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Pileup Along Icy Chicago Expressway Sends 14 to Hospitals

Motorists huddle together after a 54 car pile-up early morning on the Kennedy Expressway Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty)

Portions of a Chicago expressway left icy by a wintry blast that brought overnight snowfall led to a pileup involving of dozens of vehicles early Wednesday, sending 14 people to hospitals, officials said.

Michelle Obama Group Backs Expanding Voting Options for 2020

In this Dec. 12, 2019, file photo, former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during an event for Obama Foundation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP Photo / Vincent Thian, File)

When We All Vote, a nonpartisan voting initiative, says Americans should have greater access to voting by mail, early in-person voting and online voter registration.

Abortion Clinics: Pandemic Boosts Demand, Heightens Stress

In this Wednesday, March 4, 2020 file photo, abortion rights demonstrators including Jaylene Solache, of Dallas, Texas, right, rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

The coronavirus outbreak has fueled attempts to ban abortions in some states, but providers where the procedure remains available report increased demand, often from women distraught over economic stress and health concerns linked to the pandemic.

‘Houston, We’ve Had a Problem’: Remembering Apollo 13 at 50

In this April 15, 1970 photo made available by NASA, a group of flight controllers gather around the console of Glenn S. Lunney, foreground seated, Shift 4 flight director, in the Mission Operations Control Room of Mission Control Center in Houston. (NASA via AP)

Apollo 13’s astronauts never gave a thought to their mission number as they blasted off for the moon 50 years ago. Even when their oxygen tank ruptured two days later — on April 13.

Millions of Tax-Paying Immigrants Won’t Get Stimulus Checks

In this March 31, 2020, photo, Maria Zamorano poses for portrait inside of a job placement center in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The $2.2 trillion package that Congress approved to offer financial help during the coronavirus pandemic has one major exclusion: millions of immigrants who do not have legal status in the U.S. but work here and pay taxes.

Fears of ‘Wild West’ as COVID-19 Blood Tests Hit the Market

A scientist presents an antibody test for coronavirus in a laboratory of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) at the InfectoGnostics research campus in Jena, Germany, Friday, April 3, 2020. (AP Photo / Jens Meyer)

Blood tests for the coronavirus  could play a key role in deciding whether millions of Americans can safely return to work and school. But public health officials warn that the current “Wild West” of unregulated tests is creating confusion.

Chicago Mayor Takes Hard Line Fighting Coronavirus Outbreak

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wears a mask as she attends a news conference in Hall A of the COVID-19 alternate site at McCormick Place in Chicago, Friday, April 10, 2020. The "alternative care facility" is designed to relieve pressure on city hospitals from rapidly mounting COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

As large American cities try various strategies to keep people home to limit the coronavirus's spread, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has balanced a blend of stern – and occasionally scolding – news conferences with lighthearted social media to drive home her point.

US Death Toll Closes in on Italy’s as Midwest Braces

Police officers stop cars at the Melegnano highway barrier entrance, near Milan, Italy, Saturday, April 11, 2020. Using helicopters, drones and stepped-up police checks to make sure Italians don't slip out of their homes for the Easter holiday weekend, Italian authorities are doubling down on their crackdown against violators of the nationwide lockdown decree. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus briefly overtook Italy's for the highest in the world Saturday, according to the running tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Deaths have been declining in recent days in Italy while rising rapidly in the U.S.

Crime Drops Around the World as COVID-19 Keeps People Inside

In this April 9, 2020, photo, amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Dallas ISD police officers Mylon Taylor, left, and Gary Pierre push a car that ran out of gas while waiting in line for the weekly school meal pick up for students in Dallas. The coronavirus pandemic that has crippled big-box retailers and mom and pop shops worldwide may be making a dent in illicit business, too. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

In Chicago, drug arrests have plummeted 42% in the weeks since the city shut down. Part of that decrease, some criminal lawyers say, is that drug dealers have no choice but to wait out the economic slump.

