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Soaking torrential rains have millions from Florida to New England at risk of flooding.  North Carolina to Virginia are at highest risk with reports of homes being underwater and residents needing to be rescued.  Forcasters predict Wednesday morning will have Philadelphia to New York City getting soaked.

Tropical Storm Joaquin in the Atlantic has gained strength up to max sustained winds at 65 mph. Strengthening is expected to continue as it continues slowly moving west/southwest over the next several days before making a northern turn.  National Hurricane Center is now expecting Joaquin to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane. The current track is still very far west of the United States keeping the storm over open waters although some of the effects could be felt along the East Coast.

Kim Davis’ attorneys say the controversial Kentucky county clerk met with Pope Francis last Thursday in Washington, DC, a press release issued by Liberty Counsel said. The release states that Davis and her husband met the Pope at the Vatican Embassy in Washington.  The Vatican has not made any statement in regards to the Davis meeting.

Georgia was ready to execute its only women on death row Tuesday night. But first her lawyers are exhausting the appeals priocess to keep her alive.  Pope Francis has also offered a written plea for a stay of execution for Kelly Renee Gissendaner. Demonstrators lined up outside the prison in Jackson, Georgia where Gissendaner is awaiting to be executed.  Gissendaner was convicted in the 1997 slaying of her husband. Prosecutors say she convinced her lover to kill her husband. 

It looks like Congress will avoid a government shutdown hours before a midnight deadline to pass a budget. On Wednesday, lawmakers are expected to pass a bill to fund the government, avoiding a shutdown. The battle over Planned Parenthood threatened a budget showdown on Capitol Hill, but Monday the Senate passed a clean bill despite the objections of a handful of senators including Republican presidential candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

Planned Parenthood's president Cecile Richards testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday about the controversial funding for the health organization. Part of the focus of a contentious congressional hearing today into Planned Parenthood's use of taxpayer dollars focused entirely on the salary of its embattled president, Cecile Richards.Richards made $590,928 in fiscal year 2013, lawmakers noted. House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, made note that Richards' salary increased over a four-year period.
C News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reports from

VOTE 2016
--(HFR 7am 9/30) New ABC News/Washington Post poll checking in on favorability ratings for Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina will be released.
--A day after the RNC chairman hinted that New Hampshire’s roll as the first primary in the country was not set in stone… ticking off New Hampshire…  a group of GOP candidates all looking to win that state’s contest whenever it happens, are all in town campaigning. Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson are all zig-zagging across the Granite State Wednesday.
--Bill Clinton defended his wife against Donald Trump's attacks Tuesday calling Trump "fact free."

The US military is assisting Afghan forces to try and take back the northern city of Kunduz, taken by Taliban forces yesterday. Military officials confirm that the US has carried out airstrikes to protect coalition forces in the area.

The next court date for the two girls accused of stabbing another girl in Waukesha related to the “Slenderman” on line horror story website will be held Wednesday. 

A fugitive wanted in the kidnapping and torture of two women in suburban Portland nearly a quarter century ago was arrested at a hotel in Mexico, where he had been working and living under an assumed name. Paul Erven Jackson, 45, was arrested Monday by Mexican immigration authorities in downtown Guadalajara, Deputy U.S. Marshal Eric Wahlstrom said. He was flown to the United States overnight and booked into a Los Angeles jail on Tuesday.

The court dates for the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have been postponed. 

Eight in Ten American say they want Medicare and insurance to cover end of life discussions between doctors and paients, according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

A few weeks ago Apple held its unveiling event, showing off new phones and tablets... On Tuesday, it was Google's turn.   All of the big tech companies are showing off what they'll have for the upcoming shopping season.  Google is no exception.   Unveiling two new Nexus phones, two new streaming devices, a tablet, and a new operating system it calls Marshmellow. Google also unveiled a prototype of their self-driving car.

Yogi Berra was remembered at funeral by family and sports royalty Tuesday. A gold catcher's mitt was placed on top of his remains. But on a day filled with stories from a lifetime in baseball, Yogi Berra was remembered for being more than one of the game's greats.

--President Obama and Russia's President Putin met for more than 90 minutes at the U-N... Ukraine and Syria were the main focus. Putin said he Russia has not ruled out joining airstrikes against ISIS in Syria but would not be sending in ground troops.  The two leaders also discussed, but did not agree on a political path to resolution in Syria. 
--President Obama finishes his visit to the U-N General Assembly by chairing an anti-ISIS summit.  Before that he will sit down with Cuban President Raul Castro.

The only woman on Georgia's death row has a clemency hearing, the same day she is set to be executed. Kelly Renee Gissendaner was convicted in the 1997 slaying of her husband. Prosecutors say she convinced her lover to kill her husband. 

Planned Parenthood's president Cecile Richards will testify on Capitol Hill about the controversial funding for the health organization.

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump revealed his tax plan...He wants to reduced the number of tax brackets from seven to four, and he wants to eliminate what he calls a loophole that enables the wealthiest to pay lower rates than the less well-off.  Tuesday campaign events include Fiorina in Oklahoma City, Carson in Winston Salem, NC, and Jeb Bush in Pittsburgh.
--Bill Clinton is scheduled to embark upon a series of fundraisers and party events across the country on behalf of his wife, after the conclusion of The Clinton Global Initiative conference.

California Congressman Kevin McCarthy emailed fellow house Republicans telling them he wants to be the Next House Speaker.

The US military is assisting Afghan forces to try and take back the northern city of Kunduz, taken by Taliban forces yesterday. Military officials confirm that the US has carried out airstrikes to protect coalition forces in the area.

AerLingus 11EA, Boeing 757, returned to land at John F Kennedy International Airport due to a hydraulic and flap problem Monday evening. The flight was enroute to Shannon, Ireland. The aircraft landed safely however, the pilot reported a fire in the main gear after landing which was extinguished by airport fire and rescue. The FAA will investigate.

