Afghan students denied U.S. visa to attend robot competition

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Six female students from war-torn Afghanistan who had hoped to participate in an international robotics competition in the U.S. this month will have to watch via video link after their visa applications were denied — not once, but twice.

Top of the Morning, July 10, 2017

With half of 2017 in the rearview mirror, it's a good time to take some stock at, and one metric serves as an excellent overview.

Wired In: Hailong Ning

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet HAILONG NING, a University of Illinois alumnus and director of research and development at Xerion Advanced Battery Corp., which has grown from its origins at the UI.

What's the latest at Xerion?

Rich Warren: Android users get new warning

Call me a libertarian if you insist, but why must the European Union protect the world from high listening levels when using headphones with an Android phone or tablet? The newest iteration of Android blocks the user from raising the volume above a certain level without first reading a notice that it could endanger your hearing and then tapping that you wish to ignore this protection.

'Bad Astronomer' to give talk at Champaign library

CHAMPAIGN — Phil Plait, an astronomer and the head science writer for "Bill Nye Saves the World," will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Champaign Public Library as part of its "The Sky's the Limit" summer series.

Entertainment listings, July 6-13, 2017



What: Main Street between Race Street and Broadway Avenue will be closed to cars and open for festival fun. Unique tastings, games, fire and dance performers, dinner specials, art shows and more.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. July 7.

Where: Downtown Urbana.


Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Vital records handbook updated

The seventh edition of the "International Vital Records Handbook" has far more essential vital-records information than many individuals might expect.

Top of the Morning, July 4, 2017

Fresh off the busiest weekend in history — 1,066,257 pageviews Friday through Sunday — a look at what was trending last week and the first half of 2017 on our website:

Wired In: Nate Pillow

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet NATE PILLOW, 33, the partnerships manager at Wolfram Research in Champaign. He's a University of Illinois alum, a world traveler and also a reader of toddler-appropriate books.

End of landline service would be a hang-up for some

CHAMPAIGN — Only about 10 percent of customers in AT&T's Illinois territory still use traditional landlines.

Tom Adair of Mansfield is one of them.

"I get a lot more calls on the landline, so I guess that's one reason I haven't dropped it," said Adair, who also has a cellphone.