2 for 1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The only total lunar eclipse this year and next came with a supermoon bonus.

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear. There won't be another until the year 2021.

Environment Almanac | All welcome to attend Vermilion River presentations

If you know anything from Environmental Almanac, you know there's a special place in my heart for rivers and streams. In fact, my very first commentary, which ran on the radio back in August 2004, called attention to the benefits achieved for the Boneyard Creek when it was reconfigured on campus by the University of Illinois. (That enables me to fish over the lunch hour.)

Letter from Birdland | Enjoying the sights in the Big Apple

It was our last night in Brooklyn, and I was starting to get homesick. I wondered how the dogs were doing, whether my tiny serama hen had started laying yet, if the cat was still pouting in the attic (reports from home were that even though she seemed to be eating, nobody had seen much of her).

Shutdown provides unfortunate lesson for UI 'Politics of National Parks' class trip

Caves inside national parks, it turns out, are classified as federal buildings.

So when University of Illinois students in Poli Sci 224 arrived at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico for their long-awaited field experience earlier this month, the caves were closed, thanks to the federal government shutdown.

Researchers come face to face with huge great white shark

HALIEWA, Hawaii (AP) — Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii.

Weekend storm to sweep across Midwest into Northeast

CHICAGO (AP) — A strong winter storm system is forecast to sweep across the Midwest into New England, bringing double-digit snow accumulations and high winds.

The National Weather Service on Friday had winter storm warnings and watches in effect from the Dakotas, across the Great Lakes states and into New England.

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Northern California braces for heavy rain, snow

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Light rain fell in some parts of Northern California Wednesday ahead of a Pacific storm expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds that could unleash mudslides at the site of the deadliest wildfire in state history.

Danville council set to vote on permits for proposed solar farm

DANVILLE — One of the half-dozen companies considering Vermilion County sites for construction of a solar farm is hoping Danville aldermen go against the recommendation of the planning and zoning commission and issue special-use permits for three sites west of the city.

Solar-farm research transforms critics on Piatt County Board into advocates

MONTICELLO — Piatt County board representatives Renee Fruendt and Bob Murrell went from solar farm critics in December to wholeheartedly endorsing the renewable-energy option for agriculturally zoned land a month later.

The main reason for the turnaround?