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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - September 12, 2014

ISIS, ISIL Or Islamic State: What’s In A Name?

by NPR Staff

A flag of the Islamic State is seen on the other side of a barge in Iraq.

The Obama administration favors the term ISIL. Many Western news outlets have switched to calling the group "the Islamic State." And in general, ISIS might be the most ubiquitous acronym.  All three terms refer to the terrorist group that rose to prominence this summer.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - September 11, 2014

Trustees Reject Salaita Hire On 8-1 Vote

By Hannah Meisel and Scott Cameron, with Additional Reporting from The Associated Press

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Backers of Prof. Salaita at the U of I Trustees meeting.

The University of Illinois board of trustees voted Thursday not to hire Steven Salaita, the professor whose job offer was withdrawn after he posted controversial, anti-Israel comments on Twitter.



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - September 11, 2014

Does Prof. Salaita Have A Compelling Argument For Reinstatement?

By Hannah Meisel

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Steven Salaita at the University YMCA Tuesday.

Professor Steven Salaita won't be at today's U of I Board of Trustees meeting, but his presence will be felt.  He's been at the center of controversy since his tenured position was rescinded.  And in a last minute change, the Trustees will vote on his appointment today.


AP - Illinois Public Media News - September 10, 2014

President Sending More Troops To Combat Islamic State

By The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is sending 475 more U.S. troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State militants and secure diplomatic facilities.



NPR - Illinois Public Media News - September 10, 2014

Obama To Push Military Campaign Against Islamic State Militants

By Scott Horsley

Barack Obama

President Obama delivers a rare, primetime address Wednesday.  Taking over the TV networks during the crucial 8:00 p.m. CT programming slot is not something any White House does lightly.


AP - Illinois Public Media News - September 09, 2014

Prof. Salaita Speaks Publicly For First Time About Losing U of I Position

By Jim Meadows and Hannah Meisel

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Steven Salaita speaks at the University YMCA.

For weeks, all that many people at the University of Illinois Urbana campus had heard from Steven Salaita were the controversial comments he had Tweeted about Israel over the summer --- comments that cost him his U of I faculty appointment.  But Salaita broke his silence Tuesday, at a news conference where he said he would fight for reinstatement.


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - September 09, 2014

4 Things To Know About Obama’s Islamic State Strategy

By Scott Neuman

President Obama is set to meet congressional leaders this afternoon to outline his strategy for confronting the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria. He is scheduled to address the nation on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. to make that strategy public.


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - September 07, 2014

New Ebola Vaccine Is Tested In Humans, After Success In Monkeys

By Bill Chappell

A woman receives a dose of Ebola vaccine in Bethesda, Md. last week.

An experimental Ebola vaccine is now being tested in people, according to scientists who say the drug has shown promising results tested on monkeys. The small clinical trial is using healthy human volunteers.


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