History: Illinois rivers fed economic growth in state. A canal was eventually built between LaSalle IL and Chicago IL, which helped the cities grow in northern Illinois. The Illinois River and Mississippi River continue to transport goods today.
Accident news: Harry L. Crisp II, CEO of the Pepsi bottling plant in Marion, IL, was injured in a roll-over crash on Interstate 57 in Williamson County, IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. A semi truck driver was cited in the crash.
French authorities are evacuating tourists from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and searching houses on the famed outcropping in the English Channel for a visitor who apparently threatened to attack security services.
Germany's center-left Social Democrats are electing a new leader to spearhead the party's recovery from a disastrous election result and guide it through a fractious coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.