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FILE - In this May 3, 2019, file photo, cars line up as mourners head to visitation services for AJ Freund at Davenport Funeral Home in Crystal Lake, Ill. JoAnn Cunningham who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the beating death of AJ Freund, her 5-year-old son, faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in state prison when she returns to court on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (Brian Hill/The Daily Herald via AP, File)
July 16, 2020 - 12:50 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The voice of a 5-year-old boy who was beaten to death and buried in a shallow grave filled a northern Illinois courtroom Thursday during a hearing in which a judge will decide if his mother, who admitted to killing the child, should die in prison. McHenry County prosecutors played a...
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A bottle of hand sanitizer stands next to an EU flag at the entrance to the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, July 16, 2020. On Friday, July 17, 2020, leaders from the 27 European Union nations will meet face-to-face to try to carve up a potential package of 1.85 trillion euros among themselves. Due to coronavirus concerns, Friday's summit will be held in a larger-than-usual meeting room to meet social distancing requirements, the media will be kept to a minimum and there will be no group photo of the leaders. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
July 16, 2020 - 11:59 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — As European Union leaders start pouring in early for a two-day summit starting Friday, all realize that rarely so much has been on the line. The 27-nation bloc is battered by the coronavirus pandemic, much of its economy in need of a massive aid injection and its countries riven by...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2020 file photo, armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey, standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house in the Central West End of St. Louis. Sen. Josh Hawley on Thursday, July 16, 2020, urged Attorney General William Barr to launch a federal civil rights investigation of St. Louis' elected prosecutor, accusing Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner of abusing her power in her investigation of the McCloskey's who wielded guns while defending their home during a protest. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP File)
July 16, 2020 - 11:09 am
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley on Thursday urged Attorney General William Barr to launch a federal civil rights investigation of St. Louis' elected prosecutor, accusing her of abuse of power in her investigation of a white couple who wielded guns while defending their home during a...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2005, file photo, Dustin Lee Honken is led by US Marshals into the Federal Courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, prior to his sentencing. Honken an Iowa meth kingpin who kidnapped and killed five people, including two young girls, to thwart his prosecution for drug trafficking in 1993 is set to become the third federal inmate to be executed this week. Honken would become the first defendant from Iowa to die from capital punishment since 1963 if his lethal injection takes place as scheduled on Friday, July 17, 2020 in Terre Haute, Ind. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette via AP, File)
July 16, 2020 - 10:31 am
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A ruthless Iowa meth kingpin who killed five people, including two young girls, in 1993 to thwart his prosecution for drug trafficking is set to become the third federal inmate to be executed this week. Dustin Honken, 52, would become the first Iowa defendant to to be put to...
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July 16, 2020 - 10:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Last year saw record representation of LGBTQ characters in the 118 films released by major studios, according to a new study by GLAAD. But for the third straight year, the racial diversity of LGBTQ characters has waned and transgender characters again went unseen. GLAAD called the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis celebrates Mass to conclude his extraordinary summit of Catholic leaders summoned to Rome for a tutorial on preventing clergy sexual abuse and protecting children from predator priests. The Vatican told bishops around the world on Thursday, July 16, 2020 they should report case of clergy sex crimes to police even when not legally bound to do so, in its latest effort to compel church leaders to protect minors from predator priests. The Vatican issued a long-awaited manual for bishops and religious superiors on conducting in-house investigations into allegations of priests who rape and molest minors and vulnerable adults. (Giuseppe Lami/Pool Photo via AP)
July 16, 2020 - 9:33 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican told bishops around the world on Thursday they should report cases of clergy sex crimes to police even when not legally bound to do so, in its latest effort to compel church leaders to protect minors from predator priests. The Vatican issued a long-awaited manual for...
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July 16, 2020 - 8:44 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Darrin Bell, the Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist acclaimed for his sharp takes on race, gender and President Donald Trump, has a two-book deal. Henry Holt & Company announced Thursday that Bell will publish two graphic memoirs that explore racism and his personal...
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Mondaire Jones, winner of the Democratic primary for the 17th Congressional District, addresses a Black Lives Matter rally, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, outside the Westchester County courthouse in White Plains, N.Y. If he wins in November, Jones will join a record number of openly-LGBTQ elected officials in the United States. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
July 16, 2020 - 8:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of openly LGBTQ elected officials in the United States has more than doubled in the past four years — and those ranks could soon grow, thanks to a record field of LGBTQ candidates this year, according to new data from an advocacy and research group. The LGBTQ Victory...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 30, 2020 file photo, a woman wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus, rides a bicycle past a job centre in Shepherd's Bush, as the lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus continues, in London. Unemployment across the U.K. has held steady during the coronavirus lockdown as a result of a government salary support scheme, but there are clear signals emerging that job losses will skyrocket over coming months. The Office for National Statistics said Thursday, July 16, 2020 there were 649,000 fewer people, or 2.2%, on payroll in June when compared with March when the lockdown restrictions were imposed. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)
July 16, 2020 - 7:27 am
LONDON (AP) — Unemployment across the U.K. has held steady during the coronavirus lockdown as a result of a government salary support scheme, but there are clear signals emerging that job losses will skyrocket over coming months to levels not seen since the 1980s. The Office for National Statistics...
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Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville speaks to supporters after he defeated Jeff Sessions in Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
July 16, 2020 - 7:19 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With control of the U.S. Senate on the line, Alabama’s race is shaping up to be a contentious showdown between a college football coach backed by President Donald Trump and the body’s most endangered Democrat, who will need to motivate his base and court moderate voters to...
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