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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will learn his prison sentence on Friday for the murder of George Floyd, a killing that sparked international protests over the treatment of Black Americans by law enforcement. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over Chauvin's murder trial, will hand down the sentence two months after a jury reached guilty verdicts on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's May 25, 2020, death. Video taken by a bystander of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck — depriving Floyd of oxygen — played a key role in helping the jury decide to convict the former officer.
Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, responded to criticism from Republican lawmakers Wednesday that members of the military are taught critical race theory, the academic concept that racism is a systemic, social construct. In recent months, critical race theory has come under fire from conservatives who believe it should not be taught in public schools. Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Milley, the nation's highest-ranking military officer, said there was nothing wrong with learning from history.
McAfee's death was confirmed after Spain's National Court ruled in favor of extraditing McAfee, 75, who had argued in a hearing earlier this month that the charges against him by prosecutors in Tennessee were politically motivated and that he would spend the rest of his life in prison if returned to the U.S. The court's ruling was made public on Wednesday and was open for appeal, with any final extradition order also needing to get approval from the Spanish Cabinet. McAfee was arrested last October at Barcelona's international airport and had been in jail since then awaiting the outcome of extradition proceedings.
Images and video shared on social media early Thursday morning show the devastating aftermath of a partial collapse of a building in Surfside, Florida. The 12-story oceanfront condo tower near Miami collapsed around 2 a.m. Thursday, leaving at least 10 people injured and one person dead, Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told the Miami Herald. The collapse of Champlain Towers South Condo was shown in surveillance video obtained by WSVN.
An influential firebrand cleric was sentenced to another four years in prison in Indonesia on Thursday for concealing information about his coronavirus test result. The three-judge panel at East Jakarta District Court, which was under heavy police and military guard, ruled that Rizieq Shihab had lied about his COVID-19 test result, which made contact tracing more difficult. Shihab has been detained since Dec. 13.
Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott has been asked by the Biden administration to step down, The Associated Press reports, and he told agents on Wednesday that he will "continue working hard to support you over the next several weeks to ensure a smooth transition." Scott was appointed in January 2020 and supported former President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies. Scott was especially keen on Trump's unfulfilled promise to build a southern border wall, and did not go along with the Biden administration's directive to use the term "migrant" rather than "illegal alien," AP reports.
Arlington detectives have started to zero in on a person of interest in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy just outside of Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park, Arlington police said Thursday. Arlington police did not release any other details on the possible person of interest. The boy was shot to death Wednesday evening during a fight just outside the entrance of Six Flags Hurricane Harbor as the Arlington water park closed for the day, Arlington police said.
Advisers to former President Donald Trump were reportedly hoping his battle with COVID-19 last year would give him a "newfound appreciation for the seriousness" of the virus — only for it to ultimately become clear he "hadn't changed at all." A new excerpt from the book Nightmare Scenario published Thursday in The Washington Post describes the "extraordinary effort to get Trump lifesaving drugs" when he contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized in October 2020. According to the book, Trump's medical advisers hoped during this time that his illness "would inspire him to take the virus seriously."
Egypt is trying to strengthen its diplomatic and military clout in Africa amid an escalating dispute with Ethiopia over the building of a huge dam on a tributary of the River Nile, writes Egypt analyst Magdi Abdelhadi. The Egyptian Geographic Society, established in 1875, houses some valuable manuscripts that reflect Egypt's long-standing interest in sub-Saharan Africa. Among them is a historic map that shows the southern borders of Egypt at Lake Victoria in East Africa.
Some people have survived for days — and even weeks — in previous disasters. Depending on the circumstances and severity of the collapse, if a person is well-nourished and hydrated, they could survive such a disaster for around a week, The Huffington Post reported following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Some people have survived even longer.
When Wency Suo heard Idaho's lieutenant governor was creating a task force to look into “indoctrination” in schools, she had a mix of emotions: surprise, disappointment and anger. At the task force's first meeting, Suo, a rising high school junior in Boise, noticed something right away — the absence of people of color on the task force. Caitlin Yang, a rising junior in Boise, said she was skeptical at first when she heard of the task force.
Lufthansa will once again begin flying between Munich, Germany, and Charlotte Douglas International Airport next month, the airline announced Thursday. The flight will leave the Charlotte airport at 6:30 p.m. and arrive in Munich at 9:05 a.m. the following day local times, according to the airline. The resumed flight comes days after the German government lifted travel restrictions for U.S. residents.
