Air travelers who have compiled significant frequent-flyer miles are being urged to consider donating those miles to injured soldiers and their families for the holidays.
Since 2005, Operation Hero Miles has issued more than 40,000 donated tickets. The Fisher House Foundation that manages the program says it has saved military families nearly $63 million in ticket costs over the years.
A pair of teenagers are facing charges after prosecutors say they raped an East St. Louis High School student.
The Belleville News Democrat reports that an 18-year-old is charged with criminal sexual assault, while a 16-year-old suspect is facing charges in juvenile court. The victim told police that the assault happened at school in a closet.
The 18-year-old suspect is held on a $100,000 bond.