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Fossil Reveals Bird With Long, Flashy Tail Feathers That Lived 120 Million Years Ago

Modern sunbirds also have long tail feathers. (Jason Weckstein / The Field Museum)

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of a bird that lived 120 million years ago, and it definitely had flair, including unusually long tail feathers. These flashy feathers probably didn’t help the bird achieve aerodynamic flight, but they might have helped him find a mate, according to new research.

Startup Rivian Builds its First Electric Pickup for Customers, Beating Larger Rivals

The R1T from Rivian. (Courtesy of brand)

There is a winner in the race to build the first consumer ready electric pickup truck, and it isn’t Tesla, Ford or General Motors. It’s Rivian. Who?

Air Pollution Cutting More Years From People’s Lives Than Smoking, War or HIV/AIDS

A man walks along Rajpath amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi on Jan. 28. Air pollution is shaving nearly six years off people's lives in the country, on average. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

Air pollution is slashing years from billions of people’s lives around the world and is a greater threat to life expectancy than smoking, HIV/AIDS or war, a report published Wednesday shows. 

Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart To Perform at 9/11 Benefit Show

Comedian Dave Chappelle arrives at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to receive the 22nd Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington on Oct. 27, 2019, left, and comedian Jon Stewart performs at the 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes event in New York on Nov. 10, 2015. (AP Photo)

A star-studded group of comedians will perform for one night only at Madison Square Garden to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Animals Are ‘Shape Shifting’ in Response to Climate Change

A red-rumped parrot, one of the bird species that has seen its bill size increase. (Credit: Ryan Barnaby)

Some warm-blooded animals are experiencing shifts in their body shapes, likely as a response to the pressures of climate change, according to a new review of existing research.

At Least 8 Children Were Shot, One Fatally, Over the Weekend in Chicago

Chicago police are investigating the shooting of a 4-year-old boy in Chicago on Friday night. (Tyler LaRiviere / Chicago Sun-Times / AP)

A total of 58 people have been shot in the city, five fatally, since 8 p.m Friday, authorities said. Among those killed was a 4-year-old who was getting his hair cut in his own home when bullets came through the house, striking him in the head. He died at the hospital, police said.

CDC Asks Unvaccinated Not To Travel This Weekend and Says Even Vaccinated Need To Weigh Risk

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Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking unvaccinated Americans not to travel during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Why ‘Candyman’ Continues to Hook Audiences Nearly 30 Years Later

The Cabrini-Green rowhouses stand in front of a residential tower in Chicago in 2018. (Daniel Acker / Bloomberg / Getty Images)

Nearly 30 years after “Candyman” was released, people are still daring one another to say the title character’s name in the mirror to summon this hook-wielding ghost. Some urban legends don’t die, they’re just reborn.

Jacob Blake Speaks Out 1 Year Later: ‘I Have Not Survived Until Something Has Changed’

Jacob Blake fully stands on heavily braced legs during a mid-August 2021 physical rehabilitation session. (Courtesy Jacob Blake)

Jacob Blake was shot seven times on Aug. 23, 2020 by Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey. A year later, he feels nothing is different in terms of policing and the general divisiveness of the world, but he’s determined to change that.

Behind Police Leaders’ Claims That Bail Reform is Responsible for Surge in Violence

This file photo shows a sign advertising a bail bonds business in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Kathy Willens / AP)

As the number of homicides continues to rise in major American cities, police leaders are targeting bail reform efforts as a contributing factor to the surge in violent crime rates — but data from a Chicago study shows that only a small percentage of defendants released on bail are committing violent crimes.

Behind Police Leaders Claims That Bail Reform Is Responsible for Surge in Violence

FILE - This file photo shows a sign advertising a bail bonds business in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Kathy Willens / AP)

As the number of homicides continues to rise in major American cities, police leaders are targeting bail reform efforts as a contributing factor to the surge in violent crime rates — but data from a Chicago study shows that only a small percentage of defendants released on bail are committing violent crimes.

If You Build It, They Will Pay: ‘Field of Dreams’ Tickets Cost $1,400

An aerial photo taken with a drone shows the baseball field at the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. (Tannen Maury / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock)

Nostalgia has never been so expensive. Baseball celebrates the myth of its rural roots Thursday when the New York Yankees meet the Chicago White Sox in a game adjacent to the field in rural Dyersville, Iowa, where the iconic 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” was filmed.

Chicago Remembers Fallen Officer: ‘A Small Part of Every One of Us Died When We Lost Ella’

Chicago police Officer Ella French (@TomAhernCPD / Twitter)

A crowd of Chicago residents gathered Wednesday evening to remember of Ella French, a Chicago police officer fatally shot during a traffic stop.

