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NORTH CAROLINA: Obama visits Billy Graham

President Barack Obama made a pilgrimage Sunday to Billy Graham's mountainside home, concluding a vacation with his first meeting with the ailing evangelist. Obama made the short drive to Montreat from Asheville, where he had spent the weekend, to see Graham, 91, and son Franklin, also an evangelist. In a 30-minute visit, Obama had a private prayer and conversation with Billy Graham. As Obama was leaving for West Virginia, a man with a gun was arrested in airport parking lot. Suspect Joseph McVey, 23, of Ohio, was nowhere near Air Force One.


ILLINOIS: Crime alarms lawmakers

Two Illinois lawmakers say violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the National Guard must be called in. Reps. John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford appealed to Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday to deploy troops. One night last week saw seven people killed and 18 wounded, mostly by gunfire. Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis said he doubts the National Guard is the best answer.


MINNESOTA: Six killed in car crash

The State Patrol said alcohol may have been a factor in a car crash that killed six people, including three teenagers. Police noted a smell of alcohol from a car that collided with a sport utility vehicle early Sunday west of Cambridge, 40 miles north of Minneapolis. The car was driven by a 16-year-old who got her license less than three weeks ago. She was hospitalized in serious condition. Passengers Kelsee Blackledge, 15, Stephen Kendryna, 16, Travis Buchan, 17, and Travis Gryczkowski, 21,- were killed. Two people in the SUV also died.


NEW YORK: Bush's book set for fall

The publisher of former President George W. Bush's book set a Nov. 9 release date Sunday. According to Crown Publishers, "Decision Points" will offer "gripping, never-before-heard detail" on such events as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. A publishing industry source was unsure whether Bush had compared notes with Laura Bush, whose memoir is due May 4.

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