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CHICAGO (AP) - Lawyer Michael Avenatti says it is "outrageous" that R. Kelly's attorney asserts that the four accusers are lying about being sexually abused by the R&B singer. Avenatti, who says he represents two Kelly victims and gave prosecutors new video evidence of Kelly having sex with an underage girl, said Saturday that, "We're going to do everything in our power ... to make sure 2019 is not a repeat of 2008." He was referring to Kelly's 2008 child pornography trial, in which the singer was acquitted.

(AP) - Now in the fight of his life, R&B star R. Kelly is facing the power of a prosecutor whose life story in some ways mirrors his. Like Kelly, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Fox is a product of Chicago public housing, a child of a black single mother, a survivor of childhood sexual assaults and a person who climbed to a position of power in their field after escaping an upbringing of poverty. The two now face off as Kelly fights for his freedom, facing allegations of victimizing women and girls.

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man convicted in the drug-induced death of a Spanish foreign exchange student has been sentenced to 24 years in prison. DuPage County Judge Liam Brennan sentenced 38-year-old Francis Emanuele of Downers Grove to 20 years Friday night for the drug-induced homicide of the 15-year-old girl and four years for indecent solicitation of a child. The girl's host parents found her dead at home on May 3, 2016.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A lawmaker from central Illinois stressed the importance of efforts to legalize recreational marijuana during a community forum, saying the industry could drive economic growth. The News-Gazette reports that Democratic Rep. Carol Ammons of Urbana spoke during a panel discussion Monday about legalizing recreational cannabis. Ammons has studied the regulation and taxation of marijuana since 2004. She says revenue from taxing marijuana could be reinvested and used to improve communities.

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