Court dates may be set, or postponed, at a Tuesday hearing for the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

Down only about a half a penny in the past week the price of regular unleaded nationwide sits at 2-32 a gallon according to new numbers out from the Energy Department.

There are more cases of Legionnaires' disease in New York City.  Seven people ... sickened in the Bronx ... where another Legionnaires' disease outbreak during the summer killed 12 people.

A New Jersey high school quarterback's death was caused by a lacerated spleen.  That's from the just-released autopsy.  Warren Hills Regional High School player Evan Murray died Friday after being hurt on the field.

September 28-- Ameris Bank is pleased to announce the co-sponsorship, with Country Financial, of “A Date For 8”, a fundraiser for the United Way of Toombs, Montgomery and Wheeler Counties. Money raised will fund local initiatives and will support 23 human-service agencies.
Participating is easy – just purchase a raffle ticket and you are entered to win. The prize includes a gourmet dinner for eight at a luxurious location to be determined. Transportation to and from the dinner will be included as well. Raffle tickets are $20 each and a six-pack of tickets can be purchased for $100. Tickets can be purchased at Ameris Bank at 1705 East First Street, at Country Financial at 404 Church Street, or by calling United Way Executive Director Patricia Dixon at 912.293.0781.
“Ameris Bank is so proud to support the good work of the United Way,” said Vidalia Branch Manager Julie Cook. “We see ourselves as more than just a business; we’re a community partner. We feel that it is our responsibility to support community initiatives, especially those that affect so many families in our area.”
“We know that when a community comes together we can do so much good work,” noted Dixon. “With the support of participants and sponsors, we are able to give funds to the community where it is needed most. Every dollar goes such a long way!”
The raffle drawing will take place on November 12, 2015 at the United Way Victory Luncheon. Entrants need not be present to win.

President Obama is to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the U-N General Assembly. This is Putin's  first visit to the U.S. since 2005.  At the United Nations Sunday, Mr. Obama committed the U.S. to a new blueprint to eliminate poverty and hunger around the world.  On Monday, the President speaks to a peacekeeping summit at the United Nations General Assembly.  President Obama will also sit down with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday.

Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to "miracles of love," closing out his joyful six-day trip with a message of hope for families, consolation for victims of child sexual abuse and a warning to America's bishops.  The wide Benjamin Franklin Parkway overflowed with the jubilant, who stood in line for hours and endured airport-style security checks to see history's first pope from the Americas celebrate an open-air Mass in the birthplace of the United States. The pope's final public statement before departing Philadelphia: "May God Bless you all. God Bless America."

VOTE 2016
-- Some scary moments during Republican Carly Fiorina's appearance at a conference of women entrepreneurs in San Antonio... the curtain that served as a backdrop behind the stage collapsed with a crash. No one was hurt.
-- Republican Donald Trump is set to release his tax plan in New York.
-- Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson tells ABC's "This Week" he would be willing to give Kanye West a chance as president of the United States.
-- Democrat Hillary Clinton says newly-revealed emails dated before she had said her private server was operational were from a “transition period.”
- Sen. Bernie Sanders - who's seeking the Democratic nomination - delivers remarks and takes questions Monday at The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.  

Outgoing Republican House Speaker John Boehner says there will be "no" government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding.  He plans to pass the Senate’s short-term government funding bill with Democratic help.

A duck boat involved in Thursday's deadly collision with a tour bus in Seattle did not have a repair recommended for the amphibious vehicle in 2013. So says NTSB member Earl Weener, who told a Sunday news conference investigators just learned that "Ride The Ducks International" had issued the warning about potential axle failure, and it's unclear if the Seattle operator had received the information.  A fifth person died from injuries Sunday.

Haiden Morgen, weighed in at one-and-a-half pounds on September 1st, when he was born, four months too soon on a cruise ship off the coast of Puerto Rico.  Doctors weren’t as hopeful as his mother was, who rushed to create a makeshift incubator for her newborn son as the boat raced to shore.  Now baby Haiden is doing better, his parents are hopeful he’ll be well enough to leave the hospital by Dec. 19th, his original due date and to their home in Ogden, Utah.

Monday is sentencing day for Joyce Mitchell, the prison seamstress who helped two killers escape the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York in June. Mitchell slipped a drill bit and hack saw blades into the prison hidden in hamburger meat, but failed to show up as the getaway driver for Richard Matt and David Sweat.

The Iraqi military announced Sunday that it had agreed to share intelligence about the Islamic State with Russia, the Syrian government and Iran, an agreement that caught the Obama administration off guard.  The Iraqi military said in a statement that the new agreement was necessary because thousands of volunteers who have joined the Islamic State have come from Russia.  The U.S. is being pressed to work with Russia against ISIS, while it quarrels over what is happening over in the Ukraine.  Meanwhile, France launched airstrikes over Syria against ISIS on Sunday.

In just one week during September, U.S. airport security agents discovered a record 67 firearms in luggage passengers intended to carry on to airplanes, breaking the old record of 65 set back in May of 2013.  And of those 67 guns, 56 were loaded, and 26 had a round in the chamber.  And in case you were wondering whether common sense was sinking in among air travelers… apparently not… TSA has confiscated over 2,000 firearms from passengers boarding airplanes this year, on the way to setting a new annual record.

NASA says it has a “major science finding” about Mars that it’s unveiling Monday morning at 11am ET.  So what’s the mystery?  Based on the list of panel participants and chats with longtime Mars observers, the announcement will confirm a 2011 hypothesis that water is flowing on present-day Mars.

A lunar eclipse that in the past elicited fears of the apocalypse will shine bright on Sunday night. The once in a generation ‘Super Blood Moon’ occurs when the Earth, the Sun, and the moon all line up, putting the moon in the Earth’s shadow. 

The Dalai Lama remains at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic after canceling his U.S. appearances for the month of October.  A Mayo spokeswoman confirmed Sunday the 80-year-old Tibetan Buddhist leader remains at the Rochester clinic for a medical evaluation. No other details were released.  The Dalai Lama's office said Friday in a statement on its website that he has canceled his planned October U.S. visit after doctors advised him to rest. 

