Signs of the Times

­Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3)

Science Shocker: Adam and Eve for Real

In a major shock to evolutionary science, a sweeping survey of the genetic code shows the human race sprang from a single adult couple. The research was led by the Rockefeller University and the University of Basel, Switzerland, and stunned all involved. “This conclusion is very surprising,” said David Thaler, research associate from the University of Basel. “And I fought against it as hard as I could.” While still holding to an old Earth with these modern humans dating back between 100,000 to 200,000 years, the timeframe is far more recent than previous claims in the evolutionary theory. Another surprise for the scientists, however, was that nine of every 10 animal species also come from a single pair of beings. Senior research associate Mark Stoeckle and Thaler, the two scientists who headed the study, concluded 90 percent of all animal species alive today come from parents that all began giving birth at roughly the same time, less than 250 thousand years ago — throwing into doubt the patterns of human evolution.

Abortions in the United States Hit New All-Time Low

The abortion rate in America continues to decline as the work of pro-life advocates empower more women to choose life for their unborn babies. A new report by the Centers for Disease Control showed abortions at an all-time low since 1973, the year when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, according to the Washington Post. The report, released Nov. 21, recorded 638,169 abortions in 2015, a 2-percent drop from 2014. The abortion rate declined to 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age. That is a 26-percent decline since 2006, Newsmax reports. Among teenagers, the rate declined even more drastically – a full 54 percent since 2006, according to the CDC. Comparing racial demographics, the CDC found the highest abortion rate was among black women at 25.1 abortions per 1,000 and the lowest was among white women at 6.8 per 1,000. Age comparisons indicate women in their 20s had the highest abortion rate.

Chaos at Border as Migrants Storm Fence

As thousands of migrants from Central America wait in makeshift Tijuana shelters for a chance to apply for asylum in the U.S., a process that could take months, some have organized protests to pressure U.S. officials to devote more resources to speed up the process. On Sunday, one of those protests, peaceful at first, turned chaotic when several hundred migrants broke away, overwhelming Mexican federal police officers before rushing a border fence and attempting to illegally enter the U.S. In response, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers shut down both south and northbound traffic at the San Ysidro border crossing south of San Diego for nearly six hours. The closure disrupted one of the busiest border crossings in the world at the tail end of a holiday weekend when border crossings are typically packed with travelers. CBP officers fired tear gas after some migrants threw projectiles at them, U.S. officials said. Several CBP officers were hit by the projectiles. It was unclear whether any migrants were injured. President Trump threatened Monday to “close the Border permanently if need be” and called on Mexico to deport members of the migrant caravan after skirmishes broke out between border agents and migrants at the Southern border this weekend. The Mexican Interior Ministry said it would immediately deport about 500 Central American migrants who tried to “violently” breach the border with the U.S. just south of California and that it would reinforce the border.

  • Critics are hammering the Trump administration over using tear gas, but they are glossing over a similar episode that occurred under then-President Barack Obama. The same tear-gas agent that the Trump administration is taking heat for deploying against a border mob this weekend is actually used fairly frequently — including more than once a month during the later years of President Barack Obama’s administration, according to Homeland Security data. Border Patrol agents revealed in interviews that the migrants storming the U.S.-Mexico border over the weekend were using women and children as human shields as they launched rocks at agents.
  • San Diego Sector Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott pushed back on the narrative that his agents are tear gassing women and children. We ended up making about 42 arrests, only eight of those were females and there were only a few children involved. The vast majority of people we are dealing with are adult males,” Scott said. “Similar to what we saw with the first wave, the caravan that came up about a week or so ago, the group immediately started throwing rocks and debris at the agents. Taunting the agents. Once our agents were assaulted the numbers started growing. We had two or three agents at a time initially facing hundreds of people at a time. They deployed tear gas to protect themselves and to protect the border.”

Federal Report Say U.S. Impacts of Climate Change are Intensifying

A massive report issued by the Trump administration on Friday emphasizes the dire threat that human-caused global warming poses to the United States and its citizens. “Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities,” researchers say in the report, officially Volume II of the National Climate Assessment. The 1,600-page report details the climate and economic impacts U.S. residents will see if drastic action is not taken to address climate change. This is the fourth National Climate Assessment. It was mandated by Congress in the late 1980s and is prepared every four years by the nation’s top scientists from 13 agencies. Climate change threatens the health and well-being of the American people by causing increasing extreme weather, changes to air quality, the spread of new diseases by insects and pests and changes to the availability of food and water, the researchers say. President Donald Trump is rejecting a key conclusion of a dire report on the economic costs of climate change released Friday by his own administration saying, “I don’t believe it.”

  • The Bible says that end-time weather will become quite extreme (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

UN Reports World Falling Woefully Short of Emissions Goals

According to a United Nations report released Tuesday, however, projected emissions of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, from nations around the world fall woefully short of the 2 degree Celsius goal set in the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. In fact, the report states that the current emission targets for all countries would result in an average global temperature rise of 3.2 degrees Celsius (5.8 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100. The 2018 Emissions Gap Report is the flagship annual report from the UN Environment Program and acts as a report card on how countries are doing on their individual contributions to the Paris Climate Agreement. This year’s report shows the largest gap ever, resulting from increasing emissions and slow action to mitigate. According to Tuesday’s report, global emissions of CO2 in 2017 were 53.5 gigatons (a gigaton is 1 billion tons), the most ever released into the atmosphere, representing an increase of more than 1% over 2016 emissions. Global emissions need to be 25% lower than this figure by 2030 in order to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius and 55% lower in order to limit to 1.5 degrees, the report claims.

The Most Dangerous Place for a Woman is Her Home

More than half of all female homicide victims worldwide – 137 every day – were killed by a member of their own family last year, according to a new United Nations study. Research published by the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found that of the approximately 87,000 women and girls intentionally killed in 2017, about 58 percent died at the hands of someone who was either an “intimate partner” or a relative. This amounts to six women being killed every hour by people they know, the report said. It was released Sunday to coincide with the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In 2017, roughly 82 percent of victims of homicide perpetrated by intimate partners or family members were female – just 18 percent of  the victims were male.

The global average of 1.3 female homicide victims per 100,000 female population, has been stable for more than half a decade. However, there are regional variations. Africa and the Americas were the regions where women are most at risk of being killed by intimate partners or family members, the study found. In Africa, the rate was around 3.1 victims per 100,000 female population. In the Americas, it was 1.6 victims. The lowest rate was found in Europe, with 0.7 victims per 100,000 female population.

First Gene-Edited Babies Claimed in China

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies – twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life. If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics. A U.S. scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned in the United States because the DNA changes can pass to future generations and it risks harming other genes. Many mainstream scientists think it’s too unsafe to try, and some denounced the Chinese report as human experimentation. The researcher, He Jiankui of Shenzhen, said he altered embryos for seven couples during fertility treatments, with one pregnancy resulting thus far. He said his goal was not to cure or prevent an inherited disease, but to try to bestow a trait that few people naturally have – an ability to resist possible future infection with HIV, the AIDS virus.

CDC Confirms 116 Cases of Rare Polio-Like Illness

There have been 116 confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a polio-like illness in the U.S. this year, mostly affecting children, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease affects a person’s nervous system and cause weakness in their arms and legs. Cases of the disease have been found in 31 states, according to an update Monday from the CDC. More than 90 percent of patients affected by AFM are children, said the agency. In most cases, patients had a mild respiratory illness before developing the disease. Symptoms include drooping face and eyelids, difficulty moving eyes and swallowing, and slurred speech. In severe cases, patients may have trouble breathing because of muscle weakness. The CDC said it was setting up a task force to investigate what causes the disease and find better treatments for patients.

European Union Approves Brexit Deal with United Kingdom

In a bittersweet landmark, European Union leaders gathered Sunday to seal an agreement on Britain’s departure next year – the first time a member country will have left the 28-nation bloc. At a summit in Brussels, the leaders endorsed a withdrawal agreement that would settle Britain’s divorce bill, protect the rights of U.K. and EU citizens hit by Brexit and keep the Irish border open. They will also rubber-stamp a 26-page document laying out their aims for future relations after Britain leaves at midnight Brussels time on March 29. British Prime Minister Theresa May hailed the deal as the start of a new chapter for Britain, but European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the U.K.’s departure was a tragedy. The deal must still be ratified by the European Parliament, something parliament President Antonio Tajani said was likely in January. More dauntingly for May, it also needs approval from Britain’s Parliament. Large numbers of Parliament members on both sides of the debate oppose the divorce deal and threaten to vote it down when it comes to the House of Commons next month. Brexiteers think it will leave the U.K. tied too closely to EU rules, while pro-Europeans say it will erect new barriers between Britain and the bloc – its neighbor and biggest trading partner.

Economic News

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down about 2,400 points (over 9%) since early October, in part reflecting a fear that the Federal Reserve is hiking interest rates more aggressively than the economy can handle. The housing and auto industries, the frontline when it comes to borrowing costs, are already getting squeezed. It’s quite likely that the U.S. central bank will raise rates again in December, the fourth hike of 2018. But the bulls on Wall Street are hoping that Fed chief Jerome Powell signals a slower pace in 2019. The Fed could drop clues when it releases minutes from its November meeting this coming Thursday. The sharp decline in the market is also due to fears on Wall Street of a looming growth slowdown and the U.S.-China trade war.

U.S. oil prices plummeted 7% Friday and sank deeper into a bear market that has alarmed investors and made drivers around the world happy. The latest wave of selling knocked crude below $51 a barrel for the first time since October 2017. Anxiety about oversupply and diminished demand have sent crude down by a third since it soared to a four-year high above $76 a barrel in early October. Observers have gone from fearing $100 oil to expressing concern over why its price collapsed so quickly. Oil bulls are hoping OPEC and Russia come to the rescue by announcing steep production cuts at a meeting next month in Vienna.

At one time in the United States, being employed was enough to stay out of poverty. However, in many parts of the country, being employed is no longer enough to alleviate financial challenges. There were 7.6 million Americans in the labor force living in poverty in 2016. The economy has added millions of jobs since the recession ended, but many of these jobs are not the same as those that were lost. Nationwide, retail trade and the accommodation and food services industry added over one million jobs over the past three years, but individuals working in these industries are among the most likely to earn poverty wages.

General Motors is killing multiple passenger cars, including the Chevrolet Impala, Volt and Cruze. The move — part of a sweeping cost-cutting plan unveiled Monday — comes as Americans are abandoning passenger cars in favor of crossovers, SUVs and pickups. General Motors is poised to close factories in Michigan, Ohio, Maryland and Canada, kill off several passenger cars and slash 15 percent of its salaried workforce in a sweeping cost-cutting plan designed to boost its profits. The Detroit-based automaker said it would end production by the end of 2019 at its Lordstown Assembly plant in northeast Ohio; its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in southeast Michigan; its Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario; its Baltimore Operations parts plant; and its Warren Transmission Operations plant in southeast Michigan. GM has about 1,500 employees at the Detroit plant, 1,600 at the Lordstown factory and 2,500 in Oshawa. CEO Mary Barra is seeking to reposition GM for a future defined by self-driving cars, ride-sharing networks and electric vehicles. GM’s biggest employee union, the United Auto Workers, vowed to fight the plan.

Wisconsin is on track to lose more dairy farms this year than in any year since at least 2003, according to state Agriculture Department figures for dairy producer licenses. For many farmers, the price they’ve received for their milk hasn’t covered their expenses. Some have lost thousands of dollars a month, and there’s not much relief in sight as the marketplace is flooded with the commodity they produce. As of Nov. 1, the dairy state had lost 660 cow herds from a year earlier, and the number of herds was down nearly 49 percent from 15 years ago. However, the number of dairy cows in Wisconsin has remained steady even as the number of farms has fallen. That’s because the remaining dairy operations are, in many cases, much bigger. But even some of the bigger farms have not survived. For many farmers, it’s no longer a matter of how they’re going to endure a fourth year of financial hardship. Rather, it’s how they’re going to exit the business and get on with their lives.

