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Iran Strikes Back at US With Missile Attack at Bases in Iraq

Iranian lawmakers chant slogans as some of them hold posters of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone attack, in an open session of parliament, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo / Vahid Salemi)

Iran struck back at the United States early on Wednesday for killing its most powerful military commander, firing a barrage of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases that house American troops.

Trump Pressed to Detail What Prompted Strike on Iran General

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump and his top advisers are under pressure to disclose more details about the intelligence that led to an American airstrike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

McConnell: GOP Will Start Impeachment Trial, Delay Witnesses

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives for a closed meeting with fellow Republicans as he strategizes about the looming impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he has secured the Republican votes needed to start President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and postpone a decision on witnesses or documents that Democrats want. 

In a 24/7 Food Culture, Periodic Fasting Gains Followers

Melissa Breaux Bankston, a CrossFit athletic trainer at CrossFit Algiers in New Orleans, poses for a portrait at the gym Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. She participates in an intermittent fasting diet. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert)

A diet that forbids eating for hours on end might seem doomed in a culture where food is constantly available, but apps and Facebook groups are popping up for people practicing “intermittent fasting.”

Boeing’s Checklist of 737 Max Fixes Grows with Wiring Issue

In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, a Boeing 737 Max airplane being built for Norwegian Air International turns as it taxis for take off for a test flight at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Washington. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

The list of items Boeing could be forced to fix before federal safety officials let the grounded 737 Max airliner fly again has grown to include a problem with electrical wiring used for the plane’s controls.

How Climate Change, Other Factors Stoke Australia Fires

Firefighters drag their water hose after putting out a spot fire near Moruya, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison called up about 3,000 reservists as the threat of wildfires escalated Saturday in at least three states with two more deaths, and strong winds and high temperatures were forecast to bring flames to populated areas including the suburbs of Sydney. (AP Photo / Rick Rycroft)

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires are supercharged thanks to climate change, the type of trees catching fire and weather, experts say. Here are a few questions and answers about the science behind them.

Church Offers Little Outreach to Minority Victims of Priests

Terrence Sample poses for a portrait in Baton Rouge, La., on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Sample, now 58, was a middle school student at St. Procopius Catholic school, when Father Terence Fitzmaurice took an interest in him. He was groomed, isolated and assaulted for several years. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert)

Even as it has pledged to go after predators in its ranks and provide support to those harmed by clergy, the church has done little to identify and reach sexual abuse victims. For survivors of color, the lack of concerted outreach means less public exposure.

Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It’s Catching On

Grace Brown, 14, poses for a portrait while jogging at the park where she does her jogging workouts for her “online PE” class, in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

While online physical education classes have been around for well over a decade, often as part of virtual or online schools, technology has made possible a new level of accountability, its users say.

Trump Declares an Iranian’s General’s ‘Reign of Terror’ Over

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on Iran, at his Mar-a-Lago property, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump declared Friday that a “reign of terror is over” as he marked the death of an Iranian general killed in a U.S. strike and as the Pentagon scrambled to reinforce the American military presence in the Middle East in preparation for reprisals.

‘Jeopardy!’ Titans Compete for $1 Million, ‘Greatest’ Title

In this image released by ABC, contestants, from left, James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter appear on the set of “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time,” in Los Angeles. (Eric McCandless / ABC via AP)

The Super Bowl is weeks away, but for “Jeopardy!” addicts the big game is here: All-time top money winners Brad Rutter, Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer, a Naperville native, are facing off for ultimate bragging rights.

Blagojevich: House Democrats Would’ve Impeached Lincoln, Too

In this March 15, 2012 file photo, former Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colorado, to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich argued in a column that fellow Democrats in the U.S. House who impeached President Donald Trump also would have tried to remove Abraham Lincoln.

2 Toddlers Dead in Chicago After Stabbing, High-Rise Plunge

Chicago Police investigate at a South Shore neighborhood high-rise apartment building in the 7200 block of South South Shore Drive, Thursday morning, Jan. 2, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Two toddlers died early Thursday after a woman believed to be their mother allegedly stabbed a 70-year-old man, left one of the children in a bathtub and threw the other child out an 11th-floor apartment before jumping herself, police said.

Trump Suggests Some Flavored Vapes May be Pulled From Market

President Donald Trump speaks to the media about the situation at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, from his Mar-a-Lago property, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Palm Beach, Florida, as Melania Trump stands next to him. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Trump was vague about what the plan would entail but suggested “certain flavors” in cartridge-based e-cigarettes would be taken off the market “for a period of time.”

