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Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

Kyle Rittenhouse shot three protesters on Aug. 25, 2020, killing two. Rittenhouse was charged with one count of reckless homicide, one count of intentional homicide and one count of attempted intentional homicide. He was also charged with illegal possession of a weapon, but the charge was dropped by Judge Bruce Schroeder. The trial began Nov. 1 in Kenosha, WI and closing arguments ended Nov. 15. The jury began deliberating Nov. 16 and as of Nov. 18 they are still deliberating.

Glasgow Climate Conference

The United Nations (UN) held its 26th Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland from Oct. 31 through Nov. 12. The 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change holds every country accountable to avoid climate change and create ways to reduce emissions. The conference resulted in the present Glasgow Climate Pact, with the UN agreeing to continue to fight to bring global warming down to 1.5 degrees Celsius and finalize the outstanding elements of the Paris Agreement.

Booster Availability

As of Nov. 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that those 65 years and older, those ages 50-64 with underlying medical conditions and those 18 and older in long-term care settings who received the original Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine should receive a booster shot. Booster shots should be given to those 18 and older who received the original Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those age 18-49 with underlying medical conditions or those 18 and older who live or work in high-risk settings who received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna are also eligible for a booster shot.

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