the June 17, 2015, massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston that he estimated he had killed five people as retribution for perceived racial grievances. "I had to do it because somebody had to do it," Roof said in the taped confession.


Chicago skyline is framed by icicles in ChicagoBy Timothy Mclaughlin CHICAGO (Reuters) - Forecasters are sending chills down some spines with a prediction that much of the northern half of the United States could see frigid weather next week similar to life-threatening lows the polar vortex brought to parts of the country in 2014. Anticipation of a freezing blast began to build this week when weather maps and forecast models showed similarities between next week's system and one that developed in January 2014. The southward shift in the polar vortex in 2014 brought the Midwest some of its coldest weather in two decades.


A maze of crude oil pipe and equipment is seen with the American and Texas flags flying during a tour by the Department of Energy at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in FreeportBy Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is slated to sell $375 million worth of crude oil from the country's emergency reserve this winter after Congress passed a temporary spending bill on Friday that contained a measure authorizing the sale. President Barack Obama's administration has pushed Congress to approve an up to $2 billion plan for a revamp of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a string of heavily guarded underground salt caverns along the Gulf of Mexico filled with crude. The stash currently holds about 695 million barrels of oil.


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