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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A man who spent three years on the run after being charged in connection with a deadly southwestern Illinois shooting is in custody in Illinois after being captured in his native Mexico.

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says 20-year-old Fernando Gallegos-Ochoa was returned to that county Tuesday night and is jailed without bond. Ochoa was captured in Mexico in February.

Ochoa is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm related to the August 2011 shooting in Pontoon Beach.

Gibbons says Ochoa is accused of fatally shooting Jesus Flores and wounding Luis Ortiz during a dispute outside a restaurant.

Online court records don't show whether Ochoa has an attorney.

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - East St. Louis police are investigating the beating and strangling of a man during a suspected robbery.

Authorities say 27-year-old Tobias Gross of O'Fallon was found unconscious and bleeding Monday night. He later died at a Belleville hospital.

Police Chief Michael Floore says investigators were questioning an East St. Louis man in connection with Gross' death.  

There was no immediate word Wednesday about any arrests or charges.

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's infectious disease network has mobilized for the first time, transferring two O'Hare International Airport travelers from Liberia to hospitals for monitoring.

One, a child, is in isolation in stable condition Wednesday at University of Chicago Medical Center after getting sick en route to O'Hare Tuesday.

Officials say there have been no confirmed Ebola cases in Chicago and there's no threat to the public.

Dr. David Ansell of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago says an adult traveler from Liberia brought there Tuesday evening was transferred out of the hospital's isolation unit and is in good condition.

Ansell calls it "a great drill for the system."

 As of Monday, Homeland Security said 562 air travelers had been checked in airport screenings that started Oct. 11. None has had Ebola.

CHICAGO (AP) - The publisher and editor of the Chicago Sun-Times has denied a former reporter's claims that the newspaper's owners improperly influenced newsroom decisions during the governor's race.

Dave McKinney was the paper's Springfield bureau chief. He resigned Wednesday, saying he was put on temporary leave after Republican Bruce Rauner's campaign accused him of a conflict of interest. 

McKinney co-wrote a story about a lawsuit alleging Rauner threatened a former employee. Rauner's campaign called the story "irresponsible." 

Publisher Jim Kirk says in a statement Wednesday that McKinney is "among the best" in the profession but his work was put on "pause" to ensure no conflicts of interest. Kirk says the paper's management respects journalistic integrity and never quashed a story.

Rauner is a former investor in the paper's parent company, Wrapports LLC.

CHICAGO (AP) - A child traveling from Liberia to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago will be tested for Ebola "out of an abundance of caution" in what officials say is part of an important first trial for the city's new Ebola response system.

The child was among two ill travelers taken to hospitals for monitoring after arriving Tuesday. The situation became a real-life drill for dozens of health care workers in the city's newly activated Ebola network.

The city released a statement Wednesday saying the child is improving and has a normal temperature, but that "out of an abundance of caution," doctors decided to test the child. The other traveler, an adult, is in good condition and no longer in isolation.

Health officials emphasized there have been no confirmed Ebola cases in Chicago.

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