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5 Things To Know On Friday, August 28, 2020

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Posted at 6:19 AM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 07:55:35-04

While you were sleeping, we compiled the biggest stories of the day in one place. Each story has a quick and easy summary, so you're prepared for whatever the day brings. Just click on the links if you want to know more!

1. That's a wrap for the RNC
President Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination as he mentioned Biden by name 41 times, and made a number of indirect references to his Democratic challenger.

Trump joined Vice President Mike Pence’s pledge from last night in proclaiming that the US will have a coronavirus vaccine approved and ready by the end of 2020.

Trump also joined a chorus of Republicans in condemning violence at protests in response to the shootings of police officers of black men, most recently Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Highlights from Night 4 of the Republican National Convention

2. 17-year-old charged with killing protesters in Kenosha
Prosecutors have charged Kyle Rittenhouse from Illinois in the fatal shooting of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the wounding of a third.

Prosecutors say Rittenhouse opened fire with a long gun on a crowd of protesters Tuesday night near Civic Center Park in Kenosha.

The charges include one count of first-degree intentional homicide; one count of first-degree reckless homicide; one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide; two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.

17-year-old charged with killing protesters in Kenosha

3. Man arrested in Port St. Lucie in connection to Georgia sex trafficking bust
More than three dozen missing children were rescued during a sex trafficking bust in Georgia that involved state and federal agents.

According to the Department of Justice, investigators cleared 26 arrest warrants and filed additional charges for alleged crimes related to sex trafficking, parental kidnapping, registered sex offender violations, drugs and weapons possession, and custodial interference.

The 26 warrants cleared included 19 arrest warrants for a total of nine individuals arrested, some of whom had multiple warrants.

Man arrested in Port St. Lucie in connection to Georgia sex trafficking bust

4. Laura strikes Louisiana as the strongest hurricane in at least 60 years
Laura is now a depression, less than 24 hours after striking Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane early Thursday morning.

The Category 4 rating makes Laura the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana in at least 60 years, according to the National Weather Service.

There are reports that six people have died from the storm, including a 14-year-old girl who died when a tree fell on her family's home. The governor is expecting more deaths to be reported.

Hurricane Laura leaves widespread damage across Southwest Louisiana

5. Japan's PM Shinzo Abe says he's resigning for health reasons
Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, says he’s resigning because a chronic illness has resurfaced.

Abe has acknowledged having ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager and has said the condition was controlled with treatment.

Abe, whose term ends in September 2021, is expected to stay on until a new party leader is elected and formally approved by the parliament.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Today's Forecast
Partly sunny, hot and humid.

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On This Day In History
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech to about 250,000 people attending the March on Washington. The demonstrators–Black and white, poor and rich–came together in the nation’s capital to demand voting rights and equal opportunity for African Americans and to appeal for an end to racial segregation and discrimination.

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