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In our news wrap Tuesday, the prosecution has rested its case in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. Pfizer asked U.S. regulators to authorize its COVID booster shots for all American adults. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a death row inmate may have a chaplain touch him and pray out loud during a lethal injection.
Pfizer is now asking U.S. regulators to authorize its COVID booster shots for all Americans over 18.
At the moment, only older Americans and those with weakened immune systems are eligible. Pfizer's request today comes as holiday gatherings draw near and as infections begin to tick higher in parts of the country.
The prosecution rested today in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. He is charged with killing two men and wounding a third during violence and protests last year. It happened after Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot by police and left paralyzed. Prosecutors presented five days of testimony before wrapping up.
The U.N. climate summit has entered its final days, with warnings that new pledges to cut carbon emissions are not enough. A U.N. analysis says that, by 2030, global emissions will still be four times the levels needed to limit global warming.
Separately, the NewClimate Institute says that there is no solid plan to soak up more carbon.
Niklas Hohne, New Climate Institute:
Not a single country has short-term policies in place to put itself on track towards its own net zero target. Right now, the net zero targets are good. They are a vision, imagination. But they have to be backed by action, by short-term action. Otherwise, they are simply not credible.
We will return to the climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, later in the program.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a death row inmate may have a chaplain touch him and pray out loud during a lethal injection. The justices heard arguments today in a Texas case. Texas has halted executions, pending a decision in this case.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court today threw out an award of $465 million against Johnson & Johnson over opioid abuse. The panel said that a lower court wrongly applied a public nuisance law when it found the company used deceptive marketing.
Republican Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona is under fire for tweeting a cartoon version of him attacking Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a sword. He is a leading Trump supporter. The New York congresswoman is a leading progressive.
She was at the climate summit today, where she said the incident goes to a larger point.
REP. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY):
It is so common for women and women of color to be sounding alarms about very disturbing behaviors, patterns, et cetera, to almost be whistle-blowers within institutions, and to not only be ignored, but to have very serious threats not really be addressed.
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, called for an investigation. And the White House said there is no place in politics for Gosar's actions.
Later, in a statement, Gosar said that he did not espouse violence and that it was — quote — "a symbolic cartoon."
A federal judge has denied former President Trump's request to block release of documents related to the January attack on the U.S. Capitol. That came today as congressional subpoenas went out to 10 more Trump administration officials. They include former senior adviser Stephen Miller and former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Also today, a separate federal investigation found 13 Trump aides campaigned on government time, in violation of the Hatch Act.
Former U.S. Senator from Georgia and Vietnam War veteran Max Cleland died today in Atlanta after suffering congestive heart failure. He lost three limbs in a hand grenade blast in Vietnam and championed veterans' rights.
John Yang has our report.
Max Cleland's political career spanned four decades, stretching from his native Georgia to the U.S. Senate, and included time as President Jimmy Carter's head of the Veterans Administration.
In the mid-1960s, he volunteered to fight in Vietnam. During the siege of Khe Sanh just days before his tour of duty was to end, he picked up a fallen grenade and lost both legs and his right arm. He was awarded the Bronze and Silver Stars for meritorious service.
On "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report" in 1978, then-VA Administrator Cleland spoke of the difficulties facing those who had served in that unpopular war.
Max Cleland, U.S. Secretary Of Veterans Affairs:
I think that part of the problem that we will have with Vietnam veterans is, unfortunately, the negative image that the war, in a sense, created for us.
I am personally committed to making sure that those who have served this country, and served it well, particularly the disabled veteran, gets the finest treatment in our hospital system possible.
He was elected to the Senate in 1996, but lost reelection a year after 9/11 in a nasty race in which his Republican opponent, who had never served in the military, questioned his patriotism.
Bound to a wheelchair most of his adult life, Cleland was gregarious and upbeat, known for wearing a Mickey Mouse watch as a reminder, he said, not to take life too seriously.
Max Cleland was 79 years old, a remarkable man.
Federal wildlife officials today reversed a Trump era rule that stripped habitat protections for the endangered northern spotted owl. They said the rule was based on faulty science. It would have allowed logging in millions of acres across California, Oregon, and Washington state.
On Wall Street today, stocks retreated on news that wholesale inflation is still rising at record levels. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 112 points to close below 36320. The Nasdaq fell 95 points. The S&P 500 slid 16.
And, as of today, thrill-seekers in New York City can climb up a skyscraper on the outside. Visitors in body suits and safety harnesses ascend a metal staircase nearly 1, 300 feet high. At the top, they can lean out over the city's skyline. The tickets cost $185.
And some of us won't be doing that.
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