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Heart Disease, Fentanyl Contributed to George Floyd’s Death But Were Not Main Cause, Medical Examiner Says

Crucial testimony is expected April 9, 2021 when the medical examiner who performed George Floyd’s autopsy takes the stand. Defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and defendant former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin are seen during the trial proceedings on April 8, 2021. (CNN Pool)

Hennepin County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker’s testimony could be crucial, as Baker ruled Floyd’s death last May a homicide and identified the cause as “cardiopulmonary arrest” that occurred during “law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”

Illinois Bar Opening Event Linked to 46 COVID-19 Cases, a School Closure and Hospitalization: CDC Report

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A rural Illinois bar opening event in February was linked to a COVID-19 outbreak of at least 46 cases, a school closure and the hospitalization of a long-term care facility resident, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Baltimore Will No Longer Prosecute Drug Possession, Prostitution and Other Low-Level Offenses

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says the city will no longer prosecute for prostitution, drug possession and other low-level offenses. (Brendan Beale / Unsplash)

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says the city will no longer prosecute for prostitution, drug possession and other low-level offenses.


Durbin: ‘I Think I’m Close’ to Getting Senate Votes Needed to Advance DREAM Act

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday that he thinks he is “close” to securing the Republican votes needed to overcome a Senate filibuster to advance a key immigration measure that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. (Credit: CNN)

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday that he thinks he is “close” to securing the Republican votes needed to overcome a Senate filibuster to advance a key immigration measure that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

Biden Condemns ‘Skyrocketing’ Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans in Wake of Deadly Shooting

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Atlanta on Friday to meet with Asian American leaders in the wake of deadly shootings that killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent. (Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images)

President Joe Biden on Friday condemned rising hate crimes against Asian Americans in the wake of the mass shooting in the Atlanta area that left eight people dead, including six women of Asian descent.

Trump Urges Americans to Get COVID-19 Vaccine: ‘I Would Recommend It’

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Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Americans to get vaccinated to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic, calling it “safe” and “something that works.” 

Back to School: How You Can Support Students and Teachers During the Pandemic

Desks in the classroom are doubled to provide extra spacing at Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pennsylvania, on October 22, 2020. (Ben Hasty / Getty Images)

After a year of online or hybrid learning, educators continue to juggle a variety of roles — including providing tech support to some students — all while trying to keep safe from coronavirus. Meanwhile, on the other side of the screen, some students and their families have struggled to keep up.

Millions are Under Winter Storm Advisories as Blizzards and Heavy Rain Move Across the US

Parts of Wyoming and Nebraska are under blizzard warnings while there are Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories in effect for other parts of the region, CNN meteorologist Tyler Mauldin said.

Snow through central portions of the US is expected to ramp up Saturday, but likely won’t reach its peak until Sunday. Flood alerts are also a big concern for this system in the Midwest. With some rivers nearing flood stage, the anticipated heavy rain could take the rivers to dangerous levels.

Chicago Surprises the City with Green River for St. Patrick’s Day After Saying Event was Canceled

An aerial picture shot with a drone shows the Chicago River as it flows through downtown after it was dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

Even with the second straight year of no parades in honor of the Irish inspired holiday, at least one Chicago tradition broke through.

Kinzinger is on a Mission to Save the Republican Party. The Question is Whether the Party Wants Saving

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (CNN)

As he settles into his role as one of the fiercest Republican critics of former President Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger is embracing the political risks he’s facing by openly confronting Trump and his loyal base of supporters. It’s the latest front in the simmering GOP civil war that threatens to divide the party.

Some Children’s Hospitals See a Surge in Rare COVID-19 Complication MIS-C

Children wearing face masks wait in a queue with others to take swab samples to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Kolkata on July 28, 2020. (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP / AFP via Getty Images)

In an update released Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there have been 2,617 MIS-C cases in the United States before March 1, and 33 children have died. That’s up from early February, when 2,060 cases and 30 deaths had been reported.

Kinzinger’s Allies Launch Super PAC to Defend Republicans Who Impeached Trump

Plus: ‘Chicago Tonight’ one-on-one with U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Illinois U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger. (Kevin Dietsch / POOL / AFP / Getty Images / FILE)

Allies of Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger have launched a super PAC to support Republicans in 2022 who stood up to then-President Donald Trump after a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn the 2020 election.

