David Schaper David Schaper is a NPR National Desk reporter based in Chicago.

Drivers distracted by their devices are a well-documented, rising cause of traffic crashes, but there are a growing number of pedestrians, too, who can become oblivious to traffic around them. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Distraction, On Street And Sidewalk, Helps Cause Record Pedestrian Deaths

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Passengers check in for flights with United Airlines at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. United, American and Delta now offer no-frills "basic economy" fares. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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New 'Basic Economy' Airfares May Not Be As Cheap As You Think

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Civil Engineers Give U.S. Infrastructure A Near Failing Grade

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There are 59,000 structurally deficient bridges around the country. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Engineers Say Tax Increase Needed To Save Failing U.S. Infrastructure

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Trump Travel Ban Hits The Travel Industry

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St. Louis Man Arrested For Threats Against Jewish Community Centers

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There are hints that the Trump administration might require all federally-funded construction projects to be done not only with steel and concrete made in the U.S. but also with American-made equipment, like this Caterpillar backhoe. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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For Construction Projects, 'Buying American' Means Higher Costs

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Unsafe Driving Leads To Jump In Highway Deaths, Study Finds

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President Trump, shown boarding Air Force One in Tampa this week, is to meet with airline CEOs at the White House. Dated infrastructure is one topic expected to be discussed Thursday morning. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Airline CEOs To Discuss Aging Infrastructure, Foreign Competition With Trump

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A road repair blocks traffic in Springfield, Ill. as Congress tries to decide how to pay for President Trump's ambitious spending plan to rebuild roads, bridges, railroads and airports. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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President Trump's executive order is particularly difficult for airlines based in the Middle East, which have to check the birthplaces of all their crew members. Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Travel Ban, Airlines Scramble To Reroute Crew Members

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Executive Order Ban Leaves Travelers In Disarray At Chicago Airport

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Crime scene tape hangs in front of a vacant lot where a shooting occurred in December. President Trump tweeted last night about Chicago gun violence, saying he'll "send in the Feds" if the city doesn't fix the carnage. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Chicagoans See Fed Role In Fighting Crime Wave — But Not On Streets

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Airline Technology Glitches Annoy And Delay Customers

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