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Derek Chauvin trial, Hispanic caucus at White House, Apple event: 5 things to know Tuesday

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Jurors in Chauvin trial deliberating charges against ex-officer

The jury in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is deliberating after hearing legal instructions on the three criminal charges filed against him. Chauvin is charged with second-degree and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last May. Here's what each of those charges entail:

  • Second-degree murder charge is causing the death of a human being, without intent to cause that death, while committing or attempting to commit another felony. In this case, the alleged felony was third-degree assault.

  • Third-degree murder charge means to unintentionally cause someone’s death by committing an act that is eminently dangerous to other persons while exhibiting a depraved mind, with reckless disregard for human life.

  • Second-degree manslaughter is culpable negligence where a person creates an unreasonable risk and consciously takes the chance of causing death or great bodily harm to someone else.

The jury is sequestered to deliberate those charges. As the nation nervously awaits the verdict, the White House is in communication with state and local authorities across the country about preparations for potential protests.

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Biden, Harris to meet with leaders of Congressional Hispanic Caucus

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus leadership Tuesday, according to the president's official schedule. Politico reports the lawmakers are expected confront Biden directly on immigration – including raising the idea of passing some measures through the reconciliation process – and Hispanic representation in the administration. The meeting is also expected to address vaccine distribution in Hispanic communities. The session will come in the aftermath of the administration backtracking after Biden referred to the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border as a "crisis" Saturday, arguing he meant the conditions in Central America that have led more people to flee. "The president does not feel that children coming to our border seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships and other dire circumstances is a crisis," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.

Winter's back: Snow, record cold to chill central, northeastern U.S.

Winter's not done yet – snow will return to parts of the central and northeastern U.S., falling in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri early Tuesday before overspreading into Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan in the afternoon and evening, according to AccuWeather. Snow is forecast to fall all the way from the Rockies to New England this week, with amounts ranging from 3 to 6 inches across most of the snowstorm's path. The snow may cause travel disruptions throughout the storm, AccuWeather said. Any wet or slushy areas on roads could freeze Tuesday night as temperatures are expected to dip below freezing in many locations. A cold front heading south through the central U.S. also packs a punch this week, bringing sub-freezing overnight temperatures all the way into south Texas by Wednesday morning. Numerous daily record low temperatures are forecast to be tied or broken, according to the National Weather Service.

Apple to host 'Spring Loaded' event, where new iPad may be revealed

Apple will host its 'Spring Loaded' event from California, which will be available to stream on the company's website. The event is accompanied by a colorfully drawn Apple logo, suggesting the possibility of new information on the company's Apple Pencil accessory. The timing of the event also coincides with a report from Bloomberg, saying Apple was planning to unveil new iPads as early as April. The new iPads would include better processors and upgraded cameras and maintain the devices' 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes, according to the report. This is the company's first product event since last November, when it unveiled a new line of MacBooks.

Dogecoin cryptocurrency fans aim to celebrate 'Doge Day'

As Bitcoin's value hit a snag over the weekend, fans of the popular spoof cryptocurrency Dogecoin are hoping to buy up the digital coins based on a meme for "Doge Day" Tuesday. Doge Day's date is no coincide, either. April 20, or 4/20, is also the unofficial holiday celebrating marijuana; the term "420" is often used to refer to the act of smoking it. As of early Tuesday morning, the price of Dogecoin was at 41 cents, up 16%, according to the digital currency exchange Coinbase. Dogecoin, created as a joke poking fun at the rise of digital currency, has soared more than 400% in the past week and skyrocketed by more than 5,000% since the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, Bitcoin's price dropped 15% late Saturday, days after hitting record highs. The plunge was the cryptocurrency's biggest since February.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Derek Chauvin trial, Apple event: 5 things to know Tuesday