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Top Eight

Top eight stories for today including Minneapolis reached a $27 million settlement with the family of George Floyd; Europe is once again struggling to contain the coronavirus; Members of New York’s congressional delegation lent their voices to the demand for Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including Minneapolis reached a $27 million settlement with the family of George Floyd; Europe is once again struggling to contain the coronavirus; Members of New York’s congressional delegation lent their voices to the demand for Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign, and more.

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National

1.) A year in the books since Covid-19 took hold, and markets have shown their resiliency by not just surviving the pandemic but thriving.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 file photo, people walk by the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street as another sharp rise in bond yields unsettled investors. Technology stocks were among the biggest losers in the early going Friday, March 121 pulling the Nasdaq down 1.5% while the broader S&P 500 index gave back 0.5%. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

2.) The Fourth Circuit had tough questions for both the government and the Wikimedia Foundation on Friday as the organization asked the court to look past standing issues in its challenge to the National Security Agency’s use of a controversial online surveillance program. 

The sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Regional

3.) The city of Minneapolis announced a $27 million settlement with the family of George Floyd on Friday, just weeks before the officer charged with killing him is scheduled to go on trial.

Philonise Floyd, a brother of George Floyd, gives an opening statement during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on proposed changes to police practices and accountability on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Washington. Floyd arrived on Capitol Hill the day after funeral services for his George Floyd, who has become a worldwide symbol in demonstrations over calls for changes to police practices and an end to racial prejudices. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

4.) The 10th Circuit reconsidered the 25-year prison sentence of an Oklahoma man who plotted to blow up a bank alongside undercover FBI agents.

5.) Saying it’s time for “new leadership,” the New York prosecutor investigating former President Donald Trump’s taxes will not seek reelection

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020 file photo, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., center, leaves Harvey Weinstein's rape trial at Criminal Court, in New York. Vance, leading a criminal probe into Donald Trump's business dealings, said Friday, March 12, 2021, he would not seek re-election. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

6.) Prominent members of New York’s congressional delegation lent their voices Friday to the demand for Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign in the wake of half a dozen allegations of sexual harassment and assault. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo rolls out his 2021 State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 12. (Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo photo/Darren McGee via Courthouse News)

7.) Beset by major job losses in its struggling leisure and hospitality industry, California registered a 9% unemployment rate in January, outpacing the nationwide 6.2% average.  

Amid a stay-at-home order for Covid-19 that has closed most salons in California, a sign outside this San Diego barbershop invites passersby to call up for appointments. (Courthouse News photo/Barbara Leonard)

International

8.) A year after the novel coronavirus was found circulating out of control in Italy, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic, Europe is once again struggling to contain the virus.

Nurse Baerbel, center, from the mobile vaccination team injects Gustavs Owe with the Corona vaccine from Biontech/Pfizer in the office of island doctor Mueller in Hiddensee, Germany, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Doctor Anja Schumacher advises the patient. On the Baltic Sea island of Hiddensee, more than 120 people are vaccinated against the corona virus. In addition to people with the highest vaccination priority - for example, people over 80 years of age or high-risk medical personnel - the beneficiaries also include parts of the school and daycare staff. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)
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