ALORTON, Ill. (AP) — A 16-month-old southern Illinois boy has died after being hit by an unsecured television during a car crash.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Marshawn Billops of Centreville, Illinois died Friday evening at St. Louis Children's Hospital about five hours after the car he was riding in crashed into a light pole in Alorton.
An unsecured television hit the boy as it flew out of the back seat of the car and caused severe head injuries that led to his death, police said.
Alorton police say the television was a flat-screen weighing about 80 pounds. Billops' mother and sister suffered minor injuries and were able to get out of the car. Police say Marshawn was trapped inside the car and had to be rescued.
BUENA VISTA, Colo. (AP) — More than a thousand people gathered in a small Colorado mountain town Saturday to remember five members of the same family who were killed by a massive rock slide on a popular hiking trail.
Monday's slide across the trail to Agnes Vaille Falls in south-central Colorado's San Isabel National Forest killed 46-year-old Dwayne Johnson, 45-year-old Dawna Johnson and their 18-year-old daughter, Kiowa-Rain Johnson, all of Buena Vista.
The other victims were identified as 10-year-old Baigen Walker and 22-year-old Paris Walkup, both of Birch Tree, Missouri. They were nephews of Dwayne and Dawna Johnson.
The slide also injured 13-year-old Gracie Johnson, who attended Saturday's memorial in Buena Vista. She told rescuers her father saved her when he jumped on top of her as boulders began to crash down around them.
BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) — Experts in eating disorders are concerned about an Internet-fueled trend in which teenage girls and young women pursue an elusive and possibly dangerous weight-loss goal: to become so slender that their thighs don't touch even when their feet are together.
Specialists say achieving a so-called thigh gap is risky and virtually impossible. But some exceptionally thin models have a gap, which is upheld as a beauty achievement on countless websites, blogs and other social media.
Doctors and counselors worry that the trend is contributing to a growing number of teens and 20-somethings with disorders such as anorexia.
Doctor Vonda Wright is a Pittsburgh-based orthopedic surgeon and fitness expert. She says the spacing between a person's legs is based mostly on genetics. And even many thin people can't achieve a gap.
CHICAGO (AP) — More than 150,000 people have visited a state website to learn if they qualify for Medicaid or to buy health insurance on a new online marketplace.
The marketplaces are a key part of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, which were launched Tuesday.
Kelly Sullivan is a spokeswoman for Illinois' site, Get Covered Illinois.
She said as of Friday, about 12,000 people have submitted applications for Medicaid after completing an online screening tool.
But glitches continue on the federal site where Illinoisans may comparison shop for insurance. The government has said it's working to address the problems.
Sullivan says the state is working on educating residents about the health care law and will step up advertising once the federal site can handle increased demand.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Symphony is offering free tickets this weekend to furloughed federal workers.
The symphony said Friday that the gesture seeks to show support to those directly affected by the federal government shutdown.
The shows on Saturday and Sunday feature the works of American composers George Gershwin and John Adams.
Each federal employee can obtain two tickets, which must be picked up in person at the Powell Hall Box Office. A valid federal ID is required.
The search for an elderly north county man is in day four.
R.V. Mandrell is 82-years-old and has Alzheimer's disease. He was last seen around 7:30 Tuesday morning and reported missing 4:30 that afternoon. Mandrell is a white man, five and-a-half feet tall, and weighs 155 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and shorts.
He is believed to be in the north St. Louis County area. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341.
St. Louis County Police are asking for help to find a suicidal man who is wanted for assault.
74-year-old Frank Howard was last seen in the 4100 block of Lindbergh in North county around 5 AM Friday. Howard is a black male, around six feet tall, and weighing 190 pounds, and was wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans.
Police believe he could still be in the north county area, but he should not be approached because of his mental state.
Anyone who has seen Howard should call the St. Louis County Police at 314-889-2341.
FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) - Hundreds of people across Illinois have been registered as concealed-carry instructors. One of them is a reserve deputy with the Stephenson County sheriff's office.
Rena Kerchner formed the company Cloaked Carry LLC. She tells The Journal-Standard in Freeport that she wants to teach residents to be concealed-carry certified before Illinois launches its program next year.
Illinois approved a law in July allowing the public possession of a concealed firearm. Anyone who wants to carry a weapon first must complete 16 hours of training from a state-approved instructor. Those instructors must use the state's training curriculum. Illinois is the last state in the U.S. to allow concealed carry.
As of Thursday more than 850 instructors had been established across Illinois.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to talk to the Legislature about making sure state police have enough resources at their disposal to deal with a backlog of applications for gun ownership.
The Illinois State Police continues to struggle with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. So it remains to be seen how they can handle an influx of requests for permits to carry concealed weapons.
The department has 49,000 applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards awaiting approval.
Police estimate there will be 400,000 applications for "carry" permits in the first year.
Quinn says he wants to make sure police are able to do their jobs.
In July Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow residents to carry concealed weapons.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Authorities say the disappearance of a St. Charles man was part of a scheme to fake his own death and cover up allegations that he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Raymond David Avett of St. Charles disappeared in June, leaving suicide notes at several locations, including inside his Ford Explorer that was found abandoned in downtown St. Louis. He turned up three weeks later in Maryland.
Avett and his former girlfriend, 34-year-old Jennifer L. Callaway, were both charged Wednesday with concealing a felony.
Authorities allege that Callaway coerced Avett into giving her his home, SUV, boat and life insurance in exchange for not telling police about the alleged sexual assault.
Both suspects are jailed, Avett on $250,000 bond, Callaway on $200,000 bond.