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Encarnación to join Yankees on Monday, become primary DH

Jun. 16, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Edwin Encarnación will find himself in a familiar spot after he joins the Yankees in New York on Monday. Manager Aaron Boone plans to use AL home run leader as his team's primary designated hitter once the 36-year-old slugger arrives. The AL East leaders acquired Encarnación and...

Civil War reenactment in Illinois back on after cancellation

Jun. 16, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

WAUCONDA, Ill. (AP) — A Civil War reenactment at a northeastern Illinois forest preserve is back on after the event was temporarily canceled by a county official over questions of its value, as well as the use of the Confederate flag. Lake County Forest Preserves District President Angelo Kyle announced...

Suburban Chicago residents warned about lead in tap water

Jun. 16, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (AP) — Residents of Chicago's southern suburbs have been warned about higher than normal lead levels in tap water. Aqua Illinois, which serves University Park as well as Green Garden and Monee townships, has advised residents this weekend to use bottled water as the utility worked to...

Yankees get slugger Encarnación in trade with Mariners

Jun. 16, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The New York Yankees acquired AL home run leader Edwin Encarnación in a trade with the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night, adding another feared slugger to what could be baseball's most powerful lineup when Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton return from injuries. Seattle is sending the...

LGBTQ Pride celebration returns to Navy Pier for 4th year

Jun. 16, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A daylong celebration of LGBTQ culture in Chicago will return for a fourth year to Navy Pier. Navy Pier Pride by American Airlines will be June 29. The free event from noon to 11 p.m. Organizers say it "will include a variety of festivities to embrace diversity and celebrate the vibrant...

Officials issue warning of risks from blue-green algae

Jun. 16, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are warning people who plan to recreate in lakes and rivers to be cautious about blue-green algae that can cause sickness or other health issues. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Public Health say water conditions are ideal for the...

Rizzo's 2-run homer in 9th lifts Cubs over Dodgers 2-1

Jun. 16, 2019 1:19 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yu Darvish can rest easier now. He finally conquered his demons at Dodger Stadium. He tossed seven innings of one-run ball while being booed heavily and Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the...

Yankees beat Chisox 8-4, then announce trade for Encarnación

Jun. 16, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — If the New York Yankees have to go with an opener, that's just fine with manager Aaron Boone. It has worked out quite well so far. Chad Green struck out six in two dominant innings and Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer, helping New York cool off the Chicago White Sox with an 8-4 win...

Blackhawks acquire D Maatta in trade with Penguins

Jun. 15, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Olli Maatta in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Dominik Kahun and a fifth-round pick in this year's draft. The Blackhawks had been looking to upgrade their blue line after missing the playoffs for the second straight season. The...

Day care owner sentenced to 3 ½ years in baby injury case

Jun. 15, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois woman who admitted to seriously injuring a 5-month old boy at her home-day care business has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that 59-year-old Debbie May of Champaign was sentenced on Friday. In April she entered what...