New Twitter rules expose election offices to spoof accounts
Election administrators across the United States say they’re concerned their offices will be targeted for fake Twitter accounts that'll confuse or mislead voters after the social media platform changed its long-standing verification service.
Chicago curfew tightened after killing near 'Bean' sculpture
A clamp-down on Chicago teens’ access to a popular downtown park and a weekend curfew following the fatal shooting of a teenager has revived longstanding accusations that City Hall prioritizes the city’s sparkling lakefront and downtown over West and South side neighborhoods where hundreds have been killed or hurt by gun violence.
Union, parents mull if Chicago teacher standoff was worth it
Chicago schools will offer more COVID-19 testing and have standards to close school related to infection rates, but the cost of a bitter union battle and five days of missed schools has parents and union members questioning if it was worth it.
Chicago police critics call for charges in shooting of boy
Viewers reacted with a mix of outrage and grief to newly released bodycam video that shows a Chicago police officer fatally shoot a 13-year-old less than a second after the boy dropped a handgun, turned toward the officer and began raising his hands.
Chicago schools reopen doors after tough union fight
Starting Thursday, Lear will return to class as the nation's third-largest school district slowly reopens its doors following a bitter fight with the teachers union over COVID-19 safety protocols. The Chicago Teachers Union accepted the plan after defying district orders, city threats to lock them out of teaching systems, and talk of a potential strike. Several educators lined up Thursday for vaccinations at a high school on Chicago's northwest side. AdPreston’s two high school children will keep learning online at their South Side home. And if the high school students can't focus working in their rooms, they must “report to the dining room,” he joked.
Chicago begins return to classrooms after bitter union fight
Starting Thursday, Lear will return to class as the nation's third-largest school district slowly reopens its doors following a bitter fight with the teachers union over COVID-19 safety protocols. Their youngest daughter, 4-year-old Lear, returns to class as the nation’s third-largest school district slowly reopens its doors following a bitter fight with the teachers union over COVID-19 safety protocols. The Chicago Teachers Union accepted the plan after weeks of bitter talks that included defying district orders, threats from the city that they would be locked out of district teaching and a potential strike. The district hasn’t rolled out a plan for high school students to return, which is expected to prompt more negotiations. And if his high school students can't focus working in their rooms, they must “report to the dining room,” he joked.
VIRUS TODAY: In COVID-19 era, Americans choose dying at home
For many families, home is a better setting than the terrifying scenario of saying farewell to loved ones behind glass or during video calls amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Here’s what’s happening Sunday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.:THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY:— More Americans are making the decision to have their terminally ill loved ones die at home rather than in nursing home and hospice settings. For many families, home is a better setting than the terrifying scenario of saying farewell to loved ones behind glass or during video calls amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gavin Newsom is facing a potential recall election, in part stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. “So I really do think that we need to watch this and be careful.”___Find AP’s full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic: https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic
The Latest: LA County says medical center broke virus rules
The Supreme Court is telling California it cant enforce a ban on indoor church services because of the coronavirus pandemic. The celebration is on hold until next year as Rio struggles with a rise in coronavirus cases. ___OKLAHOMA CITY — The number of reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma has surpassed 400,000. Health officials are urging football fans to forego Super Bowl gatherings with members outside of their own households. France has registered 3.5 million confirmed cases and more than 78,700 confirmed deaths.
Globe-trotter Candace Parker returns home to play for Sky
(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)CHICAGO – Candace Parker talked about seeing her grandmother hold up the newspaper during their call, thrilled she is coming home to play for the Chicago Sky. “I'm so excited to be home and I say that from the bottom of my heart,” Parker said during a Zoom conference Tuesday. “When she decided, she told me even before, ‘If I come, I’m coming to ball,'” he said. She said she started thinking about playing for the Sky a few weeks ago and would not have left Los Angeles for any other team. “(I) have obviously evolved, and a lot of it had to do with me living in Knoxville and me living in Los Angeles and Russia and Istanbul and China.
