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    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Students in Chicago are slated to start the new school year in just one month, but school officials say they are still trying to finalize their remote learning plan.Earlier this week, Chicago Public School officials announced they will not reopen for in-person instruction this fall.EMBED More News Videos Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Lori Lightfoot have announced Wednesday that CPS will start the school year with all-remote learning. However, while they say it still has details to work out, they have made a definitive decision when it comes to fall sports.The district says girls and boys cross country and golf, girls swimming and diving, and girls tennis will all have abbreviated fall seasons with in-person events. Boys...
    California public health leaders on Monday outlined guidelines for how some elementary schools across the state may return to in-person instruction.Schools in counties on the state's COVID-19 watch list can apply for waivers that would allow them to conduct in-person learning if they meet certain health requirements to limit the spread of COVID-19.The waiver would only apply to transitional kindergarten to sixth grade classes, even if the school has additional grades. Under current state guidelines, districts on the watch list will only be able to do distance learning without the waiver.EMBED More News Videos Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new guidelines Friday to determine which school districts are allowed to reopen classrooms in the fall. In a statement in which the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the last 24 hours, Minnesota added 769 more cases of COVID-19 to its tally of infections and eight more deaths. The additional cases bring the state’s total positive cases to 55,947, with 48,847 no longer needing isolation. Currently, 302 people in Minnesota hospitals are battling the disease, with 149 people in intensive care. The state’s death toll is now 1,614. The majority of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities. MORE: Minnesota Health Dept.’s Situation Report On COVID-19 Testing has now breached over 1,054,900 overall in the state. About 15,000 were completed in the last 24 hours. The state has the capacity to process 20,000 tests a day. Meanwhile, health officials are keeping track of the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Health officials reported Saturday morning 731 additional cases of COVID-19 and six deaths in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 55,188 tests have been positive for the disease since March, with 48,119 of those patients no longer needing isolation. 1,606 people have died from the disease. Earlier this week, the state reported they had process over 1 million tests since March; on Saturday the number increased to 1,040,317. A total of 317 people are currently in Minnesota hospitals, a number which has increased by five compared to the day before. 149 of those people are in the ICU. As Minnesota is capable of processing up to 20,000 tests each day, health officials are monitoring the...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and health officials confirm that stricter guidelines, similar to Chicago, will be announced Friday to address increasing COVID-19 numbers throughout the county.But details about the guidelines have not been released yet."I'm frankly in discussions with our Department of Public Health folks about the guidelines that will be issued tomorrow. I don't have any comment on the particulars today," said Preckwinkle during a phone conference call.COVID-19 Illinois: 1,772 new coronavirus cases, 18 deathsCook County is also identified as Region 10 on the Illinois Department of Public Health's website that tracks COVID-19 metrics. As of Thursday, positivity rates continued to climb in Region 10, triggering concern and guidelines that are expected to go...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred on by President Donald Trump’s demand to pull troops out of Germany, the U.S. will bring about 6,400 forces home and shift about 5,400 to other countries in Europe, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday, detailing a Pentagon plan that will cost billions of dollars and take years to complete. The decision fulfills Trump’s announced desire to withdraw troops from Germany, at least in part due to its failure to spend enough on defense. U.S. officials said that some moves will begin in months, and would likely send air and ground forces to countries that already have an American troop presence. The plan leaves about 25,000 troops in Germany. The announcement is closely tied to the plan...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Indians, the Triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, said Tuesday it will form a committee to consider changing the team’s longtime name. Team officials issued a two-paragraph statement that said the name is derived from Indiana, which translates to “land of the Indians,” and Indianapolis, which the team said translates to “city of Indians.” “We understand that our team name has not been endorsed by some but trust they understand the historic and respectful context in which it has been used over the years,” the statement read. “We are committed to engage, listen and exchange ideas.” The team has played in Indianapolis since 1902. Team officials said they will gather input from the community....
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — City officials, including County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, are paying tribute to Congressman John Lewis. It was announced that Lewis, 80, passed away late on Friday. Last year, Lewis announced to the public that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. “I am saddened to learn of the death of a true national hero, Congressman John Lewis,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. “As a Civil Rights icon, Congressman Lewis came to Pittsburgh a few years ago with Congressman Mike Doyle and inspired so many of us with his powerful speech at Ebenezer Baptist Church. His work for decades was an inspiration to us all and he will be sorely missed.”...
    SAN ANTONIO – The novel coronavirus continued to spread on Monday as officials announced 565 new COVID-19 cases. Since the start of the pandemic, San Antonio has now seen a total of 20,213 COVID-19 cases, the majority of which are still active. Eleven deaths were also confirmed on Monday, with the victims ranging from 40-80 years of age. The death toll now stands at 195. Due to the surge in cases, officials remain concerned over the county’s hospital capacity. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said hospitals continue to be under severe stress as 1,267 people are currently hospitalized in Bexar County due to COVID-19. Of those patients, 421 are in the intensive care unit and 257 are on ventilators. Only...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Organizers of an encampment of homeless people near Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway are vowing not to leave despite the city's announced intention to clear the camp by week's end. “Residents have decided they’re not leaving,” one organizer, Jennifer Bennetch, told reporters Monday. “Organizers have advocated that they stand up for themselves. We’re not going to get kicked around by the city like a soccer ball.” Another organizer, Scott Matt, said the group now has the city's attention “because we're visible all in one spot" and cannot leave that place. City officials last week announced that the grouping of scores of tents will be removed Friday from the athletic field where they’ve been for the past month. They...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Beijing has announced sanctions against United States officials, including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in retaliation for measures announced by Washington last week over Beijing's alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang.Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying revealed the new sanctions at a press conference Monday, calling on the US to "stop interfering in China's international affairs."Among the US officials named by Hua are Senators Rubio and Cruz, both former presidential candidates, US Representative Chris Smith, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China."I must point out the Xinjiang affairs are China's internal affairs and the US has no right to interfere," Hua said."We urge the US to immediately withdraw its...
