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illinois seeking motorist feedback on state’s rest areas


springfield, ill. (ap) — the state of illinois is looking for residents’ help to create a plan to determine how to best use the state’s roadway rest areas.the illinois department of transportation has put together an online survey that’s available through oct. 29. paper copies are available at select rest areas throughout illinois. surveys have 20 questions and seek traveler feedback on how they currently use rest areas, how satisfied they are with rest areas and where rest areas are located.the state transportation department maintains 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers that serve about 36 million people on highways throughout illinois.illinois transportation secretary randy blankenhorn says many rest areas “have reached a point where it’s to evaluate their future.”most read storiesunli






it's time for californians to stop building in areas prone to wildfires – la tim


with the recent california "megafires" — wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres, accounting for only 3% of all wildfires but 90% of areas burned — and the wildfire season now 10 weeks longer than in 1972, californians need to reconsider whether to build or rebuild in the wildland-urban interface areas.






winter weather comes early to europe |


winter has come early to many parts of europe over the last week or so.an active weather front has brought snow to many areas, and is still producing snow over the baltic states and western russia.some low-lying areas, which escaped the snow, have experienced heavy rain, which resulted in flooding.further troughs of low pressure are in evidence across central and western areas, bringing showers of sleet and snow.the snow is excellent news for the european ski industry, with an early start to the season for most areas. many resorts have all lifts open and powder snow is in abundance.






real estate market exclusive: here are top cities to buy and sell homes


western metro areas are best for sellers while northern and mid-atlantic areas are tops for buyers.        






strong quake rattles indonesia's java island; at least 2 dead


panicking people ran out of buildings in many areas and roads were clogged as people fled coastal areas in fear of a tsunami.        






areas newly seized from isis seen at risk of backsliding


washington—iraq’s prime minister is celebrating the collapse of the islamic state’s self-declared caliphate, but american and iraqi officials are confronting a gnawing recognition that much more is needed to stabilize newly reclaimed areas and prevent militants from making a comeback.the united nations has identified five predominantly sunni areas in iraq where nearly $300 million in fresh aid is needed over the next year to resettle civilians and re-establish some semblance of normal life. the regions notably include western...






pacific northwest ski areas see increased visitation and snowfall was above aver


this past ski and snowboard will go down in the books as a season to remember although it wasn’t a record breaker.“i heard very favorable news from all the pacific northwest areas on how the way the ski season went,” said john gifford, president of the northwest ski areas association.john kircher, who has managed crystal mountain since boyne resorts acquired it in 1997, has purchased the ski area. (courtesy john kircher)gifford, along with about 900 ski area representatives from across the country, recently attended the national ski areas association convention in nashville, tenn.“it won’t be a record season by any means, but much better than the last few years,” gifford said. “i don’t have all the figures from each ski area, but i do know participation looks pretty strong and is ahead of






pacific northwest ski areas see increased visitation and snowfall was above aver


this past ski and snowboard will go down in the books as a season to remember although it wasn’t a record breaker.“i heard very favorable news from all the pacific northwest areas on how the way the ski season went,” said john gifford, president of the northwest ski areas association.john kircher, who has managed crystal mountain since boyne resorts acquired it in 1997, has purchased the ski area. (courtesy john kircher)gifford, along with about 900 ski area representatives from across the country, recently attended the national ski areas association convention in nashville, tenn.“it won’t be a record season by any means, but much better than the last few years,” gifford said. “i don’t have all the figures from each ski area, but i do know participation looks pretty strong and is ahead of






peepholes found in men's restroom at interstate rest areas


benson, n.c. — transportation workers say they've found six peepholes in the men's restrooms at two rest areas on interstate 40 in north carolina.the johnston county sheriff's office told local news outlets that workers reported the peepholes at the rest areas near benson on monday. capt. jeff caldwell said the holes were in the walls of the bathroom stalls.there were four holes at the rest area along the westbound lanes and two in the bathrooms at the rest area along the eastbound lanes.the damage was estimated at nearly $5,000 and has been repaired. investigators think the holes were drilled sometime between jan. 24 and jan. 28.no peepholes were found in the women's bathrooms at those rest areas.deputies are reviewing surveillance video from the area. no victims have come forward.