Chicago schools extend talks with union over in-person class
Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey, who has said the union wants an agreement, said holding off on locking out educators is an encouraging step. Such a move, if approved by the union's house of delegates, could shut down remote learning across the roughly 340,000-student district. School officials and the union reported weekend progress on issues including contact tracing and ventilation. But the union says those measures don’t go far enough and without more protections, remote learning is safest. District officials haven't said when high school students will return.
Chicago schools reopening uncertain as union talks stall
(Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, Pool)CHICAGO – A plan to reopen Chicago schools remained in limbo as last-minute negotiations over COVID-19 safety measures with the teachers' union stalled Sunday, amplifying the possibility of a strike or lockout. The Chicago Teachers Union has fought returning to classrooms in the nation's third-largest district, defying orders to come to class ahead of students. AdChicago Public Schools officials and the union reported weekend progress on issues including contact tracing and ventilation. Union officials held a news conference later Sunday, saying without protective measures such as widespread vaccinations remote learning was safest. District officials haven't said when high school students will return.
Things to Know: Fewer Black Americans are getting vaccinated
Espinoza said she never imagined the virus would take the life of her 36-year-old husband, who managed a hospice nurse program. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)Here’s what’s happening Saturday with the pandemic in the U.S.:THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY:— An Associated Press analysis shows that Black people in many parts of the U.S. are lagging behind whites in receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Statistics released by 17 states and two cities tell the same story: Through Jan. 25, Black people were getting inoculated at levels below their share of the general population. Ad— Hospital systems around the country are coming under fire over accusations that they are playing favorites when it comes to who gets the first crack at COVID-19 vaccines. In the past week, California has recorded an average of 544 daily COVID-19 deaths, and its pandemic death toll has reached 43,000.
The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)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. ___AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has distributed more than 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. State health officials say Texas had more than 14,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals and its death toll has passed 30,000. ___COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina will now allow medical students, retired nurses and other qualified professionals to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. ___MADRID — Spain reported 35,878 confirmed coronavirus cases and 201 new deaths from the coronavirus.
The Latest: Mexico sees record 16,105 new virus cases
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)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. ___AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan announced it is expecting the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine to arrive in the kingdom late Saturday. Official data also show that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.K. has exceeded 3 million. The daily numbers brought Arizona’s total confirmed cases to 607,345 and the state’s death toll in the pandemic to 10,036. With 10.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases, India has the second-highest total behind the United States.
Chicago 7-year-old raises money for hospital's pandemic gear
Hayley Orlinsky poses for a portrait Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, with several colorful rubber band bracelets she makes in her Chicago home. The spunky 7-year-old from Chicago has spent most of the coronavirus pandemic crafting the creations as a fundraiser to buy personal protective equipment for a children's hospital. So far, the endeavor has generated nearly $20,000 for Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, prompting praise and purchases from Chicago politicians, a Broadway actor and her beloved White Sox. It all started when she heard news stories about PPE shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic and was inspired to help. She's done holiday themed-bracelets, sports teams colors and red and light blue bracelets to represent the Chicago flag.
The Latest: S Korea begins stronger limits in some areas
In September, the district reported about 13 new coronavirus cases weekly, mostly involving teachers and staff, when it first opened early childhood education classes. ___ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Five Florida mayors are expressing concern about the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state, and are urging Gov. But the state’s rolling seven-day average for new coronavirus cases was more than nine times higher Wednesday than it was than when her first order took effect. Officials began instituting local shutdowns in neighborhoods where coronavirus cases were rapidly rising. There were 5,102 cases reported in Minnesota on Wednesday, along with 67 deaths.
Governors ratchet up restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving
Phil Murphy said Monday as he restricted indoor gatherings to 10 people, down from 25. The move closes many nonessential indoor businesses and requires the wearing of masks outside homes, with limited exceptions. Philadelphia banned all indoor dining at restaurants and indoor gatherings of any size, public or private, of people from different households, starting this Friday. Fourteen men were charged earlier this fall in an alleged plot to kidnap the governor in anger over her COVID-19 restrictions. Still, several other GOP governors were taking incremental steps, or resisting even those — continuing to emphasize “personal responsibility” rather than government edicts.
