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Man charged in Minnesota bank hostage case

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Charges were filed Friday against a man accused of holding five employees hostage during a standoff at a Minnesota bank that lasted more than eight hours. Ray R. McNeary, 35, was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, five counts of kidnapping and assault in ...

4 ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in Floyd death

By AMY FORLITI and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man's constitutional rights as he was restrained ...

‘We did it!’: Minnesota exults at Census win at NY’s expense

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans spent 18 months worrying over whether the 2020 census would finally cost them a precious seat in Congress, expecting to lose one to faster-growing competitors in the South and West even if they found and ...

Trial of other cops charged in Floyd’s death to be broadcast

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin's murder trial was the first Minnesota criminal trial to be broadcast live on television. It won't be the last. Some in the Minnesota legal system were apprehensive about allowing the live broadcast of Chauvin's trial over the killing of George Floyd, but the ...

Prosecutor in Daunte Wright’s death not swayed by critics

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The day Daunte Wright was laid to rest, a small group of demonstrators gathered outside prosecutor Pete Orput's suburban home and, with microphones and a loudspeaker, demanded he file murder charges against the police officer who killed the ...

Police arrest Minnesota bar owner who defied virus orders

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A business owner in southern Minnesota who missed a court date as she faces criminal charges for defying pandemic-related restrictions was arrested Thursday in Iowa. Lisa Hanson, who owns a wine and coffee bar in Albert Lea, was arrested by police in Clear Lake, Iowa near ...

St. Paul officials push review of sheriff’s livestream

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three city council members in St. Paul are pushing for a formal review of Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher's practice of livestreaming video of his patrols. Fletcher started his "Live on Patrol" videos last year, saying it was a way to show people how law enforcement ...

Activists take next step in push to replace Minneapolis PD

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A charter amendment to replace the Minneapolis Police Department is one step closer to going before voters in November after a coalition of activists submitted their petition to city officials on Friday. Yes 4 ...

Prosecutors seek higher sentence for Chauvin in Floyd death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors are asking a judge to give Derek Chauvin a more severe penalty than state guidelines call for when he is sentenced in June for George Floyd's death, arguing in court documents filed Friday that Floyd was particularly vulnerable ...

Police chiefs hail Chauvin verdict as a key step to healing

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press Not long after a jury convicted former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd, police chiefs across the U.S. started speaking up. And it wasn't to defend the police. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun ...

Evidence in Chauvin case contradicted first police statement

By CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Moments after former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in George Floyd's death, copies of the original Minneapolis police statement began recirculating on social media. It attributed Floyd's death to "medical distress" and ...

Minnesota schools see ‘worrisome’ surge in COVID-19 cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — COVID-19 case rates are rising across Minnesota, and they're affecting younger Minnesotans, especially middle and high school students. Minnesota health officials said Thursday that the number of school-related COVID-19 cases reported this week among students has now ...

EXPLAINER: Can Chauvin get his convictions tossed on appeal?

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The unique circumstances surrounding Derek Chauvin's trial in George Floyd's death could offer the former Minneapolis police officer some shot at winning a retrial on appeal, though most legal experts agree it's a long ...

Minnesota records 100th traffic death of 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota recorded its 100th traffic death of the year on Wednesday, marking the earliest point in a year that the total has hit triple-digits since 2016. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported two teenagers were killed in a crash Thursday near Alexandria, bringing the ...

Investigators probing why plane crashed in field

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Federal investigators are trying to determine why a small plane crashed in a field just near the Faribault Airport. The Rice County Sheriff's Office said in a news release the 2017 Piper single-engine plane took off from the airport Thursday afternoon and crashed into ...

Court record: Chauvin to be sentenced June 16 in Floyd death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder and manslaughter for pressing his knee against the neck of George Floyd as the Black man said he couldn't breathe, will be sentenced in June, according to an online ...

Wright’s family wants stiffer charge for Minnesota ex-cop

By SCOTT BAUER and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Daunte Wright's family members joined with community leaders Thursday in calling for more serious charges against the white former police officer who fatally shot him, comparing her case to the murder charge ...

Nearly 1.5 million fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in MN

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State health officials say more than 3.4 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered in Minnesota and 1.5 million people have been fully vaccinated. Almost half the vaccine eligible population, age 16 and older, has gotten at least one dose of vaccine, the ...

What to expect in closings for ex-cop’s trial in Floyd death

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and DOUG GLASS Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For three weeks, prosecutors at the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd played and replayed video, supplementing the bystander video that shocked the world with multiple other ...

Chauvin skips testifying as trial in Floyd death nears end

By AMY FORLITI, STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Officer Derek Chauvin 's trial in George Floyd's death will be in a jury's hands by early next week, after his brief defense wrapped up with Chauvin passing on a chance to take the stand and tell the ...