Warren Hills Regional High School quarterback Evan Murray died after being hurt is a game on Friday night in Washington, New Jersey.   A statement from interim Superintendent Gary Bowen says the community is “deeply saddened” by the death of the three-sport athlete who had been the team’s starting quarterback for the past three years.   Bowen says a cause of death has not been determined.  A funeral is planned for Thursday.

Will Lowering the Drinking Age Help College Kids Stop Binge Drinking?  This study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs concludes it reduces the pressure and need to binge drink, but also leads to more high school dropouts when the minimum drinking age is set at 18.

Mark Zuckerberg is teaming up with U2's Bono's One organization to push for universal Internet access by 2020.  The “Connectivity Declaration” released by One, and signed by several high-profile people, was released as the United Nations its Global Goals, a development blueprint aimed at solving pressing social and economic challenges.  Zuckerberg pointed to farmers in Africa who use the mobile Web to track inventory and prices, women in South America who use phones to get health information, and refugees who use smartphones to stay in touch with family during their journey to Europe.

Race car driver Tony Stewart has decided the 2016 season will be his last as a fulltime driver in the Sprint Cup Series.  

Trevor Noah takes over the desk Monday night as the nwe host of "The Daily Show."

The animated sequel "Hotel Transylvania 2" checks in as the top money maker this weekend with an estimated take of $42.5 million.

Pope Francis visits the United Nations and addresses the U-N General Assembly. Later he participates in a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. In the afternoon, he tours through Central Park and celebrates Mass at Madison Square Garden.

VOTE 2016
- At least seven Republican presidential hopefuls and Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis will take part in the conservative Value Voters Summit in Washington, DC this weekend.  The event kicks-off Friday.
- Bernie Sanders is pulling away in the polls in New Hampshire. The Vermont senator has opened up a wide, 16-point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Granite State New Hampshire, according to a new CNN/WMUR/UNH poll released Thursday night.

President Obama will formally welcome the Chinese President to the White House for a series of meetings. President Xi Jinping arrived in DC Thursday.  The two will announce a sweeping cap-and-trade deal Friday, according to several senior administration officials.  Following an agreement between the two countries last November where the world powers announced post-2020 climate targets, officials say the deal will show the world that China and the U.S. are committed to implementing policies “to lead the world toward a durable global climate agreement.”

President Obama is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week ... during the session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Saudi prince Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud was arrested on suspicion of trying to force a sex act on a worker at the home he was renting near Beverly Hills.  The LAPD has says Al-Saud does not have immunity in this case. 

The death toll tops 700 in the horrific stampede at the annual Muslim pilgrimage on the outskirts of the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The NTSB will be investigating the collision of two tour buses in Seattle that left four dead, dozens injured.  The crash involved students and staff from north Seattle's college's international program. Officials are investigating reports the duck boat's front wheels may have locked up.

--The EPA expects to compel VW to issue a recall in the future to reduce the emissions impacts of the vehicles that were deceptively sold as meeting the standard.  Owners will be notified of that recall once Volkswagen and Audi have developed a remedial plan and EPA has approved the plan.  Manufacturers are given a reasonable amount of time to develop a plan to complete the repairs, including both the repair procedure and manufacture of any needed parts. The Department of Justice says it is working closely with the EPA to determine any criminal activity.
--Volkswagen Supervisory Board scheduled to meet, and is expected to discuss last Friday's announcement from the EPA and California Air Resources Board that they had detected manipulations that violate U.S. environmental standards while testing Volkswagen diesel cars.

A Southern California high school student is being praised by his classmates after a viral video showed him stepping-in to slug an apparent bully who was harrassing a blind kid.  The alleged bully in the case was arrested by Hunntingtion Beach Police.  

As FIFA's executive committee meets in Switzerland, for FIFA Vice President Jack Warner will learn Friday whether a court will proceed with hearings that could see him extradited to the United States to face charges over corruption. Warner, 72, is currently fighting extradition in his native Trinidad and was indicted in May by a US grand jury on 12 charges

The Texas high school assistant football coach who allegedly ordered his players to "take out" a referee during a game earlier this month has resigned -- but maintained that the referee had used a racist epithet during the game.

Tom Eoannou, the attorney representing Chicago Blackhawk Patrick Kane's alleged sex assault victim, has withdrawn from the case over "ethical concerns" regarding an evidence bag, he said in a press conference Thursday night.  On Wednesday, Eoannou said an evidence bag that once contained the rape kit of the woman accusing Kane of sexual assault was left at her mother's door. Eoannou said he's still confident in the woman's allegations against Kane, who is accused of sexually assaulting her at his New York home on August 2nd. Kane has not been charged.

The Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus hits stores Friday.  The release doesn't have the same fanfare as we've seen in the past, but there are some improvements in the new version compared to the iPhone 6.  Users will see new front and rear cameras, upgraded processors and RAM, and a pressure-sensitive 3D Touch screen.  And if you're looking for a deal, the prices of the older models have plummeted.

Pope Francis will speak before a Joint Meeting of Congress Thursday morning, this last day in Washington, D.C. before heading to New York City. In between, he will make several brief stops, including a visit to Catholic Charities. Once in the Big Apple, Francis will hold an evening prayer service at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

VOTE 2016
-- Dr. Ben Carson tells ABC News he agrees with Pope Francis' message of tolerance, saying he believes tolerance is a two-way street. Speaking on his tour bus Wednesday, Dr. Carson also said he does not believe his view of Muslims clashes with the idea of tolerance.
-- Meanwhile, GOP front-runner Donald Trump is in full attack mode against his rival candidates. While in South Carolina on Wednesday, the New York City billionaire took shots at Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, and he called Hillary Clinton "shrill".
-- Hillary Clinton took her own shots at Donald Trump during an interview Wednesday, calling his rhetoric irresponsible and denouncing his accusation that she is the original birther as absurd.

