5 things to know on August 15, 2021: Coronavirus … Afghanistan … Florida … San Francisco … New York City


Seven men and five women have been sworn in as jurors in the R. Kelly federal trial in New York. Opening statements begin Wednesday, and jurors will remain anonymous and partially sequestered. Kelly faces racketeering and sex trafficking charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

San Francisco became the first major US city to mandate proof of full coronavirus vaccinations for indoor activities. Starting Friday, residents age 12 and older will be required to show vaccine cards to enter restaurants, bars, gyms and theaters, as well as large event spaces.


Former President Donald Trump will hold a rally Saturday in Alabama. He will deliver remarks at the state Republican Party’s summer meeting in Cullman. Trump won Alabama in the 2016 and 2020 elections.


New York City is throwing a bash at Central Park on Saturday. “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert” will feature big names such as Bruce Springsteen, LL Cool J, Maluma and Andrea Bocelli. It’s a celebration of the city’s comeback, Mayor Bill de Blasio says. 


Five years ago today, three Americans, a French national and a British man subdued a gunman who opened fire on a high-speed train in France. The dramatic story of how the would-be terrorist was brought down became a Hollywood thriller, “The 15:17 to Paris,” directed by Clint Eastwood.


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