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‘Empire’ to Get 1 More Season on Fox Amid Schedule Shake-Up

In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the “Empire” FYC Event in Los Angeles. (Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP, File)

“Empire” will return for its final season this fall on Fox — with Jussie Smollett a question mark — and should count itself lucky.  Fox is hitting the reset button for the 2019-20 season by cancelling eight shows and adding 10 new ones.

Legendary Actress and Singer Doris Day Dead at 97

In this Jan. 28, 1989 file photo, actress and animal rights activist Doris Day poses for photos after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award she was presented with at the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. (AP Photo, File)

The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Doris Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home. She was 97. 

Mourners Gather to Honor 4 Killed in Waukegan Factory Blast

Emergency personnel work at the scene of an explosion at AB Specialty Silicones on Sunset Ave. and Northwestern Ave. on the border between Gurnee and Waukegan. The explosion happened Friday, May 3. (John Starks / Daily Herald via AP)

More than 100 people gathered Friday along a chain-link fence outside a badly damaged Illinois silicone factory to remember four men who died in an explosion at the facility.

Judge Transferring Decision on Jussie Smollett Special Prosecutor

Former state appeals court Judge Sheila O’Brien walks out of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago after a hearing about appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the Cook County state’s attorney’s office handling of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s case, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. insisted Friday he was merely transferring the matter, not recusing himself. 

AJ Freund’s Parents Plead Not Guilty in His Beating Death

JoAnn Cunningham, left, and Andrew Freund Sr. have each been charged in the murder of their 5-year-old son, Andrew "AJ" Freund. A criminal complaint filed Thursday, April 25, 2019, outlines first-degree murder, aggravated battery and several other charges against the couple. A judge set bail at $5 million for each parent. (McHenry County Sheriff's Department via AP)

JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr. of Crystal Lake appeared in McHenry County court Friday, the day after a 30-page grand jury indictment was handed down in the case.

Fourth Victim of Waukegan Blast Identified, Friday Memorial Planned

Emergency personnel work at the scene of an explosion at AB Specialty Silicones on Sunset Ave. and Northwestern Ave. on the border between Gurnee and Waukegan. The explosion happened Friday, May 3. (John Starks / Daily Herald via AP)

AB Specialty Silicones general manager Mac Penman on Thursday identified the final employee who died in the May 3 blast as 24-year-old Daniel Nicklas of Beach Park. 

R. Kelly Judgment Withdrawn After Lawyers Say He Can’t Read

Musician R. Kelly arrives at the Daley Center for a hearing in his child support case on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo / Matt Marton)

A Cook County judge on Wednesday reinstated a lawsuit against Kelly after his attorneys argued his illiteracy kept him from reading and responding to court documents he’d been served with.

Iran Threatens More Uranium Enrichment If No New Nuke Deal

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Iran threatened Wednesday to resume higher enrichment of uranium in 60 days if world powers fail to negotiate new terms for its 2015 nuclear deal a year after President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord.

Illinois Lawmakers Vow to Fix Lapses in Child Welfare System

(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday took aim at the state’s Department of Children and Family Services, which has been haunted for decades by deaths wrought of abuse and neglect.

Uber, Lyft Drivers Plan to Strike in Cities Across the US

Organizers are planning demonstrations in 10 U.S. cities Wednesday, including Chicago. The protests arrive just ahead of Uber’s initial public stock offering, which is planned for Friday.

Midwest Rivers Recede, But Flooding Danger Lingers

Ryan Lincoln maneuvers his boat through floodwater in downtown Davenport, Iowa, on Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Kevin E. Schmidt / Quad City Times via AP)

The swollen Mississippi River and its tributaries were receding in many flood-ravaged communities on Monday, but concerns remained high because of the threat of heavy rain over the next few days.

2 Wisconsin Men Identified as Victims of Waukegan Explosion

Emergency personnel work at the scene of an explosion at AB Specialty Silicones on Sunset Ave. and Northwestern Ave. on the border between Gurnee and Waukegan. The explosion happened Friday, May 3. (John Starks / Daily Herald via AP)

Officials identified two more victims of a deadly northern Illinois explosion as crews continued searching for a fourth worker whose body hasn’t been recovered.

Sandra Bland’s Own Video of 2015 Texas Traffic Stop Surfaces

This undated file handout photo provided by the Waller County Sheriff's Office shows Sandra Bland. (Waller County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Cellphone video recorded by Illinois motorist Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail in 2015 following a confrontational traffic stop, shows for the first time her perspective.

