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EXPLAINER: ‘Contributing’ factors in Floyd death key to case

By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors charged with determining the cause of an individual's death try to learn all they can about the person's life, medical experts testified Friday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial. The results of an autopsy, lab tests and ...

Medical examiner blames police pressure for Floyd’s death

By AMY FORLITI, STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The chief medical examiner who ruled George Floyd's death a homicide testified Friday that the way police held him down and compressed his neck "was just more than Mr. Floyd could take," given the condition ...

EXPLAINER: How Chauvin trial has impacted its witnesses

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press The first days of testimony at the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death were dominated by witnesses to his arrest and countless videos that forced them to relive the trauma of it all over again. One man who shouted "You ...

Lawsuit over correction’s handling of COVID-19 will proceed

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Ramsey County judge has ruled a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota can proceed against the Minnesota Department of Corrections over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Sara Grewing ruled this week that all Minnesota inmates ...

Lieutenant: Kneeling on Floyd’s neck ‘totally unnecessary’

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, AMY FORLITI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kneeling on George Floyd 's neck while he was handcuffed and lying on his stomach was top-tier, deadly force and "totally unnecessary," the head of the Minneapolis Police Department's homicide division ...

EXPLAINER: Analyzing use of force by police officers

By STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press As former Officer Derek Chauvin stands trial in George Floyd's death, a central question is whether he followed the Minneapolis Police Department's guidelines on the use of force — and used that force reasonably. The department's longest-tenured officer ...

Dinner theater drops ‘Cinderella’ with mostly white cast

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis dinner theater has scrapped plans for a production of "Cinderella" because the cast was mostly white and it didn't fit with its efforts to become more diverse on and off stage. Instead of putting on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, ...

Former staff at Duluth jail sues after guard attacked her

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former member of the medical staff at the St. Louis County Jail in Duluth, Minnesota has sued the county over an alleged 2016 incident in which a correctional officer attacked the medical technician and claimed it was an impromptu training exercise. Natalina Slaughter ...

Walz expands vaccine eligibility before boost to supply

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Friday announced a final expansion in vaccine eligibility to all Minnesotans 16 and older starting next week, though securing an appointment may prove difficult for much of the state. The expansion, ...

Snap-decision defense may not work for Minneapolis officer

By COLLEEN LONG and CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press Convicting a police officer of killing someone is notoriously difficult, in part because juries hesitate to second-guess the defendant when the officer claims to have made a split-second decision in a life-or-death situation. But that's ...

Daily Mail seeks to reverse order denying trial credentials

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A British newspaper asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday to swiftly throw out a judge's order denying it credentials for a former police officer's trial in George Floyd's death. Hennepin County Chief Judge Toddrick Barnette on ...

Police fire at man shooting from bridge before he shot self

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Police in suburban Minneapolis fired at a man they say was shooting his gun from a pedestrian bridge before he took his own life. Officers responded to a report of a man walking with a gun in Bloomington about 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Authorities say the man was found ...

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 ...