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Congress overrides veto of 9/11 bill

U.S. CAPITOL building, the seat of Congress, in Washington, D.C. (Wikipedia photo).

U.S. CAPITOL building, the seat of Congress, in Washington, D.C. (Wikipedia photo).

President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill to allow the families of “9/11” victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its connections to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 was overridden Wednesday by both houses of Congress. The Senate voted 27-1 for the override, and the House of Representatives followed with a 348-77 vote. President Obama based his veto on the idea that Saudi Arabia also shares intelligence about terrorist groups with the U.S. and that it could lead to retaliatory lawsuits against Americans in nations where U.S. military actions led to civilian deaths.

oct-news-updateTeen gunman killed father before school shooting

A teenage boy fatally wounded his father before going to a nearby elementary school in Townville, South Carolina Wednesday and shooting a teacher and two students. The Associated Press is reporting that the teen killed his father, Jeffrey Osborne, 47, at their home a few miles from the school. The suspect has been arrested; none of the wounds to the victims are considered life-threatening. The town is located near the Georgia-South Carolina state line.

Government shutdown likely to be avoided

A compromise on a stopgap spending measure to keep the federal government from shutting down emerged Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. The U.S. Senate approved a such a bill Wednesday on a 72-15 vote, while the House of Representatives is expected to take it up later in the day. The bill also provides $1.1 billion to address the Zika virus threat, $500 million in emergency flood relief for Gulf Coast states, and funding to guarantee aid to solve the tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

election2016Who’s leading in the White House race?

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are within about three percentage points of each other in the race for the presidency. According to the average of recent national polls in the website on Wednesday, Clinton has the support of 47.2 percent of likely voters; Trump has the backing of 44.3 percent. But individual polls disagree, sometimes wildly. The latest Reuters/Ispos poll has Clinton ahead by six points while the newest L.A Times/USC poll has Trump up by four. None of these polls yet reflects the impact, if any, of Monday’s debate.


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