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Travelers line up wearing protective masks indoors at OHare International Airport in Chicago, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, that at the end of the month he will lift the requirement for face coverings to be worn in most indoor spaces to slow the spread of COVID-19, but the mandate will stay in place for K-12 schools where students, teachers and staff are clustered together. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

AP: Illinois governor to lift mask mandate except for schools

John O'Conner, Associated Press February 9, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that at the end of the month he will lift the requirement for face coverings to be worn in most indoor spaces to slow the spread...

In this April 20, 2020, file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in Chicago. Chicago officials say the nations third-largest city cannot begin to loosen restrictions designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus before early June. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said all parts of the state are on track for restrictions to begin loosening on May 29. But Mayor Lightfoot said Friday, May 22, that the city is not yet hitting the metrics in her plan for gradually loosening restrictions and that she is hopeful that can happen by early June.

Chicago to require proof of vaccination at restaurant, bars

Sara Burnett, Associated Press December 21, 2021

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago will require proof of coronavirus vaccination at restaurants, bars, gyms and other indoor venues, as the rapidly spreading omicron variant drives a spike in COVID-19 infections,...

A feed store damaged by a tornado is seen in Mayfield, Ky.,on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. Tornadoes and severe weather caused catastrophic damage across multiple states late Friday, killing several people overnight.

Kentucky governor: Tornado on ground for more than 200 miles

Bruce Schreiner & Jim Salter, Associated Press December 11, 2021

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor says a devastating tornado touched down for 227 miles — more than 200 in his state — and deaths were feared in 10 counties. Gov. Andy Beshear said at a news...

Actor Jussie Smollett, center, along with his mother Janet, second from left, returns to the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in Chicago, after a jury reached a verdict in his trial. Smollett was convicted Thursday on five of six charges he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to Chicago police about it.

Jussie Smollett convicted of staging attack, lying to police

Don Babwin & Sara Burnett, Associated Press December 9, 2021

CHICAGO (AP) — Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was convicted Thursday on charges he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to Chicago police about it. In...

Kyle Rittenhouse, center, enters the courtroom with his attorneys Mark Richards, left, and Corey Chirafisi for a meeting called by Judge Bruce Schroeder at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.  (Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool)

Kyle Rittenhouse cleared of all charges in Kenosha shootings

Associated Press November 19, 2021

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges Friday after pleading self-defense in the deadly Kenosha shootings that became a flashpoint in the nation’s debate over guns, vigilantism...

 Afghans gather outside a recently reopened government passport office. Photo by Felipe Dana/AP.

Taliban says US will provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press October 10, 2021

The U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster, while refusing to give political recognition to the country's new Taliban rulers,...

Haitian-Americans chant during a demonstration at the JFK Federal Building in Boston on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. Members of Bostons sizable Haitian community staged a protest outside the Federal building to denounce the mistreatment of Haitian migrants at the border with Mexico. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

Haitian migrants at the border: An asylum law scholar explains how US skirts its legal and moral duties

Karen Musalo - Associated Press September 26, 2021

(THE CONVERSATION) The U.S.’s top envoy to Haiti resigned abruptly on Sept. 22, 2021, over the Biden administration’s “inhumane” treatment of Haitian migrants crossing the border via Mexico into...

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., left, joined by Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, appear before the House Rules Committee as they field questions about raising the debt limit, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House OKs $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system

Kevin Freking Associated Press September 26, 2021

The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday to provide $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system as Democrats moved to quash criticism from Republicans that their party is wavering...

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