Q. Any time my friends get together, we take a picture of the gang to memorialize the occasion. We typically ask a passerby to snap the photo so we can all be in it, and to minimize the hassle for that person, we have them use just one phone. More often than not, the person whose camera was used neglects to send the photo to everyone, and it takes multiple nudges before the shot finally (if ...

CHICAGO -- After enduring the hardships of Chicago Public Schools’ teachers strike in 2019, a delayed reopening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic and a seemingly endless stretch of remote learning, Pilsen resident Christina Castro decided last fall to transfer her three children to Catholic schools. “The public school system was already so unpredictable, and once we were in a pandemic, ...

ARLINGTON, Texas — That mysterious Ezekiel Elliott knee injury now has a name. The Dallas Cowboys running back revealed following the playoff loss Sunday that he played through a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Elliott suffered the ailment on Oct. 3 against the Carolina Panthers. Elliott never missed a game because of the injury, but he clearly missed a beat. He ...

Shortly before the 2014 election that made him prime minister, Narendra Modi came up with the idea that India’s young population, constitutional checks on arbitrary political power and large domestic market would bring prosperity over a decade. He even coined a slogan, calling it the nation’s 3D advantage — demographics, democracy and demand. India’s democratic institutions, such as the ...

In Shakespeare’s cycle of plays on Henry IV and Henry V, the dissolute Prince Hal eventually transforms himself into a heroic patriot king. Since becoming leader of the Conservative Party in May 2019, the dissolute Bo Jo — a man who was sacked from his first job in journalism for making up a quote and who only recently acknowledged how many children he has (six) — has struggled to transform ...

COLLEYVILLE, Texas — For hours on Saturday, Good Shepherd Catholic Community church in Colleyville came to the aid of Congregation Beth Israel as an armed man held Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and three others hostage at the synagogue. The help came in the form of a safe place for the rabbi’s family and spouses of the other hostages to wait out the ordeal. And Father Mike Higgins took time ...

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County saw an average of 40 coronavirus deaths a day over the past week, the highest such rate in nearly 10 months, a sign that the prolific omicron variant may be deadlier than many initially believed. The county’s daily COVID-19 death rate has doubled in just a week, officials said. According to a Los Angeles Times analysis, the last time average daily deaths has ...

DALLAS — President Joe Biden said Sunday the British national who held four people hostage inside a Colleyville synagogue was armed with a gun apparently “purchased on the street.” The president said the hostage-taker spent his first night in Texas at a homeless shelter, and speculated that he might have gotten a gun there. Also on Sunday, Greater Manchester police in England said they ...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While the Carolinas slowly sunk Sunday under snow and ice, Charlotte Douglas International Airport was a sea of red — red as in hundreds of canceled flights stretching into Monday. The airline hub, one of the busiest in the country, was also the hardest hit by a powerful winter storm that swept across the South starting before dawn. As of 5:30 p.m., more than at least 1,200 ...

DETROIT — Interim President Mary Sue Coleman told the University of Michigan community Sunday evening that while she was "deeply saddened by the circumstances of the invitation," she agreed to temporarily replace fired president Mark Schlissel "because of my love and respect for this institution." Coleman, U-M's president from 2002-14, said in an email that "I welcome the opportunity to work ...

DETROIT — The Board of Regents' firing of former University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel cost him some benefits in the exit contract he negotiated last year, when he planned to depart one year earlier than scheduled. Experts said in October that Schlissel negotiated a new agreement that was one of the most lucrative university presidential exit contracts they had seen. The 64-year-old ...

U.S. aviation regulators granted approvals that will allow some jetliners to operate within zones where new 5G wireless services are set to begin Wednesday, significantly reducing the potential impact on flight schedules. The Federal Aviation Administration said on Sunday airline manufacturers had shown that the mobile-phone signals won’t cause interference with critical aircraft equipment on ...

NEW YORK — Tears and demands for justice pervaded Sunday’s funeral services for 15 of the people killed in last week’s horrific Bronx apartment building fire — the deadliest blaze in the city in three decades. A crowd estimated at more than 2,000 paid final respects to nine adults and six children who perished after a faulty space heater caused an inferno in a high-rise Jan. 9. Funerals for ...

ATLANTA — The manhunt for a man suspected of shooting two Thomas County sheriff’s deputies came to an end Sunday afternoon, according to the GBI. Tyler Keith Henderson, 25, of Ochlocknee, was taken into custody by authorities in the southwest Georgia county, the GBI said. Despite the intensive search that included helicopters, Henderson eluded capture for five days. “He will now be a resident ...

FORT WORTH, Texas — The FBI on Sunday identified the hostage-taker in the standoff at a Colleyville synagogue as Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen. Akram — who could be heard speaking during a livestream that broadcast a portion of the 11-hour standoff — died Saturday night after a hostage rescue team breached the building. The four hostages were unharmed. Authorities said ...

DALLAS — A 44-year-old British national was identified by authorities Sunday as the man who held four people, including a rabbi, captive for more than 11 hours over the weekend inside Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville. Malik Faisal Akram is the sole suspect in the incident at the synagogue, and there is no indication any other people were involved, said Matthew DeSarno, special agent in ...

CHICAGO — From the outside, there’s nothing to suggest the fire station often is left unstaffed, or that it is used for maintenance rather than as a base for firefighters and paramedics to go out on calls. That’s one of myriad reasons, experts said, that the person who left a baby boy in a duffel bag outside a Near North fire station around 5 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Orleans Street ...

Austria will impose fines on those without COVID-19 vaccinations from mid-March after a transition phase that starts in February, said Chancellor Karl Nehammer. People unwilling to get inoculated will face penalties of as much as 3,600 euros ($4,108), the Austrian leader told reporters on Sunday. The mandate will apply to all adults living in the country except when a medical exemption is ...

LOS ANGELES — The scene was a stretch of railroad tracks in Lincoln Heights on Saturday: A blizzard of torn plastic wrappers, cardboard boxes and paper packaging attesting to a wave of rail car thievery that officials say has been on the rise in recent months. Several scavengers picked through the debris, hoping to find electronics, clothes or whatever valuables thieves left behind. ...