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Researchers ask if survivor plasma could prevent coronavirus

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer Survivors of COVID-19 are donating their blood plasma in droves in hopes it helps other patients recover from the coronavirus. And while the jury's still out, now scientists are testing if the donations might also prevent infection in the first ...

Floyd’s death spurs question: What is a black life worth?

By AARON MORRISON Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For 12-year-old Tamir Rice, it was simply carrying a toy handgun. For Eric Garner, it was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. For Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and Ahmaud Arbery, it was the minor offenses of jaywalking, failing to signal ...

Minnesota pardons black man in century-old lynching case

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America A black man imprisoned in Minnesota a century ago in a case that included the infamous lynchings of three other black man for the alleged rape of a white woman received a posthumous pardon Friday, with Gov. Tim Walz connecting the historic ...

Minneapolis councilors propose step toward abolishing police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis City Council members took a first step Friday toward changing the City Charter to allow for abolishing the police department and replacing it with something else. Five of the 12 council members said Friday that they'll formally introduce a proposal later this ...

Minnesota House blocks bid to end Walz’s emergency powers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House blocked a GOP attempt Friday to terminate the emergency powers that Democratic Gov. Tim Walz has used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Republicans contend that Walz has used those powers to govern unchecked, causing economic harm without ...

Regents approve budget, plan to help offset pandemic losses

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents on Friday approved a $4 billion operating budget for the coming fiscal year as well as a plan to help offset losses due to the coronavirus. The budget outline includes freezes on tuition, systemwide hiring and merit pay raises ...

Minnesota Senate GOP to block most policing overhaul plans

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key Republican lawmakers in Minnesota said Friday that they'll block most of the ambitious changes Democrats want to make to policing in the state where George Floyd died, and that they plan to approve only a limited set of police ...

Experienced judge assigned to officers’ cases in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The cases of the four Minneapolis police officers who face charges in the death of George Floyd have been assigned to a Hennepin County judge who has experience as both a defense attorney and a prosecutor. Judge Peter Cahill has been assigned to oversee the cases of Derek ...

Some Minneapolis officers vow support for department change

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of Minneapolis police officers on Thursday condemned the former officer charged with murder in George Floyd's death, and said they're ready to back the police chief's promised overhaul of the department. Fourteen officers signed an open letter Thursday addressed to ...

Minnesota Democrats seek major statewide changes in policing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and Democratic legislative leaders on Thursday proposed a series of statewide police reforms in response to the killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd and the social justice movement that has been inflamed by his death. Police in Minnesota would be banned ...

Mall of America reopens nearly 3 months after going dark

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Mall of America was back in business on Wednesday, nearly three months after the Minnesota tourist attraction shut down because of the coronavirus. About 150 of the 500 stores in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington reopened their doors to a new shopping ...

Minneapolis police chief takes on union, promises change

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department will withdraw from police union contract negotiations, Chief Medaria Arradondo said Wednesday, as he announced initial steps in what he said would be transformational reforms to the agency in the wake of George Floyd's death. Faced with ...

Minnesota governor asks lawmakers for justice after Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The death of George Floyd is sparking calls for the Minnesota Legislature to remove racial inequities from the criminal justice system in the state where he died and to aid neighborhoods damaged in unrest that followed. But it's not clear yet how far lawmakers will go when ...

‘Stop the pain,’ George Floyd’s brother pleads with Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — George Floyd's brother challenged Congress on Wednesday to "stop the pain" as lawmakers consider a sweeping law enforcement overhaul, so the man he looked up to won't become just "another name" on a growing list of black Americans killed during interactions with ...

Minnesota protesters pull down Columbus statue at Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Protesters in Minnesota on Wednesday pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus outside the state Capitol amid continuing anger over the death of George Floyd. The protesters threw a rope around the 10-foot bronze statue Wednesday afternoon and pulled it off its ...

Video evidence increasingly disproves police narratives

Minneapolis police initially told the public that George Floyd died after a "medical incident during a police interaction." The Buffalo, New York, department said a protester "tripped and fell." Philadelphia police alleged that a college student who suffered a serious head wound had assaulted ...

`He is going to change the world’: Funeral held for Floyd

HOUSTON (AP) — George Floyd was fondly remembered Tuesday as "Big Floyd" — a father and brother, athlete and neighborhood mentor, and now a catalyst for change — at a funeral for the black man whose death has sparked a global reckoning over police brutality and racial prejudice. More ...

Officer charged in Floyd’s death held on $1 million bail

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Monday kept bail at $1 million for a former Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder in George Floyd's death. Derek Chauvin, 44, said little during an 11-minute hearing in which he appeared before Hennepin County Judge Jeannice M. Reding on ...

Man charged in fire that gutted Minneapolis police station

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a St. Paul man who allegedly admitted helping fuel the fire that destroyed a Minneapolis police station with aiding and abetting arson on a night when protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd turned violent. Branden ...

Some Minneapolis activists doubt disbanding police will work

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd's death was the breaking point for some Minneapolis civic leaders, who now say the only way to fix the city's embattled police department is to take it apart. But it's not clear how they would do that, and groups that have spent years shining a light on police ...