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Tue, 04/13/2021 - 20:55

A "microburst of severe weather" may have caused a 256-foot lift boat to capsize in the Gulf of Mexico, about 8 miles south of Grand Isle.

Carabinieri (Italian paramilitary police) officers of the art squad's archaeological unit pose with a headless Roman statue wearing a draped toga in Brussels on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021.
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 18:24

The statue is valued at 100,000 euros and was stolen from an archaeological site near the outskirts of Rome.

Katie Wright, mother of Daunte, broke into tears Tuesday recounting her last conversation with her son, who called her for advice after being pulled over by police. An officer shot him shortly after.
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 17:23

The family, joined by their lawyer Benjamin Crump and George Floyd's relatives, questioned why police felt the need to use force, in the form of a Taser or gun, on Wright.

Officer Rusten Sheskey "was found to have been acting within policy and will not be subjected to discipline," the Kenosha, Wis., police chief said, following a review of the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 16:26

"Officer Sheskey was found to have been acting within policy," Kenosha, Wis., police Chief Daniel Miskinis said Tuesday, adding that he knows "some will not be pleased with the outcome."

Minneapolis Park Police Officer Peter Chang testifies Tuesday in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin is charged in the death of George Floyd.
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 15:36

Chauvin's attorney said the footage from Officer Peter Chang's bodycam would show how another officer reacted to events as well as reflect bystanders' reactions to what they were seeing.

Barry Brodd, a use-of-force expert, testifies Tuesday in former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial. Brodd said the position in which George Floyd was restrained — facedown on the ground — was safest for officers and the suspect.
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 15:12

Defense witness Barry Brodd, a former police officer and use-of-force expert, told the court that the defendant, Derek Chauvin, followed his training as he pinned down George Floyd with his knee.

If confirmed by the Senate, Robert Santos, a Latinx statistician shown here in a 2019 photo, would be the Census Bureau's first permanent director of color.
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 14:19

If confirmed by the Senate, Robert Santos, president of the American Statistical Association, would be the bureau's first permanent director of color overseeing the national count and major surveys.

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon at Monday's news conference regarding the killing of Daunte Wright. He, along with Kim Potter, who shot Wright, resigned Tuesday.
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 13:57

The resignations of Kim Potter, who fired her gun at Wright, and Chief Tim Gannon come after the city council passed a resolution calling for them to be relieved of duty.

Shawanda Hill testifies Tuesday in the trial of Derek Chauvin. She said that as a police officer stood with a gun drawn outside the car she was in with George Floyd, Floyd grabbed the steering wheel and started saying, "Please, please don't kill me, please, please don't shoot me."
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 13:48

Shawanda Hill said she was with George Floyd when an officer drew a gun outside the car. Floyd grabbed the wheel and said, "Please, please don't kill me, please, please don't shoot me," she recalled.

Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence, oversaw the report on leading threats to the U.S., which cites four countries — China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. Haines is set to testify about the report to Congress on Wednesday and Thursday.
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 12:54

The intelligence community views four countries as posing the main security challenges over the next year: China, followed by Russia, Iran and North Korea.

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 12:44

When he was 12, Gates made a bargain with Jesus in an attempt to save his mother's life. He talks about how that altered his own life, and his new book and PBS series, The Black Church.

Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie (center) visits Kabul, Afghanistan, in January 2020. The Biden administration said it plans to complete a drawdown of U.S. troops in the country by Sept. 11.
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 12:41

A senior administration official said that all U.S. troops will leave Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks that prompted America's involvement in its longest war.

Hope Trautwein is the first pitcher in NCAA Division I softball history to strike out every batter in a seven-inning perfect game, according to the NCAA.
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 12:18

The softball pitcher from the University of North Texas made NCAA Division I history on Sunday by throwing a perfect game in which she registered all 21 outs by strikeout.

Hundreds gathered before the 7 p.m. curfew outside the Brooklyn Center police station to mourn and protest the death of 20-year-old Black man Daunte Wright.
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 11:43

Police clashed with protesters for a second night in Brooklyn Center, Minn., as outrage spread across the U.S. over Wright's death at the hands of an officer who meant to use her Taser, officials say.

Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, seen here at the Capitol in February, sponsored the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to address the rise of violence targeted at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 11:35

The legislation would address the spike in hate crimes and violence targeted at the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Democrats need GOP votes to advance the bill in the Senate this week.


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