The backlash continues against Volkswagen, which admits to installing software in an estimated 11 million vehicles that allows them to cheat on carbon emissions tests. The automaker's stock was down by 25 percent as of Wednesday. C-E-O Martin Winterkorn announced Wednesday that he is stepping down.

Boeing and Chinese officials announced a mega-deal Wednesday in Seattle. China is purchasing 300 new Boeing aircraft, mainly 373s, at an estimated cost of 38 billion dollars. Boeing's CEO says China now makes up a quarter of the company's sales. Chinese President Xi Jinping also took a tour of Boeing's headquarters Wednesday.

The death toll of the stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage outside Mecca this morning currently stands at more than 300, with another 400 injured. In the Islamic calendar, Thursday marks Eid al-Adha, the holiday that marks the climax of the pilgrimage.
The Hajj pilgrimage is an annual 5-day event that draws millions of Muslims to the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

The lawyer for two Texas high school students says the district is keeping the boys in alternate school for the rest of 2015 for tackling a referee during the first football game of the season. They'll be able to return to regular classes in January. The boys had a disciplinary hearing Wednesday with school officials in which, the lawyer says, they addressed a letter allegedly written to their high school principal from their coach taking full responsibility of the incident. The attorney accuses the district of concealing the letter and leaving the boys "to hang".

Multiple town homes are on fire after a reported explosion in Columbia, Maryland.  One Baltimore Gas and Electric worker is reported to have been injured One unit has completely collapsed and debris is everywhere. Windows appear to have blown out more than 50 feet across the parking lot.

The lawyer for a woman alleging she was sexually assaulted by Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane says an empty evidence bag was improperly left in the doorway of the woman's mother's home.  Thomas Eoannou says Wednesday that the bag at one point contained the rape kit used when the woman reported that she had been assaulted.  Eoannou wants the FBI or state police to probe how the bag left the custody of investigators. Kane’s attorney, Paul Cambria, held a short press briefing in Buffalo on Wednesday. He says there is no information to suggest that the evidence chain was in anyway disrupted before it was tested. He says that the tests came back negative for Kane.   

To remember Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees will wear Number 8 patches on their uniforms.  The team will observe a moment of silence at its next home game on Thursday.  All flags in New York City are also flying at half-staff through sunset on Thursday to honor Berra.  A private funeral service for Berra will be held Tuesday in Montclair, N.J. 

To celebrate Transparent winning five Emmys, this Friday only, Amazon Prime is offering one-year of its service for $67 to new members.  Normal price is $99.  


Pope Francis arrived in the US Tuesday to big cheers at Joint Base Andrews in Washington. The First Family greeted the pope on the tarmac. The pope and President Obama had a brief meeting off camera before going their separate ways, the First Family back to the White House and the pontiff to his residency at the Apostolic Nunciature. Pope Francis gets a formal White House greeting Wednesday morning, and will canonize Junipero Serra in a historic mass Wednesday afternoon.

VOTE 2016
-- Dr. Ben Carson attempted to clarify his stance against a Muslim president in an interview with ABC's Tom Llamas outside a rally Tuesday in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Carson said that traditional Islam does not call for a separation of church and state, and that he also would not support a Christian candidate who does not advocate for a divide between church and state.
-- Meanwhile, GOP front-runner Donald Trump said he would welcome Muslims to his administration, if elected president. Trump spoke to CBS' Scott Pelley Tuesday night.
-- Hillary Clinton took a stance against the Keystone XL pipeline during a campaign Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa. Mrs. Clinton called the pipeline a distraction and said she had expected to issue to be settled by now.
-- Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) rallied Tuesday with striking federal workers on Capitol Hill, telling them they deserve 15 dollars an hour. Senator Sanders also spoke highly of Pope Francis, saying he hopes Washington heeds the pope's message of social and economic justice.

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn apologized Tuesday for installing software in an estimated 11 million vehicles that allowed the company to cheat on US emissions standards. The scandal is expected to cost Volkswagen billions of dollars in fines and legal fees, and some experts wonder if the company can survive. Winterkorn has not said if he is stepping down.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Washington State Tuesday, where he was greeted by Governor Jay Inslee, U-S Ambassador to China Gary Locke, Seattle's mayor, and others. Supporters and protesters lined the streets to welcome China's president. Mr. Xi addressed business leaders Tuesday night in Seattle, placing a focus on clean technology. Concerns over China's sluggish economy caused U-S stocks to sink ahead of Xi's arrival. Xi will meet with President Obama on Friday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a possible budget compromise on Tuesday that would keep the US government running until December. The catch: the extension defunds Planned Parenthood. Democrats say that's a non-starter. In dueling Capitol Hill news conferences, McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pointed fingers at each other for the standoff. Both sides have a little more than a week to come to an agreement.

The young CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals now says the drug company will lower the price of a life-saving drug it raised to 750 dollars per pill after buying out the original drug maker. The price hike drew the ire of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, who called the price hike outrageous. CEO Martin Shkreli, 32, did not say just how much the price of Daraprim will come down, only saying it will be more affordable.

European heads reached an agreement Tuesday on dispersing 120 thousand asylum-seekers across the continent. Four countries voted against the plan -- the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary. EU leaders will gather Wednesday evening in Brussels to try to adopt a unified approach to the crisis that has seen nearly half a million people stream into Europe from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Pope Francis wraps up his trip to Cuba and arrives in Washington DC Tuesday, the first stop on the U-S leg of his trip, that also includes visits to New York and Philadelphia. 

VOTE 2016
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker suspends his presidential bid, and without mentioning Donald Trump by name, says the debate has "drifted into personal attacks," and he called on others to step out of the race, too.