    Steelers DL Cameron Heyward defends Colts OL Quenton Nelson after critical tweet Valentina Sampaio becomes Sports Illustrateds first trans model Hong Kong stocks end higher, but Sino-U.S. tensions curb gains * HK->Shanghai Connect daily quota used 9.1%, Shanghai->HK daily quota used 7.2% Load Error * HSI +0.2%, HSCE +0.3%, CSI300 +2.1% * FTSE China A50 +1.3% July 13 (Reuters) - Hong Kong stocks ended higher on Monday, tracking other Asian markets, though gains were pared in the afternoon after Beijing announced sanctions against U.S. officials and entities. ** At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was up 44.71 points, or 0.17%, at 25,772.12. The Hang Seng China Enterprises index rose 0.33% to 10,575.88. ** The sub-index...
    China announced Wednesday it will impose visa restrictions on US citizens engaged in what it called “egregious conduct” with regard to Tibet, the mountainous region that China has been accused of illegally incorporating after invading in 1950. The announcement, made by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, warned that the move would target “US individuals with egregious conduct related to Tibet issues,” without further elaboration. “We urge the US to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs with Tibet-related issues…so as to avoid further damage to China-US relations,” the spokesman continued. The move comes one day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Trump administration was barring Chinese officials from entering the United States who had restricted...
    Fears of coronavirus transmission have regained prominence after governors spent weeks working to reopen state economies in the hopes that the worst of the pandemic had passed. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the recent surge in coronavirus cases an “alarm bell” on Tuesday for people who have not taken the virus seriously, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Texas coronavirus cases hit a new record Tuesday, with 10,028 new cases, surpassing the old record of 8,258, set just days before on Saturday, as well as a record 60 deaths Tuesday. Those records, though, are likely compensation after underreporting over the holiday weekend. Texas has now reported 210,585 cases in total. Other states experiencing the worst spikes in cases also...
    The Trump administration submitted a notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization to the United Nations secretary-general, a senior administration official told Fox News on Tuesday, after President Trump for weeks had blasted the WHO’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and what he called its pro-China bias. The White House also notified congressional lawmakers Tuesday of the official removal, effective July 2021. "Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the @WHO in the midst of a pandemic," Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., tweeted. WHO CONTINUES TO LAVISH CHINA WITH PRAISE FOR HANDLING OF CORONAVIRUS CRISIS  Trump first announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the organization in late May. "Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms,...
    California officials on Monday announced the replacement of the prison system’s statewide medical executive amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak among inmates in the Bay Area. San Quentin, California’s oldest prison, had been free of coronavirus cases until, in late May, a busload of 121 prisoners were transferred from California Institution for Men in Chino to alleviate a virus outbreak there. Prison officials had not tested the inmates for COVID-19 within two weeks of the transfer, but reports now say more than one-third of San Quentin’s prison population is infected. HERD IMMUNITY MAY NOT BE ACHIEVABLE IN FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS “They should not have been transferred,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a public address, according to the LA Times. He added that handling the prison...
    The sea otters, jellyfish and sharks are going to have to wait. Two weeks after announcing a reopening date, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has had to put its comeback plans on hold. After being closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the renowned attraction on Monterey’s Cannery Row — widely considered one of the top aquariums in the United States — had planned reopen its doors July 13, with members and donors getting an early peek starting this Thursday. But aquarium officials announced Monday that those reopening plans are delayed indefinitely. The reason: Gov. Gavin Newsom placed Monterey County on a “watch list” of 19 counties late last week. In those counties, COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations or other coronavirus trends...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he'd like to see a national strategy on the coronavirus, including a mask requirement.He says New Jersey is seeing "small spikes in reinfection" from residents coming back from Florida, South Carolina and other virus hotspots."There was a wedding in Myrtle Beach and we absolutely have evidence of folks who were at that wedding who came back up to New Jersey, Jersey folks who were visiting there, and we've got other cases that we're running down," Murphy said.Murphy spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press."The governor also said the state is already seeing spikes as a result of the long IndependenceDay weekend.Murphy noted that more than 13,000 New Jerseyans have died from...
    Texas reported 8,258 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, setting a record for the second time this week and bringing its total number of cases to 191,790.  The state also reported 33 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, bringing its death toll to 2,608. Texas has also reported a rise in hospitalizations, with 7,890 people in hospitals for COVID-19-related ailments, an increase of 238 from Friday. Hospitals in at least two Texas counties said they are at full capacity on Saturday as the state continues to see an alarming spike in coronavirus cases.  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order Thursday requiring masks to be worn in public spaces, though he has not yet reclosed businesses statewide. The mask order carries a $250...
    CHICAGO — Officials have confirmed a 9-month-old Chicago boy who died in March died as a result of coronavirus. The baby, Joseph Myles, died from pneumonia due to COVID-19 and another coronavirus, NL-64, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Myles died March 23. Officials announced Myles’ death March 28 but later said they were investigating if COVID-19 had played a role. The Medical Examiner’s Office announced its finding that it had in a Wednesday press release. Myles is among at least 6,095 people who have died from coronavirus in Illinois. Another 78 people died in the last day, the state announced Wednesday. And another 625 people have tested positive for coronavirus here, meaning 129,837 cases have been reported...