Chicago officer sues former chief for sexual harassment
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks at a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford File)CHICAGO – A Chicago police officer has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual assault by former police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who was out drinking with her the night he was found asleep behind the wheel of his SUV. According to previously published reports, Donald was suspected of damaging her police-issued cellphone and removing its data card before investigators could examine it. Later, media reports and surveillance video from a Chicago bar revealed he had been drinking heavily that night. Officers responding to a 911 call from someone reporting a man asleep at the wheel of his idling vehicle did not issue any citations for Johnson.
The Latest: Australian hot spot extends state of emergency
(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia Australias hot spot Victoria state on Wednesday extended its state of emergency for another six months as its weekly average of new COVID-10 infections dipped to 95. The state health department reported 90 new infections and six deaths in the latest 24-hour period. ___WASHINGTON Federal officials will begin shipping tens of millions of rapid coronavirus tests to state governors this month for use in reopening schools. ___LAWRENCE, Kan. The University of Kansas is requiring no fans at athletic events and Kansas State University is battling four new coronavirus outbreaks. In the Manhattan, Kansas, health officials say the four newest outbreaks include 10 positive cases among the Kansas State football team.
Chicago convenience store ransacked twice since May
A broken cash register sits on the counter of African Food & Liquor in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. The West Side convenience store was ransacked Monday just hours after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned vandals that the city will hold them accountable for ransacking downtown retailers earlier that day. It was the second time since May that the neighborhood store was vandalized. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
Chicago convenience store ransacked twice since May
A broken cash register sits on the counter of African Food & Liquor in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. The West Side convenience store was ransacked Monday just hours after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned vandals that the city will hold them accountable for ransacking downtown retailers earlier that day. It was the second time since May that the neighborhood store was vandalized. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)Security cameras captured the pillaging of a West Side Chicago convenience store hours after Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned vandals that the city would hold them accountable for ransacking downtown retailers. He says Chicago police officers arrived about a half hour after the store had already been emptied.
Lack of body cameras fuels suspicion in Chicago shooting
Authorities have said they found a gun at the scene, but they acknowledge that the officers who shot him were not wearing cameras. After Allen was shot on Sunday, activists immediately seized on the news that the officers were not wearing body cameras. These details are uncorroborated, partially because CPD also claims there is no body camera footage available for this interaction, the group said. Questions about the lack of body cameras extend beyond activist groups. Chicago police have also used body camera footage to show that officers acted properly, possibly heading off the kind of rampage that unfolded this week.
"We love baseball" Wrigley ballhawks stay on during pandemic
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. While Major League Baseball is beginning this season without fans in its stadiums, the famed ballhawks of Wrigley Field remain at their post amid the coronavirus pandemic. We couldn't wait for baseball to start.Each of the Wrigley veterans has tips for tracking down balls. He lives near Wrigley, but never had the time before he started working from home because of the pandemic.
As crime surges on his watch, Trump warns of Biden's America
Left unmentioned by Trump is that a recent surge in violent crime recently endured in several big American cities has come under his watch. Left unsaid: A recent surge in violent crime in several American cities has happened on his watch. Violent crime around the U.S. has been on a downward trajectory for the better part of the last three decades. Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York have seen spikes in violent crime and homicides this year. "He has consistently been silent in the midst of communities devolving into lawlessness, Gidley said of the former vice president.
Q&A: What charges might longest serving US speaker face?
CHICAGO Federal prosecutors recently answered the question about whether Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the nations longest serving statehouse speaker, is a subject of a criminal investigation into influence peddling to benefit an energy utility. Q: Multiple clues over the past 12 months raised the possibility that he was a federal investigative target, including charges against political allies. A: In Illinois, a state thats become a synonymous with pay-to-play corruption, theres no shortages of cases to look to for indications about charges Madigan could face. Taxes charges are common in bribery cases because those accepting bribes never declare money under the table as income. Federal prosecutors can and often do slap on a wire fraud charges if someone ever uses a phone in carrying out a crime.
