New COVID-19 cases in US soar to highest levels on record

CHICAGO — More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to their highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average. The surge has been driven largely by the highly contagious omicron variant. The previous mark was 250,000 cases per day, set […]

Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty of helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse girls

NEW YORK — British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on Wednesday of facilitating the abuse of underage girls at the hands of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. A federal jury deliberated for five full days before finding Maxwell guilty on five of the six counts she faced, including the sex trafficking of a minor. The […]

Former US Senate majority leader Harry Reid dies at 82

LAS VEGAS  — Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader and Nevada’s longest-serving member of Congress, has died at home in Henderson, Nevada. He was 82. Landra Reid says her husband died peacefully Tuesday after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. The combative former boxer-turned-lawyer was widely-acknowledged as one of toughest dealmakers in Congress. Over […]

Illinois boosts local vaccine sites during COVID-19 surge

CHICAGO — Illinois is helping local health departments with staffing at local health department mass vaccination sites. The move comes as the state is seeing its highest surge in COVID-19 cases during the entire pandemic. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday that Illinois is adding at least 100 people to help at local health department mass […]