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Dubuque Accident

A St. Paul, Minnesota woman was charged following a two vehicle accident on a Dubuque street Saturday afternoon. Police says 67 year old Thomas J. Miller of Dubuque was headed north on Locust Street, when his car was struck by a vehicle driven by 26 year old Emily A. Wesley. The impact flipped the Miller vehicle on it's roof. Wesley was driving on Locust alongside Miller, when she suddenly turned left to go onto 8th Street, hitting Miller's vehicle. She is charged with turning from an improper lane. Wesley reportedly told police she thought Locust was a two-way street.

Jo Daviess Crash

An Apple River, Illinois woman was taken to the hospital after she was injured in a two vehicle accident in Jo Daviess County Saturday afternoon. According to the Sheriff's Office, a car driven by 41 year old Tanya Vincent of Stockton was traveling west on East Townsend Road, and at the same time a car driven by 73 year old Carol Scully was westbound on the same road. The two vehicles met on the crest of a hill and sideswiped each other. Scully was transported to Freeport Hospital, where her injuries are unknown. The report does not say if Vincent was injured, and the accident remains under investigation.

Regional News

Brother-In-Law Slaying-Plea

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A Davenport businessman could face six months in jail and have to pay restitution after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for the June 2013 death of his brother-in-law.

The Quad-City Times says 52-year-old Joseph Van Heckle is set to be sentenced on March 10 in Scott County District Court.

Van Hecke pleaded guilty to assault causing injury. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors will drop the more serious charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors are expected to ask for a 180-day jail sentence. Van Hecke has agreed to pay $142,500 in restitution to the heirs of Douglas Whalen.

Police say Van Hecke hit Whalen in the head at a private party in June 2013. His attorneys say Whalen was intoxicated and picked up Van Hecke's son in a bear hug.

House Fire-Crash

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Police are still looking for a man involved in a crash that caused a Council Bluffs house fire.

The Daily Nonpareil reports that a man was driving a 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup just after 2 a.m. Friday when he crashed into the home's porch. Witnesses told police the driver fled on foot. No injuries were reported.

Council Bluffs police say the truck caught fire after the wreck and was engulfed in flames by the time officers arrived. The fire spread to the porch, but the house was not damaged.

Assistant Fire Chief Matt Thomas says the wreck caused an estimated $15,000 in damage.

Police Sgt. Jason Bailey says the department hasn't been able to contact the pickup's registered owner.

Illegal Immigrants-Drivers' Licenses

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - More than 85,000 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illinois driver's licenses under a new state program.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports (http://bit.ly/1yGljZR ) the tally comes after the first full year that the program has been in place in Illinois.

The $30 licenses are valid for three years and may be used only for driving. They can't be used as identification for activities like boarding a plane, voting or buying a firearm.

Illinois Secretary of State spokesman Henry Haupt says nearly 190,000 people have scheduled appointments since the program began in late 2013.

Supporters say the law saves Illinois motorists money and make roads safer. Critics say the state should be cracking down on immigrants who entered the country illegally.

Air Force Base-Containment System

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The federal Department of Defense is announcing a new tool to help military personnel safely airlift patients who have deadly diseases.

The Transport Isolation System was developed by St. Louis-based Production Products Inc. and placed on display at Scott Air Force Base near Belleville. It features sets of plastic-enclosed modular treatment rooms. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1GJmZY1 ) each compartment is engineered so medical staff can treat patients in the middle of flights without putting others on the aircraft at risk of contamination.

Production Products President Barry Corona says the modular system is like a contained ambulance that can be loaded onto a plane.

Two of three test models have already been constructed. Department of Defense officials say they plan to order 22 more units in the coming weeks.

Historical Society-Quincy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A historical society in western Illinois has offered the public a peek of its new plans for a history museum.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports (http://bit.ly/1EFhwN8 ) the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County held an open house Friday at the former Quincy Public Library. The building last housed the Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design but it's been closed since March 2012. The society's board last fall decided to bring the building back to life as a history museum for Quincy and the surrounding areas.

The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It served as a library until 1974.

Historical society members say plans are being made for an exhibit showing Quincy's connection to 1800's Mormon history. Various exhibits are planned throughout the museum.

National News

Northeast hunkers down for big snow...Japan in shock over hostage fate...Fuselage recovery fail

NEW YORK (AP) - The Northeast isn't getting much chance to recover from weekend winter weather amid expectations of major snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions starting tonight. The storm that ramped up in the Midwest could drop a foot or more of snow across most parts of the Northeast lasting into Tuesday.

TOKYO (AP) - There's shock across Japan today at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he's "speechless" and is demanding the release of the other hostage. The video's authenticity hasn't been confirmed and some have questioned it, but Abe told broadcaster NHK it appears to be genuine.

