Leaman Joe, left, hugs Michael Parker at the crash site that killed their friends in Warren, Ohio, on Sunday. (Scott R. Galvin / Associated Press)
Springfield, Ill. — Federal authorities announced Monday that Illinois has agreed to settle a securities-fraud charge that accused the state of misleading investors about the financial health of its public-employee pension systems, which are now $96.7 billion short of what's needed to cover promised retirement benefits.
In a cease-and-desist order issued by the Securities and Exchange Commissions, Gov. Pat Quinn's administration admitted no wrongdoing in the way state officials borrowed money to pay pension obligations through $2.2 billion in municipal bond sales from 2005 to early 2009.
Cops probe Ohio crash that killed 6
Warren, Ohio — Investigators on Monday tried to piece together what eight teenagers crammed into a stolen SUV were up to before the vehicle flipped over into a pond, killing six of them.
Authorities gave no details on where the group of friends had been and why they were out around daybreak Sunday.
State police said the SUV hit a guardrail on a two-lane road in an industrial section of town and landed upside down in about 5 feet of water, filling up in a matter of minutes. Five boys and a young woman, ages 14 to 19, were killed. Two boys smashed a rear window, wriggled out of the wreckage, swam away and called 911.
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