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Bob Edwards, the longtime National Public Radio host, has died. Edwards is seen here in February 2012 in New York City. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images)

Bob Edwards, Longtime Host of NPR’s ‘Morning Edition,’ Dies at 76

Bob Edwards began his 30-year tenure at NPR in 1974, when the network was still in its infancy. He co-hosted “All Things Considered,” NPR’s evening show, before spearheading “Morning Edition” as its inaugural host in 1979, a position he held until 2004.

People visit a memorial at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to honor those killed on the 5th anniversary of the mass shooting on Feb. 14, 2023, in Parkland, Florida. (Saul Martinez / Getty Images / File)

As Guns Rise to Leading Cause of Death Among US Children, Research Funding to Help Prevent and Protect Victims Lags

From 2008 to 2017, about $12 million in federal research awards were granted to study pediatric firearm mortality each year – about $600 per life lost, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death among children at the time, received about $26,000 of research funding per death.

Health advocates are urging Black men to consider prostate cancer screenings as data from the American Cancer Society shows they are more than twice as likely to die from the disease than White men. (FG Trade / E+ / Getty Images)

1 in 6 Black Men Will Be Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer in Their Lifetime. Early Detection is Key to Saving Lives

One in six Black men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, according to the advocacy organization ZERO Prostate Cancer. Research from the American Cancer Society shows Black men are more than twice as likely to die from the disease than their White counterparts.

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Cancer Incidence Rising Among Adults Under 50, Report Says, Leaving Doctors Searching for Answers

Even though the overall U.S. population is aging, “we’re seeing a movement of cancer diagnosis into younger folks, despite the fact that there are more people that are in the older populations,” said Dr. William Dahut, chief scientific officer for the American Cancer Society.

First CosMc’s, Located in Bolingbrook, Saw Twice the Traffic Last Month as a Typical McDonald’s

That first CosMc’s location saw more than double the number of visits that a typical McDonald’s saw chainwide in the same month, despite only being open since Dec.7, according to a report from Placer.ai, which uses location data from mobile devices to estimate visits to specific locations.

The Doomsday Clock was set at 90 seconds to midnight in 2023 and this year. (Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images / FILE)

The Doomsday Clock, Which Measures How Close Earth is to Annihilation, Again Set as Close to Midnight as Ever

On Tuesday, the clock was again set at 90 seconds to midnight — the closest to the hour it has ever been, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which created the clock in 1947.

Charcuterie meat products that may be contaminated. (CDC)

CDC Expands Warning of Salmonella Infections Linked to Recalled Charcuterie Meats Sold at Costco, Sam’s Club

There are now a total of 47 reported illnesses, including 10 hospitalizations, in 22 states, including Illinois. 

Migrants stand at a processing center as they wait for a bus to Chicago, in downtown Brownsville, Texas, on Oct. 24, 2023. (Carlos Barria / Reuters)

Chicago Banned Unannounced Migrant Drop-Offs. Now This Texas Charter Bus Company is Suing Over the Restrictions

Chicago rules require unscheduled one-way buses from outside the Chicago area to get advance approval from the city to drop people off. Violators can be fined $3,000 and have their vehicles impounded, the mandate says.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering a speech in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 25, 1965. (Stephen F. Somerstein / Getty Images)

How Clashing Interpretations of Martin Luther King’s Legacy Fuels the Fight Over DEI and Affirmative Action

Decades later, warring interpretations of one of King’s most famous quotes have fueled a culture war over the merits of affirmative action and diversity and inclusion efforts.

(Credit: Ferrara Candy Shop)

Fruit Stripe Gum Discontinued by Chicago-Based Ferrara

The iconic gum, which has been sold since the 1960s, came in five flavors: Wet n’ Wild Melon, Cherry, Lemon, Orange and Peach. Each pack came with a temporary tattoo of its mascot, Yipes the Zebra.

Former President Donald Trump attends the closing arguments in the Trump Organization civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2023. (Shannon Stapleton / Pool via Reuters)

Takeaways From Closing Arguments in Donald Trump’s $370 Million Civil Fraud Trial

Donald Trump’s decision to launch into a monologue at the conclusion of his lawyers’ closing arguments reflected the fact that the civil fraud trial is a serious threat to Trump’s business and brand – New York Attorney General Letitia James is seeking to bar Trump from doing business in the state

Using a glass or stainless steel container is a safer way to consume water, experts say. (Clara Margais / dpa / picture alliance / Getty Images)

Bottled Water Contains Thousands of Nanoplastics So Small They Can Invade the Body’s Cells, Study Says

Nanoplastics are so teeny they can migrate through the tissues of the digestive tract or lungs into the bloodstream, distributing potentially harmful synthetic chemicals throughout the body and into cells, experts say.

A screen displays the company logo for Audacy, Inc. on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., May 16, 2023. (Brendan McDermid / Reuters)

Owner of WBBM, The Score, WXRT and Other Chicago Radio Stations Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The internet radio conglomerate — among the biggest radio companies in the country — was saddled with substantial debt and faced slowed-down advertising revenue. Audacy said it is entering into a restructuring agreement to reduce its debt from about $1.9 billion to $350 million.

A passenger sent this picture from inside the aircraft after the landing on Jan. 5, 2024. (Kyle Rinker)

FAA Orders Grounding of Boeing 737-9 Max Jetliners After Alaska Airlines Plane Suffers a Blowout

The FAA said the planes must be parked until emergency inspections are performed, which will “take around four to eight hours per aircraft.” The order impacts 171 Boeing 737 Max 9 jets, the agency approximates.