Surge of federal agents leaves many questions unanswered
Federal agents wearing camouflage without clear identification hit the streets in Portland to protect federal property amid demonstrations against police brutality. For now, the plan for Chicago and Albuquerque does not seem to include federal agents engaging with protesters. The agents in Kansas City were to investigate homicides, shootings and violent crime in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, officials said. For decades, administrations have dispatched extra federal agents to cities during surges of violence, natural disasters and other crises. But since this weeks announcement about sending additional federal agents, shes struck a cautiously optimistic chord, saying she was encouraged that the U.S. attorneys office would supervise at least some of the agents.
Trump deploys more federal agents under 'law and order' push
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON President Donald Trump announced he will send federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico, to help combat rising crime, expanding the administrations intervention into local enforcement as he runs for reelection under a law and order mantle. Sending federal agents to help localities is not uncommon; Attorney General William Barr announced a similar surge effort in December for seven cities with spiking violence. Indeed, civil unrest escalated after federal agents were accused of whisking people away in unmarked cars without probable cause. The campaign believes the push can help Trump by drumming up support from suburban and older voters who may be rattled by violent images, which have been broadcast often by conservative media outlets. In New Mexico, Democratic elected officials had cautioned Trump against sending in federal agents, with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich calling on Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales to resign for attending the White House event.
Trump's show of federal force sparking alarm in cities
The Justice Department doesnt have the manpower to surge agents to high-crime areas, so it is borrowing from Homeland Security. Throughout his presidency, Trump has leaned on Homeland Security to carry out his political objectives, including cracking down on illegal immigration and slowing legal immigration applications. Critics say the federal forces have stoked tensions, creating new images of violence that could lead frightened viewers to vote for Trump. Homeland Security first jumped into the federal response to the Floyd protests in May as some demonstrations erupted into sporadic violence around the country. But effort shifted into high gear over the July Fourth weekend as Homeland Security agents and officers from at least a half a dozen components of the sprawling organization were arriving in Portland.
We thought it was a war:' 14 injured in shooting at Chicago funeral
First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter said mourners outside a funeral home in the Gresham neighborhood were fired upon from a passing vehicle. The victims were taken by the Chicago Fire Department to nearby hospitals in serious condition, said spokesman Larry Langford. It wasnt immediately known if anyone other than attendees of the funeral were victims, nor if anyone in the SUV had been wounded. The shooting comes as the Department of Homeland Security is planning to deploy dozens of federal agents to Chicago to deal with an uptick in violent crime in the city. Oregons governor and Portlands mayor have expressed anger with the presence of the federal agents, saying that the citys protests had started to ease just as the federal agents started taking action.
'Very frightening': Opposition grows to US agents in cities
Donna Boyd prepares to march with the self-described "Wall of Moms" on Monday, July 20, 2020, to protest the presence of federal agents in Portland, Ore. President Donald Trump's decision to send federal agents to Portland has given new momentum to protests that had begun to devolve into chaos with smaller and smaller crowds. One filed Tuesday says federal agents are violating protesters' 10th Amendment rights by engaging in police activities designated to local and state governments. Oregons attorney general sued last week, asking a judge to block federal agents actions. It could escalate if Trump sends federal agents elsewhere, as he says he plans to do, including to Democratic-led Chicago. When Trump sent in federal officers, that changed: A masked Widman took to the street Monday with other Portland residents.
Cops: 15 injured after shooting outside Chicago funeral home
Chicago police investigate the scene of a mass shooting where more then a dozen people were shot in the Gresham neighborhood, of Chicago, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter said mourners outside a funeral home in the Gresham neighborhood were fired upon Tuesday from a passing vehicle. The shooting comes as the Department of Homeland Security is planning to deploy dozens of federal agents to Chicago to deal with an uptick in violent crime in the city. Most victims were taken by the Chicago Fire Department to nearby hospitals in serious condition, said spokesman Larry Langford. Oregons governor and Portlands mayor have expressed anger with the presence of the federal agents, saying that the citys protests had started to ease just as the federal agents started taking action.
