Hoop it up: Big Ten on the rise?

Each week, staff writer Bob Asmussen offers his views on the game Gus Johnson and Dick Vitale love to shout about:

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Updated: Transcript of the 2015 State of the Union

Final transcript, provided by the White House, of President Obama's State of the Union address.

   THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: 


Text of GOP response to State of the Union address

Text of GOP response to the State of the Union address, delivered Tuesday night by Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, as provided by the office of the Senate majority leader:

Local mosque denounces Paris terrorist attack

URBANA — The Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center has issued a condemnation of the recent terrorist attack that killed 12 people, including eight journalists and two police officers, at a French satirical publication.

Rep. Davis gets 3rd committee seat

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has received a third committee assignment in the new 114th Congress that begins its work Jan. 3.

In addition to serving on the House Agriculture Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Davis will have a seat on the House Administration Committee.

UI pressing UIC's presidential library bid

CHICAGO — Top University of Illinois officials have reiterated their support for a bid to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library at the UI Chicago campus, amid concerns from Washington about leadership transitions at the school.

UI police officers pay respects at comrade's funeral in New York

URBANA — University of Illinois police Officer Chris Elston said attending the funeral for a slain New York police officer was an experience he'll never forget.

"I think it was important for our local police to have a presence in New York City in solidarity for fallen police officers," Elston said.

Transcript of Obama statement on Cuba

Transcript, provided by the White House, of President Barack Obama's statement on Cuba.

     THE PRESIDENT:   Good afternoon.  Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba.

Text of Obama's remarks after Ferguson decision

A transcript, provided by the White House, of President Barack Obama's remarks on Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown:

Reports: Ferguson grand jury has reached decision

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Media outlets citing unidentified sources are reporting that the grand jury considering whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the death of Michael Brown has reached a decision.

The Associated Press was not able to confirm the reports Monday afternoon.