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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.

Boeing CEO Resigns After Two Deadly 737 Max Crashes

In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo Boeing Company President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg appears before a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on “Aviation Safety and the Future of Boeing’s 737 MAX” on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, File)

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg resigned Monday over the deadly 737 Max debacle that has plunged the aircraft maker into crisis and damaged its reputation as one of the stalwarts of American industry.

Mahomes Throws 2 TDs, Runs for 1 as Chiefs Beat Bears 26-3

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) runs against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (AP Photo  /Nam Y. Huh)

Patrick Mahomes outplayed Mitchell Trubisky, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another score, and the Chiefs beat the Chicago Bears 26-3 Sunday night for their fifth straight win.

13 Wounded in Shooting at Chicago Memorial for Slain Person

This undated photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows Marciano White, who has been charged in connection with a shooting early Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, at a house party that left 13 people wounded, four of them critically, Chicago police said.  (Chicago Police Department via AP)

One person has been charged in connection with a shooting early Sunday at a house party that left 13 people wounded, four of them critically, Chicago police said.

Study Estimates That Half of US Adults Will Be Obese by 2030

This Tuesday, April 3, 2018 photo shows a close-up of a beam scale in New York. (AP Photo / Patrick Sison)

There’s no way to sugarcoat this news: Nearly half of American adults will be obese within a decade and one-quarter will be severely so, a new report predicts.

Audubon’s Annual Christmas Bird Count Stronger Than Ever

 In this Dec. 19, 2008, file photo, Jeannie Elias, left, Mary Spencer, and Alison Wagner look for birds in Fayston, Vermont, as they take part in The National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. (AP Photo / Toby Talbot, File)

It’s been 120 years since New York ornithologist Frank Chapman launched his Christmas Bird Count as a bold new alternative to what had been a longtime Christmas tradition of hunting birds.

‘Vast Majority’ of Vaping Illnesses Blamed on Vitamin E

In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 file photo, Dr. Hassan Nemeh, surgical director of Thoracic Organ Transplant, shows areas of a patient’s lungs during a news conference at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)

Health officials now blame vitamin E acetate for the “vast majority” of cases in the U.S. outbreak of vaping illnesses and they say doctors should monitor patients more closely after they go home from the hospital.

Trump Blasts Christian Magazine That Called for His Removal

In this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Kellogg Arena, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Battle Creek, Mich. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci, File)

President Donald Trump blasted a prominent Christian magazine on Friday, a day after it published an editorial arguing that he should be removed from office  because of his “blackened moral record.”

Common, Chance The Rapper Headlining Chicago’s All-Star Game

Common attends Tiffany Haddish’s “Black Mitzvah” at the SLS Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP)

The NBA said Thursday night that the Grammy winners will be headline performers at the All-Star Game in Chicago on Feb. 16.

Key Takeaways from Democratic Presidential Debate in LA

Democratic presidential candidates from left, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and businessman Tom Steyer participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Chris Carlson)

Democratic presidential candidates offered two very different debates during their final forum of 2019. And while they jousted cordially over the economy, climate change and foreign policy, it was a wine cave that opened up the fault lines.

Reports Indicate Michigan Man May Be Baby Abducted in 1964

This April 26, 1964 file photo shows Paul Joseph Fronczak shortly after his birth at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. The baby was taken from his mother’s arms by a woman dressed as a nurse who told her he needed a medical exam and then never returned him to the nursery. (AP Photo, File)

When a woman snatched a newborn from its mother’s arms in 1946, the case made headlines nationwide. And though the mystery seemed solved two years later, recent media reports say a man living in rural Michigan may be that very child.

6 Big Questions Ahead of Democrats’ Final Debate of 2019

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of seven scheduled Democratic candidates participating in a public education forum, makes opening remarks, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Pittsburgh (AP Photo / Keith Srakocic)

Just seven Democrats will take the stage for the sixth and final round of presidential debates in 2019. That’s down from 20 candidates six months ago. The field may be winnowing, but the primary contest remains deeply unsettled. 

Among Public, a Great Divide at Moment of Trump Impeachment

This combination of photographs shows, top row from left: Aimee Brewer, Ben Bolen, Mark McQueen, bottom row from left: Morgan O’Sullivan, Natasha Adams, Alice Cutting, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (AP Photo)

Depending whom you ask in this deeply polarized country, Americans saw the House vote Wednesday night as a just expression of the nation’s founding document, or a gross distortion of it. How people reacted across the country.

Court: Part of ‘Obamacare’ Invalid, More Review Needed

In this Tuesday, July 9, 2019 file photo, people wait in line to enter the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to sit in overflow rooms to hear arguments in New Orleans. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert, File)

A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down “Obamacare’s” now-toothless requirement that Americans carry health insurance but sidestepped a ruling on the law’s overall constitutionality. The decision means the law remains in effect for now.

McConnell Blasts House Impeachment, Pledges Senate Stability

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks on the Senate floor, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at the Capitol in Washington. (Senate TV via AP)

The top Senate Republican on Thursday denounced the “unfair” House impeachment of President Donald Trump and reassured Trump and his supporters that “moments like this are why the United States Senate exists.”

President Donald Trump Impeached By US House on 2 Charges

President Donald Trump leaves the White House for a campaign trip to Battle Creek, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 in Washington.(AP Photo / Steve Helber)

President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday night, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors.

R. Kelly Arraigned on Bribe Charge Linked to Aaliyah Wedding

This combination photo shows singer R. Kelly after the first day of jury selection in his child pornography trial at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on May 9, 2008, left, the late R&B singer and actress Aaliyah during a photo shoot in New York on May 9, 2001. (AP Photo / File)

Singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he schemed with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994.

Lawsuit: Children in State Care Abused at Chicago Hospital

(Chicago Lakeshore Hospital / Facebook photo)

Cook County’s public guardian filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against a Chicago psychiatric facility that treated children in state care, alleging troubling claims of sexual abuse and improper medication at the “hospital of horrors.’’

What to Watch as Trump Impeachment Moves to House Floor

The Capitol is seen in Washington, early Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. President Donald Trump is on the cusp of being impeached by the House, with a historic debate set Wednesday on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress ahead of votes that will leave a defining mark on his tenure at the White House. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

The nation’s 45th president is on track to become only the third commander in chief to be impeached. But first, watch for a daylong showdown that’s been boiling for years. Watch live.

Bill to Raise Tobacco Age Has Unlikely Allies: Altria, Juul

In this Sept. 23, 2019 photo, Bristol, Va., Police Officer Marlin Goff shows some of the vaping products he has confiscated from students at a high school. (Tim Dotson / Bristol Herald Courier via AP)

Congress is moving to pass the biggest new sales restrictions on tobacco products in more than a decade, with support from two unlikely backers: Marlboro-cigarette maker Altria and vaping giant Juul Labs.

AP Explains: What a Trump Impeachment Trial Might Look Like

President Donald Trump listens during a roundtable with governors on government regulations in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

With the House of Representatives racing toward an impeachment vote, President Donald Trump will likely become the third president to face a Senate trial. A look at what’s known about that process.