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  • $1M initiative to create public art in all 50 wards

    CHICAGO — The city of Chicago has commissioned artists to create murals, sculptures and other works in all 50 city wards this summer and fall. The $1 million initiative is part of the “Year of Public Art,” a citywide effort to bring art to more public spaces. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says there are talented artists working across all mediums in neighborhoods all over the city. He says the city’s investment in the projects allows local artists to “share their work […]

  • Six people dead, 31 missing after tourist boat capsizes in Colombia

    BOGOTA, Colombia— President Juan Manuel Santos has arrived at the Guatape reservoir in Colombia where a tourist boat capsized and said that 122 people were either rescued or found their way to shore. He said that six people had died and another 31 were missing. Rescuers including firefighters from nearby cities and air force pilots were searching for survivors at the reservoir near Medellin where the El Almirante sank with about 160 passengers on board. A flotilla of recreational boats […]

  • Chicago postal worker charged with peddling marijuana

    CHICAGO — A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier is in jail after authorities discovered he was allegedly delivering a lot more than letters and magazines on his Chicago route. Christopher Baxter was formally charged Saturday with one felony count of manufacturing or delivering cannabis. A Cook County judge ordered Baxter held on $100,000 bail and on Sunday he remained in custody. Prosecutors say that postal service inspectors were conducting surveillance on Baxter when they saw the 36-year-old mail carrier make […]

  • Websites of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, government agencies hacked with pro-Islamic State rant

    COLUMBUS, Ohio  — Government websites, many of them in Ohio, were hacked Sunday with a message that purports to be supportive of the Islamic State terrorist group. A message posted on the website of Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich said, “You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries.” The message, left by “Team System Dz,” also ended, “I love the Islamic state.” The same message also infiltrated government […]

  • Gray goes 7 innings, Athletics rally to beat White Sox 5-3

    CHICAGO — Sonny Gray pitched four-hit ball over seven innings, Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce hit back-to-back homers in the ninth, and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Sunday. Gray (3-3) picked up his first win since May 24. Rosales and Joyce broke it open with their drives against David Robertson and Chris Beck to start the ninth, and Oakland completed the three-game sweep after getting dominated by Derek Holland. The White Sox were […]

  • UK: All samples from high-rise towers fail fire safety tests

    LONDON  — The list of high-rise apartment towers in Britain that have failed fire safety tests grew to 60, officials said Sunday, revealing the mounting challenge the government faces in the aftermath of London’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. All of the buildings for which external cladding samples were so far submitted failed combustibility tests, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said. As of late Sunday, that includes 60 towers from 25 different areas of the country— double the figure given a day […]

  • Costly error, missed chance as Cubs lose to Marlins 4-2

    MIAMI — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon says this season is like learning to swim, with his team hoping to tread water until several key players return from the disabled list. “We’re just trying to keep the floaties on,” Maddon said before Sunday’s game. Then came another injury and another defeat, leaving the defending World Series champions with that sinking feeling once again. The Cubs wasted a fine pitching performance by Mike Montgomery, stranding 11 runners and allowing three unearned […]

  • Al Capone song, pocket watch fetch over $100K at auction

    BOSTON — Artifacts connected to some of the nation’s most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday. A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along with a handwritten musical composition he wrote in Alcatraz in the 1930s, were among the items that sold at the “Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen” auction. The watch fetched the most — $84,375 — according to Boston-based RR Auction. The winning bidder of […]

  • Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan

    BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan  — An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing 153 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, a hospital official said as the death toll continued to rise. Dr. Javed Iqbal at Bahawalpur’s Victoria Hospital in south Punjab said the latest deaths occurred at a hospital in Multan where some of the 50 critically injured, many of whom suffered extensive burns, had been taken. The death […]

  • Olson, Brugman, Barreto hit 1st HRs, A’s rout White Sox 10-2

    CHICAGO — Matt Olson hit his first two major league home runs, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto also launched their first career shots and the Oakland Athletics routed the Chicago White Sox 10-2 on Saturday. Olson, Brugman and Barreto became the second trio of teammates to hit their first home runs in the same game, the Elias Sports Bureau said. It also happened in 1914 with the Kansas City Packers of the Federal League — the rival circuit lasted a […]