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) - The fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner is still at the bottom of the Java Sea. Officials say strong currents are interfering with attempts to raise it. Today's attempt to lift the wreckage failed when a rope linking the lifting balloons broke. Yesterday, some of the balloons deflated. Another body has been recovered, bringing the total to 70. There were 162 people aboard.

GENEVA (AP) - The World Health Organization is trying to regroup after its handling of the West African Ebola outbreak which has killed thousands of people. WHO's executive board is planning today to discuss proposals that could radically transform the United Nations health agency in response to sharp criticism over its botched handling of the epidemic. In reports earlier this month, WHO identified major holes in its ability to stop outbreaks.

NEW DELHI (AP) - President Barack Obama has been treated to an elaborate welcome at India's sprawling presidential palace. Later, he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (nah-REN'-drah MOH'-dee) announced a breakthrough understanding to free up U.S. investment in nuclear energy development in India. The two countries had been at an impasse over U.S. insistence on tracking fissile material it supplies to India and over Indian liability provisions that have discouraged U.S. firms' interest.

Sports

Wendy's American Trust Boys Classic

Yesterday at the Wendy's-American Trust Boys Basketball Classic presented by AM 1370 KDTH at Loras College, all three Dubuque High School teams posted victories over opponents from the Illinois side of the river. Hempstead defeated Marian Central Catholic 75-72, Senior won against Naperville Central 53-46, and Wahlert Catholic knocked off Limestone, Bartonville 76-59. The first two match-ups of the day went to Cuba City over East Dubuque 57-34, and Western Dubuque top Waverly Shellrock 56-52.

T25-Iowa-St-Texas-Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Devaugntah Williams scored a career-high 22 points and Toddrick Gotcher added 17, leading Texas Tech over No. 9 Iowa State 78-73 Saturday for its first Big 12 win.

Fans swarmed the court after the victory.

Gotcher made five of Texas Tech's 11 3-pointers, tying the team's high for the season. Williams, a junior transfer, added three 3s.

The Red Raiders (11-9, 1-6) led most of the way and were up 74-68 when Iowa State's Georges Niang tossed in a desperation 3-pointer from the corner with 43 seconds remaining.

Gotcher and Williams each hit two free throws to help keep Texas Tech ahead.

Monte Morris scored 20 points and Matt Thomas added 12 for the Cyclones (14-4, 4-2).

Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) - O.J. Mayo scored 20 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks relied on perimeter shooting and defense in a 101-86 win Saturday night over the Detroit Pistons. The Bucks went 11 for 17 from 3-point range, including a 4-for-5 performance from Mayo. Milwaukee also opened the second half with a 17-2 run. The Bucks led by as much as 30 in the third quarter of a rare easy victory.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Frank Kaminsky scored eight of his 22 points in overtime, and Number 6 Wisconsin held off Michigan 69-64 Saturday night. Derrick Walton's 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 57, but the Badgers never trailed in the extra period.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera hit five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, and Joshua Smith added 18 points and 15 rebounds to help Georgetown beat Marquette 95-85 in overtime on Saturday. Duane Wilson and Matt Carlino scored 26 apiece for Marquette.

NEW YORK (AP) - On his final day as baseball commissioner, Bud Selig predicts a future that could include expansion to other countries. In an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Selig says he leaves with no regrets after nearly 22 1/2 years in charge of the sport. There has not been a major league team outside the U.S. and Canada. Rob Manfred, Selig's top deputy, becomes baseball's 10th commissioner today.

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is being remembered for his positive outlook and brilliant playing career in a steady stream of tributes. Banks died Friday night at the age of 83. A makeshift memorial outside Wrigley Field on Saturday included flowers, an Ernie Banks bobblehead and pictures of the Chicago Cubs great with fans.

CHICAGO (AP) - Whether he's out on the town or simply checking messages, general manager Rick Hahn can sense the excitement and optimism surrounding the Chicago White Sox. The vibe when Hahn and manager Robin Ventura took the stage Saturday during the team's fan convention was decidedly upbeat thanks to a series of moves that left many believing this team can win the AL Central. Chicago added some left-handed pop by signing Adam LaRoche and bolstered its rotation by trading for right-hander Jeff Samardzija with one year left on his contract.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears have hired Bo Hardegree as an offensive assistant. Hardegree follows new Chicago coach John Fox from Denver, where he spent this season as an offensive quality control coach.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Andre Hollins helped Minnesota pull away with 17 of his 28 points in the second half, fueling a 79-71 victory Saturday over Illinois. Malcolm Hill and Kendrick Nunn each scored 18 points for the depleted Fighting Illini, who played their third game in the last seven days.