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A section of a human brain with Alzheimer’s disease is displayed at the Museum of Neuroanatomy at the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 7, 2003. (AP Photo / David Duprey, File)

A Subset of Alzheimer’s Cases May Be Caused by Two Copies of a Single Gene, New Research Shows

The vast majority of Alzheimer’s cases occur after age 65. But research published Monday suggests that for people who carry not one but two copies of the gene, it’s more than a risk factor, it’s an underlying cause of the mind-robbing disease.

David Meredith, middle, hugs fellow observers after an approval vote at the United Methodist Church General Conference Wednesday, May 1, 2024, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo / Chris Carlson, File)

Methodists End Bans on Gay Clergy and Same-Sex Marriage, Closing 50 Years of Battles for Mainline Protestants

The reversals can be seen as marking the end of a half-century of epic battles and schisms over LGBTQ involvement — not only in the United Methodist Church but in U.S. mainline Protestant denominations overall.

In this combination photo, President Joe Biden speaks May 2, 2024, in Wilmington, N.C., left, and Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, May 1, 2024, in Waukesha, Wis. (AP Photo)

Denial and Uncertainty Are Looming Over a Biden-Trump Rematch 6 Months Out From Election Day

Exactly six months before Election Day, Biden and Trump are locked in the first contest in 112 years with a current and former president competing for the White House. It’s a race that is at once deeply entrenched and highly in flux. 

LSU’s Angel Reese, left, poses for a photo with WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert after being selected seventh overall by the Chicago Sky during the first round of the WNBA basketball draft on Monday, April 15, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Angel Reese, Kamilla Cardoso Chicago Sky Debuts Watched Widely on Fan’s Livestream After WNBA is Unable to Broadcast

The WNBA's app had incorrectly listed the game as available to watch, leading to confusion from fans before the league clarified that only Caitlin Clark’s debut with the Indiana Fever was being broadcast.

FILE - In this Friday, March 22, 2019, file photo, a marijuana plant is visible at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. (Julio Cortez / AP Photo, File)

US Poised to Ease Restrictions on Marijuana in Historic Shift, But It’ll Remain Controlled Substance

The move comes after President Joe Biden called for a review of federal marijuana law in October 2022 and moved to pardon thousands of Americans convicted federally of simple possession of the drug.

OpenAI’s ChatGPT app is displayed on an iPhone in New York, May 18, 2023. (AP Photo / Richard Drew, File)

Chicago Tribune, Other U.S. Newspapers Sue ChatGPT-Maker OpenAI and Microsoft for Copyright Infringement

A group of eight U.S. newspapers is suing ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and Microsoft, alleging that the technology companies have been “purloining millions” of copyrighted news articles without permission or payment to train their artificial intelligence chatbots.

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., meets with reporters following a closed-door GOP strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 30, 2024. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo)

Democrats Say They Will Save Speaker Mike Johnson’s Job if Republicans Try to Oust Him

House Speaker Mike Johnson has come under heavy criticism from some Republicans for moving forward with aid for Ukraine as part of a $95 billion emergency spending package that passed this month.

FILE - A radiologist uses a magnifying glass to check mammograms for breast cancer in Los Angeles, May 6, 2010. (Damian Dovarganes / AP Photo, File)

Mammograms Should Start at 40 to Address Rising Breast Cancer Rates at Younger Ages, Panel Says

Breast cancer death rates have fallen as treatment continues to improve. But breast cancer is still the second-most common cause of cancer death for U.S. women. About 240,000 cases are diagnosed annually and nearly 43,000 women die from breast cancer.

In this Feb. 5, 2018, file photo, the seal of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System is displayed in the ground at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, File)

Affluent Americans Are Driving US Economy and Likely Delaying Need for Fed Rate Cuts

Older Americans are fueling a sustained boost to the U.S. economy. Benefiting from outsize gains in the stock and housing markets over the past several years, they are accounting for a larger share of consumer spending — the principal driver of economic growth — than ever before.

A self-driving tractor trailer maneuvers around a test track in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 14, 2024. The truck is owned by Pittsburgh-based Aurora Innovation Inc. Late this year, Aurora plans to start hauling freight on Interstate 45 between the Dallas and Houston areas with 20 driverless trucks. (AP Photo / Gene J. Puskar)

Tractor-Trailers With No One Aboard? The Future is Near for Self-Driving Trucks on US Roads

The image of a fully loaded, 80,000-pound driverless truck weaving around cars on a super-highway at 65 mph or more may strike a note of terror. A poll conducted in January by AAA found that a decisive majority of American drivers — 66% — said they would fear riding in an autonomous vehicle.

Chicago Bears No. 9 draft pick wide receiver Rome Odunze, left, and No. 1 draft pick quarterback Caleb Williams, right, hold up jerseys as they pose for a photo during an NFL football news conference in Lake Forest, Ill., Friday, April 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

No. 1 NFL Draft Pick Caleb Williams Realizes All Eyes Are on Him and He’s Embracing the Chicago Attention

The former Southern California star was ready to embrace the attention after the Chicago Bears grabbed him with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. 

Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams celebrates with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen by the Chicago Bears with the first overall pick during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Detroit. (Jeff Roberson / AP Photo)

Caleb Williams Goes to the Chicago Bears With the No. 1 Overall Pick in the NFL Draft

The expectations are clear: Become the franchise quarterback the Bears have craved for years and lift the founding NFL franchise to the top of the league. Other than that, there's no pressure at all.

Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in court in Los Angeles, Oct. 4 2022. (Etienne Laurent / Pool Photo via AP, File)

Harvey Weinstein’s 2020 Rape Conviction Overturned by New York Appeals Court

Weinstein, 72, will remain imprisoned because he was convicted in Los Angeles in 2022 of another rape. But the New York ruling reopens a painful chapter in America’s reckoning with sexual misconduct by powerful figures — an era that began in 2017 with a flood of allegations against Weinstein.

