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White Sox Plan to Extend Netting at Guaranteed Rate Field

In this Monday, June 10, 2019, file photo, Emergency personal keep a towel on the face of a person who was struck by a line drive by Chicago White Sox’s Eloy Jimenez during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

The Chicago White Sox plan to extend the protective netting to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field, becoming the first major league team to take that step.

AP Explains: Juneteenth Celebrates End of Slavery in the US

In this June 19, 2018, file photo, Zebiyan Fields, 11, at center, drums alongside more than 20 kids at the front of the Juneteenth parade in Flint, Michigan. (Jake May / The Flint Journal via AP, File)

 A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Here’s a look at the holiday and its history.

Hospital Largely Cleared in Newborn Cut from Womb Case

Clarisa Figueroa (Chicago Police Department)

Investigators have largely cleared Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for how it dealt with a Chicago woman accused of cutting a baby from his mother’s womb and claiming him as her own.

US Sending Troops to Mideast Amid Gulf Tensions over Iran

In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a ceremony at Imam Khomeini International Airport some 25 miles south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

The U.S. is sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East as tensions in the Persian Gulf mounted over Iran’s announcement it will not comply with the international agreement that keeps it from making nuclear weapons. 

High Court Avoids New Case over Same-Sex Wedding Cake

This Feb. 5, 2013, file photo, shows exterior of the now closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon.  The Supreme Court is throwing out an Oregon court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. (Everton Bailey Jr. / The Oregonian via AP)

The Supreme Court decided Monday against a high-stakes, election-year case about the competing rights of gay and lesbian couples and merchants who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings.

Another ‘Empire’ Actor Arrested, But on Traffic Offense

In this Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, Bryshere Y. Gray arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP File)

A Chicago police spokeswoman said that Bryshere Gray, who plays a younger brother of Jussie Smollett’s character on the Chicago-based Fox TV show, was pulled over Thursday.

Great Lakes Leaders to Discuss Funding Asian Carp Project

In this June 13, 2012, file photo, Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill. (AP Photo / John Flesher, File)

Regional leaders are scheduled to meet in Chicago next month to discuss a plan devised by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for preventing invasive Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan. 

Medical Pot Laws No Answer for US Opioid Deaths, Study Finds

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates.

Family: Baby Cut from Slain Chicago Woman’s Womb Dies

Clarisa Figueroa, left, Desiree Figueroa, center, and Piotr Bobak (Chicago Police Department)

An infant boy who was cut from a Chicago woman’s womb with a butcher knife died Friday at a hospital where he had been in grave condition since the April attack that killed his mother, family spokeswomen said.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg is the Focus of Latest Doctored Video

In this April 10, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, File)

Three weeks after Facebook refused to remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words, Mark Zuckerberg is getting a taste of his own medicine.

Trump Says Press Secretary Sanders to Leave White House

In this Jan. 28, 2019, file photo, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump announced the news on Twitter. He says Sarah Sanders will be returning to her home state of Arkansas and has not immediately named a successor.

Federal Agency Recommends White House Aide Conway be Fired

In this April 30, 2019 photo, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway talks with reporters outside the White House in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says Kellyanne Conway has become a “repeat offender” of the Hatch Act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.

Sleeping with the TV on May Make You Gain Weight

(Photo by Stefano Ferrario / Pixabay)

An analysis of 44,000 American women found those who reported sleeping at night in a room with a television on or a light were more likely to gain at least 11 pounds over about five years than those who slept in darkness.

Stressed Out? Your Dog May Feel It Too, Study Suggests

This Feb. 9, 2019 file photo shows a Shetland sheepdog at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. (AP Photo / Wong Maye-E)

When dog owners go through a stressful period, they’re not alone in feeling the pressure — their dogs feel it too, a new study suggests.

New Video Shows Adult Cows Being Abused at Indiana Farm

This undated photo provided by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office in Kentland, Indiana, shows Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez. (Newton County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Animal Recovery Mission said its new video shows workers abusing adult cows behind the scenes at Fair Oaks Farms at a milking carousel at the popular agritourism destination about 70 miles south of Chicago.

1st Black Priest in US, Ex-Slave, Positioned for Sainthood

This undated shows the Rev. Augustine Tolton. Pope Francis has positioned for sainthood a former slave and the first known black priest in America. (Photo courtesy the Diocese of Springfield via AP)

Pope Francis on Wednesday deemed the Rev. Augustine Tolton, the first known black Roman Catholic priest in the United States, to be “venerable,” positioning the former slave for possible sainthood.

Gov. Pritzker Signs Law Expanding Access to Abortion

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the Reproductive Health Act into law with bill sponsors Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush, left, and Illinois State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, right, at the Chicago Cultural Center on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune via AP)

“In a time when too many states across the nation are taking a step backward, Illinois is taking a giant step forward for women’s health. In this state, we trust women,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker at a bill signing ceremony Wednesday in Chicago. 

Women Indicted in Death of Teen Whose Baby was Cut From Womb

Clarisa Figueroa, left, and Desiree Figueroa (Chicago Police Department)

A Chicago woman and her adult daughter were formally charged Wednesday in the killing of a pregnant teenager whose baby was cut from her womb with a butcher knife.

Judge: Obama Center Construction Can Move Forward in Chicago

Plaintiffs appear before U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 to discuss a suit aiming to halt construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. (Courtroom sketch by Tom Gianni)

Plans to build Barack Obama’s $500 million presidential center on Chicago’s lakefront can move forward, a federal judge said Tuesday in dismissing an advocacy group’s lawsuit objecting to the use of historic public parkland.

Boeing Airliner Deliveries Tumble Amid Problems with 737 Max

In this March 27, 2019, file photo, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane is shown on the assembly line during a brief media tour of Boeing’s 737 assembly facility in Renton, Washington. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

The Chicago-based company has 4,550 unfilled orders for the Max but stopped deliveries after regulators around the world grounded the plane following crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people.

3 Ex-Workers Charged With Animal Cruelty at Indiana Dairy

(Fair Oaks Farms / Facebook)

Three former employees of a large northwestern Indiana dairy have been charged with animal cruelty following the release of undercover video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves, officials said Monday.

‘Sell By’ or What? US Pushes for Clarity on Expiration Dates

This Friday, May 24, 2019 photo shows the “sell by” date for a jug of milk in New York. In May 2019, U.S. regulators are again urging food makers to reduce the variety of terms like “best by” and “use by” that cause confusion about when food should be thrown out. (AP Photo / Bebeto Matthews)

Even if you rely more on sight and smell to size up foods, you might be surprised by the risks and practices around food spoilage.

Free-Agent Closer Craig Kimbrel, Cubs Agree to 3-Year Deal

In this Sept. 3, 2018, file photo, Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel works against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning of baseball game, in Atlanta. (AP Photo / John Bazemore, File)

Free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel has agreed to a three-year contract with the Cubs in a big move to strengthen Chicago’s bullpen.

Ebony Photo Archive to be Auctioned to Pay Creditors

The auction would recover money owed secured creditors filmmaker George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, whose Capital V Holdings loaned $12 million to Johnson Publishing.

Chicago Releases 911 Calls from Smollett Incident in January

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, center, arrives at Leighton Criminal Court Building for a hearing to discuss whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during his disorderly conduct case on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Matt Marton)

The city of Chicago has released two 911 calls made after “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack.