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Jury's swift verdict for Chauvin in Floyd death: Guilty

Apr. 21, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After three weeks of testimony, the trial of the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd ended swiftly: barely more than a day of jury deliberations, then just minutes for the verdicts to be read — guilty, guilty and guilty — and Derek Chauvin was...

Arizona rancher gets 41-month prison term for fraud schemes

Apr. 21, 2021 02:52 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona rancher has been sentenced to nearly 3 ½ years in federal prison for his role in embezzlement and wire fraud schemes. Prosecutors said 62-year-old Donald Hugh Nichols of Coolidge received a 41-month prison term after he pleaded guilty to...

Silence, then cheers: Relief washes over George Floyd Square

Apr. 21, 2021 02:48 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There was quiet, just for a moment, as hundreds of people standing in the intersection at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue crowded in to listen to the news. “They’re announcing the verdict!” someone shouted, calling for silence. ...

'Sliver of hope.' Relief, caution as America absorbs verdict

Apr. 21, 2021 02:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the verdicts came in — Guilty, Guilty, Guilty — Lucia Edmonds let out the breath she hadn't even realized she'd been holding. The relief that the 91-year-old Black woman felt flooding over her when white former Minneapolis police officer Derek...

Columbus police officer fatally shoots girl swinging knife

Apr. 21, 2021 02:02 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus police shot and killed a teenage girl who swung at two other people with a knife Tuesday, according to bodycam footage from the officer who fired the shots just minutes before the verdict in George Floyd’s killing was read. Officials...

Guilty verdicts in Floyd's death bring joy — and wariness

Apr. 21, 2021 01:52 AM EDT

London Williams stood in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., moments before the verdict was read in George Floyd's murder trial Tuesday, wondering how he would cope if the white police officer who killed the Black man was acquitted. “I feel very nervous....

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Apr. 21, 2021 01:52 AM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. April 19, 2021. Editorial: Wait and see right approach on Foxconn Monday’s announcement that Gov. Tony Evers had negotiated a new deal with Foxconn wasn’t entirely a shock. The state had long expressed dissatisfaction...

Floyd verdict gives hope, if only fleeting, to Black America

Apr. 21, 2021 01:18 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Relief, even if fleeting and momentary, is a feeling that Black Americans have rarely known in America: From slavery to Jim Crow segregation to enduring punishments for living while Black, a breath of fresh air untainted by oppression has long been hard to come by. ...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Apr. 21, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

St. Cloud Times. April 16, 2021. Editorial: We can’t let this happen again Last week, as the world had its eyes on Minnesota for a trial that could define the future of our criminal justice system, yet another Black man was killed by a Minnesota...

Flashpoint of 1992 LA riots becomes a place of celebration

Apr. 21, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Black men. Two big cities. Two horrifying videos. Two different verdicts. In 1991, four Los Angeles police officers brutally beat motorist Rodney King and their acquittal on state charges a year later prompted one of the worst race riots in...