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Luke Little pauses on the mound during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Phoenix. (AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin)

Cubs Reliever Luke Little Forced to Change His Glove Because of White in American Flag Patch

Chicago Cubs reliever Luke Little said he had to change his glove before he entered Wednesday night’s 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros because of an American flag patch.

Chicago’s iconic Rat Hole along the 1900 block of West Roscoe Street in the Roscoe Village neighborhood is seen, Jan. 19, 2024, in Chicago. (Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere / Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Chicago’s Famed ‘Rat Hole’ Removed After City Determines Sidewalk With Animal Impression Was Damaged

The imprint has been a quirk of a residential block in Chicago’s North Side neighborhood of Roscoe Village for years, but it found fresh fame in January after a Chicago comedian shared a photo on the social media platform X.

Sheri Wilkins talks about her experience using the DailyPay app outside of the clubhouse at her apartment complex in College Station, Texas on Tuesday, March 26, 2024. (Sam Craft / AP Photo)

These Apps Allow Workers to Get Paid Between Paychecks. Experts Say There Are Steep Costs

Earned Wage Access apps extend small short-term loans to workers in between paychecks so they can pay bills and meet everyday needs. On payday, the user repays the money out of their wages. Between 2018 and 2020, transaction volume tripled from $3.2 billion to $9.5 billion.

President Joe Biden speaks before signing a $95 billion Ukraine aid package that also includes support for Israel, Taiwan, and other allies, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 24, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Biden Signs $95 Billion War Aid Measure With Assistance for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan

President Joe Biden signed into law on Wednesday a $95 billion war aid measure that includes aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan and that also has a provision that would force social media site TikTok to be sold or be banned in the U.S.

DePaul student Nana Ampoto talks during a book club at Department Of Corrections Division 11 in Chicago, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Nam Y. Huh / AP Photo)

College Students, Inmates and a Nun: A Unique Book Club Meets at Cook County Jail

The student-led volunteer effort started years ago as an offshoot of a DePaul University program offering college credit classes at the jail on the city’s Southwest Side for students and detainees. 

Bloomington Jefferson senior Shae Ross, center, joined Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, left, at an event promoting proposed legislation to prevent books bans based on ideology at Como Park High School in St. Paul, Minn., on March 21, 2024. (Chris Williams / Education Minnesota via AP)

Minnesota, Illinois and Other Democratic-Led States Lead Pushback on Book Bans

Minnesota is one of several Democratic-leaning states where lawmakers are now pursuing bans on book bans. The Washington and Maryland legislatures have already passed them this year, while Illinois did so last year.

Former president Donald Trump, center, awaits the start of proceedings at Manhattan criminal court, Monday, April 22, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, Pool)

Trump Tried to ‘Corrupt’ the 2016 Election, Prosecutor Alleges as Hush Money Trial Gets Underway

The commencement of the proceedings set the stage for weeks of unsavory and salacious testimony about Trump's personal life and placed his legal troubles at the center of his closely contested campaign against President Joe Biden.

An E15 nozzle is displayed on a pump at service station in Minneapolis, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, photo. (Jeff Wheeler / Star Tribune via AP, File)

The EPA is Again Allowing Summer Sales of Higher Ethanol Gasoline Blend, Citing Global Conflicts

Gasoline with 10% ethanol is already sold nationwide, but the higher blend has been prohibited in the summer because of concerns it could worsen smog during warm weather.

The J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building is seen June 9, 2023, in Washington. The Justice Department is ramping up its efforts to reduce violent crime in the U.S., launching a specialized gun intelligence center in Chicago and expanding task forces to curb carjackings. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Justice Department Ramps up Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime With Gun Intel Center, Carjacking Forces

The Justice Department is ramping up its efforts to reduce violent crime in the U.S., launching a specialized gun intelligence center in Chicago and expanding task forces to curb carjackings.

The Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III sits before speaking, Feb. 1, 2024, in Dallas. (AP Photo / LM Otero, File)

New Leader of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition Steps Down Just Months After Taking the Job

The Rev. Frederick Haynes III told The Associated Press that he submitted a letter with his resignation as head of the Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition, effective immediately.

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Prime Minister Petr Fiala of the Czech Republic in the Oval Office at the White House, April 15, 2024. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Photo, File)

Biden’s Latest Plan for Student Loan Cancellation Moves Forward as a Proposed Regulation

It’s a more targeted proposal than the one the U.S. Supreme Court struck down last year. The new plan uses a different legal basis and seeks to cancel or reduce loans for more than 25 million Americans.

FILE - A memorial of flowers, balloons, a cross and photo of victim Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, are displayed on a lawn, May 17, 2019, in Chicago, outside the home where Ochoa-Lopez was murdered. (Teresa Crawford / AP Photo, File)

Chicago Woman Pleads Guilty, Gets 50 Years for Cutting Child From Victim’s Womb

Prosecutors have said Clarisa Figueroa strangled 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez with a cable on April 23, 2019, after luring the teenager to her home with the promise of free clothing for her unborn child. Ochoa-Lopez was nine months pregnant.

In this courtroom sketch, former President Donald Trump turns to face the audience at the beginning of his trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York, Monday, April 15, 2024. (Jane Rosenberg / Pool Photo via AP)

Trump Trial: Why Can’t Americans See or Hear What is Going on Inside the Courtroom?

It’s a moment in history — the first U.S. president facing criminal charges in an American courtroom. Yet only a handful of observers are able to see or even hear what is going on. New York state law regarding media coverage of court proceedings is one of the most restrictive in the country.