5 things to know on December 19, 2021: Omicron, Australia, Michigan, Rod Stewart, Haiti

In Chile, voters go to the polls to choose a new leader to succeed outgoing President Sebastián Piñera. They will choose between two candidates who disagree on same-sex marriage rights, legalizing abortion, controlling natural resources and increasing programs to deal with migrants.


After three months of testimony from 32 witnesses, the fate of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is now in the hands of the jury. Holmes faces nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. A jury of eight men and four women will begin their deliberations tomorrow.
Jury instructions and oral argument are scheduled to begin tomorrow in the case of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter. Potter faces manslaughter charges for killing Wright after repeatedly yelling “Taser” during a traffic stop in April.


NASA’s commercial cargo supplier SpaceX plans to launch the next International Space Station resupply mission. The Dragon spacecraft will deliver 6,500 pounds of cargo containing science experiments and crew equipment.
The winter solstice in the northern hemisphere is Tuesday or Wednesday. This is when the sun appears in its southernmost position, directly above the Tropic of Capricorn. It is the shortest day of the year and marks the start of winter. It is exactly the opposite in the southern hemisphere.
Want more than 5 things? This week in the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, we chat with CNN national correspondent Brynn Gingras, who is joining us from the tornado-ravaged town of Mayfield, Ky. She tells us about the survivors she has met and reflects on the future of the region as it begins to rebuild itself. Listen now.

Photos of the week

If you ever want a dog to “smile” at the camera, try throwing a treat at them. It worked wonders for German photographer Christian Vieler, who published two books about dogs trying to catch snacks in the air. Here’s a look at the cute, hilarious and sometimes surprising photos.

What is going on in entertainment

‘Spider-Man’ makes cinemas a lifeline

The arrival of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” demonstrates that it is still possible to amass a giant opening weekend at the box office, even if such overkill numbers have become rare, bordering on the never seen during the pandemic, writes CNN’s Brian. Lowry.

What is happening in sport

All eyes are on Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is on the golf course again after a car crash in February. He is competing with his 12-year-old son, Charlie, in the million dollar PNC Championship in Florida this weekend. The tournament is a 36-hole two-man competition, pitting champions with family members.

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A group of dancing dads in ugly Christmas sweaters is a holiday gift that keeps on giving.

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