The County Clerk at the center of that showdown in Kentucky over same-sex marriage ... breaking her silence ... talking exclusively to ABC News.  Kim Davis says she was heeding the law of God, not the law of man ... when she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.  The ACLU released a statement asserting Davis has been failing to comply with a judge's orders by directing deputies to alter documents.

A survey of thousands of students at universities across the country indicates 1 in 4 women say they have experienced unwanted sexual contact.

The sentence is 28 years for a 61-year-old former peanut executive in Georgia, for his role in a deadly salmonella outbreak. Relatives of some of those who died and others who were sickened has asked a federal judge to impose a stiff punishment on former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell.

Volkswagen says 11 million cars worldwide were fitted with software used to mask real emissions output. The German automaker says it will also put aside more than 7 billions of dollars to deal with the issue that came to light after the EPA ordered a recall in the US. In a statement Volkswagen said the funds would be used, "to cover the necessary service measures and other efforts to win back the trust of our customers. "

European heads of government will gather this week (Wed.) for another emergency conference in an attempt to deal with Europe's ongoing immigration crisis.

The former tennis star tackled by police in a mistaken arrest has met with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Police Commissioner William Bratton.  James Blake called the meeting productive, and says he hopes the negative incident will turn into a teachable moment.

70 US trained Syrian rebels have re-entered Syria to Fight ISIS, but the number is still far short of Pentagon expectations.
Officials acknowledge they will not even come close to meeting the original goal of training 5,000 rebels in 12 months.

Each year, seniors and their families lose billions of dollars to con artists. A new investigation by Consumer Reports, the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit consumer organization, takes an in-depth look at how elderly victims across the nation have fallen for scams committed by strangers that have cost them tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars, and, in some cases, have resulted in the loss of their entire life savings. Consumer Reports has outlined important steps to build a safety net to help prevent financial loss.

Pope Francis spends one more day in Cuba...visiting the cities of Holguín and Santiago...before leaving Tuesday for the U.S.  Sunday the Pope met separately with Fidel Castro and current Cuban leader Raoul Castro, after celebrating a Mass before 300-thousand faithful.

Early winners at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards include Allison Janney, best supporting actress in a comedy series for "Mom," and "Veep" won three early awards -- Julia Louis-Dreyfus for best actress in a comedy series, the writers of the "Election Night" episode and Tony Hale for best supporting actor. Jeffrey Tambor won best actor in a comedy series for his role as a transgender Dad in "Transparent."

VOTE 2016
This weekend saw Carly Fiorina become the new number two in the polls; Trump again refuse to say whether he believed President Obama was born here; and Ben Carson said there should not be a Muslim president because Islam is inconsistent with the constitution. On the Democratic side, Clinton tried to paint herself as an outsider; Sanders promised/threatened to take his shirt off at a warm campaign event; and Dr. Jill Biden’s spokesman says the vice president’s wife would be “on board” with a Biden campaign—if the Bidens decide there will be a Biden campaign.

A new wildfire in Northern California has killed one person and destroyed or damaged 10 homes in Monterey County... The Tassajara fire is burning over 12-hundred acres near the town of Jamesburg.  The two huge fires burning near Sacramento have destroyed at least 14-hundred homes.

Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. will take in 85-thousand refugees in 2016 ... up from 70-thousand last year ... and as many as 100-thousand in 2017. At least 10-thousand be resettled from Syria.

Automaker Volkswagen is apologizing ... after an EPA investigation revealed the company was trying to cheat U-S emissions tests in half a million diesel cars.

A suspect in four of the Phoenix freeway shootings faces multiple charges. Police say there is a "limited sense of relief" as they try to solve all the cases.

A man who allegedly opened fire at an Alabama church has an initial court appearance Monday afternoon. Police in Selma  say James Junior Minter allegedly opened fire during a church service, and is being charged with three counts of attempted murder.  Police say the 26-year-old was angry over visitation rights ... and came to the church to attack his young son's mother.

"Baby Bella”’s mother and her boyfriend will be arraigned for her murder in Boston

A second court hearing since it was moved to adult court will be held for the two suspects in the Slenderman case. The attorney for the two Waukesha, Wisconsin girls will ask for a postponement of an October hearing, and will ask that a ruling that kept the case out of juvenile court be reversed.

Tops at the box office this weekend:  "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" which pulled in an estimated 30.3-million dollars.   

Pope Francis delivered a video message to the Cuban people Thursday night, ahead of his historic visit to the Caribbean island nation on Saturday. The message is entirely in Spanish. The people will spend four days in Cuba, celebrating Sunday mass in Havana's Revolution Square, before heading to the United States.

A friend of the alleged Charleston church shooter was arrested Thursday, more than a month after authorities told him he was under federal investigation for lying to them and failing to report a crime, an official close to the probe said. 21-year-old Joey Meek allegedly told investigators that Dylan Roof stayed with him before the fatal shootings.

VOTE 2016
--At a townhall meeting in Rochester, New Hampshire Thursday night, Donald Trump seemed to let slide a question from the audience about how the US can get rid of Muslims. Trump appears to initially greet the comment with sarcasm, only responding by saying, "We're going to be looking into a lot of different things." Before the Q&A, Trump delivered a speech, at one point going after GOP challenger Carly Fiorina.

After a two-day meeting, the Federal Reserve announced that it is leaving interest rates unchanged. The Federal Reserve hasn't raised interest rates since 2006. The Federal Open Market Committee said in its policy statement today that it anticipates raising rates when it sees further improvement in the labor market and when inflation moves back to 2 percent. The committee said U.S. economic activity is expanding at a "moderate pace."

The death toll from an 8.3 magnitude earth quake off the coast of Chile rose to eight on Thursday. The quake struck Wednesday, triggering tsunami warnings for parts of Hawaii and Southern California that have since been lifted. Within the hour after the initial quake, there were at least five aftershocks measuring at least 5.7 each.

General Motors C-E-O apologized for the company's criminal behavior during a townhall with employees on Thursday. G-M has agreed to a $900 million federal settlement, and agreed to admit to misleading the public about vehicle safety amid defective ignition switches, according to court documents. The criminal charges were wire fraud and scheming to conceal information, according to court documents. The switches are blamed for more than 100 deaths.

