Canadian PM Trudeau Apologizes For Brownface Costume At 2001 Party

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is apologizing for having worn brownface makeup at a 2001 costume party. "I should have known better then, but I didn't and I did it and I'm deeply sorry," he said to reporters in his campaign plane in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The revelation was first reported by Time magazine late Wednesday which published a picture of Trudeau wearing a turban and robe with dark makeup on his face, neck and hands for an Arabian Nights-themed party at a private school where...

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New Mexico Unveils Plan To Give Students Free College Tuition Regardless Of Income

New Mexico has announced a plan to make public college and university free for all residents in the state, a proposal considered one of the most ambitious attempts to make higher education more accessible. The plan, if approved by the state's Democratic-controlled legislature, would allow students, regardless of household income, to attend any of the 29 state's public colleges and universities. State officials estimate that the program, officially called the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship...

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New York’s top environmental official is criticizing the Trump administration for revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards that are stricter than those issued by federal regulators. In a tweet, the president said his action would result in less expensive, safer cars. Basil Seggos, commissioner of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, discussed the state’s reaction and some other high-profile issues with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that Congressman Joe Kennedy intends to challenge U.S. Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts in a 2020 Democratic primary.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Editor and Publisher of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal, and, about a 1989 murder in Oneonta, New York that has since spurred an online petition aiming to extend parole for violent crime in the state. 

The United Arab Emirates said Thursday it would join a U.S.-led maritime coalition aimed at protecting international shipping in and near the Strait of Hormuz following alleged Iranian attacks on oil tankers there.

The UAE joins neighbors Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, along with the United Kingdom and Australia in the effort to protect vessels in the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf and the narrow Strait of Hormuz waterway that separates them and which acts as a transit point for a fifth of the world's oil exports.

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Here is NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Sunny and pleasant today. Highs in the lower 70s.

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Pete Alonso crushed his 49th home run and later worked out a tiebreaking, bases-loaded walk in a four-run ninth that gave the Mets a much-needed 7-4 win over the Rockies. Alonso is three away of Aaron Judge’s major league rookie record of 52 home runs set two years ago. Jeff McNeil also went deep for the Mets, who have set a club record with 225 homers this season.

On Sept. 14, a major Saudi oil processing plant was rocked by a series of explosions. The facility, and another oil field to the south, had been attacked from the air. Here's what we know — at this time — about the attacks based on physical evidence.

The strike was large and sophisticated

America's best-known obelisk reopens to the public on Thursday after more than three years of construction on a new security facility and renovations to its elevator system.

The Washington Monument will again welcome visitors up to its observation deck, where, from more than 500 feet in the air, visitors can see national landmarks including the U.S. Capitol, Washington National Cathedral, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial.

But first, you have to go through security.

Emergency sirens wailed on Hawaii's Oahu and Maui islands Wednesday evening, warning of a tsunami, but the alert turned out to be a mistake, sparking anger from residents who recalled a similar false warning last year of an imminent ballistic missile attack.

Within minutes of the alarm going off shortly after 5 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET) authorities were trying to calm the public by getting out word of the mistake.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will introduce Thursday her long-anticipated plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs. It is a priority shared by President Trump, fueling a glimmer of hope that there is a deal to be had on the issue ahead of the 2020 elections.


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