Illinois Sees First Legal Sales of Recreational Marijuana

Jackie Ryan, right, of Forest Park, Ill., becomes the first person in Illinois to purchase recreational marijuana as she purchases marijuana products from employee Brea Mooney left, at Sunnyside dispensary Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty)

The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal Wednesday in Illinois to the delight of pot fans — many who began lining up hours early at dispensaries.

Gov. Pritzker Clears Thousands of Marijuana Convictions

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx looks on as Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a press conference in Chicago after Foxx filed motions to vacate more than 1,000 low-level cannabis convictions, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Illinois’ governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state’s new marijuana legalization law. 

Fetal Remains at Abortion Doc’s Properties Can’t be ID’d

This September 2014 photo shows Ulrich Klopfer. More than 2,200 medically preserved fetal remains have been found at the Illinois home of the former Indiana abortion clinic doctor who died last week. (South Bend Tribune via AP)

Shoddy record-keeping and the degraded condition of more than 2,400 sets of fetal remains that were found in the Illinois garage and a car of a late Indiana abortion doctor mean those remains cannot be identified, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday by Indiana’s attorney general.

Lawsuit: Famed Jesuit Abused Boy 1,000 Times Around World

In this Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 photo, Bobby Goldberg walks in front of his home in suburban Chicago. Goldberg has filed a lawsuit claiming he was abused more than 1,000 times in multiple states and countries by the late Donald McGuire, a prominent American Jesuit priest who had close ties to Mother Teresa. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

The lawsuit charges that the late Rev. Donald McGuire, a globe-trotting Jesuit with ties to Saint Teresa of Calcutta, abused Robert J. Goldberg “more than 1,000 times, in multiple states and countries,” during sojourns to spiritual retreats throughout the United States and Europe.

With Births Down, US Had Slowest Growth Rate in a Century

In this June 15, 2017, file photo, people walk inside the Oculus, the new transit station at the World Trade Center in New York. (AP Photo / Frank Franklin II, File)

The past year’s population growth rate in the United States was the slowest in a century due to declining births, increasing deaths and the slowdown of international migration, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Lifetime Returns to R. Kelly with a New Powerful Series

In this June 6, 2019 file photo, musician R. Kelly departs the Leighton Criminal Court building after pleading not guilty to 11 additional sex-related charges in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky, File)

“Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning” will premiere Thursday on Lifetime. The six-hour series will run for two hours a night for three consecutive nights, concluding Saturday. 

Legal Marijuana Sales May Spark Midwest Interstate Tension

In this Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 photo, a registered medical marijuana patient looks at products at the Rise cannabis store in Mundelein, Illinois. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Illinois will join Michigan as the only Midwestern states broadly allowing the sale and use of marijuana. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

As Illinois prepares to join the recreational market on Wednesday, officials are renewing warnings to consumers against carrying such products over state lines. 

Aurora Man Who Made 27,000 Crosses for Shooting Victims is Retiring

In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo Greg Zanis prepares crosses to place at a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo / John Locher, File)

Greg Zanis has set up crosses after the school shootings at Columbine, Sandy Hook and Parkland. He also placed crosses after the Las Vegas music festival shooting and the Orlando nightclub shooting.

‘Tough Year’ for Measles and Other Infectious Diseases in US

In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Worcester Police Officer Angel Rivera, right, returns a license to an unidentified man as Rivera asks if he has been tested for Hepatitis A at the entrance to a tent where the man spent the night in a wooded area, in Worcester, Mass. (AP Photo / Steven Senne)

This year, the germs roared back. Measles tripled, hepatitis A mushroomed, a rare but deadly mosquito-borne disease increased – and that was just the United States. A look back at some U.S. disease trends in 2019.

Bond Set at $5M for Suspect in Illinois Triple-Killing

This Dec. 27, 2019, arrest photo provided by the Livingston County Jail in Pontiac, Ill., shows Clifford W. Brewer. (Livingston County Jail via AP)

A judge set a $5 million bond Friday for a state corrections officer who’s charged in the Christmas Day shootings of his wife, adult son and another man in a small eastern Illinois community.

Another Executive Departs as Boeing Tries to Correct Course

In this 2016 file photo, J. Michael Luttig of Boeing speaks at the Florence Civic Center during the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce annual membership luncheon in Florence, S.C. (Joe Perry / The Morning News via AP)

Mike Luttig, who will retire next week, is the latest executive to leave the beleaguered company. In addition to CEO Dennis Muilenburg who was pushed out this week, Kevin McAllister, the head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, was forced out in October.

First Ads for 2020 Census Launch in Remote Alaskan Villages

This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation’s only test run of the 2020 Census. (AP Photo / Michelle R. Smith, File)

The first ads for the 2020 census launched this week in a remote part of Alaska with plans for an advertising campaign for the rest of the country slated for next month, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.