Wired In: Keilin Jahnke

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet KEILIN JAHNKE, a Ph.D. student in agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Illinois.

Letter from Birdland: Every dog has a superpower

It was a simple meal: a quarter of a baked butternut squash. The bulb end, so I could drop a pat of butter to melt into the bowl where I had scooped out the seeds before baking.

Alone for the evening, I had work to do, so I took my meal at my desk. I settled in to my writing and my supper, when Ursula raised the alarm.

The latest: Experts sent to S.D. site of Keystone oil spill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The latest on a pipeline still that leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in rural South Dakota (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

A federal pipeline safety agency has sent technical experts to the site of an estimated 210,000-gallon oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota.

Greeks clean up after floods kill 16; 4 still missing

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Residents on the western fringes of the Greek capital struggled Thursday to clean up the devastation from flash floods that swept through their neighborhoods a day earlier, while the death toll rose as rescue crews searching for missing people recovered another body.

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This weekend


What: Free horse and carriage rides, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Have your picture taken with Santa! Over 30 vendors from seasonal decor to baked goods. Coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, breakfast and lunch provided by food vendors. Shop at the local village shops. Brochures and maps available day of event.

Flash floods on Athens outskirts leave at least 14 dead

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Flash floods turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris on the fringes of Greece's capital Wednesday, killing at least 14 people, inundating homes and businesses and knocking out a section of a major highway.

Rescuers search debris after Iran-Iraq quake kills over 530

SARPOL-E-ZAHAB, Iran (AP) — Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq that killed over 530 people, with weeping women crying out to God as aid workers found new bodies.

Wild alligator snapping turtle spotted in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN (AP) — Researchers are reporting the first sighting of a wild alligator snapping turtle in Illinois in 30 years.

Quake on Iran-Iraq border kills over 400

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border killed over 400 people across both countries, sent residents fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, authorities said Monday.

Letter from Birdland: A good time to take a break

The frost teases us in Birdland. It caught about 90 percent of my basil, but a few stalks are still bravely green. I'm going to go out today and cut it and the rest of the parsley, oregano, thyme and marjoram for one last herb frittata.