Trump, Barr to expand anti-crime surge to several US cities
Barr announced a similar surge effort in December for seven cities that had seen spiking violence. But civil unrest in Portland only escalated after federal agents there were accused of whisking people away in unmarked cars without probable case. When they are making arrests or executing warrants, these federal agents will be clearly identified by their agencys visible badges or insignia, Garrison said. The only people federal agents will be removing from the street are those they arrest in the course of their investigations of violent crimes.Garrison has said that the additional 225 federal agents from the FBI, DEA, ATF and the U.S. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said federal agents were repressing the American right to protest and he would not welcome federal agents there.
Chicago violence sparks war of words between Trump, mayor
The Trump administration sent federal officers in Portland, Oregon, after weeks of protests there over police brutality and racial injustice that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Oregons governor and Portlands mayor have expressed anger with the presence of the federal agents, saying that the citys protests had started to ease just as the federal agents started taking action. He pointed to rising gun violence in Chicago, the nations third-largest city, where more than 63 people were shot, 12 fatally, over the weekend. Were going to have more federal law enforcement, that I can tell you, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. Trumps comments about Chicago come after the president of the local police officers union wrote him a letter asking for help from the federal government to help combat gun violence.
Trump to send federal agents to Chicago, maybe other cities
(Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)WASHINGTON President Donald Trump is planning to deploy federal agents to Chicago and possibly other Democrat-run cities as he continues to assert federal power and use the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented, politicized ways. It's not clear exactly how they will back up local law enforcement or when they will arrive, but they will make arrests for federal crimes, not local ones. Homeland Security agents have also been deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border along with national guard troops during the crisis there. But Portland and Chicago are not, though agents are supposed to be guarding federal buildings and other federal property. But Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot has said she does not want want Trump to send agents to Chicago.
Chicago violence sparks war of words between Trump, mayor
"I have great concerns about that in particular, given the track record in the city of Portland, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said, even as Trump was telling reporters that federal officers could help bring order to Chicago. The Trump administration sent federal officers in Portland after weeks of protests there over police brutality and racial injustice that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Were going to have more federal law enforcement, that I can tell you, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. Its not the first time Trump has made disparaging comments about Chicago leaders, and what he says is their inability to control violence. Just last month, Trump sent a letter criticizing Lightfoot and Democratic Gov.
The Latest: Cases drop by half in Australia's Victoria state
Evidence behind what role children play in the coronavirus pandemic and how it affects them is inconclusive, despite the Trump administrations position that the science is clear. ___BEIJING The number of confirmed cases in a new COVID-19 outbreak in Chinas far west has risen to 17. ___SEOUL, South Korea -- Authorities in South Korea say most of the country's new coronavirus cases are coming from abroad. Nearly a third of the more than 3,700 coronavirus deaths in Texas have come in July. ___SACRAMENTO, Calif -- California has recorded its third-highest daily total of new coronavirus cases, two days after reporting its second most cases in a day.
Florida travelers face 2-week quarantine in Chicago
CHICAGO People traveling to Chicago from 15 states with increasing numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus will have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival or face possible fines, city officials announced Thursday. More info https://t.co/5D7ng691f8 pic.twitter.com/CA26uT7RF6 Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 2, 2020The city has reported 52,569 confirmed cases and 2,611 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The city's Department of Public Health Commissioner said the specific states listed are based on the rate of new confirmed cases per 100,000 residents. It wasn't immediately clear how Chicago officials will enforce that state's order. According to a website explaining the change, people could face fines of between $100 and $500 per day, totaling up to $7,000.
