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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.

Five Times as Many Police Officers Have Died From COVID-19 as From Gunfire Since Start of Pandemic

The coronavirus has become the leading cause of death for officers despite law enforcement being among the first groups eligible to receive the vaccine at the end of 2020. (Credit: KGO)

The coronavirus has become the leading cause of death for officers despite law enforcement being among the first groups eligible to receive the vaccine at the end of 2020.

The New Superman Comes Out as Bisexual in an Upcoming Comic

Superman – not Clark Kent, but his son, Jon – comes out as bisexual in the upcoming issue of “Superman: Son of Kal-El”  after sharing a kiss with Jay Nakamura. (Credit: DC)

The fifth issue of the DC comic series “Superman: Son of Kal-El” will confirm that the new Superman – Jon Kent, child of Clark Kent and Lane – is bisexual after falling for Jay Nakamura, a male reporter, DC announced this week.

US Records Highest Increase in Nation’s Homicide Rate in Modern History, CDC Says

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Provisional data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, released early Wednesday, suggest the homicide rate for the United States rose 30% between 2019 and 2020. 

Chicago Residents Fighting To Save Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens, One of City’s Only Indoor Green Spaces

The Crystal Gardens is pictured at Navy Pier in Chicago. (Peter Griffin / Alamy)

For more than two decades, the indoor garden has been a cherished escape from bustling city life. But the beloved tropical garden, which has always been free to the public, is set to be replaced with a new paid digital experience.

Influx of Guns Is ‘Ground Zero for Violence’ at the End of a Bloody Summer in Chicago

Police investigate a crime scene where three people were shot — one fatally — in the Bridgeport neighborhood on June 23 in Chicago. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

In a single three-month summer period in Chicago, 1,606 people were shot. That’s the population equivalent to many American small towns. They are numbers — and more significantly, lives — that have become part of a grimly familiar dynamic in the city.

Biden Canceling Chicago Trip as His Legislative Agenda Hangs in the Balance

President  Biden speaks to members of the media as he arrives at the White House in Washington, on Sept. 26 after returning from a weekend at Camp David. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

President Joe Biden is canceling plans to travel to Chicago on Wednesday in order to continue leading crucial negotiations in Washington over his legislative agenda, a White House official told CNN.

Murders Rose Sharply in 2020 But Data Is Lacking Across Much of the Country

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The FBI released its annual Uniform Crime Report for 2020 on Monday, showing that the number of homicides increased nearly 30% from 2019, the largest single-year increase the agency has recorded since it began tracking these crimes in the 1960s.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Discharged From Rehab Facility After Being Hospitalized for COVID-19

The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks with WTTW News in February 2020.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson was discharged from a rehabilitation facility Wednesday following an earlier diagnosis of COVID-19.

Sears Is Closing its Last Department Store in Illinois, the Retailer’s Home State

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Come fall, Sears will shut the doors on its last department store in Illinois, the state in which its first retail store opened in 1925. The Sears department store in the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg will close on Nov. 14.

Mass Shootings in US Increased During Coronavirus Pandemic, Study Finds

In Chicago, shooting incidents are up 64% so far this year compared with the same period two years ago. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

City police departments are also reporting an increase in gun violence during the pandemic. In Chicago, shooting incidents are up 64% so far this year compared with the same period two years ago.

Fossil Reveals Bird With Long, Flashy Tail Feathers That Lived 120 Million Years Ago

Modern sunbirds also have long tail feathers. (Jason Weckstein / The Field Museum)

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of a bird that lived 120 million years ago, and it definitely had flair, including unusually long tail feathers. These flashy feathers probably didn’t help the bird achieve aerodynamic flight, but they might have helped him find a mate, according to new research.