Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Corey Williams is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer.

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TOP STORIES:

FIREWORKS-KILLED BY FALLING BRANCH

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Authorities say an area in western Illinois where two people were killed when a large tree branch fell on them during a fireworks show is being treated like a crime scene. Rock Island County Sheriff's Capt. Mitch Lee said Thursday that the area near the county courthouse has been cordoned off until tree experts can examine the branch and the century-old oak tree. Lee says investigators hope the experts can explain why the branch fell during Tuesday night's "Red, White and Boom" fireworks show. He says green leaves were on the branch. The sheriff says the wind was blowing no more than 3 mph. authorities say the branch measured more than 8 feet around in some parts. It fell about 25 feet. Several people were also injured, including a pregnant woman who later gave birth. Both are reported in good health. SENT: 130 words.

TRUMP-SUPREME COURT

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump's top contenders for the vacancy at this time are federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, said a person familiar with Trump's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly. Working closely with a White House team and consulting with lawmakers and outside advisers, Trump has spent the week deliberating on the choice. He conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates. He has not yet publicly indicated that he has narrowed the list and could still consider others in the mix. By Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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TRUMP-SUPREME COURT-THE LATEST: The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Supreme Court nomination.

PREDICTIVE POLICING

HARTFORD, Conn. — Years of secrecy by America's police departments about their use of computer programs predicting where crimes will occur, and who will commit them, are under fire in legal cases nationwide. The largest departments — New York, Chicago and Los Angeles — are all being sued for not releasing information about their "predictive policing" programs, which use algorithms to crunch data and create lists of people and neighborhoods for officers to target. Some smaller departments also have been brought to court and before public records agencies. A top concern, advocates say, is that the computer programs perpetuate the problem of minorities being arrested at higher rates than whites. If arrest and crime location data that show such biases are fed into the algorithms, they argue, police will continue targeting minorities and minority neighborhoods at higher rates. By Dave Collins. SENT: 1,000 words.

BUSINESS:

BOEING-EMBRAER

NEW YORK — Boeing and the Brazilian jet maker Embraer will attempt to form a joint venture that would push the U.S. aerospace giant more aggressively into the regional aircraft market. The new company, which has faced heavy scrutiny from lawmakers in Brazil, is being valued at about $4.7 billion. The companies said Thursday that Boeing Co. will own 80 percent of the joint venture, and Embraer SA the remaining 20 percent. SENT: 210 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES

CHICAGO — A federal judge in Chicago has ordered the U.S. government to release a 10-year-old Brazilian boy to his mother days after the same judge reunited another family separated at the border. Sirley Silveira Paixao cried Thursday as Judge Manish Shah said the mother should be promptly reunited with her son. After the hearing, the 30-year-old woman couldn't stop smiling. She said she's "very happy" and that she will never let her son leave her side. SENT: 130 words, photos.

ILLEGAL HANDGUNS-CHICAGO

CHICAGO — Chicago's police superintendent says officers seize, on average, one illegal handgun per hour and that the proliferation of guns on the streets prompted three police-involved shootings within 30 hours this week. Eddie Johnson says Chicago police recover more illegal guns than officers in New York City and Los Angeles combined. The first shooting occurred Monday evening in the South Shore neighborhood. A 17-year-old male was shot by an officer who says the teen pointed a gun at him. Officers also shot armed men on Tuesday and Wednesday on the West Side. A suspect was killed in the incident Tuesday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 6 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— TEENAGER DROWNS-MISSOURI: The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 13-year-old Illinois boy drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks.

— BABY GORILLA-BROOKFIELD ZOO: A baby gorilla born a month ago at a zoo in suburban Chicago has been named Ali.

— CHICAGO-PIANOS IN THE PARKS: Pianos are returning to Chicago's parks. The "Pianos in the Parks " program to inspire neighborhoods to make music will run until Aug. 1.

— PENSION LAWSUIT: Illinois has reached a $20 million settlement with the Royal Bank of Scotland resulting from the bank's marketing and sale of mortgage-backed securities a decade ago.

— SHERIFF'S DEPUTY-UNAUTHORIZED VIDEO: A northwestern Indiana sheriff's deputy cleared four months ago of a rape charge has been suspended for posting an unauthorized social-media video.

— SEVERE WEATHER-ILLINOIS: Authorities say two people were critically injured by a lightning strike as people gathered for a Fourth of July fireworks show in northern Illinois and another person was hit by lightning after Chicago's fireworks.

SPORTS:

BBA--WHITE SOX-ASTROS

HOUSTON — The White Sox travel to Houston to start a four-game series with the Astros. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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