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Sighs of relief at the Chauvin guilty verdict, but activists say the work on racial justice is far from over

By Madeline Holcombe, Eric Levenson and Aaron Cooper While the nation paused for the reading of the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin — and many rejoiced — activists say now is a moment to keep moving forward in addressing racial injustice. “It’s a relief, but the celebration is premature,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson told CNN. “We must break the backbone of legal lynching forever. Police killing people is getting away with legal lynching,” Jackson said. “So, we still have a lot of work to do, this is a first down, not a touchdown.” The evidence of

US has the opportunity to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic but a major challenge lies ahead, expert says

By Christina Maxouris On the road toward a return to normalcy, the rapidly climbing number of Covid-19 vaccinations is good news. But a major challenge may lie ahead, a leading health expert says. Tens of millions of Americans haven’t started their vaccinations yet, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins told CNN on Wednesday, and “a lot of those folks are still not sure that they want to take part in this amazing opportunity to put this virus behind us.” “We have to really figure out how to get the messages out there so that those who are still

The US is vaccinating millions of Americans daily. But here’s why Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are up

By Christina Maxouris Experts say Covid-19 vaccinations in the US are continuing at an impressive pace, and now all Americans 16 and up can get a shot. But a leading health official said that the country remains in a “complicated stage” of the pandemic. “More people in the United States are being vaccinated every single day at an accelerated pace,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House Covid-19 briefing on Monday. “On the other hand, cases and hospitalizations are increasing in some areas of the country and cases among younger people

Here’s how the families of Black Americans who died after encounters with police reacted to the Chauvin verdict

By Christina Maxouris In the hours after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder, George Floyd’s family said they could breathe once again. “Just listening to those words, guilty and guilty and guilty on all counts, that was a moment that I will … always have it inside of me,” Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, told CNN. “This is monumental, this is historic, this is a pivotal moment in history.” And while crowds across the US celebrated the conviction, many reminded the nation there’s a long road ahead for the work on racial justice. Among them were family members who say

George Floyd’s family says verdict is a ‘victory for many’ but the fight for justice is not over

By Nicole Chavez George Floyd’s brothers shared their pain and grief with the world for nearly a year. On Tuesday, they finally felt some relief. “Today, we are able to breathe again,” Philonise Floyd told reporters. Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for over 9 minutes last year, was found guilty in Floyd’s murder on Tuesday. After the jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days, the verdict was welcomed with waves of celebration in Minneapolis and across the country. Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, led to what some describe as

Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder and manslaughter in death of George Floyd


By Eric Levenson and Aaron Cooper Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday on charges of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. The jury of five men and seven women deliberated for four hours Monday afternoon and resumed deliberating Tuesday morning, according to the court. They were sequestered from the public during deliberations. Chauvin, 45, had pleaded not guilty to second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The deliberations began after three weeks of testimony in one of the most closely watched cases of the Black Lives Matter era. The prosecution’s case against Chauvin

Mass shootings and the Chauvin trial force America to confront its culture of violence

Analysis by Stephen Collinson America is being forced to confront a basic failure to keep its own citizens safe with a murderous daily churn of mass shootings and the nation on edge for the end of the trial into George Floyd‘s murder. That core duty of any political system is being undermined by polarized cultural and ideological divides that have so far made it impossible to adequately address gun violence, police misconduct and racial inequality. While there have been a flurry of efforts at local levels, the usual outcome at moments like this is political paralysis as Washington — where

NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity successfully completed its historic first flight

By Ashley Strickland The Ingenuity helicopter has successfully completed its historic flight on Mars and safely landed back on the surface, according to NASA. The first powered, controlled flight on another planet took place at 3:34 a.m. ET. Unlike when the helicopter’s fellow traveler, the Perseverance rover, landed on Mars on February 18, there was a bit of wait to know how the helicopter fared in its attempt. The helicopter team was in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, early Monday morning to receive and analyze the first data from Ingenuity’s flight attempt. Confirmation of the

Antron Pippen, eldest son of NBA legend Scottie Pippen, dies


By Scottie Andrew and David Close Retired NBA great Scottie Pippen announced the death of his eldest son, Antron, in a digital tribute. Antron, who played basketball in college and shared many of his father’s professional dreams, was the first of Pippen’s seven children and his only child with ex-wife Karen McCollum. Pippen didn’t reveal Antron’s cause of death or his age. “A kind heart and beautiful soul gone way too soon,” Pippen wrote on Monday in a post remembering Antron. “I love you, son, rest easy until we meet again.” The former Chicago Bull influenced his son to play

Jury to resume deliberations in Derek Chauvin’s trial in death of George Floyd

By Eric Levenson and Aaron Cooper The jury is set to resume deliberations Tuesday in Derek Chauvin’s trial on charges of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. The jury of five men and seven women began deliberating Monday afternoon at 5 p.m. ET and continued until 9 p.m. ET. Six of the jurors are White, four are Black and two are multiracial, according to information released by the court. Two other jurors who were initially selected as alternates were dismissed prior to the start of deliberations. The deliberations began after three weeks of testimony in one of

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