audit raises concerns about education funding oversight


concord, n.h. (ap) — a federal audit of how new hampshire manages federal education funds has found six areas of significant concern.the u.s. department of education completed a fiscal review of how the state education department administers federal grants last fall, reviewing 19 areas. in its recently issued report, auditors rated the state satisfactory on eight measures and said it is meeting requirements, but should make improvements, in five other areas.one of the six problem areas was making sure that schools are using money for authorized purposes. the audit said the lack of fiscal oversight creates a significant risk for mismanagement of funds, which could lead to waste or fraud.education commissioner frank edelbut, who took over in february, says the concerns have been addressed.mo






housing market: 20 metro areas with the most flipped homes


we’ve compiled a list of the top 20 us metro areas with the most flipped homes in q2 of 2017 and listed them by county data.        






syrians on de-escalation plan: 'someone end this war' | news


a new deal on "de-escalation zones" in syria, which came into effect on saturday in an effort to reduce violence in the war-torn country, has been received with mixed reactions by residents of the affected areas.while some were optimistic that it would benefit civilians, others expressed doubt over its sustainability."some parts of this deal could be good for us," ammar, a resident of eastern ghouta, told al jazeera. "it has been a long time for us trying to create safe zones, something the whole world has failed to do. if this is actually serious, so much will change for us here. we need help."read more: syria's war explained from the beginning the deal, which was signed by russia, turkey and iran in astana, calls for a cessation of hostilities between rebel groups and forces fighting on






syrian war: all you need to know about the astana talks | syria news


representatives of the syrian government and some armed opposition groups are meeting in the kazakh capital, astana, on monday for talks aimed at implementing a lasting ceasefire agreement.though there have been several international initiatives aimed at bringing the war, now in its seventh year, to an end, the latest round of astana talks is aimed at establishing four so-called "de-escalation zones" in mainly opposition-held areas of the country, with russia, turkey and iran acting as guarantors.the meeting is expected to call for a cessation of hostilities between anti-government groups and forces fighting on behalf of president bashar al-assad, for a period of at least six months.the plan, which has not yet been published, will call for all aircraft to be banned from flying over these a






syria's de-escalation zones: 'we don't trust russia' | news


a new deal on the so-called de-escalation zones in syria , which came into effect on saturday in an effort to reduce violence in the war-torn country, has been received with mixed reactions by residents of the affected areas.while some were optimistic that it would benefit civilians, others expressed doubt over its sustainability."some parts of this deal could be good for us," ammar, a resident of eastern ghouta, told al jazeera."it has been a long time for us trying to create safe zones, something the whole world has failed to do. if this is actually serious, so much will change for us here. we need help." read more: syria's war explained from the beginning  the deal , which was signed by russia , turkey and iran in astana, calls for a cessation of hostilities between rebel groups and for






syrian war: all you need to know about the astana talks | syria news


representatives of the syrian government and some armed opposition groups are meeting in the kazakh capital, astana, on monday for talks aimed at implementing a lasting ceasefire agreement.though there have been several international initiatives aimed at bring the war, now in its seventh year, to an end, the latest round of astana talks is aimed at establishing four so-called "de-escalation zones" in mainly opposition-held areas of the country, with russia, turkey and iran acting as guarantors.the meeting is expected to call for a cessation of hostilities between anti-government groups and forces fighting on behalf of president bashar al-assad for a period of at least six months.the plan, which has not yet been published, will call for all aircraft to be banned from flying over these areas






aurora man found guilty of murdering ex-girlfriend


gun violence has spread to areas of aurora unaccustomed to hearing shots fired, although the number of shootings within the city shrank last year, according to police department officials and statistics obtained by the beacon-news.for a long time, shootings mostly happened in areas associated... (hannah leone)






