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FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, pallbearers wearing personal protective equipment suits lift the casket containing the remains of Benedict Somi Vilakasi for his burial ceremony at the Nasrec Memorial Park outside Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: South Africa nearing 10,000 coronavirus deaths

Aug. 6, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa is reporting more than 8,300 new confirmed coronavirus cases as the country with the world’s fifth largest caseload is approaching 10,000 deaths. The new health ministry figures push the total cases on the African continent past the 1 million mark. South Africa has more...

Illinois reports nearly 2,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

Aug. 6, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois reported nearly 2,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday as public health officials continued warnings that there could be a reversal in the state’s progress in fighting coronavirus if things don’t change. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,953...

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Adrian Houser throws the ball against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Houser strong, Brewers stop White Sox 6-game win streak, 1-0

Aug. 6, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Dallas Keuchel saw the potential in Adrian Houser when the two were coming up with the Houston Astros. Outings like this were just what he envisioned. Houser dominated over seven innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the White Sox 1-0 Wednesday night to snap Chicago’s six-game win...

Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Brock Holt tags out Chicago White Sox's Nick Madrigal at third during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Milwaukee. Madrigal tried to advance from first on a hit by Luis Robert. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

White Sox rookie Madrigal to IL with separated shoulder

Aug. 5, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Prized Chicago White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal is headed to the 10-day injured list because of a separated left shoulder. General manager Rick Hahn was optimistic the rookie will return by the end of the month, though he also said Wednesday offseason surgery might be needed. Madrigal...

ComEd pleads not guilty in alleged influence-peddling scheme

Aug. 5, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Energy utility ComEd pleaded not guilty to bribery at an arraignment Wednesday despite previously admitting wrongdoing in an influence-peddling scheme that also threatens to ensnare Illinois’ most powerful Democrat, state House Speaker Michael Madigan. The not-guilty plea comes after...

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, right, with Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, announces CPS will begin the school year with remote learning, at a news conference in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2020. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago schools to begin fall remotely, dropping hybrid plan

Aug. 5, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor on Wednesday announced that the nation’s third-largest school district will not welcome students back to the classroom to start the school year, and will instead rely on remote instruction. The city's decision to abandon its plan to have students attend...

Suspect in shooting of 2 men in Chicago charged with murder

Aug. 5, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two men during a weekend that saw six other people murdered in the city, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday. The motive for the shooting Sunday was not provided by prosecutors during Ladelle Carpenter’s...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo removes a mask as he holds a news conference in a Monday, June 15, 2020 file photo, in Tarrytown, N.Y. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes the reins of the group representing the nation’s governors, which has played a pivotal role in communicating with the Trump administration about state needs during the coronavirus pandemic. As head of the bipartisan National Governors Association, Cuomo will have to walk a fine line between his naturally combative style with the White House and a deferential approach favored by Republicans. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Cuomo takes over governors group as virus batters states

Aug. 5, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The governor who in large measure has defined states' up-and-down fight against the coronavirus, including occasional combat with the White House, is poised to widen his national spotlight. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the reins of the National Governors Association on Wednesday...

This undated photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows Christopher Lara. Lara, suspected of driving a car when someone else in the vehicle fired a shot that killed a 10-year-old girl watching television inside an apartment has been arrested on a charge of first-degree murder. Chicago Police announced the arrest of Lara Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Police suspect Lara was driving a car June 27 when someone else in the vehicle shot at a suspected gang rival. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

Chicago police charge suspect in slaying of 10-year-old girl

Aug. 5, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The suspected driver of a car from which a 10-year-old girl was shot and killed as she watched television in her grandmother's Chicago home has been charged with first-degree murder, police said Wednesday. Christopher Lara, 19, is also charged with nine felony counts of attempted...

FILE - In this Friday, July 17, 2020, file photo, Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson speaks during a news conference at the CPS headquarters announcing a preliminary reopening framework for public schools, in Chicago. Chicago Public Schools is expected to announce Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, that it will start the school year with all-remote learning in response to coronavirus concerns, according to published reports. (Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Reports: Chicago schools to announce all-remote learning

Aug. 5, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools is expected to announce Wednesday that it will start the school year with all-remote learning in response to coronavirus concerns, according to published reports. The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, citing unnamed sources, said the announcement will be made...