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A medical crew treat a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at the Joseph Imbert Hospital Center in Arles, southern France, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Many French doctors are urging a new nationwide lockdown, noting that 58% of the country's intensive care units are now occupied by COVID patients and medical staff are under increasing strain. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge

Oct. 28, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

A new wave of lockdowns and business closings swept across France, Germany and other places in Europe on Wednesday as surging coronavirus infections there and in the U.S. wipe out months of progress against the scourge on two continents. The resurgence and the resulting clampdown sent a shudder through financial...

Clifftina Johnson (back, left), Tafara Williams' mother, cries as her daughter, Sasha Williams, sings during a press conference outside Waukegan's city hall complex, Tuesday morning, Oct. 27, 2020. Williams, 20, was wounded and her boyfriend, 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette, was killed when they were both shot by a Waukegan police officer on Oct. 20. Three days after the incident, Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles announced that he had fired the officer, saying he'd committed

Lawyers: Cop video doesn't show fatal shooting of Black man

Oct. 28, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — Lawyers for a Black couple who were shot in their car by a suburban Chicago police officer said Wednesday that police video showed the bullet-riddled vehicle but not the shooting, which left a man dead and his girlfriend wounded. The Waukegan police officer who fired the shots...

This booking photo provided by the Lake County Sheriff's Department shows Jeremiah Farmer. Farmer, a convicted gang member who says he beat up jailed R&B singer R. Kelly in a Chicago cell has been sentenced to life in prison for a racketeering conviction that involved two 1999 murders. A federal judge in Hammond, Indiana, sentenced Farmer on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Lake County Sheriff's Department/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Gang member who says he beat up R. Kelly sentenced in deaths

Oct. 28, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A convicted gang member who said he beat up jailed R&B singer R. Kelly in a Chicago cell in August has been sentenced to life in prison for a racketeering conviction that involved two 1999 murders. A federal judge in Hammond, Indiana, sentenced Jeremiah Farmer, 39, on Tuesday...

Lawyers: Video shows bullet-riddled car but not fatal shooting of Black man by suburban Chicago police

Oct. 28, 2020 1:28 PM EDT
DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — Lawyers: Video shows bullet-riddled car but not fatal shooting of Black man by suburban Chicago police.
A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...

In this image taken from video, Tafara Williams speaking to reporters from her hospital bed during a Zoom meeting Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 in Libertyville, Ill. Williams who was injured in a police shooting in suburban Chicago says she begged officers to help her boyfriend, who was also shot and eventually died. Williams and Marcellis Stinnette, a Black man, were shot last week while in a car in Waukegan, north of Chicago. (Zoom/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Woman injured in police shooting says cops let boyfriend die

Oct. 27, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A woman who was shot by police last week in suburban Chicago said Tuesday that officers did nothing more than cover her boyfriend with a blanket after he was shot and left him on the ground to die. Tafara Williams, 20, spoke to reporters during a Zoom call from her hospital bed as she...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2020, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Governor bans indoor dining in Chicago as virus cases surge

Oct. 27, 2020 9:35 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Surging COVID-19 cases in Chicago prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday to ban indoor dining and bar services and limit the number of people gathering in one place. However, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she isn’t sure Pritzker’s new restrictions are targeting...

Pat Austin takes COVID-19 swabs in for testing at the state drive-thru testing location UTEP Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. The testing drive-thru site is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)

Virus pushes twin cities El Paso and Juarez to the brink

Oct. 27, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

A record surge in coronavirus cases is pushing hospitals to the brink in the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, confronting health officials in Texas and Mexico with twin disasters in the tightly knit metropolitan area of 3 million people. Health officials are blaming the spike on family gatherings,...

This booking photo released by the Chicago Police Department shows Jessica Hill, 21, one of two sisters accused of stabbing a West Side Chicago store security guard 27 times with a knife after he asked them to wear face masks and use hand sanitizer on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. They were ordered held without bond on Tuesday, Oct. 27. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

Store guard stabbed 27 times for asking women to wear masks

Oct. 27, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two sisters accused of stabbing a West Side Chicago store security guard 27 times with a knife after he asked them to wear face masks and use hand sanitizer were ordered held without bond Tuesday. The alleged attack late Sunday by Jessica Hill, 21, and Jayla Hill, 18, left the 32-year-old...

Illinois Gov. Pritzker bans indoor dining in Chicago after latest surge of COVID-19 cases

Oct. 27, 2020 4:29 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pritzker bans indoor dining in Chicago after latest surge of COVID-19 cases.