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2 Chicago police officers and a suspect shot on the city’s west side

Two Chicago police officers have been shot on the city’s west side, according to the Chicago Police Department. The shooting happened at 7:11 a.m. (8:11 a.m. ET) in the 1500 block of South Lawndale Avenue. Both officers were transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital, police spokesperson Tom Ahern said on Twitter. Their conditions are not immediately…MORE

Roller coaster stalls out mid-ride, stranding passengers 20 feet in the air

Roller coaster stalls out mid-ride, stranding passengers 20 feet in the air

A spinning, flipping roller coaster at a Phoenix, Arizona, amusement park became stuck mid-ride on Saturday night, stranding nearly two dozen passengers 20 feet in the air until the Fire Department came to the rescue. The Desert Storm ride at Castles N’ Coasters theme park stalled along a sharply angled curve, according to photos from…MORE

Critical infrastructure really is critical. The US must act now

Critical infrastructure really is critical. The US must act now

What do businesses need to operate? Electricity, water and gasoline are near the top of the list, and recent infrastructure failings suggest the foundations of the US economy may be on shakier ground than thought. In February, extreme weather overwhelmed the electric grid in Texas, causing days of power and water outages in a state…MORE

What the new CDC mask guidelines mean for your mental health

What the new CDC mask guidelines mean for your mental health

No more masks? As the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced fully vaccinated people can stop masking or physical distancing, except for certain extenuating circumstances, for many it felt like the breakthrough we’ve all been waiting for. The CDC decision is an enormous step in the return to normalcy for our families. Some…MORE

Purges, poll watchers and gridlock: Five developments in the voting battles

Purges, poll watchers and gridlock: Five developments in the voting battles

Arizona just became the latest Republican-led battleground to impose new voting restrictions, enacting a law that could purge tens of thousands of voters from the state’s early mail-in ballot list. And in other key states, GOP lawmakers are charging ahead with efforts to change the ground rules for future elections — with big bills pending…MORE