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Minneapolis police face U.S. bias probe after Floyd murder verdict

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday launched a sweeping civil investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis following a jury's verdict that former city police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. Learn More


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U.S. lawmakers intensify bipartisan efforts to counter China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A bipartisan U.S. congressional push to counteract China picked up steam on Wednesday as a Senate committee overwhelmingly backed a bill pressing Beijing on human rights and economic competition and other lawmakers introduced a measure seeking billions for technology research. More »


Senate Republican says U.S. police reform proposal may be done in week or two

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One day after a Minnesota jury convicted a police officer for the murder of George Floyd, Republican U.S. Senator Tim Scott said on Wednesday he may be finished with drafting a proposal for a policing reform bill in the next week or two. More »


Divided U.S. Senate confirms Vanita Gupta to No. 3 job at Justice Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A divided U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to confirm Vanita Gupta as the first woman of color to serve in the No. 3 job at the Justice Department, a role at the forefront of the department's renewed efforts to combat systemic racism in policing. More »


'No sympathy' for Chauvin, say those who had run-ins before Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - For some of those who encountered Derek Chauvin's policing or witnessed his use of force as an officer there is no sympathy for the man convicted of killing George Floyd. More »


Biden offers tax credits for COVID-19 vaccination paid time off

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced tax credits for certain businesses that pay employees who take time off to get COVID-19 shots, a new effort to involve corporate America in his vaccination campaign. More »


Pfizer, unions, others donated $61.8 million for Biden's inaugural

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden raised $61.8 million for his inauguration events, receiving large contributions from corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals, according to a financial disclosure. More »


'Last Straw': Americans confront racism, violence in Chauvin trial

(Reuters) - The trial and conviction of former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd came with America at a crossroads, a moment of anguish, but also of possibility, which historians and activists compared to the Civil Rights era. More »


Russia's foreign ministry summons deputy head of U.S. embassy -RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned the deputy head of the U.S. embassy in Moscow, the RIA news agency reported. More »


U.S. judge rejects ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's bid to end sentence early

NEW YORK (Reuters) -A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a petition by Michael Cohen, the onetime personal lawyer and fixer for former President Donald Trump, to release him from home confinement in May, six months ahead of schedule. More »


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