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New York Giants' Daniel Jones runs with the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Perfection on display when Steelers visit Titans, both 5-0

Oct. 22, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

Maybe all the delays involving the Titans and the jumbled NFL schedule led to the kind of showcase game we all need. Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0). Yes, the COVID-19 outbreak in Nashville provided some understandably nervous and upsetting times. And it could be a harbinger for a league attempting to play a...

Members of the festival organizing team at the Kali Bari Hindu temple pray via live transmission on the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Most of the festival festivities are being scaled down following the health officials warning about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The Latest: UN chief urges G20 to unite on coronavirus fight

Oct. 22, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. chief says it’s “very frustrating” that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn’t come together in March and establish a coordinated response to grapple with the coronavirus in all countries as he proposed. The result, he says, is every...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wears her mask after speaking about Chicago Public Schools' during a press conference at City Hall in Chicago. Chicago businesses will have to close by 10 p.m. and residents are asked to limit gatherings to six people as the number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases among residents continues to rise. Mayor Lightfoot also announced Thursday, Oct. 22, that bars without food licenses must stop serving customers indoors and liquor sales citywide must end at 9 p.m.  (Pat Nabong/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Illinois governor orders police patrols amid COVID spikes

Oct. 22, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday that Illinois State Police will start patrolling bars and restaurants in regions of the state where coronavirus numbers are surging, and establishments that disregard his new restrictions could face sanctions including the loss of their liquor or...

Rayon Edwards speaks on a megaphone as he marches with protesters during a protest rally for Marcellis Stinnette who was killed by Waukegan Police Tuesday in Waukegan, Ill., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Stinnette, 19, was killed and his girlfriend the mother of his child, Tafara Williams, was wounded when a police officer in Waukegan opened fire Tuesday night after police said Williams' vehicle started rolling toward the officer following a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Relative: Black couple didn't provoke shooting by police

Oct. 22, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The mother of a Black woman who was injured in a police shooting in suburban Chicago that left a Black man dead said the couple did nothing to provoke the officer. Marcellis Stinnette, 19, was killed and his girlfriend and the mother of his child, Tafara Williams, was wounded when a...

Chicago Police make arrest in slaying of pregnant woman

Oct. 22, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A suspect in the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman whose baby died days after being delivered has been arrested, Chicago Police said Thursday. “Area 2 Detectives currently have a suspect in custody in the connection to the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old female and the subsequent...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters throws during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State, in East Lansing, Mich. Even after beating a Wisconsin team that was favored by 30 ½ points last year, Illinois heads into Madison as a 19 ½-point underdog as the two West Division rivals prepare to open the pandemic-delayed Big Ten season Friday night. “I guess we’re going to have to go prove them wrong again,” Peters said. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Illinois seeking to surprise No. 14 Wisconsin one more time

Oct. 22, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

Illinois believes its upset of Wisconsin last year showed how far the program has come. The oddsmakers are reminding the Illini how far they still have to go. Even after beating a Wisconsin team that was favored by 30 ½ points last year, Illinois heads into Madison as a 19 ½-point underdog as the two...

No one hurt as jet slides off Chicago-area airport runway

Oct. 22, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

WHEELING, Ill. (AP) — No one was hurt when a Lear jet carrying nine people slid off a runway and crashed into a fence at a Chicago-area airport, authorities said. The jet slid off a runway at Chicago Executive Airport in northwest suburban Wheeling late Wednesday. The jet skidded on the runway, hit a...

Authorities investigate fatal shooting of Black teen by cop

Oct. 22, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police are investigating after a suburban Chicago police officer fatally shot a Black teenager who was a passenger in a vehicle that rolled in reverse toward an officer, authorities said Wednesday. Officials haven’t identified the dead teen, nor the driver, a...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2020 file photo, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker lowers his head as Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announces seven additional deaths due to COVID-19 during a press conference in Springfield, Ill. While battling a recalcitrant coronavirus pandemic, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, started laying plans for distributing a safe and effective vaccine. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Illinois starts planning for COVID-19 vaccine as cases surge

Oct. 21, 2020 9:57 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — While battling a recalcitrant coronavirus pandemic, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday started laying plans for distributing a safe and effective vaccine. But other than saying that a vaccine would go first to health care providers, long-term care residents and other vulnerable...

Sergeant arrested after alleging police misconduct in Joliet

Oct. 21, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer who made public allegations of misconduct in the death of a Black criminal suspect while in custody was arrested Wednesday, according to Joliet police. Sgt. Javier Esqueda was arrested and charged with two counts of official misconduct. The charges are...