Apple, Google to Harness Phones for Virus Infection Tracking

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Apple and Google launched a major joint effort to leverage smartphone technology to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Worldwide Deaths From the Coronavirus Hit 100,000

Workers in protective body suits walk past sinks for hand washing at the “Corabastos,” one of Latin America’s largest food distribution centers, as they work to disinfect it to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, April 10, 2020. (AP Photo / Fernando Vergara)

The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus hit 100,000 as Christians around the globe marked a Good Friday unlike any other and some countries tiptoed toward reopening segments of their battered economies.

US States Share, Get Creative in Hunt for Medical Supplies

Christina Caldwell, left, of Henry Ford Population Health helps unload supplies with Matt Thatcher, who donated them from the Detroit Golf Club, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo / Carlos Osorio)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Wednesday that the federal cupboard is officially bare at least through this month after it was able to fulfill just a sliver of states’ requests.

Celebrated Singer-Songwriter John Prine Has Died at 73

This June 15, 2019 file photo shows John Prine performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Amy Harris / Invision / AP, File)

John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other indelible tunes, died Tuesday at the age of 73. 

Sanders Drops 2020 Bid, Leaving Biden as Likely Nominee

In this image from video, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

“The path toward victory is virtually impossible,” Sanders told supporters as he congratulated Biden. The former vice president is “a very decent man whom I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward.”

AP-NORC Poll: Americans Increasing Effort to Avoid Infection

In this April 3, 2020, file photo a man crosses an empty street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel, File)

Americans in overwhelming numbers are actively avoiding others as much as possible and taking additional steps to protect themselves from the coronavirus, according to a recent survey.

Judge: R. Kelly Must Remain Locked Up Amid Coronavirus Crisis

In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

A federal judge in New York on Tuesday denied R&B singer R. Kelly’s request for release from jail in Chicago because he was concerned he could contract the coronavirus while behind bars.

Wisconsin Voters Wait For Hours, Others Stay Home Amid Virus

Robert Wilson reviews his selections on his ballot while voting at the town’s highway garage building Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in Dunn, Wis. (John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Despite federal health recommendations, thousands of Wisconsin voters waited hours in long lines outside overcrowded polling stations on Tuesday so they could participate in a presidential primary election.

Tiger at NYC’s Bronx Zoo Tests Positive for Coronavirus

This undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society shows Nadia, a Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York. (Julie Larsen Maher / Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday.

Biden Raises Idea of Democrats Holding an Online Convention

In this image from video provided by the Biden for President campaign, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual press briefing Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Biden for President via AP)

Joe Biden said Sunday that the Democratic National Convention, already delayed until August because of the coronavirus, may need to take place online as the pandemic continues to reshape the race for the White House.

Surgeon General Warns Us of ‘Saddest Week’ and ‘9/11 Moment’

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

The U.S. surgeon general offered some of the starkest warnings yet Sunday as he braced Americans for the worsening fallout from the new coronavirus, warning “this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly.” 

Face Coverings Recommended, But Trump Says He Won’t Wear One

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The president immediately said he had no intention of following the advice himself, saying, “I’m choosing not to do it.”

Virus Cost May Top $4 Trillion; Americans Arm Up on Guns

Home Depot customers carry their purchases as they leave the store, Friday, April 3, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic in New York. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan)

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. 

US Sheds Most Jobs in a Decade, Ending Record Hiring Streak

A pedestrian walks by The Family Barbershop, closed due to a Gov. Gretchen Whitmer executive order, in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., Thursday, April 2, 2020. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)

The job loss of 701,000 reported Friday by the government — the worst since the depths of the Great Recession in 2009 — is still just a small indication of what’s to come.

Ed Farmer, White Sox Broadcaster, Former Pitcher, Dies at 70

Ed Farmer, White Sox Broadcaster, Former Pitcher, Dies at 70 In this April 28, 2008, photo, radio broadcaster Ed Farmer is shown in the broadcast booth before a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox in Chicago. (Rich Hein / Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Ed Farmer rooted for the White Sox growing up on Chicago’s South Side and went on to become an All-Star reliever for them.

Lightfoot Taps Ex-Dallas Chief to Head Chicago Police Force

In this June 15, 2015, file photo, Dallas Police Chief David Brown briefs the media about a shooting at Dallas Police headquarters in Dallas. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez, File)

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday named former Dallas police Chief David Brown to head the police force in the nation’s third largest city, touting his humility and calling him “a leader who commands respect.”