Persecution Watch

Chick-fil-A fired back at a private New Jersey university that believes the restaurant doesn’t belong on the menu for students over its Christian values. Rider University asked students earlier this year what fast-food chain they would like to see on campus, circulating a survey in which students can select their preferred choice. But once it became clear students were craving Chick-fil-A, the university excluded the option, citing concerns over the company’s attitudes towards LGBTQ community. The chain pushed back against the university’s characterization, saying the restaurant is merely providing food and doesn’t have any agenda. “Chick-fil-A is a restaurant company focused on food, service and hospitality, and our restaurants and licensed locations on college campuses welcome everyone. We have no policy of discrimination against any group, and we do not have a political or social agenda,” the restaurant’s spokesperson told CBS News.

Iran’s ‘moderate’ President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called Israel a “cancerous tumor” established by Western countries to advance their interests in the Middle East. Addressing an annual Islamic Unity Conference on Saturday, Rouhani went on to refer to Israel as a “fake regime” set up by Western countries. Rouhani said the United States cultivates close ties with “regional Muslim nations” to protect Israel, an apparent reference to Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia and the kingdom’s Sunni Arab allies. The two countries support opposite sides in the wars in Syria and Yemen. Iran supports terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas that are pledged to Israel’s destruction, in addition to positioning Iranian troops in Syria close to Israel’s border.

After a family in southeast Kenya put their faith in Christ this month, Muslims gave them one day to return to Islam or be killed, the father said. “We were given a day to either recant the Christian faith or face the sword, as well as lose all the privileges the Muslims had given to us,” Abdul Abuk-Bakr of Sera village, Garsen, told Morning Star News. Abu-Bakr had suffered a serious illness for more than two months, visiting various hospitals without improving, when a pastor whose name and church are undisclosed visited him the evening of Nov. 3, Abu-Bakr said. The pastor prayed for Abu-Bakr in Jesus’ name, and the married father of two received instant healing. Given a day to return to Islam, on Nov. 6 the family sought refuge at the church site.


Security forces in Jerusalem and the West Bank were on high alert Monday afternoon following an apparent terrorist car ramming attack at the Gush Etzion junction just south of the capital wounded three soldiers. “One of the patrol soldiers fired and neutralized the terrorist. The soldiers were evacuated to receive medical treatment in a hospital,” the IDF statement said. The incident comes amidst a showdown between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in eastern Jerusalem. The Israel Police arrested 32 residents of eastern Jerusalem on Monday morning, suspected of serving in the Palestinian Authority security apparatus despite being Israeli residents and receiving, in several cases, welfare benefits from the government. Additionally, several of those arrested are suspected of involvement in PA plans to punish eastern Jerusalem residents who attempted to sell properties to Israeli Jews. Also on Sunday, the Israel Police arrested the Palestinian Authority Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Geith, for his involvement in the plans.

Islamic State

Counter-attacks by the Islamic State group have killed at least 47 US-backed fighters over two days as the jihadists struck from their embattled holdout in eastern Syria, a war monitor said Saturday. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Kurdish-led alliance supported by a U.S.-led coalition is battling to expel the jihadists from a pocket in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor on the Iraqi border. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said the jihadists launched “three separate assaults” on Saturday. The monitor said the counter-attacks targeted the villages of Al-Bahra and Gharanij and an area close to the Al-Tanak oilfield, which is commercially active but is also an SDF military position. SDF spokesman Mustefa Bali confirmed “a series of attacks” led by ISIS in these three locations and said fighting had taken place all day, with the Kurdish-led ground forces receiving coalition air support. Militants launched an overnight attack against US-backed forces in eastern Syria for the second time in four days on Monday, according to activists.