CalFire officials confirm two more bodies were found on Thursday, raising the death toll to five in Northern California wildfires. The Butte and Valley wildfires are two of the most destructive in the state's history, and continue to burn. Fortunately, more favorable weather Thursday allowed crews to gain ground on the blazes that have destroyed more than 800 homes.

Two Texas high school football players who are being investigated for their blindside hit on a referee tell their side of the story to ABC News. Senior Michael Moreno and Sophomore Victor Rojas of John Jay High school in San Antonio were ejected from the game and suspended for their hit on referee Robert Watt captured on camera.

The commanders of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's platoon, company and battalion testified Thursday that his disappearance from his post in Afghanistansix years ago put a strain on their forces and put his fellow soldiers in danger. Attorneys for Bergdahl, who is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, will get to present their own evidence and call witnesses on Friday on the second day of the hearing to determine if Bergdahl should face a court-martial. His lead attorney, Eugene Fidell, said after Thursday's proceedings that he would call four witnesses, though he declined to say if Bergdahl would be one of them.

Croatian leaders put the army on alert after chaos erupted Thursday on the border with Serbia, where thousands of asylum-seekers poured into the country, some trampling each other in a rush to get on the few available buses and trains. Dozens were injured in the mayhem.The masses descended on Croatia after Hungary erected a barbed wire-fence and took other tough measures to stop them from using it as a gateway into Western Europe.

Rescuers traversed a 100-foot drop into a rugged section of Zion National Park on Thursday to find the last of seven hikers killed when fast-moving floodwaters rushed through a narrow Utah canyon.

A man armed with a stick tried to steal a Learjet in Texas Thursday after careening through a security gate with a car, police said. The man, who has not been identified, has a history of mental illness and was known to the Waco Police Department, according to a statement the department issued after the incident.

Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is speaking out for the first time since being accused of rape at his Buffalo-area home.

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- In Wednesday night’s debate between the top polling 11 GOP candidates, there was a lot of back and forth between the hopefuls.   Many of the most-heated discussions came between Donald Trump and one of the other candidates, especially Jeb Bush.   Trump said not even "Abraham Lincoln couldn't  have been elected" because of the mess his brotehr left allowing President Obama to take office.  Bush responded "there's one thing I know for sure.  He kept us safe." Carly Fiorina also got to respond to Trump’s comments earlier this month that she didn’t have the face of a leader. She criticized Trump for declaring bankruptcy four times.   The candidates also discussed the Iran deal, Planned Parenthood, and Kim Davis.  
- Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."
- Vice President Joe Biden was in Los Angeles and took jabs at the Republican hopefuls while talking about climate change and renewable energy.

Stocks posted solid gains Wednesday ahead of a closely watched decision by the Federal Reserve on whether or not to raise interest rates.  Investors have been speculating about when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates for months. Thursday afternoon, they'll have their answer when Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks. 

An 8.3 earthquake hit off the coast of Chile on Wednesday evening.   The quake was about eight miles deep and caused a tsunami watch to be issued as far away as Hawaii.  The watch in Hawaii was later cancelled.   At least five people were killed.  Video and pictures show some damage, including a collapsed ceiling at a shopping mall food court.   Some coastline in Chile was evacuate, as protocol.   Within the hour after the initial quake, there were at least five aftershocks measuring at least 5.7 each.

ABC News has learned the government will announce a settlement with the General Motors Thursday over faulty ignition switches. The news conference to be held in New York. The bad switches are responsible for more than 100 deaths. The settlement will include a fine in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

California fire officials say the Valley Fire is now the 9th most destructive fire in California’s history, burning more than 70,000 acres and more than 600 structures.  It is 30 percent contained.  Meanwhile, the Butte Fire is the 14th most destructive, burning more than 71,000 acres and more 400 structures.  It is 45 percent contained

Baton-wielding Hungarian riot police unleashed tear gas and water cannons against hundreds of refugees Wednesday after they broke through a razor-wire fence and tried to surge into the country from Serbia. Crying children fled the acrid smoke and dozens of people were injured in the chaos.  With their path blocked, hundreds of other asylum-seekers turned to a longer, more arduous path to Western Europe through Croatia, where officials said 1,300 had arrived in a single day -- a number that was sure to grow.

The mayor of a small polygamous town on the Utah-Arizona border says searchers are hoping to find a 6-year-old boy after flash flooding killed 12 others, including the child's mother, aunts, siblings and cousins.  

The Texas teen arrested after his homemade digital clock was mistaken for a bomb went from getting the attention of President Obama to the attention of GOP Presidential hopefuls at tonight's debate. Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was taken into custody on Monday at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas after a digital clock he crafted himself was mistaken for a bomb by school officials. The Irving Police Department claimed they were being "cautious" because of recent episodes of school violence, but the incident sparked outrage because it was seen by some as racial prejudice against Muslim-Americans. Ahmed has accepted the President’s invitation to visit the White House.

Court appearances are scheduled in New York Thursday for the first fraternity defendants charged in connection with the 2013 hazing death of a Baruch College freshman

Digital billboards will be advertising the $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the Phoenix-area freeway shootings.Arizona Department of Public Safety officials announced Wednesday that 16 all-digital billboards will be on display around the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Carey Gabay, the aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who was shot in the head during a pre-dawn party before the annual West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn Labor Day Weekend, died in the hospital on Wednesday. His family confirmed that he was removed from the respirator Wednesday evening.

Singer Elton John thought he was having a conversation about gay rights with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week, he even thanked the president for the call. But apparently it was all part of a larger hoax. A Russian TV personality and celebrity prankster known as ‘Vovan’ now says he and his comedy sidekick made the call to John, playing the roles of Putin and a press secretary.