Fight for Transgender Rights Plants its Flag on Capitol Hill

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This week illustrated how far the U.S. has come in the battle for transgender rights and representation — and how far the country still has to go. 

Six Flags Plans to Open all of its Amusement Parks for 2021 Season

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation says it is planning to open all 26 of its amusement parks and water parks for the 2021 season, including five that were not able to operate last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation says it is planning to open all 26 of its amusement parks and water parks for the 2021 season, including five that were not able to operate last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Scam Artists Lurking on Dating Apps and Social Media Made Away With a Record Haul in 2020

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We expect love to have an emotional impact on us, but a new report released by the Federal Trade Commission revealed it’s also hurting wallets. A record $304 million was reported lost to romance scams in 2020.

A Woman Who Lost Her Wedding Ring 50 Years Ago Got It Back on Valentine’s Day

Robert and Karen Autenrieth on Valentine’s Day with the wedding ring. (Courtesy Autenrieth family)

The improbable story began during the winter of 1973, when Karen Autenrieth lost her wedding band at her grandmother’s house in Chicago. It’s a memory she clearly recalls decades later.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Leaves the Hospital for Rehab Center After Surgery

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has left the hospital for a rehabilitation center after surgery. Jackson is pictured here at SiriusXM Studios on Feb. 27, 2020 in New York City. (Jason Mendez / Getty Images)

The 79-year-old civil rights leader was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for abdominal discomfort on Jan. 29, according to a statement from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Chicago-based organization that he heads.

Snow is Forecast for Drought-Stricken West While Showers Head to the South

Winter storm headed for Midwest

More than 25 million people are under winter weather alerts from California through Michigan. (CNN Weather)

More than 25 million people are under winter weather alerts from California through Michigan due to a winter storm developing in the Golden State and heading for the Midwest. A swath of very heavy snow will extend from northern Kansas to northern Illinois through Monday. 

Gunman Kills at Least 3 in Multiple Shootings in Chicago Area, Police Say

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A gunman killed at least three people and wounded several others in a series of shootings in the Chicago area Saturday before being shot and killed by police, authorities said.

Prosecutors ‘Looking at All Actors,’ Including Trump, As Charges Are Filed Against Capitol Rioters

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021.(Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images)

Federal investigators are looking at everyone involved in the unrest at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, including the role President Donald Trump played in inciting the crowd, the acting U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., said Thursday.

United Airlines Latest to Require Negative Coronavirus Test For Flights From London

United Airlines passengers from Heathrow to five US destinations will have to show a negative test result. (Jason Alden/Bloomberg / Getty Images)

United Airlines on Thursday became the fourth major airline with routes between London and the New York metropolitan area to require passengers show proof they have been tested negative recently for the novel coronavirus.

Behind the Mistaken Raid By Chicago Police On An Innocent Social Worker’s Home

“This was so terrifying to me that two years later, I'm still dealing with it,” Anjanette Young said during a press conference Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. (WTTW News)

Increased scrutiny over the Chicago Police Department’s mistaken raid comes as police face national calls for reform over how they do their jobs following a reckoning that has swept the country in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other allegations of police brutality.

Pete Buttigieg Emerging As Leading Contender for Transportation Secretary

Pete Buttigieg (Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

The possible nomination would vault the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate into the federal government, getting the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor what many Democrats see as needed experience should he want to run for president again.

Chicago Couple Canceled Their Big Wedding But Used $5,000 Catering Deposit To Feed People In Need

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Most brides and grooms-to-be have had to scale back wedding plans as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis of Chicago had an idea to pivot their wedding celebrations to something even better.

COVID-19 Claims Beloved Chicago Dispatcher: ‘His Pride Was Going To Work’

Guadalupe Lopez at the 911 dispatch center where he worked for more than 30 years. (Credit: Family photo)

Guadalupe Lopez died earlier this month of COVID-19. He was 58 and among the essential workers who must show up to work, and one of the more than 9,100 people who have died from the disease in the Chicago area.

Thanksgiving Vandalism: ‘Land Back’ Sprayed on US Statues

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board says the Pioneers Statue has been controversial. (Credit: Minneapolis Park and Recreation)

Statues of three United States Presidents, a “Pioneers Statue” and numerous storefronts were targeted by vandals on Thanksgiving, with “land back” graffitied on some of the property.