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CHICAGO – New data from researchers who studied women who were vaccinated while pregnant found no evidence that the vaccine affected their placentas. The new findings, published Tuesday in the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal, may help switch the focus from conversations around whether the vaccine is safe during pregnancy to how getting vaccinated is a way to protect mom and baby. Co-author Dr. ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Chauvin should receive a new trial in the murder of George Floyd because of prosecutorial misconduct, judicial error and impropriety by jurors, an attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer argued in a new filing. Motions filed Tuesday by defense attorney Eric Nelson focused heavily on several alleged missteps by Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, who ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Justice will undertake a sweeping investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a "pattern and practice" of illegal conduct, including whether officers used excessive force during protests. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the investigation Wednesday, the morning after a Hennepin County jury found ex-Officer Derek ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — The murder and manslaughter case against Derek Chauvin is now with the jury for deliberations. After nearly six hours of closing arguments and rebuttal Monday, two alternates were dismissed and the remaining jurors — seven women and five men — were led away by a deputy for deliberations on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree ...

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Q: My kids really love playing sports and are worried about more COVID-19 cancellations. How can I help them cope? A: The pandemic continues to affect children and teens. It has interrupted their normal school, social and athletic activities. Many kids are feeling more anxious, depressed and stressed. It is understandable that kids are disappointed if they can't play their favorite sports with ...

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If you’re as passionate about movies as we are, you’re on the clock right now. The 93rd Academy Awards telecast (April 25, ABC) is fast approaching and it’s time to cram in as many of the standout films as possible in order to be ready to rock Hollywood’s big night. The bad news is that, because of the coronavirus, getting to a movie theater has been a lot more difficult — and not even an ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — Testimony in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin ended Thursday with Chauvin invoking his constitutional right not to testify and a prosecution expert briefly taking the witness stand, with jurors likely to begin deliberating Monday. Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday, moving the trial into its seventh week. Jurors will be immediately ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — A pathologist testifying for the defense in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin told the court Wednesday that George Floyd died of a cardiac arrest combined with drug use, and not low oxygen as several prosecution witnesses have claimed. Dr. David Fowler also testified that the manner of death was "undetermined" due to a combination of factors, ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — The brother of George Floyd testified in court Monday how the two of them were close growing up in Texas, and he then gave in to tears when a photo of their mother holding George as a baby was shown to the jury. At the start of the third and what appears will be the final week of testimony before jury deliberations in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, Philonise Floyd spoke of his ...

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CHICAGO — Conservation groups are making another push to protect habitat for the endangered rusty patched bumblebee, a creature that once buzzed throughout much of the United States and today is an insect you’re lucky to spot at all. A federal lawsuit challenging a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to not designate critical habitat for the bee was filed last week by the Natural ...