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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2021 file photo, pre-kindergarten teacher Sarah McCarthy works with a student at Dawes Elementary in Chicago. Chicago Public Schools should allow students back into classrooms in no more than 100 facilities and then gradually reopen others, an organization of school principals proposed Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, saying most of them doubt the nation's third-largest school district can safely handle a mass reopening. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, Pool File)

Chicago principals offer school reopening plan amid pandemic

Jan. 27, 2021 3:35 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools should allow students back into classrooms in no more than 100 facilities and then gradually reopen others, an organization of school principals proposed Wednesday, saying most of them doubt the nation’s third-largest school district can safely handle a mass...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, file photo, teachers Adrienne Thomas, left, and Irene Barrera set up their computers and materials for their virtual classes outside of Suder Montessori Magnet Elementary School in solidarity with pre-K educators forced back into the building in Chicago. Chicago teachers ordered to schools this week ahead of students planned to ignore district orders over coronavirus safety concerns, setting the stage for a work stoppage in the nation's third-largest school district, according to a union email circulated Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Anthony Vazquez/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Chicago schools reopening hits snag as union fight escalates

Jan. 26, 2021 10:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago ditched plans Tuesday for thousands of teachers to report to schools this week ahead of students after the teachers union said its members wouldn't comply and were prepared to picket over coronavirus safety concerns. The reversal in the nation's third-largest district also meant...

Volunteers take down information as they register people to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic put on by the City of Odessa, Odessa Fire Rescue and Medical Center Hospital Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas. (Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP)

The Latest: Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall

Jan. 25, 2021 8:10 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas — The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Texas continues to fall from record highs as the state nears the end of what has been its deadliest month of the pandemic. State health officials Monday reported fewer than 13,000 people were being treated for the virus in Texas hospitals,...

A man and woman wearing masks to help protect themselves from the coronavirus share a smartphone on the street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A global team of researchers for the World Health Organization arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000

Jan. 14, 2021 9:40 PM EST

BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. The National Health Commission said Friday that 1,001 patients are under care for the disease, 26 of them in serious condition. It says 144 total new cases were...

FILE - In this file still image taken from security video released by the Congressman Bobby Rush's Campaign Office, a Chicago police officer lies on a couch inside Rush's burglarized congressional campaign office in Chicago on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Chicago Police suspended several officers captured on video during 2020's widespread unrest who were lounging, and apparently even sleeping, inside a burglarized congressional campaign office as people citywide vandalized and stole from businesses, a police union official said, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Congressman Bobby Rush's Campaign Office via AP, File)

Union: 17 Chicago cops resting in burgled office suspended

Jan. 14, 2021 7:40 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police suspended several officers captured on video during last summer's widespread unrest who were lounging — and apparently even sleeping — inside a burglarized congressional campaign office as people citywide vandalized and stole from businesses, a police union...

Preschool students eat lunch at Dawes Elementary in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Chicago Public Schools students began their return to the classroom Monday as school doors opened to thousands of pre-kindergarten and some special education students after going remote last March due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, Pool)

Young Chicago students begin return to classroom learning

Jan. 11, 2021 8:11 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools students began their return to the classroom Monday as school doors opened to thousands of pre-kindergarten and some special education students. The nation’s third-largest district, with about 355,000 students, plans a gradual return to in-person instruction...

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo, hospital staff members enter an elevator with the body of a COVID-19 victim on a gurney at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif. California health authorities reported on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, a record high of 695 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals strain under unprecedented caseloads. The state Department of Public Health says the number raises the state's death toll since the start of the pandemic to 29,233. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The Latest: Mexico sees record 16,105 new virus cases

Jan. 9, 2021 10:22 PM EST

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has posted another daily record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases, with 16,105 new infections reported Saturday, and a near-record of 1,135 deaths related to COVID-19 in the latest 24-hour period. The country has now topped 1.5 million total infections and over 133,000 deaths so...

A woman wearing mask to help protect herself from the coronavirus stands in the sun as she walks her dogs in Beijing on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. With next month's Lunar New Year travel rush looming, the government is telling people to stay put as much as possible and not travel to or from the capital Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: 2 Chinese cities urge people to stay at home

Jan. 9, 2021 12:33 AM EST

BEIJING — Chinese authorities are asking residents in two cities south of Beijing to stay home for seven days as they try to stamp out a coronavirus outbreak in which more than 300 people have tested positive in the past week. According to official notices on social media, the cities of Shijiazhuang and...

Chicago police union head apologizes for defending mob

Jan. 8, 2021 10:06 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The president of the Chicago Police officers’ union apologized Friday for defending the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol and downplaying this week's violence that left four people dead. In a statement posted on Facebook, John Catanzara, called his “poorly...

Video shows woman after being struck by Chicago police SUV

Jan. 6, 2021 12:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The release of video from an officer's body camera showing a woman on the ground after being struck by a police SUV marks the second time in less than a month that Chicago police video dating back to 2019 has been made public after the city fought to keep it private. The video released by an...