The makers of Budweiser, Anheuser-Busch InBed, announced on Wednesday that they want to buy SABMiller, the second-largest brewer and makers of Miller Genuine Draft. The deal is valued about $275 billion, with annual sales of $73.3 billion. The deal is expected to be looked at closely, pushing regulators to require the sale of some brands to ensure fair competition.

-The two New England Patriots lockerroom and equipment employees at the center of the NFL underinflated football scandal -- are back in the Patriots lockerroom.  It comes months after a league report found they had participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after they were examined by the referee. Star Quarterback Tom Brady was accused of having knowledge of the allegations. His four-game suspension reversed by a judge..but the NFL says it will appeal his case. 
- Brady, meanwhile, is trumpeting Republican Donald Trump for president.
Brady showed off a hat in his locker that Trump sent with the slogan "Make America Great Again." Brady said if Trump was elected "that would be great. A putting green on the White House lawn.

The death toll grew from flash floods in Utah Monday - at least a dozen victims - mothers and their children - swept away inside two vehicles by a wall of water twenty feet high.
--At least four people were killed, others missing in flooding in Utah's Zion National Park.

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The Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California is the setting for the second Republican presidential debate. It could be much feistier than the first...with the potential for several candidates to try to bring down the front-runner, Donald Trump.

--The Valley Fire burning in northern California's Lake, Sonoma, and Napa counties grew to 67,000 acres and is 15 percent contained. Several people remain unaccounted for. There are 585 homes that have been destroyed and 9,000 structures are threatened.
--Residents were allowed to return to their homes in one of two counties evacuated because of the Butte Fire southeast of Sacramento.

A CDC report indicates about a third of children and teens still eat fast food every day.  The proportion of calories kids get daily from fast food has remained about the same for the last decade: about 12-percent.

A number of European ministers will meet next week to discuss how to relocate as many as 120 thousand refugees throughout the European Union. In the meantime, Hungary's border with Serbia, a key route for refugees, remains sealed.

More than three dozen fraternity brothers are facing charges over the death of a Baruch College freshman in what prosecutors called a brutal ritual.

A school bus crash in Houston killed two teenage girls and left two other students and the driver seriously injured. The bus plunged off an overpass after being hit by a driver who changed lanes.

A candlelight vigil was held on the campus of Delta State University in Mississippi to honor the life of Professor Ethan Schmidt, gunned down allegedly by another school employee.  Authorities released audio of a 911 by suspected gunman Shannon Lamb, in which he says he had just shot his wife.

The Senate Majority Whip wants a special prosecutor to look over the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Have US military commanders pumped up progress reports on the fight against ISIS?  The Pentagon is investigating claims that US Central Command may have altered intelligence to paint a rosier picture about the war on Islamic State fighters.

Americans divide evenly on the nuclear deal with Iran in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, with somewhat more support when information about the monitoring process is provided.

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--Donald Trump spoke at a less-than-packed arena in Dallas, while a really nasty protest broke out just after the rally over immigration outside.  Protesters against Trump chanted "Dump the Trump" and protesters for Trump's border wall told the other group to "leave our country" or "build that wall, you're gonna pay for it."  Police on horseback stormed the crowd, pushing them apart.   Trump will be in Los Angeles Tuesday.
--GOP candidates will gather in Simi Valley, CA Wednesday for the second presidential debate held at the Reagan Library.
--Democrat Hillary Clinton says she finds Donald Trump entertaining for making campaign promises that don't add up.

A Delta State University employee suspected in the fatal shooting of a professor at the Cleveland, Mississippi, campus is dead, police said, bringing a close to a day-long manhunt. Shannon Lamb, 45, was also identified by police as a suspect in the deadly shooting of a woman in a town some 300 miles away. A manhunt continued throughout the day, and ended late Monday.

The two big wildfires in northern California have displaced 23-thousand people and destroyed more than 500 homes. Residents are just beginning to grasp the scope of devastation.

The reward has been increased to $50 thousand dollars in the Arizona freeway shooter case.  Arizona State troopers have not received the tip they need to solve the freeway shootings that have plagued the Phoenix area for more than two weeks. That's why Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead says he's more than doubling the reward money in the case.


--Hungary has a declared a state of emergency in two southern provinces hoping to stop the inflow of refugees coming from the war-torn Middle East and Africa. Under a "state of emergency”, soldiers are authorized to use rubber bullets, teargas, nets and dogs to apprehend refugees entering illegally, and to use deadly force if they believe that their own lives are in danger.
--European Union officials failed Monday to agree on mandatory quotas to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers.

North Korea says has restarted its nuclear production plants. Tuesday's announcement will further worsen ties between Pyongyang and the outside world, and an analyst says it is likely meant to put pressure on Washington to restart talks that could eventually provide the impoverished North with concessions and ease rigid international sanctions.

A government report says a small dose of aspirin a day could keep a first heart attack or stroke away for some people in their 50s.  

American Airlines flight 1284 from Miami to O’Hare diverted to Indianapolis when a female passenger became unruly. Authorities say she first kissed...then punched...a flight attendant and also struck a passenger.  She was charged with various things including battery w/ injury, criminal recklessness, disorderly conduct and disrupting the operation of an aircraft.

President Obama spends Tuesday at the White House. He will meet with Secretary of Health and Human Services Burwell in the Oval Office  and in the afternoon, will welcome the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion University of Connecticut Huskies. Afterwards, the President will have lunch with the Vice President in the Private Dining Room before he hosts King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain at the White House.

An internal coup has ousted Tony Abbott as Australia's prime minister.  Malcolm Turnbull has been sworn in as the country's new leader. It's the third time the prime minister seat has been replaced in the past five years.

Bond was denied Monday afternoon for former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager charged with the murder of 50-year-old Walter Scott.  "After careful consideration of all of the evidence presented and the nature of the circumstances of the offense, the Court finds that release of [Slager] would constitute an unreasonable danger to the community and the request for release on bond should be denied," Judge Clifton Newman wrote in the order.  A second appearance for Slager has been set for November 20.  

