1

Former secretary of state Colin Powell has died of covid complications.

  • As chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Powell helped guide the U.S. to a victory in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and was the first Black person to lead the State Department. He was 84 and fully vaccinated.
  • The Army general served under President George W. Bush and struggled deeply with the U.S.’s decision to invade Iraq.

2

A gang kidnapped a group of missionaries in Haiti.

  • Sixteen Americans and one Canadian were taken Saturday by 400 Mawozo, which is known for targeting religious groups, after visiting an orphanage, according to our reporting.
  • We don’t know much yet about efforts to get them back. It’s common for kidnappers in Haiti to wait 24 to 72 hours before issuing ransom demands.

3

The trial of the men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery starts today.

  • What happened? The 25-year-old Black man was chased and shot while jogging unarmed in Georgia in February 2020. The case was one of many that sparked racial justice demonstrations last year.
  • Who is on trial? Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who are White.
  • What to expect: Jury selection could take weeks, and there’s a chance they’ll have to move the trial to a different part of Georgia to form an impartial one.

4

Doctors are worried about a “twindemic” of flu and coronavirus this winter.

  • Why? Americans have built up less natural immunity against influenza because so few were infected in 2020, experts say.
  • So how can you tell the difference? Covid and the flu share many of the same symptoms — fever, cough and chills — so it’ll be hard to know for sure without a test.
  • Can I get both the flu shot and a coronavirus vaccine? Yes. The CDC recommends getting your flu shot by the end of this month.

5

Thousands of workers have gone on strike this year.

  • This past week: 10,000 John Deere workers went on strike, and unions representing 31,000 Kaiser employees authorized walkouts. About 60,000 Hollywood production workers were threatening a strike but reached a last-minute deal Saturday.
  • Why now? Employees have more leverage because they’ve become harder to replace, making striking less risky.
  • What do workers want? Many are angry that pay isn’t keeping up with profits — or inflation.

6

L.A. County wants to make Vanessa Bryant undergo an eight-hour psych evaluation.

  • The development is part of a lawsuit related to Kobe Bryant’s death. His widow says her family’s privacy was violated after sheriff’s deputies shared photos from the helicopter crash site.
  • The county called an exam “crucial” for the defense, saying the plaintiffs, including other victims’ families, need to “support their claims” of emotional distress and depression.

7

The only road in and out of Alaska’s most popular national park is in danger.

  • What is happening? A landslide down a narrow road at Denali National Park has forced half the road closed at least through summer of next year, affecting a prized tourist attraction. It will probably be at least two years before a bridge can be built and things return to normal.
  • Why is it happening? Climate change is accelerating a rocky glacier’s movement downhill, carrying 300 feet of roadbed with it.

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