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Here are the headlines you Need2Know for Tuesday, October 19, 2021:


Colin Powell, a four-star general who served in both Republican and Democratic administrations, including as the country’s first Black secretary of state, has died from Covid complications. Powell’s spokesperson said that he was fully vaccinated but had a compromised immune system due to treatment for a type of blood cancer. A Vietnam vet, Powell rose through the ranks to become the top general and then top diplomat in the U.S. As President Bush’s secretary of state, he gave a 2003 speech at the UN that included faulty justifications for the war in Iraq -- a speech that Powell later acknowledged would be a “blot” on his legacy. He was 84. OBIT


The FDA is reportedly planning to allow Americans to get different vaccine boosters than the ones they initially received, a “mix and match” approach that would offer more flexibility especially for those who got the Johnson & Johnson shot. By the end of the week, regulators are expected to formally endorse boosters for Moderna and J&J recipients. NY TIMES


The murder trial of the three men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man who was jogging in their Georgia neighborhood, is underway. Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. have pleaded not guilty to charges of malice and felony murder. Their encounter with Arbery happened in Feb. 2020 but did not result in any arrests until a partial video of the incident was released in May of last year. CNN


The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is expected to cite Steve Bannon for criminal contempt today over his refusal to comply with a subpoena. Former President Trump is suing the committee to block the release of White House records related to the events of that day, claiming the panel is on an “illegal fishing expedition.” White House communications are typically protected under executive privilege, but the Biden administration waived that protection, arguing that the Capitol riot was a “unique and extraordinary” event. AP


If you want exposure to cryptocurrencies without actually having to own them, today is your lucky day. The first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund is launching on the NYSE after getting the green light from the SEC. The ETF gives investors a way to trade futures contracts linked to the price of the digital coin through their regular brokerage account. Bitcoin has been on a tear lately ahead of the expected launch, within striking distance of a new all-time high. The ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF will trade under the ticker ‘BITO.’ REUTERS


Apple unveiled a pair of new high-end MacBooks, as well as an update to AirPods, in its last hardware event of the year. The MacBook Pro laptops come in 14- and 16-inch sizes with better screens and new proprietary chips inside. Notably, Apple ditched the universally detested Touch Bar and brought back the beloved MagSafe magnetic charging connector, plus an HDMI port and SD card reader. The next-gen AirPods look like a cross between the original and Pro models, but with better battery life and audio quality. The laptops start at $1,999 and the AirPods will cost $179, with both shipping next week. CHEDDAR


Disney has announced a bunch of changes to its 2022 film schedule due to a production-related snowball effect. All of next year’s scheduled Marvel movies are getting delayed: Doctor Strange 2 from March to May; Thor 4 from May to July; Black Panther 2 from July to November; and The Marvels to early 2023. Disney’s also bumping Indiana Jones 5 a full year, to summer 2023, after Harrison Ford hurt his shoulder on set back in June and delayed filming. ABC NEWS


CBS will be home to a two-hour Adele special ahead of her new album. Adele One Night Only will feature the singer performing some of her new material as well as several of her old hits. She will also sit down with Oprah Winfrey for an exclusive interview as part of the taped special, which is set to air Nov. 14. VARIETY


…the new look of Italy’s flag carrier, ITA Airways, which is replacing Alitalia after 74 years: SEE IT

...Kanye West -- whose name is now officially just Ye -- sporting a prosthetic mask while hopping a cap at JFK: SEE IT

...Angelina Jolie and five of her six kids, hitting the red carpet for the Eternals world premiere: SEE PICS


The city of Christchurch in New Zealand has fired its official wizard, coming after he made offensive comments about women. Ian Brackenbury Channell had been on the city’s payroll since 1998, making about $11,000 a year to “provide acts of wizardry and other wizard-like-services.” The Christchurch city council says it will no longer require those services as of December as it launches a new tourism campaign. Channell, who recently joked in an interview about beating women, said he has no plans to stop wizarding, even if he can’t get paid for it: “They will have to kill me to stop me.” STUFF
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