While You Were Out: Sept. 19, 2019

In two short days, it’ll be fall. And let us tell you, it’s sure feeling like it in the morning and the evenings now.

The mercury will drop to the mid 40s tonight. Early in the morning, there will be some “patchy” fog before rising back up to the mid 70s on what should be a beautiful Friday.

In the news…

A whistleblower’s complaint has rocked the intelligence community, alleging that the president’s actions were not just with a single foreign leader.

Unrelated, the president’s legal team is arguing that Trump cannot criminally investigated, which could complicate attempts to obtain the president’s tax returns via subpoena. 

A third incident has emerged of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appearing in “brownface,” following up in the wake of photos from a 2001 private party. The Telegraph asks whether this “a double standard” for liberal politicians such as Trudeau.

Scientists say more than three billion birds have vanished in North America since 1970.

The Food and Drug Administration revealed there is a criminal probe into the supply chain of vaping as the number of reported cases from vaping illnesses rises to 530. 

Airbnb plans to go public in 2020.

Despite reports of its demise, the new iPod Touch from Apple – the first update in nearly half a decade – finds new life with parents and journalists.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg discussed election security and data privacy in D.C.

… as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed $250 million to support election security.

Emily Clyburn, civil rights activist and the wife of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, 80.

Reeling from a tight election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered talks over unity government. His chief rival, Blue and White’s Benny Gantz, has ignored the invitation.

… additionally, the president played down the appearance of any support for Netanyahu, saying “our relations are with Israel.” Netanyahu used his close ties with Trump as part of the Likud Party’s campaign.

Mortgage rates have risen significantly since the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark rate. 

Nike dropped its endorsement of Antonio Brown from the New England Patriots amid sexual assault allegations.

Firearms manufacturer Colt will cease producing the AR-15 for the civilian market.

A new brewery is set to open in Colonie.

And at 7 p.m. in your timezone, the new iOS 13 update will be ready

Photo credit: Dustin Lanterman, from the garage of the late Dennis Dammerman. Dammerman consigned his collection to the Saratoga Auto Auction last year, in which this year’s event will be taking place on Sept. 20 and 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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