In this April 19, 2016 file photo, Fidel Castro attends the last day of the 7th Cuban Communist Party Congress in Havana, Cuba.
Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via Associated Press
November 26, 2016

Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies At Age 90

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has died at age 90, according to Cuban state media, confirms NPR. Castro, who took power in the Cuban revolution in 1959, led his country for nearly 50 years. After undergoing intestinal surgery, Castro had ceded power in July 2006, to his younger brother Raul, who announced his death late Friday on Cuban state television.


Olle Eriksson/Flickr
November 24, 2016

From Texting To Gaming: Teen Drivers Are Distracted

Teenagers are texting while behind the wheel, despite the law prohibiting it. And that's not all they're doing. The survey from State Farm Insurancefound 80 percent of teens say they use their smartphones while driving. Along with sending text messages, they're using the phone for other purposes, including playing games.


Foellinger Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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November 23, 2016

U of I Suspends Overtime Changes After Court Ruling Against Labor Department

The University of Illinois says it's suspending immediately all of the recent changes announced ahead of the new federal overtime rules. That includes salary increases and overtime eligibility related to the new changes under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The move comes after a federal judge in Texas blocked nationwide implementation of the new rules. 


Chicago State University
Chicago State University
November 23, 2016

IL Higher Ed Board Hands $17 Million To Struggling Schools

Three of the public universities hardest hit by the state budget crisis will split $17 million in emergency funding, according to the Chicago Tribune. The paper reports that the Illinois Board of Higher Education voted unanimously Wednesday to send the lifeline funding to Chicago State, Western Illinois and Eastern Illinois universities.


Rev. Evelyn Burnett Underwood
Evelyn Burnett Underwood
November 23, 2016

Underwood Is Third To Announce Candidacy For Urbana Mayor

There are now three candidates vying to win election as Mayor of Urbana next spring --- all Democrats, and all women.

The Reverend Evelyn Burnett Underwood is the latest to make her candidacy official, with an announcement on Wednesday.


South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Cliff Owen / AP
November 23, 2016

Trump Chooses South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley As U.N. Ambassador

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has been selected as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in President-elect Donald Trump's administration, according to Trump's transition team.

Sean Spicer, a senior transition official, tells NPR's Domenico Montanaro that Trump offered Haley the appointment and she accepted. The position requires Senate confirmation.


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