Illinois asks FEMA for more time to assess flood damage

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is asking its federal counterpart for more time to assess damage form early-winter floods that struck nearly two dozen counties.

Lawmakers urge federal agency to build campus in Illinois

MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) — Member of Illinois' congressional delegation are appealing to the head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in support of Scott Air Force Base's bid to host its new facility.

Illinois coal mine owner seeks expansion as fire lingers

ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press

N. Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories

AHN YOUNG-JOON, Associated Press

Occupiers at Oregon refuge say they'll turn themselves in

REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press
MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press

52 dead in riot at northern Mexico prison

PORFIRIO IBARRA, Associated Press
MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press

U.S. markets dive amid global selloff

ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer

UPDATED: Discovery confirms Einstein prediction; NCSA played role

URBANA — A billion light years from Earth, two dense objects known as black holes collide at enormous speed, sending giant ripples through the fabric of space-time.

This day in history, Feb. 11, 2016

Today is Thursday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2016. There are 324 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 11, 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law favoring his Democratic-Republican Party — giving rise to the term "gerrymandering."

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How'd Obama's visit go?

How did President Obama's visit to Springfield and address to the Illinois General Assembly go on Wednesday?