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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Talk about a fly ball.
 
A Champaign man has set the new Guinness World Records Book mark for catching a softball from the greatest height.
 
The Champaign News-Gazette reports 53-year-old Chris Shields managed to catch a softball tossed out of an ultralight plane hovering 250 feet above the ground.
 
Shields said he decided to go for the record after his 10-year-old daughter, Olivia, suggested the idea after watching him catch a pop-up.
 
He checked with Guinness officials who agreed to create the category.
 
Shields was able to catch the ball in his mitt last July on the second try.
 
He says the record is for fun, but adds it gives him a "street credential."
Thursday, 16 January 2014 13:26
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The best chess players in the U.S. are again headed to St. Louis.
 
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in the city's Central West End will host the 2014 U.S. Championship in May. The U.S. Women's Championship will happen simultaneously, and the top juniors' tournament comes to town in June.
 
It's the sixth straight year St. Louis has hosted the national events and the fifth year in a row for the under-20 event.
 
St. Louis is also site of the World Chess Hall of Fame, and Webster University has the country's top collegiate squad. In September, prominent political donor Rex Sinquefield hosted a four-player grandmasters event featuring world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway and top U.S. player Hikaru Nakamura, a St. Louis resident.
 
Thursday, 16 January 2014 13:15
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St. Louis based Edward Jones has been named one of the top places in the country to work.
 
The financial services firm has been tabbed by Fortune magazine as the 4th best company to work for in America.  The magazine released its top 100 today.  Edward Jones ranked 8th last year and has been named to the list for the last 15 years. The company has over 38-thousand employees.  
 
To select the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute.
 
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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman who was charged in 2011 with providing heroin that killed her boyfriend and another man has been acquitted of charges she injected a woman with a nonfatal overdose of the drug.
 
Madison County jurors on Wednesday found 30-year-old Angella Halliday not guilty of an aggravated battery count linked to the overdose last July of a Wood River woman who was revived by paramedics.
 
Halliday was charged in 2011 with two counts of drug-induced homicide for allegedly providing the heroin that killed a Worden man and her boyfriend weeks apart.
 
Prosecutors dropped the homicide charges in 2012 after Halliday pleaded guilty to delivery of a prescription anti-anxiety medication near a school. She was sentenced to four years in prison but was paroled last May.
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