42 felony cases tied to this week’s looting so far, Kim Foxx says

A man sweeps up Monday morning outside Paul Young Fine Jewelers, 34 W. Randolph St., after looting broke out in the Loop overnight. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times The most serious charge tied to the looting downtown and other neighborhoods is attempted murder. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office announced Thursday that there have been 42 […]

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Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai released on bail, urges protesters to be ‘careful’

Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, who was arrested Monday under the nation’s new national security law, urged young protesters to be “more cautious” in the fight ahead. Lai, who owns the Apply Daily, one of Hong Kong’s most-read newspapers, is one of the most prominent figures to be detained under a wider crackdown on […]

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Lightfoot acknowledges residents, businesses justifiably ‘fearful’ after second round of looting

Chicago Police stand guard on the Magnificent Mile Monday morning after looting overnight. In the background, the Michigan Avenue bridge over the Chicago River has been lifted to restrict travel into and out of the Loop. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times “People are fearful. They are afraid. And it’s up to us as leaders to offer […]

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Harlem development boom to bring new Target to 125th Street

Shrugging off gloomy predictions about the city’s future, big-league developers on Monday unveiled plans for transformative new projects on Harlem’s famed 125th Street, including a new Target. The deals — remarkable strokes of confidence in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — aren’t long-range pipe dreams either, but fully financed ventures that will break ground […]

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Maryland to drastically reduce number of polling places in November, despite gov’s concerns of disenfranchisement

Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan authorized a plan on Monday night that will drastically reduce the number of in-person polling places in the state for the Nov. 3 presidential election after a weeks-long standoff with the state Board of Elections, which insisted on a plan involving far fewer voting locations due to coronavirus concerns. Hogan, on […]

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State Dept. hits NBC News’ Wuhan lab article as ‘regurgitated Chinese Communist Party propaganda’

The State Department on Monday took aim at an NBC News article about the Wuhan Institute of Virology, accusing the outlet of failing to press for facts and of having had “regurgitated Chinese Communist Party propaganda.” “@NBCnews was granted the first independent media access to the Wuhan lab, and what do they have to show for it? […]

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Dodgers pitcher Dustin May is living up to his potential

Dustin May’s immense potential was on display with three pitches Monday in the Dodgers’ 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. The first was a 99-mph sinker to Manny Machado, a four-time All-Star, in the first inning. The ball left May’s right hand looking like it would sail over the heart of the plate before […]

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Democratic convention speakers: Michelle Obama delivers address on Monday; Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Thursday

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks Monday at the Democratic Convention; former President Barack Obama delivers an address Wednesday | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file The Democratic convention kicks off Monday and one surprise name on the program is former Justice Department official Sally Yates. The Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday with speakers to include […]

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Lawmakers up the ante in push for sustained cash payments amid coronavirus: ‘Magic money tree’

Sen. Ed Markey drew backlash from fiscal hawks like Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday after tweeting an ambitious coronavirus stimulus plan that would involve much larger checks paid much more frequently than other proposals — but it’s hardly the first time such an idea has been floated as legislators trip over themselves to propose sweeping cash […]

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Stalled coronavirus relief negotiations hit new obstacle: State aid

White House officials and Democratic leaders remained at an impasse Monday over another coronavirus relief package, with aid for cash-strapped state and local governments emerging as the latest obstacle in negotiations. The two sides are at odds over whether states should receive additional funding in the next round of emergency aid — and if so, how much. Negotiators […]

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1 dead, 7 rescued after gas explosion levels Baltimore homes

A natural gas explosion destroyed three row houses in Baltimore on Monday morning, killing a woman and trapping other people in the debris. At least seven people were seriously injured, and firefighters were searching for more survivors. Dozens of firefighters converged on the piles of rubble. A fourth house in the row was ripped open, […]

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State Dept. Says Report Defends Pompeo on Arms Sales. But It Finds Fault Over Mass Deaths.

WASHINGTON — The State Department said on Monday that its inspector general had found Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the proper procedures in declaring an “emergency” last year to push through $8.1 billon of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. But a statement issued by the department hailing that determination […]

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Second round of looting puts Chicago at a crossroads

A man sweeps up Monday morning outside Paul Young Fine Jewelers, 34 W. Randolph St., after looting broke out in the Loop overnight. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times Businesses may be reluctant to rebuild, fearing they won’t be protected. Their customers may not feel safe shopping, dining and going to the theater downtown. Empty-nesters and young […]

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Trump argues Susan Rice has this ‘potential liability’ if Biden chooses her for VP

