Who Might Be Behind The Austin Bombings?

A package on its way to Austin exploded overnight at a FedEx facility in San Antonio, the fifth explosion of a device either in Austin or bound for the city. Clint Van Zandt , a former FBI profiler who helped expose Ted Kaczynski as the Unabomber, joins Here & Now s Robin Young to discuss who might be behind the string of bombings that has wracked the area. I heard an FBI agent suggest this is the bureaus most important case in the country right now, and I think thats probably true, because...

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Democrats got their shot at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday, when she testified before a House committee about her department's proposed budget.

The hearing followed widespread criticism of DeVos for lackluster performances on 60 Minutes and the Today show earlier this month. She remains one of the most unpopular members of President Trump's Cabinet and continues to anger Democrats over many issues.

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If you create a million new chemicals, chances are one or two of them could be a life-saving drug. A new research study finds that this shotgun approach to drug discovery can be accelerated with the help of bacteria.

Researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Southampton in England found a way to engineer bacteria cells to create millions of unique chemical compounds.

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Another explosion in Austin, Texas, injured one person Tuesday night, but city police say in tweet that the explosion was caused by an incendiary device and "At this time, we have no reason to believe this incident is related to previous package bombs."

Authorities say a man in his thirties suffered "potentially serious, not expected to be life threatening, injuries."

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Supreme Court justices on both sides of the ideological spectrum expressed skepticism Tuesday about California's "truth-in-advertising" law requiring anti-abortion clinics to more fully disclose what they are.

The anti-abortion "crisis pregnancy centers" objected to the law on free-speech grounds.

While some more liberal justices appeared receptive to the state's case initially, doubt about the law seemed to increase as the argument progressed.

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Members of a state employee union picketed on Northern Illinois University’s DeKalb campus on Monday. That’s after recent negotiations between union members and NIU officials still have not yielded an initial contract.

AFSCME Local 1890 members and allies marched near the student center in support of an initial contract for the bargaining unit, which is comprised of NIU clerical, administrative and paraprofessional employees.

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Authorities say a fourth device that exploded in Austin, Texas, this month indicates a "serial bomber" — and one who is more sophisticated than the earlier bombs suggested.

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The question of whether the bald eagle population is dwindling in the Midwest continues to confound bird watchers along the Mississippi River.

The organizer behind an annual winter count conducted in January by hundreds of volunteers revealed fewer young eagles along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.  

But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains that the bald eagle recovery is progressing at an “impressive” rate.

Police have arrested 20-year-old Jamain L. McFadden in connection with Sunday’s shots-fired incident at CherryVale Mall. McFadden has been charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm as a felon. Bail has not been set. His first court date is pending.

Background: A fight inside the CherryVale Mall Sunday morning led to shots fired in the parking lot.


Lawmakers see chance for green with recreational marijuana.

Marijuana legalization is getting another look in Illinois, particularly for the money it could bring the state. The state has overdue bills nearing $9 billion after a more than two-year budget stalemate, and some argue a little extra cash could go a long way.

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A conversation with his daughter about a year ago led one Rockford resident to create an organization helping hundreds of homeless teenagers in the area.

Kevin Ware says Just Breathe 815 started with a clothes-donation box after his daughter asked if there were any area groups that helped homeless teens specifically. Now, Ware says, the organization has helped about 500 teens and young adults in less than a year.

“And it’s crazy,” Ware said. “Like, from April to where we are today, it’s just crazy.”


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