Domino’s is Giving Away $50 Million of Free Food to Take on DoorDash

Domino’s Pizza is taking on delivery apps that charge extra fees with a new giveaway totaling $50 million worth of free food. (Brandon Bell / Getty Images)

The pizza chain announced Monday a “Surprise Frees” promotion, giving customers a chance for some free food to counter delivery apps like UberEats and DoorDash. Domino’s called competitors’ extra fees a “disappointing surprise.”

A Chicago Police Officer is Dead, Another is Fighting for His Life Following a Shooting During a Traffic Stop

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Three officers assigned to the police department’s Community Safety Team were conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle near 63rd Street and South Bell Avenue at around 9 p.m. Saturday when they were fired upon, Chicago’s top cop said at the news conference.

Race Against Time: Inside ATF’s Efforts to Find Shooters Before They Strike Again

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A new initiative in the nation’s capital is one of five ATF efforts underway nationwide — the others are located in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and New York City — in cities experiencing significant gun violence.

Illinois Governor Signs Bill Expanding Background Checks on Gun Sales Starting in 2024

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Aug. 2, 2021 signed new legislation expanding background checks on all gun sales in the state starting in 2024. (Pool photo)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed new legislation expanding background checks on all gun sales in the state starting in 2024, a step he touted as “commonsense” and with bipartisan support.

Five Takeaways From Gripping Officer Testimony at the First January 6 Hearing

Sgt. Aquilino Gonell of the US Capitol Police, Officer Michael Fanone of the DC Metropolitan Police, Officer Daniel Hodges of the DC Metropolitan Police and Private First Class Harry Dunn of the US Capitol Police are sworn in to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on US Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. (Jim Lo Scalzo / Getty Images)

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol held its first hearing on Tuesday with harrowing testimony from four officers who shared their stories of being attacked by the rioters.

Severe Storms in Midwest Could Produce Hurricane-Force Winds, Bringing Widespread Damage and Power Outages

Nearly 12,000 trees were lost during the powerful derecho storm in Chicago on Aug. 10, 2020. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

The Midwest, including most of Wisconsin, will be at risk from possible tornadoes, strong storms and hurricane-force winds Wednesday as the region is under a level 4 out of 5 threat of severe weather.

Pritzker Repeals HIV Criminalization Law, Expands Infertility Coverage for Same-Sex Couples

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, repealed a law criminalizing HIV. (Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images)

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed into law a legislation package that aims to advance the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals by, among other provisions, expanding infertility health care coverage for same-sex couples and repealing an HIV criminalization law.

Biden Administration Announces Resources to Support People With Long COVID

President Joe Biden marked the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Monday, July 26, 2021. (Samuel Corum / Getty Images)

On the 31st anniversary of the ADA, the Biden administration released guidance and resources to support people experiencing long-term effects of COVID-19, known as “long COVID,” as the condition shapes up to be a major, long-term public health issue.

‘It’s Not the Critics That Count.’ Chicago’s Mayor Remains Optimistic After Turbulent 2 Years

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is past her halfway point as mayor, leading the nation’s third largest city. (Credit: CNN)

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been criticized as “racist” — even as a Black woman — and she’s been called “notoriously thin-skinned” but she remains determined to leave a legacy far beyond her time in office.

What to Know About DACA Being Ruled Illegal

People hold signs during a DACA rally in California on June 18, 2020. (Sandy Huffaker / AFP / AFP via Getty Images)

A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful. For now, however, those currently in the DACA program will be allowed to stay in it. Here’s a breakdown of what the decision means.

Lyft is Bringing Back a Version of Shared Rides

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Shared rides were a key part of how the founders of Uber and Lyft envisioned disrupting transportation. Back in 2014, the companies raced each other to be first to announce their carpooling options. Then the pandemic hit, and the companies swiftly suspended their shared offerings.

Illinois Becomes First State to Require Asian American History to be Taught in Public Schools

Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker signed the Teaching Equitable Asian American History Act on Friday, July 9, requiring public K-12 schools to teach Asian American history. (Pool via CNN)

In the midst of a right-wing attack on creating a more inclusive education in the U.S., Illinois just became the first state to require Asian American history to be taught in public schools.

Delta Variant Now Makes Up More Than Half of Coronavirus Cases in US, CDC Says

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The delta variant, a more transmissible and possibly more dangerous strain of coronavirus, now makes up more than half of all new COVID-19 infections in the U.S., according to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.