'Rust' film set shooting, kids' COVID vaccine, wild weather: 5 things to know Wednesday

‘Rust’ film set shooting, kids’ COVID vaccine, wild weather: 5 things to know Wednesday

‘Rust’ film set shooting, kids’ COVID vaccine, wild weather: 5 things to know Wednesday

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Authorities to give update on ‘Rust’ shooting incident

The district attorney and sheriff in Sante Fe, New Mexico, will hold a news conference Wednesday to discuss the investigation into the fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust.” On Thursday, a prop gun fired during rehearsal by Alec Baldwin, star and producer of the period Western, killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and injured director Joel Souza, 48. No criminal charges have been filed and production remains on hold. Not long into filming, “Rust” was facing crew complaints about working conditions, and one camera crew eventually walked out. Also, assistant director Dave Halls, who had declared the gun safe before Baldwin took possession, had faced safety complaints in previous productions, the Associated Press reported.

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Nor’easter batters East Coast as wild weather hits large swaths of the US

Wild weather is expected to continue to affect several large swaths of the U.S. Wednesday as the bomb cyclone that slammed the West Coast over the weekend heads east. The heaviest rainfall, totals of 4-8 inches, was forecast for parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut into Wednesday, AccuWeather reported. Gusty winds as a nor’easter will be confined to Long Island, New York, Massachusetts’ Cape Cod and north to coastal New Hampshire. The storm is forecast to complete a loop near the Northeast coast into Wednesday night, which will prolong adverse conditions, Accuweather reported. Farther south, storms will move through the eastern parts of Oklahoma and Texas Wednesday morning, Accuweather said. Severe weather risks will persist and continue to shift eastward across part of South Central states and along the Gulf Coast. The severe system that rolled across California has weakened, but it was strong enough to cause widespread flooding, mudslides and rock slides that closed roads throughout the state.

COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 is closer to approval

A COVID-19 shot for children aged 5 to 11 is one step closer to approval after a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel unanimously voted Tuesday to authorize use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for the age group. The resounding support is a major step forward for making school-age children eligible for inoculation — likely by next week — but there are still three crucial hurdles to clear: The FDA will have to sign off, an independent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel will review the data, and then the CDC director would have to give her clearance. Pfizer-BioNTech reported 10 micrograms of their vaccine, a third of the dose administered to adults, is 90.7% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19, a growing concern for children. More than 40% of American children in the 5-to-11 age group have already been infected with COVID-19, according to one study. Hundreds of children ages 5 to 11 have been hospitalized for COVID-19, and 94 have died this year. It was the eighth-leading cause of death in that age group.

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Recommendation to charge Brazil’s Bolsonaro over COVID deaths

A Brazilian Senate committee recommended Tuesday that President Jair Bolsonaro face a series of criminal indictments for actions and omissions related to the world’s second highest COVID-19 death toll. The 7-to-4 vote was the culmination of a six-month committee investigation of the government’s handling of the pandemic. It formally approved a report calling for prosecutors to try Bolsonaro on charges ranging from charlatanism and inciting crime to misuse of public funds and crimes against humanity, and in doing so hold him responsible for many of Brazil’s more than 600,000 COVID-19 deaths. The president has denied wrongdoing, and the decision on whether to file most of the charges will be up to Prosecutor-General Augusto Aras, a Bolsonaro appointee who is widely viewed as protecting him. Sen. Omar Aziz, the chairman of the inquiry, said he would deliver the recommendation to the prosecutor-general Wednesday morning.

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Astros look to even World Series in Game 2 against the Braves

The Houston Astros will look to tie the World Series with the Atlanta Braves when they play Game 2 Wednesday night in Houston (8:09 p.m. ET, FOX). The Braves grabbed Game 1, behind an early offensive surge, including a home run from Jorge Soler to lead off the game and another blast by Adam Duvall in the third inning. Atlanta led 5-0 after three innings and never looked back.  However, the vibes weren’t all positive for the Braves as they lost Game 1 starter Charlie Morton to a broken leg after getting struck by a line drive early in Tuesday’s game. The pitching matchup for Wednesday will see the Braves sending ace Max Fried (2-1, 3.89 ERA in the playoffs) to the mound and Jose Urquidy, who struggled in his lone postseason pitching appearance last week in the ALCS, gets the start for the Astros.


Contributing: The Associated Press

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