Newest National Park Quarter Inspires Collectors with Fruit Bats

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The first national park quarter to be released for circulation in 2020 will feature the National Park of American Samoa, home to giant fruit bats. (Credit: United States Mint)

In just a few weeks, there’s a very good chance you’ll have fruit bats in your pocket. The United State Mint will release a quarter on Feb. 3 featuring the National Park of American Samoa, which is home to giant bats.

Flu Facts: Debunking Common Flu Myths

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(Photo by Kelly Sikkema / Unsplash)

It’s winter, which means it’s flu season. We get a check-up on common misconceptions about the flu and flu shots with Dr. Marielle Fricchione, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health's immunization program.

Meet the Chicago Artist Behind ‘Grace and Frankie’

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Nancy Rosen (WTTW News)

Lily Tomlin plays an artist on the popular Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” but she isn’t creating the art. It’s actually made in Chicago by artist Nancy Rosen. We visit her studio to learn more.

Brookfield Zoo Euthanizes Second Beloved Lion in Less Than 2 Weeks

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Brookfield Zoo lions Zenda, left, and Isis. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

Following what appears to have been a tragic accident, the zoo reported the death of its female African lion, Isis, less than two weeks after the loss of her mate, Zenda.

How the Warren Court Helped Create the US We Know Today

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A new book explores the landmark years in which the Supreme Court reshaped the course of the United States. We discuss “Democracy and Equality” with University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone, who co-authored the book.

Crain’s Headlines: Pot Sales Slump in Week 2 of Legalization

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(WTTW News)

Sales statewide slid from more than $2 million in the opening days to about $1.2 million as dispensaries struggled to keep shelves full.

House Votes Wednesday to Send Impeachment Articles to Senate

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives to meet with the Democratic Caucus at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

The U.S. House is set to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, and pressure was mounting Tuesday on senators to call fresh witnesses for the historic trial.

Can the Flu Shot Help Fight Cancer? New Research Suggests it Can

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Cancer treatment can be costly, but new findings from Rush University Medical Center suggest an inexpensive, effective treatment could be within reach. 

At Age 100, Heart Health Pioneer Still Doing Research

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Dr. Jeremiah Stamler (WTTW News)

These days, we know that eating foods high in saturated fats, salt and cholesterol is unhealthy. But that wasn’t always the accepted wisdom. And the doctor whose research led to many of those discoveries just celebrated a milestone.

Police Suspect Serial Killer Strangled Illinois Teen in 1976

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A suspected serial killer strangled a suburban Chicago teenage girl in 1976 and likely killed another woman just days before she was to testify in court that he raped her, police said Monday.

An Exit Interview with Senate President John Cullerton

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Outgoing Illinois Senate President John Cullerton appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 13, 2020. (WTTW News)

After 41 years in public service, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is stepping down. He reflects on recent headlines, his life in politics and what’s next.

What’s Behind the Largest Ever One-Year Drop in Cancer Deaths

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Chief of Mammography and Ultrasound, Maj. Sara Michael, a diagnostic radiologist, reviews a mammogram Oct. 11 to look for any abnormalities in the breast tissue that could require further testing. (Photo Credit: Maria Yager)

The American Cancer Society reported last week the largest ever single-year decline in deaths from cancer. How improved disease screening and breakthrough treatments are giving cancer patients new hope.

Development Freeze Aims to Slow Displacement Near 606 Trail

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Chicago’s popular 606 elevated trail. (WTTW News)

Chicago’s popular 606 trail has led to skyrocketing property values in the surrounding area. Several aldermen now say they want to hit pause on some development because it’s leading to displacement of longtime residents. But the plan has its critics.

White House Releases Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence Technology

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As artificial intelligence becomes more widespread, the White House lays out best practices for developing and using the technology.

Charlie Beck: Chicago Police Will Become ‘Model for Effectiveness’

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Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck addresses the media following his remarks at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (WTTW News)

As the city continues its work to bring down the homicide rate following a 2016 spike, Chicago’s interim police superintendent believes one thing is absolutely necessary: winning back the public’s trust.

Meet 2 New Members of Teatro ZinZanni, Where Vegas Meets Vaudeville

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Liv Warfield, left, and Alseny Sylla are new cast members of the Teatro ZinZanni show “Love, Chaos and Dinner.” (WTTW News)

Circus arts, comedy and cabaret come together at Teatro ZinZanni. Six months into its run, the show has completely juggled its cast. New performers include two people with Chicago ties but very different backstories.

