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CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge who made sexist comments about an attorney during a conversation in his courtroom that he did not realize was being broadcast live on YouTube has been removed from the bench, officials announced Wednesday.

FILE - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces a new round of COVID-19-related emergency housing assistance, on, Oct. 27, 2021, at Abundant Faith Christian Center in Springfield, Ill. Chicago’s top doctor said Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, that the nation's third-largest city has passed the peak of the omicron-fueled wave but hospitals are still being stretched and the number of new daily COVID-19 infections remain high. (AP Photo/John O'Connor, File)

MIAMI (AP) — The Biden administration has chosen Los Angeles to host a summit of leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean that is a key part of its outreach to a region increasingly being courted by U.S. adversaries such as Russia and China.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A health official who has helped lead central Florida's response to the pandemic has been put on administrative leave as state officials investigate whether he tried to compel employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in violation of state law.

FILE - Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger testifies during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, on Capitol Hill, Dec. 3, 2019. Berger has tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Dallas Goldtooth, known for his role in the hit FX television series “Reservation Dogs,” slowly swivels in his chair to face the camera in a recent TikTok video. As he looks at the audience, a voice-over announcer says, “When people refuse to get vaccinated but also talk about protecting fut…

NEW YORK (AP) — In just two weeks, the cost of pecans for the pies at Peggy Jean’s Pies in Columbia, Missouri, has surged nearly 40%, perplexing co-owner Rebecca Miller and adding to the cost of doing business. Miller will soon have to bump up the price of her Southern Pecan, Chocolate Bourb…

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president called on Novak Djokovic to return to his native country on Sunday hours after the top-ranked tennis player lost his court battle to play at the Australian Open and was deported.

A lifeguard watches vacationers swim in the Atlantic Ocean at a beach in Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires province, Argentina, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. Amid a rebound in infections of the new omicron variant of COVID-19, thousands of vacationers in Argentina filled the beaches during one of the hottest summers in recent years. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

A man feeds a boy popcorn while playing on a beach in Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires province, Argentina, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. Amid a rebound in infections of the new omicron variant of COVID-19, thousands of vacationers in Argentina filled the beaches during one of the hottest summers in recent years. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Anibal Cordoba, 76, who lost his arm during a car accident, plays a game called "Tejo" at a beach in Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires province, Argentina, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. Amid a rebound in infections of the new omicron variant of COVID-19, thousands of vacationers in Argentina filled the beaches during one of the hottest summers in recent years. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Detroit's mayor believes tens of thousands of residents in the majority-Black city were missed in the 2020 census. Somerton, Arizona, leaders are incredulous the Census Bureau says they lost residents during a decade when the overwhelmingly Hispanic community grew enough to warrant a new hig…

Athletes will need to be vaccinated — or face a long quarantine — take tests daily and wear masks when not competing or training. Clapping is OK to cheer on teammates, not chanting. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be sent into isolation and unable to compete until cleared for discharge.

When April Schneider’s children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more than a year of remote learning. No more problems with borrowed tablets. No more days of missed lessons because her kids couldn’t connect to their virtual s…

A homeless person's tent is pitched on a sidewalk in Los Angeles, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. The greater Los Angeles point-in-time homeless count for 2022 has been postponed to late February due to the surge in cases of COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant, authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — About $7 million worth of surplus personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, purchased by a Northern California county earlier in the coronavirus pandemic, was damaged in recent rainstorms after it was left outside for months, officials said Friday.

ATLANTA (AP) — Weather forecasters' predictions of debilitating snow and ice as far south as Georgia sent parts of the region into a tizzy Friday with shoppers scouring store shelves for storm supplies and road crews trying to prevent a repeat of past wintertime debacles.

Novak Djokovic's attempt to stave off deportation and be allowed to play in the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19 is headed for a legal hearing the day before he is scheduled to begin his title defense at a Grand Slam tournament he's won a record nine times.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The omicron variant is sickening so many sanitation workers around the U.S. that some cities have had to delay or suspend garbage or recycling pickup, angering residents shocked that governments can’t perform this most basic of functions.