forecasters: bitter cold weather to soon end in pennsylvania


philadelphia (ap) — relief is in sight for pennsylvanians who have been dealing with bone-chilling temperatures and related weather issues that have gripped the state in recent weeks.but residents will still have to deal with winter weather and cool temperatures for the next few days.high temperatures on monday are expected to be in the low 30s in most areas. but there’s also a chance for a wintry mix of snow, rain and freezing rain in most areas on monday afternoon, with an inch or so of snow possible in western areas of the state.temperatures will then continue to warm up through the week, with highs reaching the low 50s on thursday and friday.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






syrians react to safe zones: 'we don't trust russia' | news


a new deal on "de-escalation zones" in syria, which came into effect on saturday in an effort to reduce violence in the war-torn country, has been received with mixed reactions by residents of the affected areas.while some were optimistic that it would benefit civilians, others expressed doubt over its sustainability."some parts of this deal could be good for us," ammar, a resident of eastern ghouta, told al jazeera. "it has been a long time for us trying to create safe zones, something the whole world has failed to do. if this is actually serious, so much will change for us here. we need help."read more: syria's war explained from the beginning the deal, which was signed by russia, turkey and iran in astana, calls for a cessation of hostilities between rebel groups and forces fighting on






syrians on the safe zones plan: 'we don't trust russia' | news


a new deal on "de-escalation zones" in syria, which came into effect on saturday in an effort to reduce violence in the war-torn country, has been received with mixed reactions by residents of the affected areas.while some were optimistic that it would benefit civilians, others expressed doubt over its sustainability."some parts of this deal could be good for us," ammar, a resident of eastern ghouta, told al jazeera. "it has been a long time for us trying to create safe zones, something the whole world has failed to do. if this is actually serious, so much will change for us here. we need help."read more: syria's war explained from the beginning the deal, which was signed by russia, turkey and iran in astana, calls for a cessation of hostilities between rebel groups and forces fighting on






syrians react to safe zones: 'we don't trust russia' | news


a new deal on "de-escalation zones" in syria , which came into effect on saturday in an effort to reduce violence in the war-torn country, has been received with mixed reactions by residents of the affected areas.while some were optimistic that it would benefit civilians, others expressed doubt over its sustainability."some parts of this deal could be good for us," ammar, a resident of eastern ghouta, told al jazeera. "it has been a long time for us trying to create safe zones, something the whole world has failed to do. if this is actually serious, so much will change for us here. we need help." read more: syria's war explained from the beginning  the deal , which was signed by russia , turkey and iran in astana, calls for a cessation of hostilities between rebel groups and forces fightin






russia: syrian safe zones plan comes into effect | syria news


an agreement to set up "de-escalation zones" in syria came into effect at midnight on friday, but it will be at least another month before all the details are worked out and the safe areas are fully established, according to russian officials.the plan was agreed by russia, turkey, and iran during syria talks in kazakhstan's capital, astana, on thursday, but sharply criticised by the syrian opposition which rejected iran's role as guarantor in any deal.it envisions establishing four safe zones that would bring relief for hundreds of thousands of syrian civilians and encourage refugees to return, russian military officials said on friday. four 'de-escalation zones' in syria: - the first one includes idlib, as well as northeastern areas of latakia province, western areas of aleppo province an






russia: syrian safe zones plan comes into effect | syria news


an agreement to set up "de-escalation zones" in syria came into effect at midnight on friday, but it will be at least another month before all the details are worked out and the safe areas are fully established, according to russian officials.the plan was agreed by russia, turkey, and iran during syria talks in kazakhstan's capital, astana, on thursday, but sharply criticised by the syrian opposition which rejected iran's role as guarantor in any deal.it envisions establishing four safe zones that would bring relief for hundreds of thousands of syrian civilians and encourage refugees to return, russian military officials said on friday. four 'de-escalation zones' in syria: - the first one includes idlib, as well as northeastern areas of latakia province, western areas of aleppo province an






russia: syrian safe zones plan comes into effect | syria news


an agreement to set up "de-escalation zones" in syria came into effect at midnight on friday, but it will be at least another month before all the details are worked out and the safe areas are fully established, according to russian officials.the plan was agreed by russia, turkey, and iran during syria talks in kazakhstan's capital, astana, on thursday, but sharply criticised by the syrian opposition which rejected iran's role as guarantor in any deal.it envisions establishing four safe zones that would bring relief for hundreds of thousands of syrian civilians and encourage refugees to return, russian military officials said on friday. four 'de-escalation zones' in syria: - the first one includes idlib, as well as northeastern areas of latakia province, western areas of aleppo province an






