Ammons to Davis: 'Don't be afraid'

SPRINGFIELD — State Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, announced Tuesday that she has formed an exploratory committee to decide whether to run in 2018 for Congress in Illinois' 13th District.

"You and I together are going to launch our exploratory committee together," she told hundreds of women and men outside the state Capitol who were attending a Women March on Springfield rally.

Report urges steps to promote diversity at UI

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois should create a new vice chancellor to better coordinate wide-ranging — and sometimes redundant — efforts to promote diversity on campus, a new report says.

McDonald's U.S. sales climb; customer traffic still a focus

OAK BROOK (AP) — McDonald's says new Big Mac sizes helped boost a key sales figure in the U.S., but that it's still working on trying to attract more customers to its stores.

Trump touts executive orders he once lambasted

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will mark the end of his first 100 days in office with a flurry of executive orders, looking to fulfill campaign promises and rack up victories ahead of that milestone by turning to a presidential tool he once derided.

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'She did not know who shot her'

URBANA — A Champaign teen confined to a wheelchair after being struck by a bullet last fall has recanted earlier statements that led to shooting-related charges against two men.

Holdup at Champaign pharmacy nets prison term

URBANA — An Indianapolis man who admitted robbing a Champaign pharmacy of drugs has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Arian Craig, 19, will serve the sentence at the same time he serves a four-year stint he received in February in Vermilion County for a similar holdup of a pharmacy in Danville.

The latest: Lawmakers say Flynn sidestepped disclosure rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the congressional probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election (all times local):

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Arkansas holds 1st double execution since 2000

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Arkansas denies man gulped for air during 1 of 2 executions

VARNER, Ark. (AP) — After going nearly 12 years without executing an inmate, Arkansas now has executed three in a few days — including two in one night.

Last male northern white rhino getting help from dating app

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The world's last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive.

"I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me," the rhino's profile says. "I perform well under pressure."