Field Museum to add flying reptiles, gardens

CHICAGO (AP) — The huge central hall at Chicago's Field Museum won't only soon be home to the touchable cast of a titanosaur, the biggest dinosaur ever discovered.

Death toll hits 15 in California mudslides

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The death toll from the mudslides that struck Southern California climbed to 15 on Wednesday as rescue crews searched for anyone trapped, injured or dead in the onslaught that smashed homes and swept away cars.

Cold snap exposes cracks in upkeep of timeworn schools

BALTIMORE (AP) — The recent spell of cold weather exposed the poor state of school buildings in many big-city districts, including Baltimore, where the failure of heating systems closed dozens of institutions after children were left shivering in frigid classrooms.

Threats spur lockdown after teacher-handcuffed video

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana school board's office went on temporary lockdown after getting death threats from around the world in response to widely viewed video of a teacher screaming while being handcuffed at a school board meeting.

My Amish Home: The chill followed us down to Florida

"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Selflessness central to MLK Celebration keynote speaker's message

Sally Carter hasn't had much time to think about what she'll say when she delivers the keynote address at Friday's Countywide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Tom Kacich: Retiring Rep. Hays gives 'unvarnished' take on state politics

Retiring state Rep. Chad Hays promised "the most unvarnished presentation of my career" at Monday's meeting of the Active Senior Republicans of Champaign County, and he pretty much delivered.

Meg Makes: Soup doesn't need spice or onions to shine

Today's recipe comes from Savoy resident Joan Crockett, who makes soup regularly and is always on the hunt for non-spicy versions that don't include onions.

She adapted this recipe from a blog called "Damn Delicious," and substituted non-spicy salsiccia sausage, grated radishes for onion and frozen spinach for the fresh baby spinach the original calls for.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 10, 2018

THERON SANDS was back at work Tuesday, the silver medal he won at the U.S. Olympic speedskating long-track team trials by his side.

At 53, the accountant for C-U Under Construction just missed out on becoming the one of the oldest Winter Olympians in the event's rich history. He finished second in the 10,000-meter race Thursday in Milwaukee.

How'd he celebrate?

Area history, Jan. 10, 2018

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago: