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Metro Phoenix’s Maricopa County had among the biggest growth in white, Black and Hispanic residents last year, as well as the biggest increase overall of any U.S. county. Riverside and San Bernardino counties in California's Inland Empire had some of the largest Hispanic jump in residents. That's according to 2021 population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. There also was substantial Black growth in Fort Bend County in metro Houston and Tarrant County in metro Dallas. Increases in Asian residents were largest in Collin County in metro Dallas, Southern California's Orange County and King County in metro Seattle.

Jonathan Annicks was 18 when a gunman shot him outside his Chicago home, leaving him paralyzed and in a wheelchair. His shooter was never caught. The Associated Press first reported on his story a few months after the 2016 incident. Since then he's gone to college and become a mentor for others with spinal cord injuries. While he's shown the world a brave face and “can do” spirit, the years since the shooting have had ups and downs. It's a reminder that overcoming tragedy can be messy. But, as he has from the start, he’s leaned on his family to help get him through. He dreams of a life with even more independence and a family of his own.

Authorities are investigating after three men were found dead in a northern Illinois house. Kankakee Police Chief Robin Passwater says at approximately 2 p.m.,  police responded to a call of a gunshot victim inside a residence. Patrol officers checked the residence and located three deceased males inside the rental property. Kankakee police said they had a heavy presence in the area around the home and would release additional information later. Detectives and forensic evidence technicians were seen entering and leaving the modest two-story house while carrying equipment Wednesday evening. The house was surrounded by crime scene tape.

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