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A line of socially distanced shoppers wait to get into Bath & Body Works during Black Friday outdoor shopping at Deer Park Town Center Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Deer Park, Ill. (Brian Hill/Daily Herald via AP)

The Latest: Illinois surpasses 12,000 deaths from COVID-19

Nov. 27, 2020 8:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has risen above 12,000 deaths from COVID-19, while also surpassing the 700,000 mark for confirmed coronavirus infections. The latest 1,000 deaths were recorded in just nine days — matching the state’s deadliest period previously in the...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro smiles behind his Economy Minister Paulo Guedes during a ceremony on a program to increase public sector efficiency at the Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil's Bolsonaro rejects COVID-19 shot, calls masks taboo

Nov. 27, 2020 10:57 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he won't take any working COVID-19 vaccine himself and calls the use of masks to limit the spread of the disease “the last taboo to fall.” Bolsonaro's comments, broadcast on his social media channels Thursday night, alarmed health...

The wreckage of a bus that was carrying employees of a textile company remains on the shoulder of a road in the municipality of Taguai, about 350 kilometers (217 miles) from the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. The bus collided with a truck on a highway early Wednesday, killing 40 people, officials said. (AP Photo/Juliano Oliveira)

Bus-truck collision on Sao Paulo highway leaves 40 dead

Nov. 25, 2020 2:12 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A bus carrying employees of a textile company and a truck collided on a highway in Brazil's Sao Paulo state early Wednesday, killing 40 people, officials said. Rescuers were helping the wounded and passengers caught in the wreckage of the vehicles in the municipality of Taguaí,...

This undated Nov. 2020 photo released by Brazil's Goias state civil police shows the site where police report they recovered the body of Japanese woman Hitomi Akamatsu in Abadiania, Brazil. Brazilian Civil Police arrested 18-year-old Rafael Lima da Costa who they say confessed to killing Akamatsu on Nov. 10 while robbing her. (Goias state civil police via AP)

Police: Brazil man admits raping Japanese woman before death

Nov. 25, 2020 1:54 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian man who previously confessed to killing Hitomi Akamatsu in Brazil's Goiás state has admitted that he also raped the Japanese woman, according to a statement from local police. Her body was found in a ditch next to a waterfall last week. Police identified the...

Brazil's Marta to miss 2 games after testing positive

Nov. 21, 2020 7:28 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Six-time world player of the year Marta tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss Brazil's upcoming friendly games against Ecuador. Brazil's soccer confederation announced the news Saturday and said it has informed Orlando Pride, Marta's team in the National Women’s Soccer...

Jonata Anjo lies on a checkout counter at a Carrefour supermarket during a protest against the murder of Black man Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas at a different Carrefour supermarket the night before, on Brazil's National Black Consciousness Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Freitas died after being beaten by supermarket security guards in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, sparking outrage as videos of the incident circulated on social media. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Black man killed by security guards is buried in Brazil

Nov. 21, 2020 4:22 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A Black man who died while being beaten by supermarket security guards was buried on Saturday following protests that echoed those of the racial justice movement in the United States. João Alberto Silveira Freitas, a father of four, was buried wearing a white T-shirt in a...

Demonstrators use a crowd control barrier to smash into the entrance of a Carrefour supermarket during a protest against the murder of Black man Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas at a different Carrefour supermarket the night before, on Brazil's National Black Consciousness Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Freitas died after being beaten by supermarket security guards in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, sparking outrage as videos of the incident circulated on social media.  (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Death on eve of Brazil's Black Consciousness Day sparks fury

Nov. 20, 2020 8:32 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Black man died after being beaten by supermarket security guards in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre on the eve of Friday's Black Consciousness Day observations, sparking outrage after videos of the incident circulated on social media. A short clip showed one guard restraining...

This undated Nov. 2020 photo released by Brazil's Goias state civil police shows the site where police report they recovered the body of Japanese woman Hitomi Akamatsu in Abadiania, Brazil. Brazilian Civil Police arrested 18-year-old Rafael Lima da Costa who they say confessed to killing Akamatsu on Nov. 10 while robbing her. (Goias state civil police via AP)

Japanese woman killed in Brazil died from blow to the head

Nov. 20, 2020 7:30 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Japanese woman whose body was found next to a waterfall in Brazil’s Goiás state died as a result of a blow to the head, probably from a blunt rock, according to the detective leading the investigation. The 18-year-old Brazilian man who confessed to killing Hitomi...

People wait in line to vote in municipal elections at a polling station at the Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.15, 2020. Voters across Latin America's biggest country are electing mayors and municipal council members. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Brazil has surge of virus cases, downplayed by politicians

Nov. 20, 2020 2:28 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Cases of COVID-19 are rising again in the country with the world’s second-highest confirmed death toll, prompting Brazilian experts to express concern and politicians to downplay its severity in the midst of an election season. Data from Johns Hopkins University show new cases...

People wait in line to vote in municipal elections at a polling station at the Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.15, 2020. Voters across Latin America's biggest country are electing mayors and municipal council members. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Brazil voters ignore Bolsonaro's city election endorsements

Nov. 16, 2020 12:31 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has suffered a setback as most of the dozens of candidates he backed for municipal elections failed to secure victories or spots in runoffs. In more than 5,500 cities, Brazilians voted for mayors and city councilors on Sunday. The wave of political...