At around midday on 11 May, Dario Kopenawa, an indigenous leader, received a desperate phone call from a remote village in the Brazilian Amazon. Palimiú has a population of about 1,000, who live in large communal houses on the banks of a river called Uraricoera. Kopenawa, from the Yanomami tribe, is used to hearing pleas for help from communities in the rainforest, but this one was different.
When it was reported on Wednesday afternoon that John McAfee, the antivirus software engineer, had died at the age of 75, apparently having taken his own life, many no doubt responded with indifference to this unedifying end to an equally wide-wasting existence. While the manner in which he lived was mostly regrettable, I cannot help admitting that a part of me always admired McAfee. Not because I agreed with him about anything, least of all his ludicrous political views, but because he was so refreshingly old-fashioned in his wickedness: an anti-exemplar not of the banal evil of his fellow tech millionaires, but a grandiose excess for which our own exhausted age lacks the vitality and the imagination.
A bipartisan group of senators reached a tentative framework on a $953 billion infrastructure deal Wednesday ahead of a crucial meeting with President Biden at the White House.
President Joe Biden joked about people who say they need to own weapons to "take on the government." In the speech, Biden outlined his administration's plan to tackle gun violence in the US. President Joe Biden joked that people who think they needed guns to take on the US government would actually need nuclear weapons.
An indigenous nation in Canada says it has found 751 unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school in Saskatchewan. The Cowessess First Nation said the discovery was "the most significantly substantial to date in Canada". It comes weeks after the remains of 215 children were found at a similar residential school in British Columbia.
Florida congressman Matt Gaetz tweeted that the FBI should be defunded, then deleted it after one minute. A Gaetz spokesperson told Vice that the congressman had made and deleted a "jocular tweet." The FBI is currently investigating Gaetz to find out if he participated in sex trafficking.
One person died when a Florida condo building collapsed early on Thursday, authorities said. At least one person has died in the partial collapse of a Florida condo building in the early hours of Thursday morning, and 51 people are unaccounted for after the disaster, authorities said. At least half of Champlain Towers South, located on Collins Avenue in Surfside, Florida, crumbled just after 1 a.m. on Thursday.
Congress must keep trying to pass reform bills to protect Americans' right to vote and strengthen our elections, including the For the People Actand the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. And we must ensure that people who believe in democracy are elected to serve as the chief election officers of their state as secretary of state. Democratic secretaries of state have been on the front lines of debunking lies about the election, protecting our right to vote and adopting measures to strengthen our election systems.
A Canadian Indigenous group on Wednesday announced the “horrific and shocking discovery” of the remains of hundreds of children at the site of a former school in the province of Saskatchewan, the largest such discovery to date. It came weeks after the remains of 215 children were found in unmarked graves on the grounds of another former boarding school in British Columbia. Both schools were part of a system that took Indigenous children in the country from their families, sometimes by force, and housed them in boarding schools.
A crowd in Nashville booed after Jill Biden criticized Tennessee's low vaccination rates. "Well, you're booing yourselves," Biden said in response, drawing laughs. Tennessee has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the US, thanks in part to politics and weak healthcare.
When loud blasts and construction noises were heard at Number One Observatory Circle in 2002, neighbors complained and received letters that read, "Due to its sensitive nature in support of national security and homeland defense, project specific information is classified and cannot be released." The letter sparked rumors that a secure bunker was being built after the attacks of September 11, 2001. A spokesperson for the US Navy told the BBC in 2002 that the construction was "an infrastructure and utility upgrade."
China has been crossing swords with the West for the last three days at the UN Human Rights Council. China said that the US, UK, Australia, and Canada have records of human rights violations. The day before, more than 40 countries expressed "serious concerns" about China's policies in Xinjiang.
“The pandemic has unequivocally proven the public health value of masks. And they should stick around in certain situations.”
“With the steady thrum of anti-mask sentiment in the U.S., it’s highly unlikely that they will continue to be a ubiquitous sight.”
“Wearing masks on airplanes or other modes of transit ... can help keep everyone safe.”
“Just because masks are common in many other nations ... is hardly a reason to emulate the practice.”
“The fact that the flu all but vanished ... is not evidence alone that masks were responsible.”