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Churches Jump Into Action With Threat of Immigration Sweeps

Thousands of people, including immigrants and their supporters, rally against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies as they march from Daley Plaza to the Chicago field office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Chicago. (Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune via AP)

As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities.

R. Kelly Facing Sweeping New Federal Sex Crime Charges

In this June 26, 2019, file photo, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky, File)

Singer R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago on a federal grand jury indictment listing 13 counts including sex crimes and obstruction of justice.

Trump Abandons Bid to Include Citizenship Question on Census

This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation’s only test run of the 2020 Census. Legal wrangling has surrounded the U.S. census count for decades, culminating in this year’s fight over adding a citizenship question. (AP Photo / Michelle R. Smith, File)

President Donald Trump abandoned his controversial bid to demand citizenship details from all respondents in next year’s census Thursday, instead directing federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases.

Trump Administration Plans Immigration Enforcement Operation

President Donald Trump speaks at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey, on his way returning back to the White House, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Trump administration is moving forward with a nationwide immigration enforcement operation this weekend targeting migrant families, despite loud opposition from Democrats and questions over whether it’s the best use of resources given the crisis at the border.

Chicago Police Investigators Confirm Alligator in Lagoon

An alligator floats in the Humboldt Park Lagoon on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Chicago. Officials couldn’t say how the creature got there, but traps are being placed around the lagoon in hopes the animal will swim into one and be safely removed. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago police investigators have cracked the case: A 4- to 5-foot alligator is living in a lagoon at one of the city’s most popular parks.

Illinois Cancels Band from Fair Lineup Over Confederate Flag

In this June 12, 2000 file photo, country music fans are reflected in the glasses of Southern rock group Confederate Railroad lead singer Danny Shirley during a concert in Nashville, Tennessee. (AP Photo / Mark Humphrey)

Country rock band Confederate Railroad has been barred from performing at an Illinois state fair because of its use of the Confederate flag.

Federal Court: Trump Can’t Ban Critics from Twitter Account

This July 8, 2019, file photo shows President Donald Trump speaking during an event about the environment in the East Room of the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon, File)

President Donald Trump can’t ban critics from his Twitter account, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, saying the First Amendment calls for more speech, rather than less, on matters of public concern.

Teen Odds of Using Marijuana Dip with Recreational Use Laws

In this April 20, 2016, file photo, a man smokes a marijuana joint at a party celebrating weed in Seattle. Legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults may have led to a slight decline in teen use, according to research published Monday, July 8, 2019, in JAMA Pediatrics.  (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson, File)

New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens’ odds of using pot.

Poll: 1 in 4 Don’t Plan to Retire Despite Realities of Aging

In this Feb. 12, 2019, file photo pedestrians pass beneath City Hall in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Matt Rourke, File)

Experts say illness, injury, layoffs and caregiving responsibilities often force older workers to leave their jobs sooner than they’d like.

Reports: Iran Enriching Uranium to 4.5%, Breaking Deal Limit

In this May 28, 2019 photo, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi speaks at a press conference in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo / Vahid Salemi)

The decision to ramp up uranium enrichment came less than a week after Iran acknowledged breaking the 661-pound limit on its low-enriched uranium stockpile.

8 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Added to World Heritage List

This Sept. 27, 2005, file photo, shows an exterior view of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple with its incredibly bold cubic design in Oak Park, Illinois. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

The work of famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was recognized Sunday as eight of his buildings, including the Unity Temple in suburban Chicago, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Police: More Than a Dozen Trampled in Navy Pier July 4 Stampede

In this Thursday, July 4, 2019 photo, A Chicago Police Department officer guards people as they stream out of Chicago’s Navy Pier after reports of stabbings and threatening injuries after the 4th of July celebrations. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky)

Police said a false report of gunfire set off a stampede that trampled more than a dozen people at Chicago’s annual July 4 fireworks display Thursday at Navy Pier, where thousands of revelers had crowded the Lake Michigan shore.

Trump Weighs Executive Order to Add Census Citizenship Query

President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing for his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club, Friday, July 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump said Friday he is “very seriously” considering an executive order to try to force the inclusion of a citizenship question as part of the 2020 Census.

Some Kenyan Families Reject Boeing’s Compensation for Crash

This Dec. 7, 2015, file photo shows the second Boeing 737 MAX airplane being built on the assembly line in Renton, Washington. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Fifteen Kenyan families of people killed in a plane crash in Ethiopia in March on Friday rejected a proposal by Boeing to compensate them, saying they will pursue their claims in court.

Defenders of Vegan Bacon Sue Mississippi over Labeling Law

A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as “meatless meatballs,” “vegan bacon,” “beefless burger” or “beefless tips,” as displayed in a Jackson, Miss., home, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo / Rogelio V. Solis)

A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as “meatless meatballs” and “vegan bacon.”

Boeing to Pay $100 Million to Crash Families, Communities

This Dec. 7, 2015, file photo shows the second Boeing 737 MAX airplane being built on the assembly line in Renton, Washington. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Boeing said Wednesday that it will provide an “initial investment” of $100 million over several years to help families and communities affected by two crashes of its 737 Max plane that killed 346 people.

2020 Hopeful Buttigieg Pitches Plan to Fight Systemic Racism

Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a news conference at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual International Convention in Chicago, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky)

Looking to improve his standing with black voters, Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg pitched a plan Tuesday to tackle “systemic racism” he said exists in housing, health care, education, policing and other aspects of American life.

US Customs Agents Seize Rat Meat at O’Hare Airport

O'Hare Airport (N i c o l a / Flickr)

Customs spokesman Steve Bansbach said Tuesday that the man declared the 32 pounds of meat on June 26 when his flight arrived from the Ivory Coast. The meat was confiscated and destroyed.

Big Business to Supreme Court: Defend LGBTQ People From Bias

In this May 23, 2019 photo, the U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

More than 200 corporations, including many of America’s best-known companies, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Chief Says Shorthanded TSA Will Handle July 4 Travel Surge

In this Jan. 11, 2019, file photo, passengers wait in line at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at the Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Matt Rourke, File)

The chief of the Transportation Security Administration says travelers should see only a slight increase in checkpoint wait times over the four-day July 4 holiday weekend.

Iran Says It Has Breached Stockpile Limit Under Nuclear Deal

This Jan. 15, 2011 file photo, shows a part of Arak heavy water nuclear facilities, near the central city of Arak, 150 miles southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. (Mehdi Marizad / Fars News Agency via AP, File)

Iran acknowledged Monday it had broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by the 2015 nuclear deal, marking its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the accord.

Harris Lands 2020 Endorsement from 2 Black Caucus Members

In this June 27, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, gestures during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. (AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee)

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush said Kamala Harris was “the only candidate prepared to fight for all Americans against a Trump administration that has left them behind.”

Biden Defends Past Civil Rights Record After Harris Attack

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual International Convention Friday, June 28, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

Joe Biden strongly defended his civil rights record on Friday, pledging to be a “president who stands against racism” and “the forces of intolerance” and defiantly dismissing any suggestions otherwise.

Supreme Court to Decide on Trump Bid to End DACA

In this May 23, 2019 photo, the U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

The Supreme Court will decide whether President Donald Trump can end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation. The program protects about 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas.

R. Kelly’s Lawyers Ask Judge to Dismiss Sex Abuse Lawsuit

Musician R. Kelly departs from the Leighton Criminal Court building after a status hearing in his criminal sexual abuse trial Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky)

The lawsuit says the abuse occurred in 1998. Kelly’s attorneys say she had until 2002 to sue. But state law can extend deadlines to file in cases where the accuser becomes aware of the abuse later.