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Chicago police officers respond to rioting near West Madison Street and South Karlov Avenue on the West Side, of Chicago, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020.  (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Lack of body cameras fuels suspicion in Chicago shooting

Aug. 11, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A police force with a history of brutality and racism created a new crime-fighting team, but on one of its first forays into the streets, the group did not wear body cameras, which would have shown whether a man accused of firing a gun at officers was, in fact, armed. That’s where the...

Volunteers help clean up the parking lot outside a Best Buy store, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, after vandals struck overnight in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago. Chicago’s police commissioner says more than 100 people were arrested following a night of looting and unrest that left several officers injured and caused damage in the city’s upscale Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Hundreds ransack downtown Chicago businesses after shooting

Aug. 10, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of people descended on downtown Chicago early Monday following a police shooting on the city's South Side, with vandals smashing the windows of dozens of businesses and making off with merchandise, cash machines and anything else they could carry, police said. Police Superintendent...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

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...

FILE - This July 27, 2020 photo, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown speaks at a news conference in Chicago.  Homicides and shootings have surged in Chicago during the first seven months of the year. Police released statistics Saturday, Aug. 1,  showing that from Jan. 1 through the end of July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people shot, including many of those who were killed. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

Chicago homicides and shootings rise sharply in 2020

Aug. 1, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Homicides and shootings have surged in Chicago during the first seven months of the year. From Jan. 1 through the end of July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people shot, including many of those who were killed, according to statistics released Saturday by the police...

FILE - In this Monday, July 27, 2020, file photo, is the Christopher Columbus statue located at South Exchange and S. South Chicago avenues in the South Chicago neighborhood of Chicago. The third statue of Columbus was taken down Thursday, July 30, 2020 (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Chicago removes its third and last Columbus statue

Jul. 31, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago removed its third and last remaining statue of Christopher Columbus, which had stood on display in the city for nearly 130 years but drawn criticism from those who say the explorer doesn't deserve veneration because of how he treated Indigenous peoples. The removal of the statue...

Chicago Cubs fans wait for a ball outside of Wrigley Field before the Opening Day baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Chicago. In a normal year, that would mean a sellout crowd at Wrigley Field and jammed bars surrounding the famed ballpark. But in a pandemic-shortened season, it figures to be a different atmosphere. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

"We love baseball" Wrigley ballhawks stay on during pandemic

Jul. 31, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Standing on a corner on Waveland Avenue, Moe Mullins has seen them come and go. Sosa and McGwire. The Sandberg Game. Pujols. Young and old men alike. Summers full of blue skies, and a neighborhood changed forever. “You know, life is a big circle,” Mullins says. Like a baseball....

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As crime surges on his watch, Trump warns of Biden's America

Jul. 29, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

President Donald Trump is painting a dystopian portrait of what Joe Biden’s America might look like, asserting crime and chaos would ravage communities should the former vice president win the White House in November. Left unsaid: A recent surge in violent crime in several American cities has happened on...

In this July 15, 2020, photo, retiring Chicago Police Department First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio, left, swears in newly-promoted Deputy Chief of Criminal Networks Dion Boyd during a promotion ceremony at CPD headquarters in Chicago. Boyd has been found dead after he apparently shot himself in a station on the city's West Side.  (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

High-ranking Chicago officer dies, apparently shot himself

Jul. 29, 2020 6:55 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A high-ranking member of the Chicago Police Department who was promoted earlier this month was found dead after he apparently shot himself in a station on the city's West Side, authorities said. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday at the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office on the...

A Christopher Columbus statue stands on Chicago's South Side Monday, July 27, 2020. Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza said Monday, the statue that was left standing after two other Columbus statues were removed last week may yet be taken down   (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Attention turns to Chicago's last standing Columbus statue

Jul. 28, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Christopher Columbus statue on Chicago's South Side that was left standing after two other Columbus statues were removed last week may yet be taken down, a City Council member says. Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza told the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday that she has been talking to city...