November 12: Defense rests in Rittenhouse trial. Santa’s ranks are thinning.

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Santa Claus with a bird on his shoulder. November 9, 2019 (Courtesy Oregon Humane Society)

Good morning! It’s Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Here’s a look at your news across the nation:

1️. Kyle Rittenhouse homicide trial: Defense rests its case

Kyle Rittenhouse, left, listens to his attorney, Mark Richards, as he takes the stand during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year. (Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool)

2. Attorney: No more `Black pastors’ in court for Arbery case

The Reverend Al Sharpton of the National Action Network holds a news conference at the Glynn County courthouse during the trial of Greg McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Brunswick, Ga. The three are charged with the February 2020 slaying of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. (AP Photo/Lewis M. Levine)

3. Astroworld death toll now 9, college senior died Wednesday

Bharti Shahani, a 22-year old Texas A&M University senior, has died after her injuries sustained at Astroworld, according to the family attorney.

4. Court temporarily delays release of Trump’s Jan. 6 records

FILE – Violent insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump stand outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. A federal judge is questioning Donald Trump’s efforts to withhold documents from Congress related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Judge Tanya Chutkan was skeptical Thursday, Nov. 4, of attorneys for the former president who asked her to block the handover of documents to a House committee. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

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Bah humbug: COVID-19 takes a toll on Santa Claus

Between the threat of COVID-19 and simple age, there’s a shortage among the ranks of Old Saint Nick this year.

Santa Claus with a bird on his shoulder. November 9, 2019 (Courtesy Oregon Humane Society)

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