Austin Bombing Suspect, Identified As Mark Anthony Conditt, Died In Standoff

Updated at 2:46 p.m. ET A man whom police had identified as their top suspect in a string of deadly bombings in the Austin, Texas, area this month killed himself early Wednesday by triggering an explosion in his car as officers approached the vehicle to make an arrest, police said Wednesday. Officials identified him as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, from Pflugerville, Texas, outside Austin. Hours after he died, the situation remained fluid as Pflugerville's downtown was evacuated. The...

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Each of the Illinois counties in the WNIJ listening area provides Primary Election results online. You can access that detailed information by clicking on the county (or city) name. Aurora is located under Kane County, and Rockford is under Winnebago County.

The results listed on the websites are unofficial totals and subject to review and certification.

Results for countywide candidates where contests existed and ballot referenda are included in this summary. Details on other offices and propositions can be located by following the county link.

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An immigration lawyer from Rockford will take on incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger in the race for the 16th Congressional district this fall.

Sara Dady beat three other candidates to win the Democratic nomination. She says her first priority, now that the primary is over, is to get Kinzinger to commit to at least four debates.

As for issues, Dady says, “I know, as a businesswoman, we need universal health care in this country. Not only did I lose my mother because she didn’t have access to health care, I know the burden that it is on small businesses.”

The fall races are decided to replace two Illinois House members from northern Illinois who did not run for re-election.

Democrat Paul Stoddard will face Republican Jeff Keicher in November in the race for the Illinois 70th District House seat, which had been occupied by longtime incumbent Republican Bob Pritchard.

Stoddard, a retired geology professor at Northern Illinois University, has been a DeKalb County Board member for 10 years. He defeated Howard Solomon in the Democratic primaryTuesday.

Lauren Underwood is optimistic about her chances of winning a seat in Congress.

"This seat is 100 percent at play. It's winnable," the Democratic candidate says of the Illinois 14th Congressional District, which stretches along the western and northern sides of Chicago's outer suburbs.

Democrats got their shot at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday, when she testified before a House committee about her department's proposed budget.

The hearing followed widespread criticism of DeVos for lackluster performances on 60 Minutes and the Today show earlier this month. She remains one of the most unpopular members of President Trump's Cabinet and continues to anger Democrats over many issues.

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A package on its way to Austin exploded overnight at a FedEx facility in San Antonio, the fifth explosion of a device either in Austin or bound for the city.

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If you create a million new chemicals, chances are one or two of them could be a life-saving drug. A new research study finds that this shotgun approach to drug discovery can be accelerated with the help of bacteria.

Researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Southampton in England found a way to engineer bacteria cells to create millions of unique chemical compounds.

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Another explosion in Austin, Texas, injured one person Tuesday night, but police confirmed that the explosion was unrelated to the previous package bombs that have killed two people and injured several others this month.

The explosion occurred after a "military-type memento" was dropped off at a Goodwill store on Austin's south side, Assistant Police Chief Ely Reyes said. He further described it as a 40mm artillery simulator.

Reyes said the simulator "initiated" at about 7 p.m. after being handled by a Goodwill employee.

Updated at 5:34 p.m. ET

Supreme Court justices on both sides of the ideological spectrum expressed skepticism Tuesday about California's "truth-in-advertising" law requiring anti-abortion clinics to more fully disclose what they are.

The anti-abortion "crisis pregnancy centers" objected to the law on free-speech grounds.

While some more liberal justices appeared receptive to the state's case initially, doubt about the law seemed to increase as the argument progressed.

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Members of a state employee union picketed on Northern Illinois University’s DeKalb campus on Monday. That’s after recent negotiations between union members and NIU officials still have not yielded an initial contract.

AFSCME Local 1890 members and allies marched near the student center in support of an initial contract for the bargaining unit, which is comprised of NIU clerical, administrative and paraprofessional employees.


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Congressional leaders appear to have reached a deal on a $1.3 trillion spending package ahead of a midnight Friday deadline.

The must-pass budget behemoth was still in the works Wednesday afternoon, raising the possibility of the need for another stopgap funding measure to prevent a partial government shutdown while the bill is passing Congress. The agreement is expected to be loaded with dozens of unrelated policies aimed at wooing skeptical lawmakers to back the deal.

Even before the bill had been officially released, the White House announced its support.

Comic Roy Wood Jr. is now a correspondent for The Daily Show, but he got his start performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest — sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a black man.

"I did a lot of shows in a lot of strange places," he says. "I've been called the n-word from the stage by somebody in the crowd and the club owner did nothing to defend me."

Scratch another Guinea worm hot spot off the list.

One of the countries hardest hit with the parasite — South Sudan — has finally stopped transmission, the Carter Center announced Wednesday.

The country reported zero cases in 2017 and hasn't had a case in 15 months. There are also no signs Guinea worm is circulating in dogs in South Sudan, as it is in Chad and Mali.

Scientific advancement: It's all in the wiggle.

The British data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has gone from mysterious genius to potential defendant as details emerge of its role in President Trump's 2016 election campaign. With conservative strategist Steve Bannon playing a founding role, backed by money from billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, the firm was able to develop data from 50 million Facebook users into a psychologically-based strategy to target voters.

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