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Jury deliberations begin in Derek Chauvin murder trial

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin listens as prosecutor Jerry Blackwell delivers the rebuttal to the defense closing arguments during Chauvin's trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. April 19, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS — Jurors in the murder trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd began deliberating on Monday — as the city sits on edge awaiting the verdict.

Chauvin, 45, faces murder and manslaughter charges in Floyd’s police custody death on May 25. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

Some 3,000 National Guard troops are in the city to beef up police presence in the Minnesota city, while business owners in the heart of the city have boarded up windows in anticipation of unrest when the verdict comes.

City public schools have also cancelled in-person learning starting Wednesday.

“It’s scary,” Minneapolis student Jenea Hayes, 19 told The Post Monday. “I don’t know who is a good cop or bad cop.”

In this May 25, 2020 file image from Minneapolis city surveillance video, Minneapolis police are seen attempting to take George Floyd into custody.
In this May 25, 2020 file image from Minneapolis city surveillance video, Minneapolis police are seen attempting to take George Floyd into custody.
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“I just want the protests to be peaceful,” Hayes said. “I don’t want violence. I’m scared.”

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2-year-old boy shoots parents in Maine home

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2-year-old boy shoots parents in Maine home

A 2-year-old boy in Maine shot his parents Wednesday morning with a gun he picked up from a nightstand, a report said.

The toddler’s 25-year-old father was hit in the head, and the mother, 22, was struck in the leg in the shooting at their home in West Bath, WMTW reported, citing Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry.

The baby was injured by the recoil of the gun, authorities said. All three family members were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to Merry.

“The question of how the boy was able to pick up and fire the weapon is of great concern and is being investigated,” Merry said, according to the report.

“This situation, while disturbing, could have had an even more tragic ending,” the sheriff said.

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Banksy’s ‘Love is in the Air’ auctioned for $12.9M in crypto

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Banksy's 'Love is in the Air' auctioned for $12.9M in crypto

A Banksy piece fetched $12.9 million in an auction Tuesday — and the winning bidder will pay for the pricey pop art with cryptocurrency.

The anonymous artist’s “Love is in the Air” is the first physical piece of art sold by a major auction house paid for using crypto, according to a tweet from Sotheby’s.

The protest image — which shows a protester winding up with a bouquet of flowers in hand instead of a molotov cocktail — was sold after a 14-minute bidding battle with four participants, Sotheby’s said.

The auction house announced in March it would auction off a series of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, which are digital assets that represent ownership of virtual items like art and sports memorabilia.

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Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack

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Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack

Colonial Pipeline restarted operations on Wednesday — after it was shut down for days over a cyberattack, causing major disruptions and panic-buying at gas stations across the Southeast.

The company said it “initiated the restart of the pipeline” — which delivers about 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the East Coast — at around 5 p.m..

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” Colonial’s statement said.

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