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Ex-Cops Accused of Violating Floyd’s Rights Plead Not Guilty

This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows from left, former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. (Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP File)

Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a federal hearing that included arguments on several pretrial motions, including requests to hold separate trials. 

Study: State Worker Pension Systems in Best Shape Since 2008

This Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 file photo shows a sign for the Illinois Teachers Retirement System in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo / Seth Perlman, File)

Pension systems for state government workers across the U.S. are in their best shape since the Great Recession began more than a dozen years ago, according to a study released Tuesday.

Prosecutors: Tapes Capture R. Kelly Threatening His Victims

In this courtroom artist’s sketch R. Kelly, left, listens during his trial in New York, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. (AP Photo / Elizabeth Williams)

Prosecutors want a New York City jury at the R. Kelly sex-trafficking trial to hear profane video and audio recordings they say demonstrate how he threatened his victims with violence.

COVID-19 Cases Climbing, Wiping Out Months of Progress

In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. (AP Photo / Matt Rourke, File)

COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to where they were over the winter, wiping out months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden’s argument for his sweeping new vaccination requirements. 

Militia Leader Gets 53 Years in Minnesota Mosque Bombing

This undated file photo provided by the Ford County Sheriff's Office in Paxton, Ill., shows Michael Hari. (Ford County Sheriff's Office via AP File)

The leader of an Illinois anti-government militia group who authorities say masterminded the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque was sentenced Monday to 53 years in prison on several civil rights and hate crimes for the attack, which left a community terrified.

Can Kids Get ‘Long COVID’ After Coronavirus Infections?

(AP Illustration / Peter Hamlin)

Yes, but studies indicate they’re less likely than adults to be affected by symptoms that persist, recur or begin a month or more after infection.

FDA Experts Among Group Opposing US Booster Shot Plan

In this Aug. 26, 2021 file photo, Parsia Jahanbani prepares a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in a mobile vaccine clinic operated by Families Together of Orange County in Santa Ana, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The average person doesn’t need a COVID-19 booster yet, an international group of scientists — including two top U.S. regulators — wrote Monday in a scientific journal.

Crowded Stadiums, Pandemic Create Combustible Mix This Fall

A Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan holds a sign during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo / Mark LoMoglio)

The risk of catching or passing a virus that has infected more than 40 million people in the United States will depend on where the stadium is and whether the game is outdoors, among other factors. 

In ‘Fauci,’ A Big-screen Portrait of a Pandemic Superstar

This image released by National Geographic shows Dr. Anthony Fauci at the NIH in Bethesda, Md., during the filming of the documentary “Fauci.” (Visko Hatfield / National Geographic via AP)

The documentary is an intimate portrait of a longtime public servant whose notoriety has risen dramatically — and with that, brought heaps of far-right scorn on the veteran of seven White House administrations.

Taliban Flag Rises Over Seat of Power on Fateful Anniversary

The iconic Taliban flag is painted on a wall outside the American embassy compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (AP Photo / Bernat Armangue)

The Taliban raised their flag over the Afghan presidential palace Saturday, a spokesman said, as the U.S. and the world marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

FBI Releases Newly Declassified Record on Sept. 11 Attacks

An American flag is unfurled at the Pentagon in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at sunrise on the morning of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

The document released Saturday, on the 20th anniversary of the attacks, is the first investigative record to be disclosed since President Joe Biden ordered a declassification review of materials that for years have remained out of public view. 

Biden, Obama, Clinton Mark 9/11 in NYC With Display of Unity

(L-R)  former President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg's partner Diana Taylor, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer stand for the national anthem during the annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum Sept. 11, 2021 in New York. (Chip Somodevilla / AP)

Presidents Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton all gathered at the site where the World Trade Center towers fell two decades ago. 

US Gives 1st Public Look Inside Base Housing Afghans

A man walks with a child through Fort Bliss' Doña Ana Village where Afghan refugees are being housed, in New Mexico, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

Nearly 10,000 Afghan evacuees are staying at the base while they undergo medical and security checks before being resettled in the United States. 

