Start Your Day Here: Colin Powell dies of COVID complications; Trial begins in Ahmaud Arbery killing

Published October 18, 2021 at 7:54 AM EDT
A red-haired white woman wearing a patterned mask holds a sign with a painting of Ahmaud Arbery's face and a pamphlet with George Floyd's picture on it.
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A woman holds portraits of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd during an event in remembrance of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 23, 2021.

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Here are some of the top stories we're following today:

Colin Powell dies: The former secretary of state was 84. “He was fully vaccinated,” his family said in a statement.

Ahmaud Arbery: Jury selection begins in the trial of the three white men charged in the last year's shooting of a Black man while he jogged in a suburban Georgia neighborhood.

A booster shot against climate grief: Primatologist Jane Goodall spoke to NPR about The Book of Hope, which offers a much needed taste of eco-optimism.

The weekend's top stories: Haiti's kidnapping crisis, a Hollywood strike averted, China's sinking economy and more.

🎧 Also on Up First, our daily podcast, what's ahead for COVID-19 booster shots.

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