Paris attack mastermind was killed

PARIS (AP) — The Belgian extremist suspected of masterminding the deadly attacks in Paris died a day ago along with his female cousin in a police raid on a suburban apartment building, French officials said Thursday, adding it was still not clear exactly how he died.

Updated: School officer fired after tossing student in class

MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

Davis surprised by Boehner's move

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis lost a major ally Friday when House Speaker John Boehner announced that he was stepping down from his position and would resign his seat next month.

Remarks by President Obama and Pope Francis at White House

Transcript, provided by the White House, of remarks by President Barack Obama and Pope Francis at the White House on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015:

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good morning. 

AUDIENCE:  Good morning!  (Applause.) 

Glance at first AP Top 25 football poll

Ohio State secured every first-place vote in the opening Associated Press Top 25 rankings. But how does the poll compare to that of staff writer Bob Asmussen, an AP voter since 2009?

Top of the morning, Aug. 3, 2015

Two Aug. 3 editions, years apart, produced some memorable front pages.

Eleven years ago, the man who would become our 44th president spent some time in our area.

A few days after his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, BARACK OBAMA came through town on the fourth day of a five-day, 39-city campaign swing for the U.S. Senate.

Scouting the 2016 field

For the fourth installment of The News-Gazette's countdown to 2016, we asked the University of Illinois' resident expert on presidential elections — Professor BRIAN GAINES — to play oddsmaker with three storylines:

Tate: Redbirds have room to improve

Hang on, Cardinals fans. The goal is reachable, but the ride could be bumpy.
In baseball, early-season overachievement is preferred in qualifying for the postseason.

But in the case of St. Louis, continued overachievement may be unrealistic without a boost in the trade market (Ryan Howard, come on down ... if you have an half-season of inspiration left).

Obama remarks on Iran nuclear agreement

A transcript, provided by the White House, of remarks by President Obama about the nuclear agreement with Iran:

Local Pakistanis fear for relatives stuck in oppressive heat

URBANA — Zainab Susi of Mahomet was talking on FaceTime with her sister in Pakistan on Friday morning and complained about the heavy rains that day.

Meanwhile, her sister was in the midst of a scorching heat wave in Karachi.

"She said, 'I wish we could get this rain,'" Susi said of her sister's response. "I wish I could just send this rain to them."