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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.

FDA Considers Limiting Authorization of Certain Monoclonal Antibody Treatments for COVID-19

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The US Food and Drug Administration could decide in the coming days to take steps to curb the use of antibody treatments produced by Eli Lilly and Regeneron, the source said, pointing to the growing body of evidence that shows their monoclonal therapies don't effectively neutralize the virus’ omicron variant.

When It Comes to COVID-19 and Mental Health, ‘Kids Very Rarely Do Better Than Their Parents’

Research shows kids experienced both mental and physical health problems during the pandemic. (Iakov Filimonov/Adobe Stock)

New research published Tuesday in JAMA Pediatrics that looked at children and adolescents from 11 countries found kids experienced both mental and physical health problems — anxiety, depression, lower physical activity, food insecurity and school disengagement — linked to school closures and social lockdowns.

Omicron Surge Hasn’t Peaked, and ‘Next Few Weeks Will Be Tough,’ US Surgeon General Says

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An average of more than 750,000 new COVID-19 infections were reported every day over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University data. That means Americans at work, school and elsewhere face a heightened risk of exposure that is unparalleled during the pandemic.

As Schools Battle Omicron, Billions of Federal Relief Dollars Remain Unspent

Some schools are struggling to remain open for in-person learning due to the latest coronavirus surge but a lack of money isn't the problem. (Brandon Bell / Getty Images)

Much of the $190 billion that Congress authorized for schools earlier in the pandemic has yet to be used. In a majority of states, less than 20% of the federal money had been spent by the end of November, according to the latest U.S. Department of Education data.

Chicago Principals Say They Were Blindsided by Announcement Some Schools Might Offer In-Person Learning Friday

Chicago public schools are closed for a second day as city school officials and the teachers union remain at odds over whether it’s safe to return to the classroom, and pictured, a sign is displayed at the entrance of the headquarters for Chicago Public Schools on Jan. 5, in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

The Chicago Principals and Administrators Association said it was “blindsided” by the announcement. “Principals don’t determine the resources and conditions that leave some schools ready to open and others unable to,” it said. 

No Money? No Problem. Here Are 4 Ways to Give Back Without Opening Your Wallet

Spreading goodwill doesn't have to mean spending a lot of money -- or any at all. (Brandon Bell / Getty Images)

It’s the season of giving! Even if you are low on funds, you can still make an impact. Here are four ways you can spread goodwill during the holidays without spending a dime.

How Safe Is It to Attend Holiday Religious Services as the Omicron Variant Spreads? Experts Weigh in

People attend Easter Sunday mass while adhering to social distancing guidelines at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on April 4. (Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images)

For many places of worship, it’s business as usual. But some churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship have been offering virtual or outdoor services, and will be doing so for holiday events. 

Holiday-Proof Your Fitness With These 10 Expert Tips

Holiday-proof your fitness with these 10 expert tips: Fitness expert Dana Santas is seen here demonstrating a mountain climber, a high-intensity activity that will get your heart pumping. (Courtesy Dana Santas)

With the right mindset, you can enjoy the season without sabotaging your well-being.

1 in 5 Parents Admit Their Stress Level Ruins the Holidays for Their Children, According to a New Poll

Stress from endless lists and holiday events can negatively impact your children, but open communication can help. (Adobe Stock)

The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful.

NASA’ s James Webb Space Telescope Rolls Out for Christmas Launch

The James Webb Space Telescope. (Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

The highly anticipated launch of the James Webb Space Telescope has been delayed multiple times.

How Long Should You Isolate If You’re Fully Vaccinated But Have COVID-19? There is Some Debate

Health officials warn that more people are expected to get infected with the omicron and delta coronavirus variants and they need to stay home and isolate themselves so they don't spread the virus to others. (David Paul Morris / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

This debate comes as COVID-19 cases rise across the United States. As of Tuesday, the nation is averaging 139,764 new cases each day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University – up 16% from a week ago.

Defense Rests in Jussie Smollett Trial After Prosecution Contrasts His Version of Events With Other Testimony

Jussie Smollett, pictured here, on December 6 in Chicago will resume testifying in his defense Tuesday after taking the stand to rebut allegations that he staged a fake hate crime in 2019 and lied to Chicago police about it. (Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Images)

The trial, which began last week, is the culmination of a case that began on the frigid night of Jan. 29, 2019, when Jussie Smollett told police two men had attacked him, made anti-gay and racist comments, poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck.

DA Who Released Waukesha Suspect Ahead of Tragedy Says It Was the Result of Human Error

District Attorney John Chisholm said the release of a man accused of running over holiday parade attendees in Waukesha was the result of “human error” by an early-career prosecutor. (Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal / USA Today Network)

The Milwaukee district attorney whose office allowed for the release of a man accused of running over holiday parade attendees last month said Thursday that his low cash bail amount was the result of “human error” by an early-career prosecutor.

The ‘Home Alone’ House Could Be Yours for One Night Only

Airbnb is renting out the “Home Alone” house for one hijinks-filled night. (Sarah Crowley / Airbnb)

Calling all filthy animals: Airbnb is renting out the “Home Alone” house this month for one hijinks-filled night.

A Sweet Potato Pie Tradition That Almost Wasn’t, and Other Stories of Unforgettable Family Recipes

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Whatever it is you are cooking, we all have memorable stories about the food that has been prepared and the recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation. These are those stories. 

Coach of NWSL Soccer Team Resigns, A Day Before Report Alleges Verbal and Emotional Abuse of Players

Chicago Red Stars head coach Rory Dames resigned Sunday, saying he was refocusing his attention on his family and future endeavors. (Daniel Bartel / ISI Photos / Getty Images)

The coach of the Chicago Red Stars resigned Sunday, a day after leading his team to the National Women’s Soccer League title game and a day before a Washington Post report alleged that players had accused him of verbal and emotional abuse.

Illinois Students Rally to Defend LGBTQ Book as School Board Hears Objections Over Its Content

One of the speakers at the Downers Grove school board meeting that discussed the book "Gender Queer" by Maia Kobabe. (Credit: Community High School District 99)

The increasingly heated debate over the presence of certain books in school libraries was aired at a Downers Grove school board meeting this week.

Adam Kinzinger Isn’t Ruling Out a 2024 Presidential Bid as He Considers His Future After the House

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, seen here in August 2021 in Washington, D.C., is actively weighing his political fortunes despite serious questions about whether there’s any future for a Donald Trump critic like him in today’s GOP. (Stefani Reynolds / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Acknowledging his potential career options and timeline for the first time since announcing his retirement from the House last week, Adam Kinzinger told CNN he is considering at least a statewide run if not a presidential one.

DOJ Charges 13 Alleged Members of Violent Chicago Gang in Federal Indictment

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The Department of Justice has charged 13 members of a Chicago street gang faction with racketeering conspiracy as part of a federal indictment related to dozens of murders, attempted murders and acts of violence spanning more than 20 years.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Urges Schumer and Pelosi to Pass Federal Paid Family Leave

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is urging Congressional Democratic leadership to pass federal paid family and medical leave. (Erik Pendzich / Shutterstock)

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is urging Congressional Democratic leadership to pass federal paid family and medical leave and “ensure this consequential moment is not lost” as Democrats continue to negotiate a deal to pass the Biden administration’s social safety net and infrastructure package.