1 Water cleanups: For a second consecutive year, President Trump is trying to drastically reduce or eliminate federal support of cleanups for iconic U.S. waterways including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. Trump’s proposed 2019 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency released this week would cut funding by 90 percent for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — an Obama-era plan for dealing with pervasive pollution in the world’s biggest surface freshwater system — and a similar program for Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary.
Officer killed: An off-duty police commander was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in downtown Chicago after he spotted a man matching the radio description of an armed suspect officers were chasing on foot, the city’s police superintendent said. Cmdr. Paul Bauer was shot multiple times after he “saw the offender and engaged in an armed physical confrontation,” Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. He choked back tears as he spoke to reporters outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where Bauer was pronounced dead. Police captured the man a short time later, and a gun was recovered at the scene, he said. Bauer, 53, was a 31-year veteran of the department.
Fertility rates: The latest data reflecting births for the year ending in 2017, shows the total fertility rate at 1.77 lifetime births per woman, down 3.8 percent since 2015, and down 16.4 percent since its most recent peak at 2.12 in 2007. The total fertility rate is a measure of how many children a woman entering her reproductive years could expect to have, if age-specific fertility rates remain constant over time, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Key factors include postponing marriage and using emergency contraceptives.
4 Climbers rescued: Authorities say rescuers reached a group of climbers stranded on Mount Hood after one climber fell 1,000 feet. He died after being airlifted to a Portland hospital. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says rescuers reached the climbers at about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday at 10,500-foot elevation and that all have been assessed. The sheriff’s office says rescuers assisted four climbers to safety. An additional three climbers made their way down the mountain without assistance.
5 Eye worms: An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies. Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left eye of the 26-year-old woman in August 2016. Scientists reported the case just this week. Abby Beckley was diagnosed with Thelazia gulosa, a type of eye worm seen in cattle in the northern U.S. and southern Canada, but never before in humans. They are spread by flies that feed on the tears that lubricate the eyeball, scientists said.
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