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LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) - Joint Base Lewis-McChord says two soldiers died in what the base described as a boating incident south of Tacoma. KOMO-TV reports the men died Tuesday at American Lake in Lakewood. The base says their bodies were recovered after there were reports of missing kayakers.

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and billionaire Democratic businessman J.B. Pritzker spent millions attacking each other even before their 2018 matchup was set. It was just a preview of how brutal and astronomically expensive the race for the state's top job is expected to be. Rauner is considered one of the nation's most vulnerable GOP incumbents up for re-election this fall, making the typically Democratic-leaning state a top target.

CHICAGO (AP) - A man who was lured into a 2009 sting by an informant cooperating with federal agents could soon be released after pleading guilty to a robbery conspiracy charge. The Chicago Tribune reports 49-year-old Leslie Mayfield entered the plea Tuesday. The update comes after a federal judge in Chicago urged federal law enforcement to stop conducting stings in which suspects are talked into agreeing to steal non-existent drugs from non-existent stash houses, saying they overwhelmingly target blacks.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A 21-year-old Rockford man has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in his father's stabbing death. The Rockford Register Star reports that Justin T. Joiner entered the pleas Tuesday to three counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated domestic battery in the Feb. 13 death of 52-year-old David Joiner. Justin Joiner is next due in court May 8. He's held in the Winnebago County jail on $1 million bond.

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