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Smollett case could undermine prosecutor's reform efforts

Apr. 23, 2019 12:43 AM EDT

Chicago's top prosecutor drew heavy criticism after she recused herself from the case against Jussie Smollett and then complained in text messages to a subordinate that her office had overcharged the "Empire" actor. But anyone who has followed Kim Foxx's work recognized in the texts the same reforms she has been...

Arizona tops Pirates 12-4; Bucs' Burdi exits with arm injury

Apr. 23, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pirates reliever Nick Burdi left in tears with a right arm injury, a chilling low point for Pittsburgh in a 12-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night. Burdi, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017, had already given up five runs in a third of an inning when he fired a 96 mph...

Abreu HR, 5 RBIs helps White Sox crush Orioles 12-2

Apr. 22, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — José Abreu found the ideal solution to his slow start at the plate: A half-dozen hacks against Baltimore's woeful pitching staff. Abreu went 3 for 6 with a homer and five RBIs , James McCann also homered and the Chicago White Sox crushed the Orioles 12-2 Monday night. McCann's...

Prosecutor threatened after Smollett charges dropped

Apr. 22, 2019 8:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the Jussie Smollett case has received death threats in the wake of the dismissal of charges against the "Empire" actor. The Chicago Sun-Times reports chief of staff to Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx confirmed Monday the prosecutor's...

Mother of missing Illinois 5-year-old not talking to police

Apr. 22, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of a 5-year-old suburban Chicago boy who went missing last week is refusing to cooperate with detectives, police said Monday. JoAnn Cunningham has declined to say anything further to police since her initial report that Andrew "AJ" Freund had disappeared sometime between Wednesday...

Judge denies lower bond for ex-priest accused of abuse

Apr. 22, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County judge on Monday refused to lower bail for a former Catholic priest who was previously imprisoned and labeled sexually violent. Fred Lenczycki, 74, of suburban Chicago, was charged in February with two counts of sodomy for allegedly abusing two boys in the early 1990s...

Bote lifts Cubs past Diamondbacks 2-1

Apr. 21, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — David Bote had to go. So he took matters into his own hands. Bote hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs used a terrific performance by Tyler Chatwood to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Sunday. Moments after his fourth career game-ending RBI, Bote rushed off...

Norris gets first win since 2017, Tigers top White Sox, 4-3

Apr. 21, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — With closer Shane Greene making saves routine for the Detroit Tigers this year, pitcher Daniel Norris will try to do the same with wins. He got the first one out of the way. The left-handed former top prospect earned his first victory in two years, striking out six batters in five innings to...

Diamondbacks 1B Walker hampered by hip pointer

Apr. 21, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Christian Walker is out of the starting lineup for the Arizona Diamondbacks' series finale against the Chicago Cubs because of a hip pointer. Walker got hurt on a play at the plate during Saturday's 6-0 victory. The first baseman finished with a career-high four hits. Wilmer Flores got the...

Greinke dominates, Diamondbacks hit 3 HRs, beat Cubs 6-0

Apr. 20, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Zack Greinke made it look easy in his first victory at Wrigley Field. Then, he got upstaged by a teammate making a memorable major league debut. Greinke pitched three-hit ball over six innings, Taylor Clarke got a save and a hit after being called up from the minors, and the Arizona...