Judge Sentences Would-Be Chicago Bar Bomber to 16 Years

Adel Daoud, 25, appears before Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman on Monday, May 6, 2019 in Chicago. (Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni)

A federal judge on Monday handed an Illinois man a 16-year prison sentence for trying to kill hundreds of people by detonating what he thought was a car bomb outside a crowded Chicago bar in 2012.

Lightfoot Plans May 20 Inauguration, City Hall Open House

In this March 24, 2019 photo, Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot participates in a candidate forum sponsored by One Chicago For All Alliance at Daley College in Chicago. (AP Photo / Teresa Crawford)

Lori Lightfoot will be sworn in as Chicago’s next mayor during an inauguration ceremony at the city’s Wintrust Arena. The official ceremony is to begin at 10 a.m. and include several musical performances.

Another Body Found at Waukegan Factory; Death Toll Reaches 3

Emergency personnel work at the scene of an explosion at AB Specialty Silicones on Sunset Ave. and Northwestern Ave. on the border between Gurnee and Waukegan. The explosion happened Friday, May 3. (John Starks / Daily Herald via AP)

Search and recovery personnel found the body of another worker Sunday in the rubble of a northern Illinois silicone factory that exploded and burst into flames two days earlier, a fire official said.

McDonald’s Turns to Bacon and Wins

In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo employees stand in McDonald’s Chicago flagship restaurant. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

McDonald’s turned to a sure thing in the first quarter, bacon, and it paid off. Global sales rose 5.4% at stores open at least a year, a key metric of a retailer’s health. 

Jussie Smollett Will Not Return to ‘Empire’ for Next Season

Actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty)

Fox Entertainment said Tuesday that Jussie Smollett will not return to the series “Empire” next season in the wake of allegations by Chicago officials the actor lied about a racially motivated attack.

Foxx Opposes Special Prosecutor in Smollett Case

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Dec. 20, 2018.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is fighting a push to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her office’s handling of the case against actor Jussie Smollett.

It Seems Like Alzheimer’s But Peek Into Brain Shows a Mimic

In this April 29, 2019 photo provided by the University of Kentucky, Dr. Peter T. Nelson inspects a section of brain in the neuropathology lab at the Sanders-Brown Center for Aging in Lexington, Kentucky (Mark Cornelison / University of Kentucky via AP)

Some people told they have Alzheimer’s may instead have a newly identified mimic of the disease — and scientists say even though neither is yet curable, it’s critical to get better at telling different kinds of dementia apart.

AJ Freund’s Parents Agree to Give Up Custody of Other Son

This undated photo provided by the Crystal Lake, Illinois Police Department shows Andrew “AJ” Freund. (Crystal Lake Police Department via AP)

JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr.’s younger son was taken into Illinois Department of Children and Family Services custody following the disappearance of Andrew “AJ” Freund. 

Boeing CEO Defends Safety Record Amid 2 Deadly Crashes

Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg speaks Monday, April 29, 2019 at the Boeing Annual General Meeting in Chicago. (John Gress / Reuters via AP, Pool)

The CEO of Boeing defended the company’s safety record and declined to take any more than partial blame for two deadly crashes of the 737 Max even while saying the company has nearly finished an update that “will make the airplane even safer.”

Mental Health Defense Dropped in Chinese Scholar Case

Yingying Zhang disappeared on June 9, 2017. (University of Illinois Police Department). Inset: Brendt Christensen (Macon County Sheriff’s Department)

Lawyers for a former University of Illinois student accused of killing a visiting Chinese scholar say they are abandoning their mental health defense.

Report: Aurora Gunman Vowed to Kill Others If He Was Fired

Crosses are placed for the victims of a mass shooting Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Aurora, near Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing company where several were killed on Friday. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

The gunman who opened fire at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant in February told a co-worker the morning of the shooting that if he was fired he was going to kill every other employee and “blow police up,” according to a new report.

Jewish Community Will ‘Stand Tall’ After Synagogue Shooting

Leslie Gollub, left, and Gretchen Gordon hug at a vigil held to support the victims of the Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Poway, California. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

“We are a Jewish nation that will stand tall,” said Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein following a shooting Saturday, April 27 at the Chabad of Poway that killed one. “Terrorism like this will not take us down.”