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An adult periodical cicada flutters in a spider web at Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people&rsquo;s shirts, hats and even faces.

Illinois is hit with cicada chaos. This is what it’s like to see, hear and feel billions of bugs

An adult periodical cicada flutters in a spider web at Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people&rsquo;s shirts, hats and even faces.

June 14, 2024, 1:32pm Nation & World

The ground had seemed to undulate at night, alive with bugs. Crawling cicada nymphs, striving to get higher after 17 years underground, marched en masse toward and up trees, pausing to shed their skin and emerge as adults. And then the fun began. Read story

Former President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington.

Donald Trump’s 78th birthday becomes a show of loyalty for his fans and fellow Republicans

Former President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Thursday, June 13, 2024, in Washington.

June 14, 2024, 1:29pm Nation & World

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Donald Trump spent the day before his 78th birthday being feted by Republicans in Congress who sang “Happy Birthday” and presented him with a cake and gifts. It was a remarkable show of loyalty for a former president who was shunned by many of… Read story

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones wipes his mouth as he speaks to the media after arriving at the federal courthouse for a hearing in front of a bankruptcy judge Friday, June 14, 2024, in Houston. The judge is expected to rule on whether to liquidate Jones&rsquo; assets to help pay the $1.5 billion he owes for his false claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax. (AP Photo/David J.

Alex Jones’ personal assets will be sold to help pay Sandy Hook debt as judge decides Infowars’ fate

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones wipes his mouth as he speaks to the media after arriving at the federal courthouse for a hearing in front of a bankruptcy judge Friday, June 14, 2024, in Houston. The judge is expected to rule on whether to liquidate Jones&rsquo; assets to help pay the $1.5 billion he owes for his false claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax. (AP Photo/David J.

June 14, 2024, 10:50am Business

A federal judge on Friday ordered the liquidation of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ′ personal assets but was still deciding on his company’s separate bankruptcy case, leaving the future of his Infowars media platform uncertain as he owes $1.5 billion for his false claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax. Read story

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to journalists after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 14, 2024.

Putin offers truce if Ukraine exits Russian-claimed areas and drops NATO bid. Kyiv calls it ‘absurd’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to journalists after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 14, 2024.

June 14, 2024, 10:45am Latest News

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised Friday to “immediately” order a cease-fire in Ukraine and begin negotiations if Kyiv started withdrawing troops from the four regions annexed by Moscow in 2022 and renounced plans to join NATO. Ukraine responded by calling Putin’s proposal “manipulative” and “absurd.” Read story

Worst rainfall that triggered floods in Florida is over as affected residents clean up

June 14, 2024, 8:52am Nation & World

Forecasters warned Floridians to prepare for additional flash flooding after a tropical disturbance dumped as much as 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rainfall in the southern parts of the state, with worsening conditions expected Friday. Read story

Two blind pilgrims preform Hajj with the help of their guide outside of the Grand Mosque during the annual pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, June 13, 2024. Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able to make it. Some Muslims make the journey more than once.

Muslims start the Hajj against the backdrop of the destructive Israel-Hamas war

Two blind pilgrims preform Hajj with the help of their guide outside of the Grand Mosque during the annual pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, June 13, 2024. Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able to make it. Some Muslims make the journey more than once.

June 14, 2024, 8:52am Churches & Religion

In sweltering temperatures, Muslim pilgrims in Mecca converged on a vast tent camp in the desert on Friday, officially opening the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Ahead of their trip, they circled the cube-shaped Kaaba in the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site. Read story

A peace summit for Ukraine opens this weekend in Switzerland. But Russia won’t be taking part

June 14, 2024, 8:41am Nation & World

Switzerland will host scores of world leaders this weekend to try to map out the first steps toward peace in Ukraine even though Russia, which launched the war, isn’t attending. Read story

Students, teachers, victims' families and passersby watch, Friday, June 14, 2024, as crews start the demolition of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building where 17 people died in the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Officials plan to complete the weekslong project before the school's 3,300 students return in August from summer vacation.

Demolition of the Parkland classroom building where 17 died in 2018 shooting begins

Students, teachers, victims' families and passersby watch, Friday, June 14, 2024, as crews start the demolition of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building where 17 people died in the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Officials plan to complete the weekslong project before the school's 3,300 students return in August from summer vacation.

June 14, 2024, 8:35am Nation & World

A large excavator stretched to the top floor of the three-story classroom building where 17 people died in the 2018 mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, making a loud wrenching sound as it punched out a window early Friday as the long-awaited demolition project got underway. Read story

1 of 2 abducted Louisiana children is found dead in Mississippi after their mother is killed

June 14, 2024, 8:33am Nation & World

A Louisiana woman was found dead in her home Thursday, and her two young daughters were abducted and found hours later in Mississippi — one dead and the other alive, police said. Read story

US Catholic bishops approve outreach to Native Americans and acknowledge boarding school ‘traumas’

June 14, 2024, 8:32am Nation & World

U.S. bishops on Friday approved new guidelines for ministering to Indigenous Catholics, a long in-the-works effort to reinvigorate the ministry and assure those communities that they don’t need to feel torn between their Native identity and their Catholic one. Read story