Illinois impasse sparks fears of the unthinkable: No school

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — The economic hard times that have hit this Illinois coal town are particularly visible inside its 113-year-old high school, where cracks in the walls and holes in the ceiling go unfixed and paint is peeling off the purple lockers lining the hallways.

  • Written by SARA BURNETT, Associated Press

Gunman wounds 2 outside Wisconsin prom before cops kill him

ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) — An 18-year-old man opened fire with a high-powered rifle outside of a high school prom in northern Wisconsin, wounding two students before a police officer who was in the parking lot fatally shot him, authorities said Sunday.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Obama says new US troops in Syria will be essential

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday announced the deployment of up to 250 U.S. military personnel to Syria, mostly special operations forces, to assist local troops trying to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He called the move essential to keeping up momentum against the group.

  • Written by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press