in tony del mar, city decides vacation rentals are illegal in residential areas


the battle over short-term rental rules in del mar took a major twist this week when the city council decided it’s illegal for such businesses to operate in the city’s residential neighborhoods.the decision, which allows short-term rentals in the city’s commercial areas, doesn’t specify what will happen to existing rentals in residential areas, but will be used to craft new regulations for the businesses.“some are going to have to be shut down,” said councilman dwight worden, adding that the city will do its best to “fashion a soft landing” for any owners asked to cease the rentals.monday’s 4-1 vote, with mayor terry sinnott opposed, finds that the existing municipal code prohibits the rentals in residential areas.“we are dealing with a new animal that has come forward with new technology,






family of aurora man who was killed offers forgiveness, seeks closure


gun violence has spread to areas of aurora unaccustomed to hearing shots fired, although the number of shootings within the city shrank last year, according to police department officials and statistics obtained by the beacon-news. for a long time, shootings mostly happened in areas associated... (hannah leone)






where you should start looking for your lost keys


photo by siow.if you’ve lost your keys, you might think it’s best to search in the most obvious, open areas before moving on to more cluttered areas. but a recent study suggests our peripheral vision is better than we think, and being so thorough while searching might actually be a waste of time.the scavenger hunt-style study, led by anna nowakowska from the university of aberdeen, and published in proceedings of the royal society b biological sciences, found that people tend to spend a lot of time searching for objects in “easy” areas even though it provides them with no new information. instead, nowakowska recommends you start searching for your keys, or whatever it is you’ve lost, in areas where they’d be hard to spot. so don’t check the table, counter, bed, and floor over and over. foc






oh, the places you'll go in 'middle-earth: shadow of war'


the latest video for middle-earth: shadow of war takes a break from focusing on the upcoming game’s combat and characters. instead, the subjects of the video are the locations you’ll encounter throughout your journey to build an orc army to face sauron.similar to the first game, you’ll still see areas that are lush with trees and grass or a rocky area devoid of plant life, but there are also places packed in with heavy snow and even deep forests filled with potentially hostile creatures. the expansion of multiple orc factions combined with constant battles against humans turned these locations into battlegrounds. as such, there are multiple fortresses throughout the land that house thousands of orcs.these enemy bases won't stay up forever. as talion, you'll recruit an army of your own orcs






steamboat approves three new off-leash dog areas – the denver post


the steamboat springs parks and recreation commission threw dog advocates a few bones wednesday night by endorsing a proposal to create new off-leash areas and recommending the city supply compostable dog waste bags at city parks.“it’s one small step for dog-kind,” steamboat digs dogs spokeswoman kathy connell said thursday morning. “we’re thrilled we are making headway.”the parks and recreation commission endorsed plans for a one-year trial of new off-leash dog areas at whistler and stehly parks as well as on blackmere road.commissioners are also potentially open to allowing off-leash dogs at fetcher park and emerald mountain’s gas line meadows trail, but the proposals were tabled to gather some more information and to seek input from neighbors.some proposals, such as off-leash areas on l






here are the areas at risk of flooding around the oroville dam


more than 100,000 people were told to evacuate from areas near oroville dam in northern california on sunday because officials feared that an emergency spillway could fail, sending huge amounts of water into the feather river, which runs through downtown oroville, and other waterways. but by late sunday night, officials said the immediate threat had passed.






wildfires sweep areas of california


videotens of thousands evacuated as wildfires sweep parts of california.share this withcopy this linkhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-41141001/wildfires-sweep-areas-of-californiaread more about sharingclose share panel






u.s. rep. zoe lofgren, d-san jose, tours flood affected areas in san jose


photos: u.s. rep. zoe lofgren, d-san jose, toured flood affected areas, including the anderson dam, rock springs playground, and s. 17th st., with santa clara valley water district officials, in san jose, calif. on monday, march 6, 2017.






