Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will give his farewell address Thursday on the Senate floor. The Nevada Democrat has served in Congress for 30 years, and as his party's leader in the Senate for 12.

Reid tells Morning Edition's Rachel Martin that he — and many other Americans — are still anxious about the incoming Trump administration, but he sees reasons for optimism as well.

"I've learned to accept the Trump election," he says.

One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live.

So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. And that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people younger than 65.

Fake news played a bigger role in this past presidential election than ever seen before. And sometimes it has had serious repercussions for real people and businesses.

That's what happened to a pizzeria in Washington, D.C., recently, when an armed man claiming to be "self-investigating" a fake news story entered the restaurant and fired off several rounds.

The slew of obituaries that have been published since Olympic diver Sammy Lee's death on Friday rightly highlight his conquest over racism and indignity on the way to winning gold medals in London and Helsinki nearly 70 years ago. As Greg Louganis, Lee's most famous protege, reflected in the Los Angeles Times, "At a time of intolerance, being Korean, he broke down racial barriers, setting an example of what it meant to be an Olympian."

  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A trial has been scheduled for late next year for a Missouri man accused of sexually attacking and suffocating his daughter, a high school honors student, at a motel. Forty-year-old Jerry Bausby has pleaded not guilty to Jackson County charges of first-degree murder, sodomy, incest and sexual abuse in the March death of 18-year-old Daizsa Laye Bausby. A judge set his trial to begin on Nov. 27 of next year. Authorities say Daizsa Bausby's body was found March 22 in a Kansas City motel room.

     ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police say they have identified a man killed during a shooting that forced closure of a portion of a busy interstate highway. Police say 28-year-old Jarrell Foster died after being shot about 12:30 p.m. Monday on Interstate 55 in south St. Louis. Police initially closed all southbound lanes, but they reopened within a couple of hours. Witnesses told police that a pickup truck appeared to be trying to get away from a car carrying two people. Police say the passenger in the car fired into Foster's pickup truck, which crashed.

  FENTON, Mo. (AP) - Police are investigating the deaths of a couple whose stabbed bodies were found in their home in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton. St. Louis County police say 65-year-old Michael Oppermann and 64-year-old Denise Oppermann may have died during a homicide-suicide. Police say that officers responding to a call for them to check on the well-being of the couple, found the bodies after a neighbor provided them with a key to the locked home. Authorities say there were no signs of forced entry. Police say the Oppermanns each had been stabbed several times.

Smoke hung in the air for days in Oakland's largely Latino Fruitvale district after a deadly fire broke out late Friday night in an artists' warehouse, leaving 36 people dead.

Like so much of the city, it's a neighborhood facing ripples of gentrification created by the tech boom in the Bay Area, which now has some of the highest rents in the country.

  HARVEY, La. (AP) - A sheriff in Louisiana is defending the investigation of a man who fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight during a road rage dispute. Authorities say the shooter, Ronald Gasser, was taken into custody, questioned and released after the killing.

  WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (AP) - Officials at Webster University in suburban St. Louis say they have narrowed in on students responsible for more than 100 racist and homophobic fliers last week outside a black student's dorm room. University officials believe a small group of students created the fliers. They also believe the content of the fliers could constitute a hate crime. The incident is still under investigation and no arrests have been made. A custodian found the fliers Nov. 30 on the floor in front of the room.

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  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A trial has been scheduled for late next year for a Missouri man accused of sexually attacking and suffocating his daughter, a high school honors student, at a motel. Forty-year-old Jerry Bausby has pleaded not guilty to Jackson County charges of first-degree murder, sodomy, incest and sexual abuse in the March death of 18-year-old Daizsa Laye Bausby. A judge set his trial to begin on Nov. 27 of next year. Authorities say Daizsa Bausby's body was found March 22 in a Kansas City motel room.