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An atmospheric river has prompted school evacuations and road closures in the Pacific Northwest. The jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial has begun deliberating. And a woman’s immune system has possibly cured her of HIV.

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Heavy rain and high winds slam Pacific Northwest 

Schools were evacuated and roads were closed after an atmospheric river walloped the Pacific Northwest on Monday. The event has been categorized as a Level 5 – the highest level, according to The Weather Channel. These rivers in the sky are responsible for up to 65% of the extreme rain and snow in the Western U.S., a 2017 study found. Flooding and mudslides on Monday closed part of Interstate 5 near Bellingham, Washington, with three cars stuck in debris. The National Weather Service warned that winds nearing hurricane strength were possible in the region.

How much prison time could Rittenhouse face?

The jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial is tasked with determining whether Rittenhouse is guilty of the five charges: first-degree intentional homicide of Anthony Huber, first-degree reckless homicide of Joseph Rosenbaum, attempted first-degree intentional homicide of Gaige Grosskreutz, and two charges of reckless endangerment. But how much jail time could Rittenhouse face if found guilty of any of the charges? If convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in Huber’s death, Rittenhouse would face a mandatory life sentence. The first-degree reckless homicide in Rosenbaum’s death also carries up to 60 years in prison, plus five additional years for the “use of a dangerous weapon” modifier. If convicted of attempted first-degree intentional homicide of Grosskreutz, Rittenhouse would also face up to 60 years in prison, plus five years for the same weapon modifier.

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DHS watchdog won’t review actions of mounted agents at Mexican border

The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general “declined” to investigate the conduct of mounted Border Patrol agents during a September confrontation with Haitian migrants at the Mexican border near Del Rio, Texas, the agency said. Images of the mounted agents driving migrants back across the Rio Grande prompted national condemnation. At the time, the secretary said the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility would be handling the examination, and that the agency’s inspector general had been notified. There was no explanation for why the inspector general declined the review; the watchdog’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Pfizer agrees to let other companies make its COVID-19 pill

Pfizer Inc. has signed a deal with a U.N.-backed group to allow other manufacturers to make its experimental COVID-19 pill, a move that could make the treatment available to more than half of the world’s population. The agreement would let generic drug companies produce the pill for use in 95 countries, making up about 53% of the world’s population. Although the agreement excludes some large countries that have suffered devastating coronavirus outbreaks, health officials said that since the deal was struck before Pfizer’s pill has been authorized, it could help to end the pandemic faster.

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Woman’s own immune system has possibly cured her of HIV

A woman from Argentina is being characterized by researchers as a “hope patient” after her own immune system appears to have cured her of HIV. The 30-year old woman is now the second documented person whose immune system combated the deadly disease in this fashion – achieving a “sterilizing cure” without any form of stem cell transplantation. “Our study shows that such a cure can also be reached during natural infection – in the absence of bone marrow transplants (or any type of treatment at all),” said Dr. Xu Yu, a viral immunologist at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard.

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