Coroner identifies man found dead in car on Illinois 1 near Rossville

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County coroner has released the name of a man found dead behind the wheel of his car last week on Illinois 1 south Rossville but said a cause of death has not yet been determined.

Coroner Jane McFadden said Danville attorney Steven L. Blakely, 53, was found dead in his vehicle at 1:47 a.m. Dec. 4 with no apparent injuries.

Woman acquitted of not having insurance in 2017 fatal car-pedestrian accident

URBANA — Saying circumstantial evidence alone was not enough, a Champaign County judge Friday acquitted a Champaign woman charged with not having insurance when she struck a pedestrian in October 2017, killing him.

UPDATED: UI trustees fire tenured professor over falsified research

CHICAGO — University of Illinois trustees voted Friday to immediately fire a tenured associate professor of cell and developmental biology who admitted that he falsified research in grant applications.

Central Illinois cereal maker shuts down

GRIDLEY (AP) — A company that's the largest employer in the small central Illinois village of Gridley has closed because not enough people were buying the cereal it made.

Climate talks inch forward in Poland

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Bleary-eyed after almost two weeks of negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries on Friday discussed the first comprehensive draft agreement to emerge at the U.N. climate talks in Poland, mindful that the clock was ticking to reach a deal.

VW on track to break last year's sales record

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen, which last year vied for the title of world's largest carmaker, says it is on track to beat that performance with a new annual sales record — despite trouble getting vehicles certified for new European emissions tests.

UPDATE: 1 dead, 1 injured in head-on crash on Illinois 1 near Bismarck

BISMARCK — One person was killed and a second injured in a fiery head-on collision Friday morning in Vermilion County.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said the crash happened at 7:45 a.m. on Illinois 1 just south of Vermilion County Road 2820 N, which is about a mile northwest of Bismark.

Dutch suspect detained in slaying of U.S. student

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A suspect in the slaying of a 21-year-old American psychology student living in the Dutch port of Rotterdam appeared before a judge Friday and was ordered detained for two more weeks while the investigation continues.

British leader sticks to Brexit plan despite rebuff from EU

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted Friday that her Brexit deal was still alive and kicking, despite a stinging rebuff from the European Union after she asked for changes to make the agreement more palatable to U.K. lawmakers.