Jerusalem killings: Four rabbis and a police officer were killed in an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Three of the rabbis were American citizens, one was British. The assailants, two Palestinian cousins, were killed at the scene.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed a severe response to the attack.


Homelessness report: One in 30 children in the U.S. is homeless, according to a report released on Monday, Nov. 17 by the National Center on Family Homelessness. The annual report, “America’s Youngest Outcasts,” found that 2.5 million children experienced homelessness in 2013, an 8% increase from 2012. The report pointed to high rates of poverty and unemployment and lack of affordable housing as causes for the statistic and warned of homelessness’ potentially detrimental effects on children’s development.


MO state of emergency: Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency on Monday, Nov. 17, giving him the authority to call up the Missouri National Guard. Nixon claimed this was a “precaution” in advance of the grand jury decision regarding whether to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Michael Brown in August. The verdict is expected to be released in the next few days, and it is widely speculated that Wilson will not be charged. National protests are expected should he not be charged.


Cosby accusations: Five women have gone public with accusations that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them, citing incidents that date back to the early 1990s. According to a lawsuit filed by one of the women, more than a dozen additional women have reported similar stories about the comedian. Cosby has been mostly silent regarding the allegations; his legal team called them “old and discredited.” NBC and Netflix have both pulled projects with Cosby in response to the controversy.

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