Nation/World

Nation/World

Kentucky Derby preview with Kurt Becker

Kurt Becker called Kentucky Derby wins by Silver Charm (1997) and Real Quiet (1998) in his role as track announcer at Churchill Downs and was an NBCSports Radio analyst for last year’s win by American Pharoah. The Altamont native, whose father, Carl, revitalized the University of Illinois horse farm, will be back on the call Saturday.

Boston Marathon record holder supports McFadden

CHAMPAIGN — Jean Driscoll knew the call was coming. And why.

The eight-time Boston Marathon winner watched another Illini racer take title No. 4 on Monday.

Tatyana McFadden, the dominant athlete in the women’s wheelchair division, is halfway to Driscoll’s Boston record.

Sotomayor on Scalia: 'There is a loss, and you can feel it'

URBANA — Justice Sonia Sotomayor says the Supreme Court on which she serves is very much like a family. And when a fellow justice departs, the dynamics of that family can change.

Sotomayor and the late Antonin Scalia may not have always agreed about their interpretations of law, but she said she still felt sadness at his departure.

Mexican president: Drug lord 'El Chapo' recaptured

E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, Associated Press

Black Lives Matter "die-out"

A group of about 20 people participated in Tueday's "die-out" outside the Champaign County Courthouse, organized by members of Black Lives Matter Champaign-Urbana.

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?