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GEORGE FLOYD-OFFICER TRIAL — After three weeks of testimony, the trial of the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd ended swiftly: barely more than a day of jury deliberations, then just minutes for the verdicts to be read — guilty, guilty and guilty — and Derek Chauvin was handcuffed and taken away to prison. Chauvin, 45, could be sent to prison for decades when he is sentenced in about two months a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. By Amy Forliti, Steve Karnowski and Tammy Webber. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, videos.

Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, speaks during a news conference after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin is convicted in the killing of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP PhotoJohn Minchillo)

GEORGE-FLOYD-AMERICA-REFLECTS — When the verdicts came in — Guilty, Guilty, Guilty — Lucia Edmonds let out the breath she hadn’t even realized she’d been holding. The relief that the 91-year-old Black woman felt flooding over her when white former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for killing George Floyd was hard-earned, coming after a lifetime of seeing other cases end differently. By Deepti Hajela and Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With GEORGE FLOYD-OFFICER TRIAL-REACTION-PHOTO GALLERY Joy, tears, calls for change after Floyd verdict.

GEORGE FLOYD-BLACK AMERICA MOOD — Relief, even if fleeting and momentary, is a feeling that Black Americans have rarely known in America: From slavery to Jim Crow segregation to enduring punishments for living while Black, a breath of fresh air untainted by oppression has long been hard to come by. Nonetheless, the conviction of ex-cop Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd nearly a year ago allowed many across the nation to exhale pent-up anxiety — and to inhale a sense of hope. By Aaron Morrison and Kat Stafford. SENT: 840 words, photos.

GEORGE FLOYD-OFFICER TRIAL-BIDEN ADMINISTRATION — President Joe Biden says the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd “can be a giant step forward” for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. But he declares that “it’s not enough.” By Jonathan Lemire, Zeke Miller and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. Also see MORE ON CHAUVIN TRIAL below.

Attorney Tony Romanucci, center left, hugs Donald Williams, a key witness in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, during a news conference after the guilty verdict was read, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP PhotoJulio Cortez)

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-BIDEN — The U.S. is meeting Biden’s latest vaccine goal of administering 200 million COVID-19 shots in his first 100 days in office, as the White House steps up its efforts to inoculate the rest of the public. With more than 50% of adults at least partially vaccinated, Biden will reflect on his efforts to expand vaccine distribution and access. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 480 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words after 1:15 p.m. remarks.

COLUMBUS-POLICE-SHOOTING — Columbus police shot and killed a teenage girl who swung at two other people with a knife, according to bodycam footage from the officer who fired the shots just minutes before the verdict in George Floyd’s killing was read. By Farnoush Amiri and Ryan Kryska. SENT: 800 words, photos.

People rally outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, after the guilty verdicts were announced in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. (AP PhotoMorry Gash)


NEW-ZEALAND-PRINCE-PHILIP-MEMORIAL — New Zealand remembers Prince Philip at national service. SENT: 370 words, photos.

GOLDEN-GLOBES-OUSTED-PRESIDENT — Golden Globes group ousts member over his Black Lives Matter email. SENT: 330 words, photo.

Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, center left, attorney Ben Crump, center right, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, right, raise their hands during a news conference after the murder conviction against former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP PhotoJohn Minchillo)

BIRACIAL-GIRL-HAIRCUT-TEACHER — Father angry after teacher cuts biracial daughter’s hair. SENT: 570 words, photos.

ALASKA-MIDAIR CRASH — NTSB: Obstructed views, lack of alerts caused midair crash. SENT: 720 words, photo.


Members of the Congressional Black Caucus listen on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, as the verdict is announced in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. (AP PhotoJ. Scott Applewhite)

GEORGE FLOYD-TEXAS HOMETOWN — The streets of Houston’s Third Ward, a historically black neighborhood where George Floyd grew up, echoed with screams filled with the word “justice” in the moments after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder. SENT: 610 words, photos. With GEORGE-FLOYD-OFFICER-TRIAL-LOS-ANGELES — Flashpoint of 1992 L.A. riots becomes a place of celebration.


VIRUS OUTBREAK-INDIA-PHOTO GALLERY — India being overrun by its massive virus surge. SENT: 320 words, photos. With VIRUS-OUTBREAK-THE-LATEST.


BIDEN-CLIMATE — Biden will pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 as he convenes as a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders. SENT: 840 words, photos. Also see EUROPE-CLIMATE below.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT-POLICE SHOOTINGS — Calls have grown for federal investigations into recent police killings across the nation since Biden took office, but the U.S. Justice Department is still bound by the same laws that present a high bar for bringing federal charges. SENT: 990 words, photos.


FEDEX-SHOOTING-INDIANAPOLIS-SIKH-COMMUNITY — Ajeet Singh had to steel himself for a return to work at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis for the first time since a former employee shot dead eight people, including four members of Indianapolis’ tightly knit Sikh community. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.


SKOREA-JAPAN-SEXUAL-SLAVERY — A South Korean court rejected a claim by South Korean sexual slavery victims and their relatives who sought compensation from the Japanese government over their wartime sufferings. SENT: 940 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-PEACE TALKS — Turkey announced that a conference Washington had hoped would move Afghanistan’s warring sides to a final peace agreement was postponed, as fresh violence rattled the Afghan capital. SENT: 590 words, photos.

IRAN-SAUDI-TALKS — A first round of direct talks between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran signaled a possible de-escalation following years of animosity that often spilled into neighboring countries and at least one still-raging war, but few expect quick results. SENT: 880 words, photos.

MIDEAST-EXECUTIONS — Apart from China and despite a worldwide drop in death sentences, countries in the Middle East remained among the world’s leading executioners last year, Amnesty International reports. SENT: 780 words, photos.


FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Shares skidded in Asia after Wall Street closed lower for a second straight day, led by drops in technology companies and banks. By Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 640 words, photos.


EUROPE-CLIMATE — The European Union reached a tentative climate deal that should make the 27-nation bloc climate-neutral by 2050, with member states and parliament agreeing on the targets on the eve of a virtual summit that Biden will host. SENT: 360 words, photo. With CHINA-US-CLIMATE SUMMIT — China’s Xi to participate in Biden’s climate summit; AUSTRALIA-CLIMATE — Australia plans to spend $417 million on hydrogen, carbon capture.


PRINCE-ANNIVERSARY — Paisley Park, where Prince lived and worked, will welcome back a select 1,400 fans to mark the fifth anniversary of his death from inside his creative sanctuary. SENT: 410 words, photos.




SUPER-LEAGUE-ENGLAND — The Super League collapsed before a ball was kicked in the European breakaway competition after being abandoned by the six English clubs, leaving the Spanish and Italian participants stranded. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.


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