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E-Cigarette Maker Juul Facing Mounting Scrutiny by State AGs

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E-cigarette giant Juul Labs is facing mounting scrutiny from state law enforcement officials, with the attorneys general in Illinois and the District of Columbia investigating how the company’s blockbuster vaping device became so popular with underage teens.

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EPA Moves to Revoke Rules on Oil Industry Methane Leaks

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In this April 24, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. Oil industry and environmental groups say they expect the Environmental Protection Agency to release a proposed rule over the next few days that will roll back requirements on detecting and plugging methane leaks at oil and gas facilities. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

The step by the Trump administration would be the latest in a series unwinding the Obama administration’s efforts to cut climate-changing emissions from the oil, gas and coal industries. 

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In this April 24, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. Oil industry and environmental groups say they expect the Environmental Protection Agency to release a proposed rule over the next few days that will roll back requirements on detecting and plugging methane leaks at oil and gas facilities. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Ravinia’s Production of ‘Candide’ Brings Bernstein Celebration to a Glittering Close

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Ravinia’s production of “Candide (or Optimism).” (Credit: Patrick Gipson / Ravinia Festival)

This was an exceedingly elaborate production for what was a one-night-only event, and it brought together performers fully at ease with the show’s demonically difficult score and wildly witty lyrics.

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Ravinia’s production of “Candide (or Optimism).” (Credit: Patrick Gipson / Ravinia Festival)

Video: Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s ‘State of the City’ Address

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Watch the mayor’s full speech outlining “where we are, where we’ve come, and what we see as a path forward.” With commentary by our own Paris Schutz and Becky Vevea of WBEZ.

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Trump’s Dream of Space Force Moves One Step Closer to Reality

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President Donald Trump watches with Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Mark Esper as the flag for U.S. Space Command is unfurled in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

As society becomes increasingly dependent on space-based systems, there’s a growing need for protection from potential adversaries. But is the U.S. Space Command – and eventually a Space Force – the answer?

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President Donald Trump watches with Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Mark Esper as the flag for U.S. Space Command is unfurled in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Mars Wrigley Internship a Sweet Gig, but Not All Goodies and Gumdrops

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Cindy Mancilla spent her summer working at the headquarters of candy magnate Mars Wrigley. And though the company hires hundreds of interns across its various departments, this internship takes the cake – and gives back.

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5 Chicago Teens Charged with Murder Under Controversial Illinois Law

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Just what is the felony murder law? Critics say it is broad and unjust, especially when it involves juveniles. Proponents say it deters crime. Chicago defense attorney Brandon Brown weighs in.

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As a Young Man, He Traveled with ‘Railroad Tramps’ and Documented Their Lives

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Dale Wickum (Credit: Dale Wickum / followingthetracks.com)

More than 40 years ago, Chicagoan Dale Wickum traveled all over the country by freight train to meet and photograph men who called themselves “railroad tramps.” The photos have been in storage since the 1970s. Until now.

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Dale Wickum (Credit: Dale Wickum / followingthetracks.com)

The ‘State of the City’: Chicago’s $838M Budget Gap and the Path Ahead

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A day after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot marked her 100th day in office, she delivered her first “State of the City” address at Harold Washington Library. Our panel reacts to the speech and offers analysis.

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Lightfoot Outlines $838M Budget Deficit in ‘State of the City’ Address

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivers her first “State of the City” address on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (WTTW News)

The number that had been kept under wraps for weeks is finally out in the open. “If it sounds like a large number, that’s because it is,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday during her first “State of the City” address.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivers her first “State of the City” address on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (WTTW News)

Study: Doctors ‘Losing Ground in Battle’ Against Heart Disease

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For years, the U.S. saw a steep decline in the number of deaths from heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension – known collectively as cardiometabolic disease. But that downturn has mostly leveled off since 2011, according to researchers.

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Amid Lax Enforcement, New Bill Aims to Crack Down on Negligent Animal Dealers

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Research by the Humane Society of the United States has found that many puppy mills cited by state agencies went on to receive entirely clean inspection reports from the USDA. (Courtesy Humane Society of the United States)

Legislation proposed by U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi seeks to reverse a trend of declining enforcement of animal welfare laws under the Trump administration. 

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Research by the Humane Society of the United States has found that many puppy mills cited by state agencies went on to receive entirely clean inspection reports from the USDA. (Courtesy Humane Society of the United States)

Deep Frydays: Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

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Before they say goodbye for the summer, Nick and Erica have a frying finale befitting our fair city: a teeny-wiener version of the Chicago-style hot dog.

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August 29, 2019 - Full Show

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Watch the Aug. 29, 2019 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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Health Officials Report 5 More Cases of Hospitalizations Linked to Vaping

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Nearly a week after an Illinois resident died following hospitalization for a severe respiratory illness linked to vaping, health officials are reporting an additional five cases in the state.

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Watchdog: Comey Violated FBI Policies in Handling of Memos

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In this Dec. 17, 2018, file photo, former FBI Director James Comey speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Washington. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The Justice Department’s inspector general says James Comey broke FBI rules by giving one memo containing unclassified information to a friend with instructions to share the contents with a reporter.

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In this Dec. 17, 2018, file photo, former FBI Director James Comey speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Washington. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Farmers’ Loyalty to Trump Tested Over New Corn-Ethanol Rules

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Farmer Randy Miller is shown with his soybeans, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at his farm in Lacona, Iowa.  (AP Photo / Julie Pace)

The Trump administration granted waivers to 31 oil refineries so they don’t have to blend ethanol into their gasoline. Since roughly 40% of the U.S. corn crop is turned into ethanol, it was a fresh blow to corn producers already struggling.

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Farmer Randy Miller is shown with his soybeans, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at his farm in Lacona, Iowa.  (AP Photo / Julie Pace)
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