US Marks 20 Years Since 9/11, in Shadow of Afghan War’s End

A memorial flag is brought onto the stage during ceremonies to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The ceremony at ground zero in New York began exactly two decades after the deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil started with the first of four hijacked planes crashing into one of the World Trade Center’s twin towers.

Now President, Biden to Mark 9/11 Rite Amid New Terror Fear

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch as a carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of Navy Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, during a casualty return Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

This 9/11 comes little more than two weeks after a suicide bomber in Kabul killed 13 U.S. service members as the military concluded its withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

US: Afghan Evacuee Flights Halted From Two Key Bases

Afghan refugees are processed inside Hangar 5 at the Ramstein U.S. Air Base in Germany Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. (Olivier Douliery / Pool Photo via AP)

The U.S. has halted all U.S.-bound flights of Afghan evacuees from two main bases overseas after discovering a limited measles outbreak among Afghans arriving in the United States, a hitch that American officials warned will have a severe impact on an often-troubled U.S.-run evacuation.

20 Years Later, Fallout From Toxic WTC Dust Cloud Grows

In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, people covered in dust from the collapsed World Trade Center buildings, walk through the area, in New York. (AP Photo / Suzanne Plunkett, File)

Two decades after the twin towers’ collapse, people are still coming forward to report illnesses that might be related to the attacks. 

DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats Sue NYC Over Pandemic Fee Caps

In this April 21, 2021 file photo, a delivery man bikes with a food bag from Grubhub in New York. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan, File)

In the suit filed late Thursday the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats call the fee caps government overreach.

Americans Less Positive About Civil Liberties: AP-NORC Poll

This April 28, 2021, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol building in Washington. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, Americans were reasonably positive about the state of their rights and liberties. Today, after 20 years, not as much.

$6 Billion Project To Untangle O’Hare Runways Completed

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Government and airline officials gathered Thursday to mark the completion of a $6 billion modernization project to untangle the jumble of runways that for decades made flying into and out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport feel like a downtown traffic jam at rush hour. 

Witness Says R. Kelly Kept Her Locked Up Before Sex Assault

In this courtroom artist's sketch R. Kelly, left, listens during his trial in New York, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The 54-year-old Kelly has repeatedly denied accusations that he preyed on several alleged victims during a 30-year career highlighted by his mega hit "I Believe I Can Fly." (AP Photo / Elizabeth Williams)

She was an unsuspecting radio station intern in 2003 when she pursued what she thought would be a career-making interview with a R&B superstar — R. Kelly. Instead, she had a horrific experience while locked in a darkened room for days, she’s now testified years later.

Sweeping New Vaccine Mandates for 100 Million Americans

President Joe Biden speaks during an event to celebrate labor unions, in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant.

Ground Zero Rebuilding Still Unfinished, 20 Years Later

A woman walks by the colorful murals that surround the foundation for 2 World Trade Center, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in New York. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan)

Two planned skyscrapers, a performing arts center and a church are still unfinished at the World Trade Center complex, which plays host Saturday to the annual ceremony honoring nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks.

Former Notre Dame Football Star, Coach Brennan Dies at 93

In this September 1958 file photo, Notre Dame football coach Terry Brennan, left, talks with tackle Bronko Nagurski Jr. during practice in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo, File)

Terry Brennan, a star halfback on three unbeaten Notre Dame teams who was hailed as a wunderkind when he succeeded Irish coaching great Frank Leahy at just 25 years old, has died. He was 93.

What is the Mu Variant of the Coronavirus?

(AP Illustration / Peter Hamlin)

The World Health Organization last month listed mu as a “variant of interest” because of concerns it may make vaccines and treatments less effective, though more evidence is needed. 

9/11 Artifacts Share ‘Pieces of Truth’ in Victims’ Stories

Margot Eckert stands by a display of pictures of her brother-in-law Sean Rooney and sister Beverly Eckert at her home, Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo / Robert Bumsted)

A collection of some 22,000 personal artifacts — some on display at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and others on display at other museums around the country — provide a mosaic of lost lives and stories of survival: wallets, passports, baseball gloves, shoes, clothes and rings.