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6/25/2016 11:12:32 AM
A Rockford woman is dead following a boating accident last night in Ogle County on the Rock River. 32-year old Megan Wells was pronounced dead at a Rockford Hospital by the Winnebago County Coroner's office. The incident took place a short time after 8:30 on the Rock River, about 3 miles north of Oregon. Emergency personnel received word of several people in the water after a pontoon boat collid...read more

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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.


Ernie Els of South Africa plays a shot from the ninth tee during the third round of the Quicken Loans National on June 25, 2016 in Bethesda, MarylandErnie Els, a four-time major winner trying to end a three-year title drought, fired a six-under par 65 and leaped into second place after Saturday's third round of the PGA National. "The way I'm hitting it now, the way I'm swinging, I'm getting more confidence," Els said. Els finished on 13-under par 200 after 54 holes, two strokes behind leader Billy Hurley, a 607th-ranked resident of nearby Annapolis who fired a bogey-free 67 to stand on 198, a three-round event record, in search of his first PGA crown.


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The West Virginia State Highway 4 along the Elk River shows extensive damage after flood water has dropped in the ClendeninWest Virginia's three most devastated counties and possibly others will receive federal assistance after the state's worst flooding in more than a century killed at least 24 people, officials said on Saturday. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for West Virginia and ordered federal aid to affected individuals in Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties that could include grants for temporary housing, repairs and other programs. Obama spoke with West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on Saturday afternoon to give his condolences and make sure the governor has the federal resources he needs, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.


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.


Two people were killed on Saturday in a shooting at a dance studio in Fort Worth, Texas, and several others were taken to local hospitals with injuries, police said. One victim was found dead inside Studio 74, and another person died from his injuries at the hospital, according to a statement from a Fort Worth police spokesman.
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