New Chicago Mayor Vows to Investigate Decision to Drop Smollett Charges

New Chicago Mayor Vows to Investigate Decision to…

Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Illinois, March 26, 2019. (File photo: Joshua Lott/Reuters) Newly elected Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed Wednesday to investigate why the Cook County state’s…

High-Tax Illinois Faces a Progressive Tax Push

High-Tax Illinois Faces a Progressive Tax Push

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield (Library of Congress) Governor J. B. Pritzker should seek the advice of Andrew Cuomo in New York. Last month, New York governor Andrew Cuomo and Illinois governor J. B. Pritzker stood…

Biden and the Problem of Touch

Biden and the Problem of Touch

Then-Vice President Joe Biden talks to Stephanie Carter as her husband Ash Carter delivers his acceptance speech as the new Secretary of Defense at the White House in 2015. (Gary Cameron/Reuters) Before we close the…

The victims were found dead inside a property management company office Monday.

The victims were found dead inside a property…

A 44-year-old man has been arrested in connection to a mass murder inside a North Dakota workplace, police said. Four people were found dead Monday morning at RJR Maintenance & Management, a property management company…

Some snow is even possible in northern New England.

Some snow is even possible in northern New…

Severe storms moved through the Deep South on Thursday bringing flash flooding, damaging winds and hail -- mostly to Louisiana. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency on Thursday in Lake Charles, Louisiana,…

Joe Biden apology tour? Dont expect former veep to dwell on allegations in Friday speech

Joe Biden apology tour? Dont expect former veep…

Former Vice President Joe Biden promised to be respectful of people's personal space after allegations of unwanted and inappropriate behavior. USA TODAY WASHINGTON – Joe Biden's speech Friday to a labor union will be his first following…

63 years after landmark Brown v. Board case, segregated classrooms persist

63 years after landmark Brown v. Board case,…

Linda Brown was the student at the center of the 1954 landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. USA TODAY Note: This story was produced by the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization…

Living with 2 roommates in a dump: Hawaii is too expensive to be paradise for teachers

Living with 2 roommates in a dump: Hawaii…

The view may be nice but teachers living in Hawaii are struggling to keep up with high rent costs. USA TODAY HONOLULU — Kevin Starks is living a classic Hawaii story. The California native became an educator…

It was sad to watch: Former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight struggles with memory at talk

It was sad to watch: Former Indiana basketball…

Watch excerpts of former IU coach Bob Knight’s appearance at Center Grove. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, dana.benbow@indystar.com GREENWOOD – Sparks of the feisty, cursing college coach with a wicked sense of humor showed up Thursday as…

Cat food and tanning oil? 6 outrageous tax deductions the IRS approved

Cat food and tanning oil? 6 outrageous tax…

From business expenses, rental expenses and medical expenses, here are some of the weirder things people have deducted. Time Many Americans get creative at tax time, pushing the limits on deductions to reduce their tax…

How a historic loss inspired Virginia to make a run to the Final Four

How a historic loss inspired Virginia to make…

SportsPulse: Auburn or Virginia? USA TODAY Sports' Scott Gleeson details how each team can reach the national title game and who ultimately will come out on top. USA TODAY MINNEAPOLIS — Virginia guard Kyle Guy…

Cat food and tanning oil? 6 outrageous tax deductions the IRS approved

Howd they do that? Inside some of the…

“It all starts with opening a script and reading, ‘There are giants riding mammoths’ or ‘Dany climbs on Drogon and they roar off to safety,’” says Game of Thrones visual-effects producer Steve Kullback. “You close…