Second-degree unintentional murder, guilty. Third-degree murder, guilty. Second-degree manslaughter, guilty. In a historic verdict, a jury in Minneapolis today found the former police officer guilty on all counts of killing George Floyd last May. Celebrations broke out in the city, with cars honking and people chanting, as the judge read out the unanimous verdict, which was reached after 10 hours of deliberations. The ex-officer faces up to 40 years in prison in a rare case of police violence being held to account. The sentencing is expected in eight weeks. Floyd’s death, after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, sparked weeks of protests around America and the world, bringing about a racial reckoning. President Joe Biden is expected to address the nation.
Idriss Déby was only reelected yesterday. Today, Chad’s army announced he was dead. The president was killed “on the battlefield” near the Libyan border, officials said, after traveling to the frontlines to meet with troops. Déby, 68, was one of Africa’s longest ruling leaders. Provisional results from the April 11 elections on Monday showed him with a huge lead. Chad, in Central Africa, is allied with Western powers fighting Islamist militants in the troubled Sahel region. The government and parliament have been dissolved and Déby’s son placed in charge of a military council that will govern for the next 18 months.
3. CO2 Will Rise With Pandemic Recovery, Agency Warns
As economies seek to rebound from COVID, carbon dioxide levels will likely soar, the International Energy Agency says. Consumption of fossil fuels like coal, used for the recovery, will see emissions surge by 1.65 billion tons in what would be the second-biggest annual rise in history. China is expected to account for half of global demand growth for coal, but use in the U.S. is also rising. President Joe Biden is holding a virtual climate summit later this week with global leaders, with the U.S. expected to unveil its plan for cutting emissions over the next decade.
4. End of a Dynasty: Cuba Gets New Communist Party Leader
Cuba libre? Not necessarily, but the island is Castro-less for the first time in over six decades. Miguel Díaz-Canel was yesterday named first secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, taking over from Raúl Castro, in charge since 2011. His brother, Fidel, died in 2016. Díaz-Canel, 60, has been Cuba’s president since 2018, but his new role is the most powerful in the country. However, analysts say he looks likely to maintain the status quo. The Biden administration recently said Cuba wasn’t a top priority, but it will be focused on support for human rights there.
5. Tread Lightly: Peloton Pushed to Recall Exercise Machines
And they say a little exercise won’t kill you. Peloton, which came under fire for an exercise bike ad many considered sexist a year ago, is now under pressure to recall its treadmills following a death and dozens of injuries. “The videos and reports of children being sucked under Peloton treadmills are harrowing,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky, chair of a U.S. House subcommittee on consumer protection, said yesterday. The company argues the treadmills are safe as long as user guidelines are followed. Peloton shares fell 7 percent on Monday. It remains to be seen whether the company will recall the machines.
Brandon Hole, the gunman who killed eight people, including four Sikhs, in the mass shooting at a FedEx in Indianapolis, has been found to have browsed white supremecist websites. Apple has reached an agreement with right-wing app Parler that could see it reinstated after it was kicked off the app store due to links to the Capitol riot. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has thrown its backing behind Armin Laschet as its candidate for September elections.
Coronavirus Update: Crematoriums in India are burning numbers of bodies that far exceed official COVID-19 death tolls, as virus deaths rose by a record 1,761 on Tuesday. The U.S. State Department is warning Americans to avoid travel to nearly 80 percent of countries worldwide due to the continuing pandemic.
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No lone rangers. Scientists studying fossils from Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument have discovered that tyrannosaurs probably hunted in packs. While always thought to be solitary predators, the dinosaurs may instead have hunted together like wolves. “I consider this a once-in-a-lifetime discovery,” said Bureau of Land Management paleontologist Alan Titus, who discovered the site. The protected area, dubbed the Rainbows and Unicorns Quarry for all the exciting finds there, was cut in half by former President Donald Trump, but the Biden administration is now considering expanding it again.
Do you want fries with that boy band? South Korean supergroup BTS are the latest celebrities to partner with McDonald’s on a special meal. But it’s not a Big Mac: The BTS meal has more Seoul than that. You get 10 chicken McNuggets with fries, a soda and for the first time in the U.S., South Korean-inspired sweet chili and Cajun dipping sauces. Rapper Travis Scott also recently collaborated with the fast-food giant on a celebrity menu. The BTS meal will be launched in May — and the ARMY on social media is already salivating.
3. Beware Bears This Spring, Officials Warn After Mauling
It was a grizzly death. A Montana guide has died after being mauled by a grizzly bear near Yellowstone last week. After the attack, causing scalp and facial wounds, Carl Mock managed to call for help. The grizzly was shot and killed when it attacked wardens investigating Mock’s mauling. Officials believe the bear attacked because he was protecting a moose carcass some 148 feet from the site. “Now is the time to remember to be conscientious in the backcountry as the bears are coming out of hibernation and looking for food sources,” police said.
All aboard the Clubhouse train! Facebook is developing a feature to play short “snackable” audio clips and live audio rooms where people can chat in real time. It will also include a podcasting feature and the company is working with Spotify on “Boombox” to share music. Twitter, Reddit and LinkedIn are all testing similar features. But was Clubhouse, valued at $4 billion, just a flash in the pan? Downloads of the app decreased 70 percent in March from a February high, suggesting its waning popularity. Facebook plans to make the new audio services available by the summer.
5. British PM Plans ‘Red Card’ for Breakaway Super League
Will there be a penalty? Soccer fans are irate over news of a breakaway Super League after 12 of the world’s top clubs announced they are launching a rival competition to the Champions League. The move, branded a money-grab, has been slammed by FIFA and UEFA. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his government is prepared to intervene to stop six British clubs from joining the new league. Johnson will meet with representatives of the sport’s governing bodies today to discuss the issue, saying, “I'm going to do everything I can to give this ludicrous plan a straight red.”
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