russia: syrian safe zones plan comes into effect | syria news


an agreement to set up "de-escalation zones" in syria came into effect at midnight on friday, but it will be at least another month before all the details are worked out and the safe areas are fully established, according to russian officials.the plan was agreed by russia, turkey, and iran during syria talks in kazakhstan's capital, astana, on thursday, but sharply criticised by the syrian opposition which rejected iran's role as guarantor in any deal.it envisions establishing four safe zones that would bring relief for hundreds of thousands of syrian civilians and encourage refugees to return, russian military officials said on friday. four 'de-escalation zones' in syria: - the first one includes idlib, as well as northeastern areas of the latakia province, western areas of aleppo provinc






russia: syrian safe zones plan comes into effect | syria news


an agreement to set up "de-escalation zones" in syria came into effect at midnight on friday, but it will be at least another month before all the details are worked out and the safe areas are fully established, according to russian officials.the plan was agreed by russia, turkey, and iran during syria talks in kazakhstan's capital, astana, on thursday, but sharply criticised by the syrian opposition which rejected iran's role as guarantor in any deal.it envisions establishing four safe zones that would bring relief for hundreds of thousands of syrian civilians and encourage refugees to return, russian military officials said on friday. four 'de-escalation zones' in syria: - the first one includes idlib, as well as northeastern areas of latakia province, western areas of aleppo province an






avoid outdoor physical exertion because of bad air from fires, health officials


smoke from four wildfires raging across southern california has resulted in unhealthy air quality across the san fernando valley, along with coastal areas and surrounding portions of los angeles county.all people in those areas should avoid unnecessary outdoor exposure and limit all physical exertion, said dr. jeffrey gunzenhauser, the county's interim health officer.“it is difficult to tell where ash or soot from a fire will go, or how winds will affect the level of dust particles in the air, so we ask all individuals to be aware of their immediate environment and take actions to safeguard their health,” gunzenhauser said.“smoke and ash can be harmful,'' gunzenhauser said, especially for vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly, children, people with asthma or individuals with other re






pakistan approves landmark reforms for tribal areas | pakistan news


islamabad, pakistan – pakistan's cabinet has approved a plan to introduce widespread political and administrative reforms to its tribal areas on the border with afghanistan, bringing landmark changes to an area that has long been a sanctuary for armed groups.the changes, which include the extension of fundamental constitutional rights to citizens, will see pakistan's constitution and penal code extended to the seven semi-autonomous tribal "agencies" for the first time since the country gained independence from the british in 1947."the time has now come for [the people of the tribal areas] to also be brought into the ambit of being pakistani, to end the ongoing deprivation of their areas," said a statement issued by prime minister nawaz sharif's office on thursday, following the cabinet mee






report: rural minnesota sees more insurance coverage


a new state report finds health insurance coverage grew significantly in rural minnesota during the early years of the federal health law.overall, the uninsured rate among residents under age 65 declined significantly between 2011 and 2015 in both rural and urban areas, landing in both parts of the state at just 5 percent, according to the study released monday by the minnesota department of health.while it was unclear statistically whether the magnitude of decline was greater in rural or urban areas, certain subgroups in rural parts of the state clearly saw more benefit than their counterparts in urban areas, said mark schoenbaum, director of the office of rural health and primary care at the minnesota department of health.in 2015, rural children no longer had significantly higher uninsur






what do you think of illinois rest areas? state considering fixing up some, mayb


the state of illinois is considering how to rehab, or possibly close, some state rest areas, and has even launched a public survey about travelers’ likes and dislikes of the interstate highway stops — drawing thousands of responses so far.“many of our rest areas have reached a point where it’s time to evaluate their future,” said illinois transportation secretary randy blankenhorn, in a statement.the state has received nearly 4,500 responses to its survey in less than two weeks, and roadside restrooms have proved to be a popular topic.many of the state’s 30 public rest areas and 11 welcome centers on highways throughout illinois are 30 to 40 years old, said illinois department of transportation spokeswoman kelsea gurski. they are open 24 hours a day and have restroom facilities, picnic are