President Trump on Monday argued the U.S. government surveillance of people connected to his 2016 campaign during the Obama era could be a “potential liability” for former national security adviser Susan Rice if she is selected as Joe Biden’s running mate. “I don’t want to say how much she’s involved,” Trump said of Rice during […]

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El Camino Real students make it through first day of online classes

Monday was the first day of the school year at El Camino Real, an independent charter school in Woodland Hills. Junior catcher Josh Klein woke up at 7:45 a.m., took a shower, got dressed, ate breakfast, and then turned on his school-supplied Lenovo laptop at 8:45 a.m. for his first day of online classes. The […]

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Looting, COVID, unrest could put Chicago at a crossroads

A man sweeps up Monday morning outside Paul Young Fine Jewelers, 34 W. Randolph St., after looting broke out in the Loop overnight. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times Businesses may be reluctant to rebuild, fearing they won’t be protected. Their customers may not feel safe shopping, dining and going to the theater downtown. Empty-nesters and young […]

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Algerian Journalist Sentenced to 3 Years for Reporting on Protests

A prominent Algerian journalist was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for reporting on anti-government demonstrations, a lawyer and a human rights official said. It’s the latest sign of a hardening crackdown on the press in Algeria, one that has drawn condemnation from international observers. The journalist Khaled Drareni, 40, imprisoned since March after […]

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Trump abruptly escorted out of White House press briefing, returns to say there was a ‘shooting’ outside

President Trump on Monday was abruptly escorted away from the White House briefing room just a few minutes after taking the podium for a press briefing, but quickly returned to tell reporters, “There was a shooting outside of the White House.” Describing what he knew about the situation, the president said it “seems” an armed person was […]

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Sasse hits back at Trump, says he ‘never asked’ for his endorsement

GOP Sen. Ben Sasse fired back at President Trump on Monday for claiming he has “gone rogue” after casting his executive actions over the weekend as unconstitutional. “Mr. President — I understand that you’re mad. A few thoughts,” Sasse, of Nebraska, tweeted from his campaign’s account Monday, along with an image of a point-by-point rebuttal to the president’s […]

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Foxx bashes ‘dishonest blame games,’ calls for ‘honest conversation’ after night of looting

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaks during a news conference Monday after looting broke out overnight in the Loop and surrounding neighborhoods. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times Foxx’s comments came hours after Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said “a lot of” arrests were made after looting in May and June, but they “weren’t prosecuted to […]

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Trey Yingst reports from Lebanon after prime minster, Cabinet resign following Beirut blast

Fox News correspondent Trey Yingst reported Monday that demonstrators in Lebanon say the resignations of the country’s prime minister and his cabinet following last week’s deadly explosion at Beirut’s port are “not enough.” Yingst said he had witnessed clashes between security forces and protesters who want to see a “larger overhaul of the government.” LEBANESE PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS AFTER CABINET STEPS DOWN IN […]

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Lebanon prime minister resigns after Cabinet steps down amid fallout of Beirut explosion

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced at a news conference Monday he’s resigning just hours after his entire Cabinet stepped down amid the fallout of last week’s devastating explosion at Beirut’s port. He said he is taking “a step back” so he can stand with the people “and fight the battle for change alongside them.” “I declare […]

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Botched Primary Election Creates New Crisis in Puerto Rico: ‘This Is a Travesty’

Puerto Rico officials on Monday were struggling to reschedule a chaotic primary election that was partially suspended over the weekend when paper ballots failed to reach voting precincts across the island, making it impossible for many people to vote. Some voters waited for hours on Sunday in the sweltering August heat, risking exposure to the […]

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Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly placed on injured list with shoulder inflammation

The Dodgers placed reliever Joe Kelly on the 10-day injured list Monday with right shoulder inflammation. Kelly’s IL stint is retroactive to Sunday. Reliever Adam Kolarek was recalled in his place. Kelly, 32, is in the process of appealing an eight-game suspension and now he will serve that penalty, regardless of whether it’s reduced or […]

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Lebanon’s government steps down in wake of Beirut blast

Lebanon’s government stepped down on Monday night, less than a week after a massive explosion in Beirut killed more than 160 people and sparked days of violent protests. Prime Minister Hassan Diab addressed the nation, announcing his resignation and that of his government in the wake of the blast, which he called a "disaster beyond […]

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1 dead, 4 rescued after gas explosion levels Baltimore homes

A natural gas explosion destroyed three row houses in Baltimore on Monday, killing a woman and trapping other people in the wreckage. At least four people were hospitalized with serious injuries as firefighters searched for more survivors. Dozens of firefighters converged on the piles of rubble. A fourth house in the row was ripped open, […]

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