DEATH

Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.

Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta decided to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016.

From left, Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, Assistant District Attorney Max Bennett, and Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri.
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This story was updated at 4:01 p.m.

Authorities have identified three bodies found at the Springfield, Massachusetts, home of a kidnapping suspect. 

Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants the Trump administration to take responsibility for the death toll in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria, which a new study has now pegged at almost 5,000.

Before his retirement in 2017, Jim Madigan hosted news programs at WGBY public television in Springfield, Massachusetts.
WGBY

Jim Madigan, the longtime host of news programs on WGBY, died last weekend, the Springfield public television station said Wednesday.

Updated at 2:21 p.m. ET

The Russian journalist who was said to have been killed Tuesday in Kiev, Ukraine, turned up very much alive at a news conference Wednesday.

In a wild turn of events streamed live, Arkady Babchenko was introduced to applause and gasps from the reporters in attendance.

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