Illinois man sentenced to life for slaying of parents

BRIDGEVIEW (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 slaying of his parents.

Illinois jobless rate drops below 6% in February

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate fell below 6 percent in February.

The drop to 5.4 percent leaves Illinois' jobless rate at its lowest since late 2007. Preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released by the department Thursday indicate 25,600 nonfarm jobs were added to Illinois' economy last month.

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Trump aide with Russia ties offers to talk to House panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, a key figure in investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, has volunteered to be questioned by lawmakers as part of a House probe of the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

Egypt's Mubarak free, acquitted after yearslong detention

CAIRO (AP) — Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was freed from custody Friday morning after six years of legal proceedings and wrangling that frustrated activists who had hoped he would face justice for the deaths of hundreds defying his rule.

Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an 'employee'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump will have a security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters. But don't call her an employee.

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new parking spot

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts prepped the International Space Station on Friday for a new parking spot reserved for commercial crew capsules.

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reach IS-held dam in north

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reached a major dam held by the Islamic State group in northern Syria Friday as Syria's U.N. ambassador said hundreds of American personnel are "invading my country," insisting that any effort to liberate the city of Raqqa — the de facto capital of the Islamic State group — should be done in coordination with the Damascus government.

The latest: Prince Charles meets with London attack victims

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the attacks in London (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

Prince Charles has visited people injured in the London attack, meeting privately with victims at a hospital.

The heir to the British throne thanked staff at King's College Hospital for their "marvelous efforts." He shook hands with nurses, who took photos of him as he left the ward.

Man gets 45 years for killing grandmother for inheritance

GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison in Illinois for killing his grandmother for an inheritance.

Rich A. Schmelzer was convicted in December in the slaying of 85-year-old Mildred Darrington of suburban Chicago. He was sentenced Thursday by Kane County Judge Linda Abrahamson.