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UN rights chief: Justice at stake in trial over Floyd death

By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Friday that the U.S. trial over the killing of George Floyd presents a "crucial, defining opportunity for justice" that has been denied to countless other families, urging efforts to address the root causes of ...

Minneapolis police review force used in homeless camp clash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police department on Friday was reviewing use of force by its officers after their attempt to clear out a homeless encampment led to a violent clash between officers and civilians who tried to stop them. Five people were arrested and five officers suffered ...

Minnesota officials link variant to recent rise in cases

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials suspect that a coronavirus variant is driving a recent increase in the state's case rate. Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann said during a media briefing Friday that more than 300 ...

Prosecutors charge Minnesota man in Capitol siege

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing in connection to the U.S. Capitol siege, federal prosecutors said Friday. Jordan K. Stotts, 31, was arrested Friday by Minnealplois FBI agents, the agency said in a tweet. He is the first Minnesotan ...

Judge won’t move trial in Floyd’s death; 13th juror picked

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge said Friday he won't delay or move the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death over concerns that a $27 million settlement for Floyd's family could taint the jury pool, but ...

EXPLAINER: Role of alternate jurors in ex-officer’s trial

By STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press Attorneys in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death are wrangling over not just the 12 jurors who will decide the verdict but also alternates. Derek Chauvin's trial is moving forward amid national attention around ...

Some fearful others will follow Target in exiting downtown

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Twin Cities commercial real estate managers are fearful Target Corp.'s decision to leave its downtown location will become a trend that will continue to diminish office space needs. Target informed the City Center's manager Thursday that it will no longer need the 985,000 ...

Minneapolis bowling alley drone video takes off online

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A video taken by a camera-equipped drone buzzing through the nooks and crannies of a historic Minneapolis bowling alley has attracted hundreds of thousands of views online. The drone in the 1 1/2-minute video at Bryant-Lake Bowl follows bowling balls down the alley and ...

Walz announces major rollback of COVID-19 restrictions

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Friday announced he is easing several coronavirus restrictions, citing rising vaccinations and declining COVID-19 cases. "I'm here to tell you that we're winning. We're winning, and this thing is ...

A look at big settlements in US police killings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for George Floyd's family said Friday that a $27 million settlement of a federal lawsuit by the city of Minneapolis is the largest pretrial civil rights settlement ever. The settlement was announced as jury selection continued in the trial of Derek Chauvin, a ...

Floyd family agrees to $27M settlement amidst ex-cop’s trial

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd's family over the Black man's death in police custody, as jury selection continued in a former officer's murder ...

Fatal shooting of two men in Mahtomedi ruled murder-suicide

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled a shooting that left two men dead outside a FedEx facility in Mahtomedi last month was a murder-suicide. David Peterson killed Todd "Jimmy" Wilemon and then shot himself following an argument Feb. 1, according to ...

Minnesota officials warn about deteriorating ice conditions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's recent warm weather has led to treacherous ice conditions in some areas of the state, officials said Thursday. The Minnesota Department of National Resources said in a release that ice thickness varies widely and some lakes already have large areas of open ...

Walz plans to dial back virus restrictions for gatherings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday he's planning significant rollbacks of COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, following an update by state health officials showing that 70% of the state's senior citizens have now been vaccinated. "They will be probably our biggest turn ...

EXPLAINER: Ex-cop trial to include ‘spark of life’ on Floyd

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors trying a white former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd's death plan to use a legal doctrine called "spark of life" to humanize Floyd in front of jurors. It's a doctrine with roots in a 1985 state Supreme Court ...

Judge OKs 3rd-degree murder charge for ex-cop in Floyd death

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Thursday granted prosecutors' request to add a third-degree murder count against a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death, offering jurors an additional option for conviction and ...

Walz urges lawmakers to pass summer education package

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday urged Minnesota lawmakers to immediately pass legislation to fund a $150 million summer education package in the Democratic governor's budget proposal that would attempt to remedy disruptions ...

6 chosen for Chauvin trial jury so far; murder charge added

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who said he has a "very negative" impression of Derek Chauvin nevertheless became the sixth juror selected for the former Minneapolis police officer's trial in George Floyd's death. The man, who told attorneys he ...

Former Sen. Jensen announces GOP candidacy for governor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former state Sen. Scott Jensen has made his Republican candidacy for governor official. Jensen served one term in the Senate and retired in January. The family physician has been critical of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic and in interviews with Fox News ...

Ex-Minneapolis airport worker sentenced for stealing copper

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport electrician accused of stealing more than $125,000 worth of copper from a project site has been sentenced to home detention and probation. Kipp Baldwin, 60, of Bloomington, pleaded guilty earlier to theft by swindle and ...