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Ex-senator of Illinois dies at 86

Dixon

– During much of his two terms as a U.S. senator, in the 1980s and early 1990s, Alan Dixon was always angling for the best deals for Illinois.

He was known as “Al the Pal” for his accommodating style, a reputation built over a decades-long political career.

He died Sunday morning at his home in Fairview Heights, Illinois, a day shy of his 87th birthday, according to his son, Jeff Dixon. The cause was believed to be related to heart troubles.

Dixon, a Democrat, served in the Illinois House and Senate, as well as state treasurer and secretary of state before he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980. His career there came to a halt in 1992 when he was defeated in a three-way Democratic primary by Carol Moseley Braun.

TSA to check devices on flights to US

Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will be required to power on their electronic devices to board their flights, the Transportation Security Administration said Sunday.

The TSA said that devices that won’t power up won’t be allowed on planes, and those travelers may have to undergo additional screening. TSA will not disclose which airports will be conducting the additional screening

U.S. intelligence officials have been concerned about al-Qaida efforts to produce a bomb that would go undetected through airport security.

2nd girl dies after dresser topples

Authorities in western Pennsylvania said a second girl died after a dresser toppled onto her and her sister.

Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatolovich Rossi said Ryeley Beatty, 3, died Sunday at a Lawrenceville hospital. She was taken there Friday after the dresser fell on her and her sister, Brooklyn, 2, at their home in Aliquippa.

Rossi told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the girls appeared to have been playing in or around the bottom drawer of the dresser, causing it to fall onto them. Brooklyn was pronounced dead Friday.

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