Research programs on hold, but no signs of Ebola at UI

Two University of Illinois research programs designed to help farmers in Liberia and Sierra Leone have been put on hold this semester, just one of several ways the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has affected a campus thousands of miles away.

Meanwhile, the UI says no signs of Ebola turned up from its check of about 30 African students who arrived on campus in August.

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press

Santorum on DWS: I'm still thinking about 2016 run

The man who came up just short in his bid to become the Republican nominee for president nearly two years ago said he is actively considering another run for the country's top office.

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum finished second to the GOP nominee Mitt Romney, who eventually lost to President Barack Obama in November of 2012.

Sheriff: Robin Williams hanged himself

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his San Francisco Bay Area home, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.

Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams’ personal assistant found the actor Monday in a bedroom at his Tiburon home. The actor also had superficial cuts on his wrist, and a pocketknife was found nearby.

Ebola outbreak has UI's attention

The Ebola outbreak in Africa has prompted the University of Illinois to suspend study-abroad programs in Sierra Leone this fall and plan some extra screening for international students arriving from West Africa.

But officials say there's no cause for alarm on campus.

James Brady dies

'Rally for Gaza' scheduled Friday in Urbana

URBANA — Local Palestinian sympathizers plan to hold a "Rally for Gaza" on Friday afternoon in front of the Urbana City Building.

"It's a Palestinian rally. I'm hoping that nobody say anything about the Israelis," said Patsy Howell, an event organizer. "I'm sure we'll have signs asking the government to not give more money to Israel. But this is an informational rally."

UPDATED: Soon-to-be UI prof's Mideast posts drawing ire

UPDATE: According to a blog post on Inside Higher Ed, Steven Salaita won't be teaching at the University of Illinois.

UPDATE: Both sides in Ukraine deny shooting down plane

PETER LEONARD, Associated Press

Gunman slain after deputy shot in Georgia

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) Court records show the man accused of shooting a deputy at a Georgia courthouse filed a civil rights complaint against the sheriff's department in 2013.