1,200 extra Chicago cops to be deployed over July 4 weekend
We didn't do it last weekend and the Memorial Day weekend, Superintendent David Brown said of the two weekends that ended with a combined total of 111 people being shot, 24 fatally. As his predecessors did when talking about a bloody weekend, Brown said the most recent spasm of gunfire ended not just with the deaths of rival gang members but with the killing of children. While mayors are typically reluctant to criticize superintendents so early in their tenure, Mayor Lori Lightfoot didn't mince words after Memorial Day weekend, though she has since maintained that she still has confidence in Brown. After a bloody Fathers Day weekend in which more than 100 people were shot, 14 of them fatally, this most recent weekend ended with 62 people being shot, 14 of them fatally. The most recent video showed officers lounging in a congressmans office as people broke into nearby stores during a night of unrest.
Activists push for new police oversight board in Chicago
CHICAGO A couple hundred activists gathered outside of Chicago City Hall on Wednesday to call on the mayor and City Council to create a new elected board that would have the power to investigate and fire police officers. A plan to create a civilian oversight commission over the police force stalled in a City Council committee in March, but there has been a push for more civilian oversight of police departments throughout the country since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. CPAC is a popular idea among some activists, but it hasn't found much support among city officials. In Chicago, there is what is called the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. That authority rests with the Chicago Police Board, an independent civilian body made up of private citizens appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council.
Atlanta mayor vows changes in how police officers use force
The family wants the officers involved in Brooks' death arrested and prosecuted. The mayor said she'll also require officers to intervene if they see a colleague using excessive force. Two white officers had responded to calls about a man who was asleep at the wheel in a Wendy's drive-thru lane. Brooks broke free and took off with a stun gun; a white officer shot him as he tried to run away. In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said a panel of residents, activists and one police official will review the Police Departments policy on when officers can use force.
Perils of police at high speeds spur calls for more reform
Crashes involving Chicago police vehicles that killed Gunn and a young mother last week, highlight the dangers of police speeding to crime scenes or during car chases. Police are more likely to speed through minority neighborhoods, said Gunn’s son, Dwight Gunn, who is a pastor. Lawyers said officers continued the chase on the South Side even after a boss told them to stop. Nearly 30% of the people killed were in vehicles not involved in pursuits, 4% were bystanders, 65% were suspects and 1% were officers. Video shows the police car striking Francisco-Martinez’s SUV with such force that both vehicles appear to explode.
The Latest: Warren won't prosecute peaceful protesters
Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, right, speaks during a news conference Monday, June 15, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Warren announced his decision not to prosecute dozens of protesters arrested on charges of unlawful assembly during a Black Lives Matter march on June 2. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)TOP OF THE HOUR: Florida state attorney won't prosecute peaceful protesters. State Attorney Andrew Warren in Tampa said that his office wont be filing charges against 67 protesters who were arrested two weeks ago in downtown Tampa. The prosecutors office will also work to expunge the arrest records of the protesters who were taken into custody, he said. In these unlawful assembly cases, there is no value in filing charges, Warren said at a news conference.
Chicago investigating officers 'lounging' during unrest
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush looks on as Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in Chicago on Thursday afternoon, June 11, 2020, about a group of Chicago police officers in the congressman's campaign office while looters hit nearby stores. She said the officers shown have not yet been identified. Lightfoot said investigators will use department records and location data from department vehicles to identify the officers involved. Thirteen officers making popcorn, taking a nap and relaxing as I was standing shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other officers on State Street while we got pelted with rocks, he said, reminding reporters that more than 100 officers were injured during the rioting. She also suggested that the scene that unfolded in that office suggest the officers believe they can do whatever they want.
The Latest: India reports nearly 10,000 new virus cases
(AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)NEW DELHI: India reported a new rise of nearly 10,000 coronavirus infections Wednesday, with a total caseload of 276,583, the fifth highest in the world. The Health Ministry confirmed 9,985 new cases and 274 deaths in the last 24 hours. The figures from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday brought national totals to 11,902 cases and 276 deaths. ___BEIJING With much of the country re-opened under safety measures, China has announced three new confirmed cases of coronavirus, all brought from outside the country. China has reported a total of 4,634 deaths among 83,046 cases of COVID-19 since the virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.