House panel interviewing Bannon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, the onetime close confidant to President Donald Trump, arrived early Tuesday for his interview before the House Intelligence Committee.

Japan public TV sends mistaken N. Korean missile alert

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert Tuesday warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then minutes later corrected it, days after a similar error in Hawaii.

Citigroup reports $18.3 billion loss, caused by new tax law

NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup reported an $18.3 billion loss in the fourth quarter on Tuesday — effectively wiping out the company's full-year 2017 profit — as the financial conglomerate had to take more than $20 billion in accounting write-downs related to the new tax law.

Program helps rural students access AP classes

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Students at 10 rural Illinois high schools now have access to online advanced placement classes to help them better prepare for college.

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti leads the Governor's Rural Affairs Council. She says 75 students will take part in a new pilot program that will test the feasibility of expanding the online classes to students across rural Illinois.

Big freeze: Russia's Yakutia sees near-record cold spell

MOSCOW (AP) — People living in some of the coldest places on earth are hunkering down as temperatures fall to near-record lows that are even defeating thermometers.

Temperatures in the remote, diamond-rich Russian region of Yakutia on Tuesday plunged to minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas.

The latest: Durbin stands by account of Trump profanity

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin is standing by his description of last week's White House immigration meeting at which he and others have said President Donald Trump described African nations with a profanity.

Sex abuse victim to ex-doctor: 'You are a repulsive liar'

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One of the dozens of victims expected to testify at the sentencing hearing of a disgraced former Michigan sports doctor on Tuesday described the sexual abuse Larry Nassar inflicted on her as a child and warned him that "little girls don't stay little forever."

Snow and ice coat South, closing freeways, runways

ATLANTA (AP) — Snow falling in Louisiana during the pre-dawn hours prompted the closure of multiple interstates as a winter weather system took aim at other states across the Deep South, forecasters said.

UPDATE: Victim identified in fatal crash on I-57 near Thomasboro

New 9:53 a.m. Tuesday:

The Champaign County Coroner has released the name of the victim in Monday's fatal crash on Interstate 57 four miles south of Rantoul.

Coroner Duane Northrup said 58 year-old Robert Bross of Savoy was pronounced dead at the hospital at 10:40 a.m. Monday, about 20 minutes after the accident. Northrup said an autopsy will be performed Tuesday.

Snow, ice aren't the only things road salt will eat away at

With fresh snow once again blanketing the area, fleets of trucks armed with road salt have renewed their attack on the white menace.

But as anyone who has ever walked out in their dress shoes knows, road salt can wear and tear at everything.