Iran has not declared all its chemical weapons capabilities to the global chemical weapons agency in The Hague, in violation of an international non-proliferation convention, the U.S. ambassador to the organization said on Thursday. Ambassador Kenneth Ward told a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that Iran had failed to report a production facility for the filling of aerial bombs and maintains a program to obtain banned toxic munitions. “The United States is also concerned that Iran is also pursuing central nervous system-acting chemicals for offensive purposes,” he said. Ward cited the discovery of chemical-filled artillery projectiles, mortars and aerial bombs of Iranian origin as proof that Iran did not fully disclose its capabilities.


Three U.S. service members were killed and three more were wounded by an improvised explosive device Tuesday in Afghanistan, according to officials with the NATO mission to the country. One American contractor was also wounded when the IED detonated, officials said in a press release. The attack took place near Ghazni city, in the eastern Afghan province of the same name. Ghazni city, located 100 miles from Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul, was also the site of an intense battle between U.S.-backed Afghan forces and the Taliban over the summer. According to the Defense Casualty Analysis System, 10 U.S. military members, not including these latest casualties, have been killed and 107 have been wounded in Afghanistan so far in 2018.


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko demanded Monday the immediate release of Ukrainian sailors and warships after they were attacked and seized by Russia in the Kerch Strait, a body of water between Russia’s mainland and Crimea, the peninsula that the Kremlin annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Poroshenko described the Russian attack as a “deliberate action,” involving the use of weapons against Ukrainian sailors, six of whom were wounded. According to a statement by Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the attack was carried out on three Ukrainian navy vessels as they were crossing from the Ukrainian port of Odessa on the Black Sea to the Ukrainian port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov. The Kerch Strait connects the two seas. The Ukrainian foreign ministry said that the sea crossing was in accordance with multilateral and bilateral international treaties and navigational rules, while its Russian counterpart said in a statement that the Ukrainian naval ships were in “gross violation of the rules of peaceful passage” in Russia’s territorial waters in the Black Sea. Ukrainian lawmakers were set to consider a presidential request for the introduction of martial law in the country on Monday following the incident. Ukraine’s president demanded Monday that Russia immediately release Ukrainian sailors and vessels seized in the incident. The two neighbors have been locked in a tense tug-of-war since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, but the incident late Sunday pitted the two militaries against each other, placing them on the verge of open conflict.


China’s Orwellian social engineering dictatorship plans to micromanage every citizen in their country – all 1.4 billion of them. Beijing announced an “action plan” this week for monitoring residents’ behavior, adding that the city expects to have its social credit system fully implemented by the end of 2020. Beijing plans to reward and punish its residents based on data that will be collected from various departments monitoring citizens’ social behavior, according to the detailed “action plan” posted on Monday to the city’s municipal website. By the beginning of 2020, the announcement declares, China’s capital city will have all residents officially locked into the permanent surveillance program, part of a broader effort to have every Chinese citizen rated on a “social credit system” decreeing what public services a person can use based on their obedience to laws and loyalty to the communist regime.

  • China is evolving into the world’s first technocracy in which government policies and actions are data-driven.


The Southwest Florida coast may finally be getting a break from red tide. Water samples show far fewer areas with high concentrations of Karenia brevis, the organism that causes the blooms. Researchers say it has become patchy and typical of a seasonal bloom. “Patchy means animals are now able to move in and out of the red tide bloom,” said Tracy Fanara, an environmental scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory. Fanara said the bloom now resembles those that are normally seen from August to December and ending in February and March. The red tide bloom has plagued Southwest Florida beaches since fall of 2017. It was the worst in a decade. In August, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency because of the bloom. The algae make the water toxic for marine wildlife. In addition to tons of small fish, this current bloom has killed dolphins, goliath grouper, manatees and hundreds of sea turtles.

