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'It's brutal': Heat wave gripping half the US cancels events

Jul. 20, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave canceled events from festivals to horse races, chased baseball fans out of their seats and pushed New York City to order steps to avoid straining the electrical system. The National Weather Service said "a dangerous...

Báez, bullpen lead streaking Cubs over Padres 6-5

Jul. 20, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Báez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and four Cubs relievers combined for one-hit ball over the final four innings, lifting Chicago to a 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday. The game started out as a slugfest in sweltering conditions at Wrigley Field before the wind...

Hot Chicago weekend off to violent start, with 19 shot

Jul. 20, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A hot weekend in Chicago has gotten off to a violent start, with more than a dozen people wounded and two killed in shootings throughout the city. WBBM-TV reports that 19 people were shot overnight, including six people who were wounded in a 3:30 a.m. shootout between two groups outside the...

Boy asks for homer, Rizzo hits slam as Cubs beat Padres 6-5

Jul. 19, 2019 9:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Before Friday's game against San Diego, 9-year-old Matteo Lambert of Vienna, Virginia, met Anthony Rizzo in the Chicago Cubs' dugout and gave him a note asking for a "moonshot" on behalf of group running a 5K in Grant Park this weekend to raise money for kids with cancer. Rizzo followed with...

Lawyers: Actor is a victim, so special prosecutor not needed

Jul. 19, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for Jussie Smollett on Friday filed motions contending that because the actor was the victim of an attack earlier this year in Chicago a judge should reverse his decision to appoint a special prosecutor. Cook County Circuit Judge Michael Toomin named a special prosecutor to...

Judge orders R. Kelly moved to New York for court hearing

Jul. 19, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has ordered R&B singer R. Kelly to be transferred from Chicago to New York City for an Aug. 2 hearing on federal sex charges. Judge Harry Leinenweber issued the transfer order on Thursday. Kelly was already facing state sexual abuse charges in Illinois when he was arrested July...

Baby's family mad about hospital bills in cut-from-womb case

Jul. 19, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-area hospital says it regrets sending bills to the family of a baby boy who died about seven weeks after attackers cut him from his mother's womb. Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn sent bills for Yovanny Lopez's care that totaled about $300,000, said the family's lawyer,...

States, provinces discuss cooperation on stopping Asian carp

Jul. 19, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. states and Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes region are looking for ways to cooperate on preventing Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan. Representatives of the states and provinces met this week in Chicago to discuss a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal for installing new...

Police overseers fire 4 officers in McDonald-related case

Jul. 18, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Board on Thursday fired four police officers for allegedly covering up a white officer's 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The nine-member board found the officers exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old McDonald to justify his shooting by...

A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

Jul. 18, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot Laquan McDonald in 2014. He was convicted in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each bullet the white officer fired at the black 17-year-old. Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke in...