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5 killed including teen in Chicago weekend gun violence

Jul. 11, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Five people including a 15-year-old boy were killed in separate shootings from Friday afternoon into early Saturday, Chicago Police said. Police said the boy was in the street in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on the city’s South Side when a vehicle pulled up Friday afternoon and...

Jasmin Pierre poses for a photo with her smartphone app, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Pierre, who survived multiple suicide attempts, doesn't want people struggling alone. She created The Safe Place, a free Black-oriented mental health app that's seen more signups during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Pandemic, racism compound worries about Black suicide rate

Jul. 11, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jasmin Pierre was 18 when she tried to end her life, overdosing on whatever pills she could find. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she survived two more attempts at suicide, which felt like the only way to stop her pain. Years of therapy brought progress, but the 31-year-old Black...

Hundreds of counterfeit watches shipped into Chicago

Jul. 11, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 200 counterfeit watches were found in late June and early July at a mail facility at O'Hare International Airport, federal authorities said this week. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the facility inspected the 175 parcels containing 193 watches due to incorrect...

Piccadilly Lilly Diner owner Jessica Hein shares a booth with Jackson Evans, 4, as she waits for customers at the small restaurant adjacent to the Tri-County Airport in Lone Rock, Wis., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Lone Rock airport battles repeated flooding, now pandemic

Jul. 11, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

LONE ROCK, Wis. (AP) — Marc Higgs remembers when this flat stretch of earth bounded by the Wisconsin River to the south and the unglaciated bluffs to the north was essentially a desert, complete with prickly pear cactus. Heavy rains were rarely a concern and flooding issues were kept at bay due to the...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2018, file photo, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. White Sox prospect Michael Kopech missed the start of summer camp Frida, Ju;y 3, 2020, due to a personal matter. General manager Rick Hahn said he doesn't have a timeline for the return of the 24-year-old right-hander. “Given the time we're living through together I will try to answer the question that's probably now at the top of everybody's mind and just share the fact that currently Michael is healthy,” Hahn said on a video conference call.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

White Sox top pitching prospect Kopech opts out this year

Jul. 10, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech chose Friday not to play this season and the team put star third baseman Yoán Moncada and pitcher Jose Ruiz on the 10-day injured list because of unspecified ailments. There was no official word on whether the moves were related...

Old, ailing Rhino euthanized at Chicago zoo

Jul. 10, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An ailing, 34-year-old eastern black rhino named Maku has been euthanized at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo after staff determined it was suffering from severe discomfort and reduced mobility, the zoo said Friday. Maku was thought to be the second oldest eastern black rhino male in...

Woman, child injured by fireworks in Chicago

Jul. 10, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A 26-year-old woman and a 6-year-old child have been seriously injured by exploding fireworks in Chicago amid a sharp rise in complaints about the pyrotechnic devices, according to fire department officials. WLS-TV reported Friday that the incident occurred the day before on...

In this May 4, 2018, photo, Washington Nationals Bryce Harper is hugged and lifted off the ground by his manager Dave Martinez in the dugout prior to the start of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park in Washington. High fives and fist bumps are out. Hugs are a no-go. And just like crying, there's no spitting in baseball, at least for now. Things sure will be different when it's time to play ball in two weeks. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

No high-fives? No spitting? MLBers adjust in COVID world

Jul. 10, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez wanted to hug, high-five and fist bump his players. After all, the defending World Series champions spent nearly four months apart before resuming workouts last week. Then, he remembered: Those are out. And just like crying, now there's no spitting...

Illinois logs 1,000-plus virus cases; first time in weeks

Jul. 9, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois had more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time in five weeks, the health department said Thursday. COVID-19 deaths, meanwhile, rose by 20 to 7,119. The state said the rate of positive cases over the past seven days was 2.6%. Illinois reported 1,018 new cases...

Illinois county gets its first reported coronavirus case

Jul. 9, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

WINCHESTER, Ill. (AP) — The coronavirus has been confirmed in every Illinois county after a small county west of Springfield reported its first case, months after the outbreak began. A 66-year-old woman last week tested positive for the virus in Scott County and was reported to be recovering at home, the...