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3 Killed, At Least 50 Injured After Amtrak Train Headed to Chicago Derails in Missouri

An image taken from a video posted by Robert Nightingale, who was a passenger aboard the Amtrak train that derailed on Monday, June 27, 2022, in Mendon, Missouri. (Credit: Robert Nightingale via CNN)

Three people are dead and at least 50 injured after an Amtrak train derailed Monday in Missouri, Cpl. Justin Dunn, a spokesperson for Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B, told reporters Monday evening.

Second Heat Wave Expected to Bring Temps Above 100 for 20% of People in US

The persistent heat dome which imposed oppressively high temperatures on the northern Plains and Midwest over the weekend will begin to shift further eastward this week. (Cnnweather)

In the coming week, about 70% of the U.S. population will see temperatures in the 90s, and almost 20% of people in the country will experience temperatures greater than 100 degrees. Many major metro areas, including Minneapolis, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, Dallas, New Orleans and Atlanta, may experience temps near or above 100.

Despite Efforts to Fight Formula Price Gouging, Desperate Families Are Paying Top Dollar

Despite efforts to fight formula price gouging, desperate families are paying top dollar. (Joseph Prezioso / AFP / Getty Images)

State attorney general offices across the country told CNN that they have received complaints about people who are taking advantage of a nationwide formula shortage to charge inflated prices.

Energy Experts Sound Alarm About US Electric Grid: ‘Not Designed to Withstand the Impacts of Climate Change’

Energy experts tell CNN that some power grid operators are not considering in their plans how the climate crisis is causing more extreme weather. (David J. Phillip / AP)

Power operators in the Central US, in their summer readiness report, have already predicted “insufficient firm resources to cover summer peak forecasts.” That assessment accounted for historical weather and the latest NOAA outlook that projects for more extreme weather this summer.

J.M. Smucker Is Recalling Some Jif Peanut Butter Products Due to Salmonella

J.M. Smucker is recalling some Jif peanut butter products due to salmonella. (The J.M. Smucker Co.)

The company said that the peanut butter was sold nationwide and the recall includes more than 45 kinds of products. 

US Sees Highest Rate of Gun-Related Deaths in More than 25 Years, New CDC Data Shows

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The U.S. firearm homicide rate in 2020 was the highest recorded since 1994, according to data published Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2019 and 2020, the overall firearm homicide rate increased by about 35%, according to the new data in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The 4 Most Interesting Kinds of House Primaries in 2022

The dome is seen at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on November 5, 2021.  (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP / Getty Images)

 Some primaries are more interesting than others; either because they offer a test of the direction of a party or they help determine how competitive a district will be in the fall or simply because of a high-profile candidate.

Inside Chicago O’Hare Airport’s $8.5 Billion Revamp

Inside Chicago O’Hare Airport’s $8.5 billion revamp. (Chicago Department of Aviation)

The big-ticket items are an entire new “global” terminal, two new satellite concourses for Terminal 1, and a complete makeover of the existing Terminal 5 – but the plan includes almost 100 separate projects, many of which are smaller but functional improvements.

Gun Buybacks Take Weapons Out of Circulation, But Experts Say There’s No Evidence the Programs Reduce Violence

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the gun buyback program would get “guns out of the hands of dangerous people.” (Chicago Police Department / AP)

Chicago officials annually take in hundreds of guns through buyback programs. But decades of research shows such programs don’t reduce gun violence, in large part because they don’t result in guns being taken from people who aren’t supposed to have them. 

Over 200 Birds Are Suspected to Have Died From the Avian Flu at a Chicago-area Forest Preserve

Great egrets and double-crested cormorants at the rookery in the middle of Baker's Lake. (Forest Preserve District of Cook County / Facebook)

The deaths occurred at the Baker’ s Lake forest preserve, the Forest Preserves of Cook County said in a statement on Thursday.

This US Airport Has Reclaimed Its Title as the World’s Busiest

Georgia’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reclaimed its title of world’s busiest airport for passenger traffic in 2021, handling about 75.7 million people. (Elijah Nouvelage / Reuters)

Move over, Guangzhou. Georgia’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is once again the world’s busiest airport.

Tax Day Is Coming Soon. Here’s What You Need to Know About Filing Your 2021 Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service tax filing deadline in 2022 is scheduled for April 18. Here’s what you need to know about filing your 2021 taxes. (Adobe Stock)

Soaring inflation. The war in Ukraine. Yet another rise in COVID cases. With so much going on this year it’s hard to focus on things like filing your taxes. Nevertheless, the IRS still expects you to file your 2021 return and pay whatever you still owe by the filing deadline, which is April 18 for most taxpayers.

Goldman Sachs’ CEO Will Perform at Lollapalooza

A spokesperson for Goldman Sachs confirmed that Solomon, who regularly DJs at clubs in Miami and New York under the alias “D-sol” will hit the stage at Lollapalooza, which hosted about 400,000 attendees in 2019. (Craig Barritt / Getty Images for Casamigos)

A spokesperson for Goldman Sachs confirmed that Solomon, who regularly DJs at clubs in Miami and New York under the alias “D-sol” will hit the stage at Lollapalooza, which hosted about 400,000 attendees in 2019.

