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A customer wears mask as he waits for his order at a Starbucks in Northbrook, Ill., Friday, May 29, 2020. Every region of Illinois met the criteria to move into Phase 3 of reopening Friday, May 29. Most of the state will do so, but Chicago will have to wait until June 3 to partially reopen. Starting Friday, more businesses will be allowed to reopen and people can start gathering in small groups while social distancing. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Illinois enters new reopening phase; Pritzker urges caution

May. 29, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned Illinois residents on Friday to remain vigilant even as the state began to loosen restrictions intended to curb the deadly coronavirus, and he expressed gratitude for the actions taken over the last 10 weeks. With a slowly declining number of new cases of...

Police take control of the area near the Super Target against protesters Thursday, May 28, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

Minneapolis protest misinformation stokes racial tensions

May. 29, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The false social media posts started just hours after protesters first began chanting and carrying banners around the Minneapolis neighborhood where George Floyd, an African American man, died handcuffed in police custody. “The cop who killed George Floyd,” Facebook and...

Chicago police drop Clearview facial recognition technology

May. 29, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police is no longer using facial recognition software developed by a firm that was sued by a civil rights organization this week over privacy concerns. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday against Clearview AI over its technology that allows users to compare...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump's tweet about rioters echoes 1960s Miami police chief

May. 29, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump's tweeted warning Friday amid unrest in Minneapolis that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” echoes the language of a Miami police chief in 1967 who made clear his distaste for civil rights activists and his belief that violent protests should...

FILE - In this April 26, 2019 file photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden rides in a car after appearing on ABC's

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 29, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Video appears to show presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe...

File-In this April 10, 2020 file photo Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in Hall A at the COVID-19 alternate site at McCormick Place in Chicago. Lightfoot says President Donald Trump was aiming to

Chicago mayor: Trump trying to gain from George Floyd death

May. 29, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reacted angrily Friday to President Donald Trump’s threat to take action against protesters in Minneapolis, accusing him of trying to “inflame racist urges” while encouraging people planning to protest in her city to stick to social...

Blackhawks, Czech F Chalupa agree to 2-year contract

May. 29, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year contract with Czech forward Matej Chalupa. The team announced the deal on Friday. It begins with the 2020-21 season and carries an average annual value of $925,000. The 21-year-old Chalupa spent most of last season with HK Hradec Kralove of...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

Another effort to free ex-professor accused of murder

May. 28, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for a former Northwestern University professor charged in the murder of his boyfriend argued Thursday he should be released on $1.5 million bail before trial. Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns last month denied Wyndham Lathem’s request to be released on $1 million so...

Gulls occupy the 31st Street Beach in Chicago on Monday, May 25, 2020, where on a typical Memorial Day thousands of people would flock. The city's lakefront continues to be closed as some COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Pritzker: All Illinois regions have met conditions to reopen

May. 28, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday announced an end to his 10-week-old stay-at-home order, declaring that every region of the state has met conditions necessary to allow more social interaction amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The state will move into the third phase of the Democrat's...