Need a Drill? A Sewing Machine? New Chicago Tool Library Ready to Lend

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There’s a new library in Chicago and it’s stocked with pretty much everything except books. We visit the Chicago Tool Library in Bridgeport.

Crain’s Headlines: Albertsons Again Weighs IPO

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Jewel-Osco’s corporate parent is expected to announce in a few weeks whether it will proceed with an initial public offering of stock, which could be valued at around $19 billion. 

Officials: 3 Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease at 2 Chicago Nursing Homes

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This 1978 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Legionella pneumophila bacteria, which are responsible for causing the pneumonic disease Legionnaires’ disease. (Francis Chandler / CDC via AP)

Two residents at Balmoral Nursing Home and one resident at Admiral at the Lake have been diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease, according to state health officials, who say the cases at the two facilities don’t appear to be related. 

2 Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan from Virginia, Illinois

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Two U.S. service members were killed and two others injured Saturday when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said in a statement.

‘Fail Not:’ What to Watch Ahead of Trump’s Senate Trial

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In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, light shines on the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)

Here’s what to watch as the impeachment charges make their slow-motion journey to the Senate this week.

PBS Highlighting Women With Summer of Programming

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This Oct. 22, 2019 file photo shows Gloria Steinem at the 2019 Women’s Media Awards in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith / Invision / AP, File)

The 100th anniversary of the amendment that guaranteed women’s right to vote in the United States is being celebrated in a variety of programming by PBS this summer.

Electric Scooter Injuries Surge Along With Their Popularity

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In this May 28, 2019, file photo, a man on a scooter passes a parked scooter along the Mission Beach boardwalk in San Diego. (AP Photo / Gregory Bull, File)

Nearly 40,000 broken bones, head injuries, cuts and bruises resulting from scooter accidents were treated in U.S. emergency rooms from 2014 through 2018, new research shows.

The Week in Review: Shocking Email Puts Madigan on the Defensive

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A shocking email has Springfield at attention and Madigan on the defensive. Presidential hopefuls set up shop in Illinois. Cannabis flies off the shelves in Chicago and a local coyote gets a DNA test.

Pelosi to Send Impeachment to Senate for Historic Trial

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Laura Albinson of Pasadena, Md., displays a message for members of the House as they leave the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will take steps next week to transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, ending a three-week standoff but confronting the Senate with only the third trial in U.S. history to remove a chief executive.

Official: DNA Test to Determine if Coyote Bit Chicago Child

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This Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 photo provided by Chicago Animal Care and Control in Chicago shows an injured coyote after it was successfully located and safely darted with a tranquilizer. (Chicago Animal Care and Control via AP)

DNA tests to determine if a coyote captured on Chicago’s North Side is the same animal that attacked a 6-year-old boy will take weeks to complete, a city animal control official said Friday.

White House Considering Dramatic Expansion of Travel Ban

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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump, according to six people familiar with the deliberations.

Chicago Child Dies from the Flu

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An early flu season in 2018 led to an increased volume of patients at many Chicago-area hospitals. (Brandis Friedman / WTTW News)

A Chicago child is one of 2,900 people across the U.S. who have died from the flu so far this season, and the first pediatric death in Illinois, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Boeing Papers Show Employees Slid 737 Max Problems Past FAA

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In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, Boeing 737 Max jets sit parked in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson, File)

Boeing employees raised doubts among themselves about the safety of the 737 Max, hid problems from federal regulators and ridiculed those responsible for designing and overseeing the jetliner, according to a damning batch of newly released emails and texts.

Chicago Coyote Captured After 2 Suspected Attacks Reported

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A Chicago Animal Care and Control inspector, right, and a warden from Cook County Animal Control fan out around the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park to look for a possible coyote den, Thursday morning, Jan. 9, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Authorities on the hunt for coyotes in downtown Chicago after two reported attacks, including one where passersby said they had to pull a wild canine off of a 6-year-old boy who was bitten in the head, captured one animal Thursday night on the city’s North Side.

Madigan Rejects Call for House Investigation of Alleged Cover-Up

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(Adam Jones / Flickr)

House Speaker Michael Madigan rebuffed a call by his Republican counterpart to convene a special House committee to investigate an alleged “criminal cover-up” detailed in an email written by one of Madigan’s top confidants.

Tehran Plane May Have Been Shot Down Mistakenly by Iran

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Rescue workers carry the body of a victim of a Ukrainian plane crash in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo / Ebrahim Noroozi)

It’s the latest in a string of tragic news involving Chicago-based Boeing: A 737 jet crashed Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board. We discuss that incident and what the future holds for Boeing with Tracy Rucinski, U.S. aviation correspondent for Reuters.