The federal government issued an ultimatum to an energy company to stop an oil spill that has been leaking thousands of gallons into the Gulf of Mexico every day for more than 14 years. In an order issued by the U.S. Coast Guard, Taylor Energy Co. was told to “institute a … system to capture, contain, or remove oil” from the site or face a $40,000 per day fine for failing to comply. Up to 700 barrels of oil per day have leaked from Taylor Energy’s former site 12 miles off the coast of Louisiana since the platform was destroyed during Hurricane Ivan in 2004, according to an analysis issued by the Justice Department. Each barrel contains 42 gallons.

Hundreds of sea turtles stunned by cold temperatures have washed ashore along Cape Cod over the last several days. Robert Prescott, director of Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, said that 173 of the 227 sea turtles recovered by the group since Wednesday have died as of Sunday morning. Most of the turtles discovered were endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. “It was like they were flash-frozen, flippers in all weird positions like they were swimming,” said Prescott. The organization said endangered sea turtles end up trapped because of the cape’s hook-shaped geography. As a result, they are “cold-stunned,” as their systems shut down when their body temperature drops along with the temperature inside the water.

One-hundred forty-five pilot whales that washed ashore on a southern New Zealand beach have died. Many were euthanized by conservation workers. A hiker discovered the beached whales stranded ashore Saturday on Stewart Island, a remote island with a population of about 375 people. Conservation workers believed the whales were beached a day before they were found. “Sadly, the likelihood of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales was extremely low,” Ren Leppens, the Department of Conservation’s operations manager for the island, said in a statement. “The remote location, lack of nearby personnel and the whales’ deteriorating condition meant the most humane thing to do was to euthanize.” On Sunday at the northern end of the country, 10 pygmy killer whales were found washed ashore at Ninety Mile Beach. Two have died and conservation workers are trying to save the other eight by floating them from a different beach on the East Coast. It’s unclear what caused either stranding.


More than 700 people have been injured after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook western Iran near its border with Iraq on Sunday night. More than 160 aftershocks were recorded in the region, including two quakes stronger than magnitude 5. Officials reported damage at buildings both in town and in rural Kermanshah, as well as to some roadways. The temblor also downed power lines and caused power outages into the night as temperatures hovered around 46 degrees Fahrenheit. The earthquake struck near Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran’s Kermanshah province where more than 600 people were killed in a quake last year.


The death toll in California’s deadliest wildfire has continued to climb even as firefighters have fully contained the blaze. Cal Fire reported Sunday morning that the Camp Fire in Butte County was 100 percent contained. The number of people who have died in the fire is at least 88, with 203 people still missing. The fire began Nov. 8 in the parched Sierra Nevada foothills and quickly spread across 240 square miles, destroying most of Paradise in a day. Nearly 19,000 buildings, most of them homes, are gone. Thousands of residents lost their homes and all their belongings. The firefight got a boost last week from the first significant winter storm to hit California. It dropped an estimated 7 inches of rain over the burn area over a three-day period without causing significant mudslides. Firefighting efforts will continue because, within the perimeter, there are stumps and burning roots that are underground.


A winter storm packing heavy snow and high winds was disrupting flights and snarling highways across a swath of the Midwest on Monday as America struggled back to work after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Blizzard and near-blizzard conditions were roaring through the region from Chicago to Kansas. Chicago could get a foot of snow before the weather eases later Monday. Other hard-hit areas were seeing anywhere from 6 to 18 inches. Almost 200,000 homes and businesses in Illinois were without power Monday, along with more than 50,000 in Michigan and Indiana. Parts of Illinois experienced whiteout conditions, 50-mph gusts and up to 2 inches of snow per hour. Almost 2,000 flights had been canceled Sunday and Monday. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was hardest hit, but Kansas City, Milwaukee; Omaha and Des Moines were among major arteries also scrambling with canceled and delayed flights. Airline delays in or out of Chicago had a ripple effect nationwide. Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver and Boston were among other airports dealing with collateral scheduling issues. The weather led most major airlines to waive change fees.

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