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Ex-cop Chauvin to get federal sentence for Floyd's killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin will learn his sentence Thursday for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, with a deal in place that would extend the former Minneapolis police officer’s time behind bars while shifting him to possibly more favorable conditions in a federal prison. Chauvin agreed to a sentence of 20 to 25 years in his December plea to a federal charge in Floyd’s killing. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson will make the final decision, with prosecutors seeking the full 25 on the grounds that Chauvin’s actions were cold-blooded and needless. The defense has asked for 20 years, saying Chauvin accepts responsibility for what he did, and has already gotten a 22 1/2-year prison sentence from a state court for murdering Floyd. Attorney Eric Nelson wrote that Chauvin’s “remorse will be made apparent to this Court,” suggesting Chauvin is likely to speak at Thursday’s hearing. Former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger said a judge could take such a statement into consideration during sentencing.
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Rudy Gobert on Timberwolves: 'I didn't come here just to be a good team'

Rudy Gobert has played on good teams before. He spent the first nine seasons of his NBA career with the Utah Jazz. He's played in the postseason six times. Gobert, a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, will now try to be the missing piece for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he's setting his sights no lower than a Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy for the T-Wolves.

After chaos over holiday weekend, Minneapolis residents want more security for future events

MINNEAPOLIS -- After chaotic scenes of violence in Minneapolis for the 4th of July holiday, concerned neighbors are worried about the Aquatennial later this month.Jen Bernhardt lives downtown, and she feels the planned Aquatennial event should be safer than Monday night, when she called 911 seven times."It wasn't 10 minutes [of shooting fireworks]," she said. "This went on for over three hours."Joe Tamburino sits on the board of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association and is president of his condo building.After crowds in the city got out of control Monday and at least nine people were shot, Tamburino and several of...

Ilhan Omar Booed at Somali Music Event in Minneapolis

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar was booed by a mostly Somali crowd at a concert in her home state over the weekend, according to viral videos on social media. The incident took place at Somali singer Suldaan Seeraar's concert at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday. The concert came during Somali Week, an annual event that this year marks the 62nd anniversary of independence in Somalia.

18-year-old in Brooklyn Park dies after fireworks explode in his face

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- A man is dead after a firework exploded in his face early Monday morning in Brooklyn Park.Police responded to  a park on the 9800 block of Fallgold Parkway North at around 1:30 a.m. to find an 18-year-old man with severe injuries to his hands and face.They said he was holding a firework when it exploded in his face.Police also said a friend tried to perform CPR on the man.The man was later taken to the hospital where died from his injuries.Neighbors said they hear fireworks going off often from the park well into the night...

Hugo garage fire likely caused by fireworks

HUGO, Minn. -- Authorities say a garage fire that occurred northwest of the Twin Cities over the weekend was likely caused by fireworks.It happened Saturday night in Hugo. The Hugo Fire Department said firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it spread into the house."If you choose to use legal fireworks, make sure you're following all safety precautions to keep yourself and those around you out of harm's way," the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.The fire department reminded people to fully extinguish fireworks before disposing of them, and to not attempt to re-ignite fireworks that don't go off.

Minnesota Wild re-sign defenseman Jake Middleton to 3-year deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild re-signed defenseman Jake Middleton to a three-year, $7.35 million contract Wednesday.The 26-year-old Canadian split last season between San Jose and Minnesota, joining the Wild on March 21 in a trade for goalie Kaapo Kahkonen and a fifth-round selection this year.Middleton had three goals and six assists in 45 games for San Jose, then added a goal and four assists in 21 regular-season games for Minnesota. He also had an assist in six playoff games.

Wild GM Bill Guerin says Kirill Kaprizov is fine, still in Russia

MONTREAL  — Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin said Kirill Kaprizov remains in Russia and is doing well, denying a report the star winger returned to the U.S. and adding the team is trying to find out more about the situation.Russian newspaper Sport-Express reported Wednesday that Kaprizov immediately returned to the U.S. after Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Ivan Fedotov was taken to a remote military base in northern Russia because his name was linked to fraudulent military identification."He's in Russia, and he's doing fine," Guerin said after the annual GMs meeting at the NHL draft. "He's with his friends and with his...

Tattoo Artist Mom Drowns Herself and 3 Children after Husband's Suicide

Police completed the search for the body of the tattoo artist mom from Minnesota along with her three children in Lake Vadnais in Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. Authorities believed the mom drowned herself and her three children at the lake after her husband committed suicide at their home on Friday.

Robots providing helping hand at nursing home

Robots are providing a helping hand in at least one care facility in the Twin Cities, as nursing homes struggling with finding staff. The Estates nursing home in Roseville added two new robots to their facility to help those living with Alzheimer's and dementia.