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Crowd reacts to Derek Chauvin trial outside courthouse



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MINNEAPOLIS — Wild cheers erupted and tears flowed outside the courthouse Tuesday where former city cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the death of George Floyd.

“The sun is out,” a 24-year-old Minneapolis woman told The Post moments after the verdict was announced to the crowd. 

People fell to their knees in relief as others cried and hugged each other amid honking car horns, ringing bicycle bells and the waving of Black Lives Matter banners and signs with messages such as “Respect our existence” and “The world saw his murder.’’

Hundreds of people had gathered outside Hennepin County District Court in Minnesota as the verdict was read inside shortly after 5 p.m. — while a police helicopter and drone flew overhead and about a dozen National Guardsmen watched down from a balcony.

Moments earlier, the crowd chanted, “Say his name! George Floyd!”

Courtney Ross, wearing a red shirt with her late boyfriend Floyd’s face and name on it, wept amid the calls for justice.

Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, is carried as she walks with family members outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Monday, April 19, 2021, before the murder trial against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin advances to jury deliberations.

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Ben Crump, left, the attorney representing George Floyd’s family, speaks during a news conference outside of the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Monday, April 19, 2021.

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Roxie Washington embraces her daughter Gianna Floyd at a press conference on June 2, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Bridgett Floyd (R), sister of George Floyd, speaks to the media outside the Hennepin County Government Center where jury selection will take place in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 8, 2021.

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George Floyd’s daughter Gianna Floyd, 6, hugs her mother, Roxi Washington, as they appear at a news conference about Floyd’s death while under arrest, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2, 2020.

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A man at a mic in the crowd before the verdict said, “You are here watching history in the making.’’

Jennifer Evjen, 55, of Minneapolis, told The Post that she was “wanting justice for George.

“We are ready to have our city back to normal,” she said.

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Afghanistan bombing kills 30 people



Afghanistan bombing kills 30 people

A bombing near an Afghanistan school killed at least 30 people, many of them students.

Fifty-two other people were also injured in the Kabul attack, NPR reports.

Many of the victims were girls, who are taught at the Sayed Ul-Shuhada high school separately from boys in the afternoon, when the bombing occurred, according to the article.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani blamed the Taliban for the terror, as it opposes education for women and girls, according to the report. However, the group reportedly condemned the blast and said it was not behind it. No organization has claimed responsibility.

The violence comes as the US and NATO begin removing troops from the country.

President Biden has pledged to pull the military completely out of Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among those warning of “huge consequences” of the pullout, including a Taliban-controlled government.

Last week, The Taliban threatened new attacks on US troops, after Washington failed to meet former President Trump’s May 1 deadline to leave the country.

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Dogecoin took a dive during Elon Musk’s ‘SNL’ hosting gig



Dogecoin took a dive during Elon Musk's 'SNL' hosting gig

Elon Musk’s “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig did not send Dogecoin to the moon — instead, it slid by 21 percent during the broadcast, despite multiple mentions of the SpaceX founder’s favorite cryptocurrency.

The meme currency started the day at a high of $0.73, and sold off to $0.63 as SNL went live from NBC’s Studio 8H at 11:30 p.m., according to Coindesk’s price history.

After Musk mentioned the currency as a Mother’s Day present for his own mom, who was on hand during his monologue, the asset slid by six cents.

“I’m excited for my Mother’s Day gift,” Musk’s mother said. “I just hope it’s not Dogecoin.”

By 12:29 a.m., the currency plummeted to $0.50. before rebounding to $0.56 as the show went off the air, according to the site.

Musk also revealed to the audience he has Asperger’s syndrome during the opening speech.

The Tesla CEO also did a Q and A about the currency on the Weekend Update segment, which poked fun at the esoteric nature of coin.

A sketch at the end of the comedy show also poked fun at early currencies.

The day before the show, Musk warned investors to be careful when trading Dogecoin and other currencies.

“Cryptocurrency is promising, but please invest with caution!,” he tweeted.

Saturday’s volatility came after crypto CEO Barry Silbert took to Twitter to announce he was betting against Doge, which started as a joke.

“Okay $DOGE peeps, it’s been fun. Welcome to crypto! But the time has come for you to convert your DOGE to BTC, Silbert wrote.

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Two seriously hurt in Malibu balcony collapse



Two seriously hurt in Malibu balcony collapse

Two people were critically hurt when a balcony collapsed in Malibu, according to reports.

The collapse, which happened along the Pacific Coast Highway, sent at least four others to the hospital.

While it’s unclear how many people were on the balcony or why it collapsed, everyone who fell was rescued from the beach, the Los Angeles Daily News said.

Officials were expected to examine the building on Monday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

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