Audi to update 850,000 cars as diesel recalls widen

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology.

Lyft forms own autonomous vehicle unit

DETROIT (AP) — Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars.

#TheMJs, July 21, 2017

On Fridays, staff writer Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a glance at the best Twitter has to offer.

Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

HOFFMAN ESTATES (AP) — Sears will begin selling its appliances on, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.The announcement Thursday sent shares of Sears soaring more than 18 percent at the opening bell. The tie-up with the internet behemoth could give shares of the storied retailer one of its biggest one-day percentage gains ever.

Entertainment listings, July 20-27, 2017


This weekend


What: Traditional fair events including queen pageant, demo derby, wild World of Animals, horse shows, livestock, Nick Lynch Band, 4-H, tractor pull and talent show.

When: July 20-24.

Where: Fairgrounds,1390 E. 2000 N. Road, Watseka.

Playing Critic: Learning while trying to emulate Old McDonald

It might surprise you to know that, although I was born and raised in Iowa, my practical experience with farms and farming is close to non-existent.

Brain scans may change care for some people with memory loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Does it really take an expensive brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer's? Not everybody needs one, but new research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down, PET scans may lead to changes in treatment.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: New research guide for state cemeteries

Illinois burial places date back to the era when Native Americans buried their dead in mounds. Since then, burials in Illinois have changed through the years (family plots, church yards, military cemeteries, commercial cemeteries, etc.) as have the types and materials used for markers and monuments.

Energy Department to contribute $104M for UI bioenergy research center

URBANA — Pending congressional approval, the U.S. Department of Energy is contributing $104 million for a new bioenergy research center at the University of Illinois.

Afghan girls robotics team competes after visa obstacles

WASHINGTON (AP) — A robotics team of six girls from Afghanistan is taking part in an international competition in Washington, after clearing visa obstacles that prompted intervention from President Donald Trump.

The team's ball-sorting robot played in its first game on Monday morning.