Fascinating Stories Behind the World’s Oldest Logos

The General Electrics logo, unchanged to this day, is drawn on a building at the New York World's Fair, circa 1935-45. (Courtesy of Taschen)

While rudimentary logos – such as those appearing on ancient Greek pottery – had already existed for thousands of years, modern logo design began as recently as the mid-19th century, said Jens Müller, author of “Logo Beginnings,” a new book that chronicles the early history of logos.

Russian TV Journalist Who Protested Ukraine War On-Air Turns Up in Court

Marina Ovsyannikova protested the Russian war in Ukraine during a live news broadcast on Channel One March 14, 2022. (CNN)

Dmitry Zakhvatov, a lawyer who had formerly been representing Marina Ovsyannikova, told CNN that the administrative charge was based solely on a video statement that she recorded prior to appearing with an anti-war poster on Channel One.

Why Are US Gas Prices Soaring When America Barely Uses Russian Oil?

Gas prices are displayed at a Chicago gas station on March 14, 2022. (WTTW News)

Although the United States barely uses Russian oil, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is still a big factor in the gas-price spike — among other reasons.

Florida Legislature Passes Bill Prohibiting Some Classroom Instruction About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

People walk between the Florida State Capitol building, left, and the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, right, during a legislative session on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, in Tallahassee, Florida. (Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP)

Conservatives have argued that the bill is needed in order to give parents greater oversight over what students learn and discuss at school, stressing that LGBTQ-related topics should be left for families to discuss at home. Opponents, however, have dubbed it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, arguing the ban it creates would negatively impact an already marginalized community. 

New Study Links Even Mild COVID-19 to Brain Changes

The red-yellow regions are the parts of the brain that shrink the most in the 401 SARS- CoV-2 infected participants, compared with the 384 non-infected participants. (Credit: G. Douaud, in collaboration with Anderson Winkler and Saad Jbabdi, University of Oxford and NIH via CNN)

The study, published Monday in the journal “Nature,” is believed to be the largest of its kind. It found that the brains of those who had COVID-19 had a greater loss of grey matter and abnormalities in the brain tissue compared with those who didn’t have COVID-19. 

Biden Signs Bill Overhauling Workplace Sexual Misconduct Into Law

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, seen here on Capitol Hill on February 10, in Washington, DC, will attend President Joe Biden’s signing of bill overhauling workplace sexual misconduct law. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times / Getty images)

Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox anchor who has worked to ban arbitration clauses since she sued Roger Ailes, then the network’s CEO, for sexual harassment, attended Thursday’s signing ceremony.

US Says It Has Credible Information About Russian ‘Kill List’ in Potential Ukraine Invasion

A picture taken on Feb. 1 shows the Vodovzvodnaya Tower of the Kremlin and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia’s building in Moscow. The U.S. has written to the top United Nations human rights official that it has “credible information” that Russian forces are identifying Ukrainians “to be killed or sent to camps” if it further invades Ukraine and occupies it. (Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP / Getty Images)

The U.S. has written to the top United Nations human rights official that it has “credible information” that Russian forces are identifying Ukrainians “to be killed or sent to camps” if it further invades Ukraine and occupies it.

What Are the New COVID-19 Rules for Kids? An Expert Weighs In

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What should parents know about COVID-19 safety for their kids? Are activities such as playdates, dance classes and moviegoing OK to resume? If masks become optional at school, does that mean your children should take them off? 

Biden Says He’s Now Convinced Putin Has Decided to Invade Ukraine

President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Washington. (Alex Brandon / AP)

Russian misinformation is building up to a false justification for Putin to move against Ukraine, Biden said, accusing Russia of ceasefire violations in the “rapidly escalating crisis.”

Statewide Mask Mandates Are Disappearing, But Should You Continue to Wear One Anyway?

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At this point in the coronavirus pandemic, local mask mandates are disappearing quickly while at the national level, the guidance to wear masks is staying put, at least for now. So, should you mask up or not? Infectious disease experts have some advice for wherever you live.

White House Officials Mull Over Life After COVID-19 Pandemic, But There’s Still No Clear Plan

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The White House has told CNN that federal officials are “thinking about” what comes next, after the United States transitions out of the current COVID-19 emergency and into a greater state of normalcy – but officials still have not released a plan for that transition.

US Pharmacies, Health Centers Begin Rollout of Free N95 Masks

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The first free N95 masks have started to arrive at U.S. pharmacies, with more on the way in the coming days, as the Biden administration seeks to ramp up access to high-quality masks amid the spread of the highly-transmissible omicron variant.

Mysterious Ice Formations Showed Up in Chicago This Week

Ice formations in Lake Michigan in Chicago taken by Sharan Banagiri. He told CNN these photos were taken at Loyola Beach at Rogers Park, which is about 10 miles north of downtown Chicago. (Credit: Sharan Banagiri)

You’ve heard of blizzards and maybe even the polar vortex, but have you heard of ice pancakes? What about ice bites or ice jams? These unique names sound fascinating but require specific weather conditions.