Homicides in the US declined in 2023 compared to the year prior, including in cities like New York. (Theodore Parisienne / For NY Daily News / Getty Images)

Homicides Dropped by More Than 10% in America’s Biggest Cities in 2023, Including Chicago

National data from the FBI covering January to September 2023 showed an 8.2% drop in all violent crime, including a 15.6% drop in murders, compared to the same period in 2022. These declines were seen in cities over 1 million people and those under 10,000, and across all four regional quadrants of the US.

Scientists have revealed the true appearance of Otzi the iceman, whose mummified remains were discovered on 1991 in the Italian alps. (Andrea Solero / AFP / Getty Images)

From Roman Concrete to a Vesuvius-Damaged Scroll, Here’s 6 Historical Mysteries Scientists Finally Cracked in 2023

Here are six mysteries about human history that scientists have cracked in 2023. Plus, one that still has researchers scratching their heads.

Darien Harris is seen in a family photo. (Credit: Harris Family / Exonerated Project)

Chicago Man Who Was Wrongfully Convicted of Murder Based on Testimony from Blind Witness Freed After 12 Years in Prison

Darien Harris had served more than 12 years of his 76-year sentence before prosecutors decided not to move forward with their case and dropped the charges against him on Tuesday.

The virus that causes COVID-19 has more letters to describe its many derivatives than a bowl of alphabet soup. (mrs / Moment RF / Getty Images)

XBB.1.5? BA.2.86? JN.1?: How to Understand the COVID-19 Alphabet Soup

Although the common cold doesn’t get as many names – at least not the ones that make headlines – the specificity with which scientists talk about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, matters because it is still such a problem.

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US, Allies Seize Website of Prolific Russian-Speaking Ransomware Gang That Claimed Theft of Illinois Patient Data

It’s a big blow to the well-oiled cybercriminal syndicate that, according to the Justice Department, has targeted over 1,000 victims around the world and extorted them for hundreds of millions of dollars.

President Joe Biden, here on Dec. 6, 2023, is now considering immigration restrictions that stand to have lasting implications for migrants. (Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images)

Joe Biden’s Embrace of Stricter Border Measures Puts Him at Odds With Key Reelection Allies

Presidnent Joe Biden, who pledged to restore the US immigration system during the 2020 campaign, is now considering immigration restrictions that stand to have lasting implications for migrants, a move that could backfire with his progressive base.

Fewer than two in five adults have gotten their flu vaccine this season, and only about one in six have gotten the latest COVID-19 vaccine, according to CDC data. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times / Getty Images)

CDC Sounds Alarm About Low Vaccination Rates Amid Rising Respiratory Virus Activity

About 7 million fewer adults have gotten their flu shot so far this season compared with the last virus season. Vaccination coverage for COVID-19 is also low, with just 17% of adults and about 8% of children getting the latest shot, according to CDC data through Dec. 2.

Detroit police officers walk near the scene where Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue president Samantha Woll was found dead in Detroit on Oct. 21, 2023. (Sarah Rice / AFP / Getty Images)

Detroit on Pace for Lowest Homicide Rate in Nearly 60 Years, Michigan Officials Say

The Michigan city has tracked an “unprecedented” reduction of homicides as of November 30, down 18% in the first 11 months of 2023 compared to that period last year, according to a joint news release from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Detroit mayor’s office. The city reported 228 homicides this year as of Nov. 30, compared to 278 homicides during that period last year.

Experts agree that no amount of lead exposure is safe, but millions of people in the U.S. still get their drinking water through lead service lines. (José Osorio / Chicago Tribune / Tribune News Service / Getty Images)

EPA Proposes Requirement to Remove Lead Pipes From US Water Systems Within 10 Years. Illinois Ranks First in the Nation

The EPA proposal said lines must be replaced within 10 years, regardless of the lead levels in tap or other drinking water samples.

HMC Farms has recalled peaches, plums and nectarines that were sold individually and in 2-pound bags. (Credit: CDC)

Death, Preterm Labor Reported in Listeria Outbreak Linked to Recalled Peaches, Plums and Nectarines Sold in Illinois, Other States

Three cases were reported in both California and Florida, with other cases reported in Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

Captain Ruben Flowers and First Officer Ruben Flowers recreating the 1990s photo in 2023. (Courtesy of Southwest Airlines)

A Kid Posed With His Pilot Dad. Almost 30 Years Later They Recreated the Photo as Co-Pilots

After rediscovering the old photo, the father and son added a goal: not only did they want to fly together, they wanted to recreate the 1990s flight deck photo, over two decades later. Not just as father and son, but as colleagues and co-pilots.

An UNRWA employee lowers the UN flag at the organization’s offices in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Nov. 13, as the flags flew at half-staff at UN compounds across the globe as staff observed a minute's silence for colleagues killed in Gaza. (Anwar Amro / AFP / Getty Images)

UN Mourns Deaths of More Than 100 Aid Workers in Gaza, the Highest Number Killed in Any Conflict in Organization’s History

More United Nations aid workers have been killed in Gaza than in any other single conflict in the organization’s 78-year history, a stark reminder that humanitarian staff have not been spared from Israel’s relentless bombardment of the besieged strip.