New York City moviegoers in Midtown Manhattan say they were bitten by bedbugs An AMC spokesman says they're inspecting the theater in question.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis returned to her office on Monday, and the office continued to issue marriage licenses, but the new licenses have removed Davis’ name and her office, and the form now states that it was issued pursuant to a federal court order rather than the county clerk.

Most Americans say equality under the law trumps individual religious beliefs.  In general, 74 percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll say that when a conflict arises, the need to treat everyone equally under the law is more important than someone’s religious beliefs. In the specific case at hand, 63 percent say County Clerk Kim Davis, of Rowan County, Kentucky, should be required to issue marriage licenses despite her religious objections.

Salsas, sambas and spray-tans ruled the dance floor as a new season of ABC:s "Dancing with the Stars" premiered Monday night.

A huge wildfire has overrun communities in Napa and Lake Counties... exploding to 50-thousand acres in a day...forcing entire towns to evacuate and burning up to a thousand homes and businesses. The Valley Fire west of Sacramento is out of control.. Meanwhile, the 65-thousand acre Butte Fire southeast of Sacramento is 20-percent contained.

Three 18-year-olds were taken into custody in Phoenix, in what authorities think is a copycat to the recent series of highway shootings. The three allegedly used a slingshot to hurl granite rocks at cars and pedestrians.

VOTE 2016
 The latest ABC News/Washington Post Poll indicates Hillary Clinton’s lost a third of her support for the Democratic presidential nomination since midsummer, damaged by increased doubt about her honesty and empathy alike. Donald Trump and Ben Carson have surged on the Republican side, both benefitting from a desire in their party’s ranks for a political outsider.
-- Donald Trump has a sold-out event in Dallas. Bernie Sanders speaks at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

The European Council of Ministers of the Interior meets Monday to discuss a response to the refugee crisis. Germany says its capacity to deal with migrants is being stretched to the limit and has introduced border checks on the Austrian frontier.

The president travels to Des Moines to announce changes to the federal financial aid process that would allow families to apply for financial aid earlier, and better judge a school’s true cost with something called a “College Scorecard.”

American Airlines has admitted that a plane it used for a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii last month was not certified to fly an extended trip over the water.

The Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee tells ABC News, one plot against the Pope during his visit later this month has already been broken up. Security officials later told us that plot was “very aspirational” and nowhere near being an active plot- but it shows the security preparations already underway for the visit.

It was the world's number one vs. number two at the U-S Open Men's singles finals in New York.

"The Perfect Guy" was tops at the box office this weekend...with a moderate take of 26.7 million dollars.  The low budget M. Night Shyamalan thriller "The Visit"  was a close second.


Friday marks 14 years since the 9/11 attacks. ABC News Radio plans extensive coverage of observances.  2,983 people died 9/11/01 when militants linked to al-Qaida hijacked four planes, crashing two into the World Trade Center in New York and one into the Pentagon, before the fourth was brought down in a field near Shanksville, PA.  President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and White House staff observe a moment of silence at the White House to mark the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, White House, Washington, DC.  President Obama later travels to Fort Meade, where he meets with service members.

A  disapproval measure on the Iran deal has failed to proceed in the Senate, but majority leader Mitch McConnell plans another vote.

A Florida man faces up to 20 years in Federal prison. Authorities say he's suspected of helping plan an attack on an upcoming 9/11 memorial in Missouri. 20-year-old Joshua Goldberg faces charges that include distributing info on how to make a pressure cooker bomb packed with rat poison.

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Gov. Scott Walker says the US should not be taking in any more Syrian refugees. Hillary Clinton goes after Walker on his home turf.  Vice President Biden gets emotional on the Late Show as he talked about his late son Beau.

The US now says it will take in 10-thousand Syrian refugees next year. The crisis continues, with tens of thousands of migrants escaping their Middle East homelands into Europe

The former policeman accused of murdering an unarmed man as he ran away remains in jail while a judge considers his request to be released on bond. Former police officer Michael Slager is accused of fatally shooting Walter Scott during a traffic stop in North Charleston, South Carolina, in April.

Fear around Phoenix as police try to catch a possible serial shooter.  Now 11 vehicles have been hit by projectiles... Many confirmed to have been bullets.

Search and rescue operations continue north of Tokyo. Three people have died and 23 others are missing. The weather has cleared up in the Kanto plain and regions affected easing rescue efforts. Thousands have evacuated to temporary shelters and some may still be waiting for help. Rescue workers from Japan’s Self-Defense Force personnel, police and firefighters are taking part in the operation. 40 helicopters are supporting them.

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton spoke by phone to tennis star James Blake and said he personally apologized for Wednesday's errant arrest.  Blake accepted the apology but his agent said he would not be satisfied until the officers involved are held accountable.

Rain delayed the women's singles semifinals at the US Open, so top seed Serena Williams faces  Italian Roberta Vinci Friday morning. American Williams, 33, is two victories away from becoming tennis' first calendar-year Grand Slam winner since Steffi Graf in 1988.

September 10--  Neena Bloxham at Vidalia Heritage Academy reports on the school's plans to observe 9/11 Friday.

"Friday marks the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Each year that this date falls on a school day we have sought to remember those innocent men and women who lost their lives on that day as well as those who died trying to rescue them. We will do the same this year but will add a hospitality tent with coffee, donuts, and juice for our area heroes--members of law enforcement, firefighters, EMS/EMT, etc. We believe all lives matter, Law Enforcement Lives Matter. Firefighters Matter. First Responders Matter.


  • The Hospitality Tent will be open from 8:15 - 9:00 am. If you are a member of law enforcement, fire and rescue, EMS/EMT please stop by on the corner of Jackson St. and Highway 280 and let us serve you.
  • From 8:20 - 8:55 am Middle and High School Students will gather at the corner of Jackson St. and Highway 280 waving banners and flags encouraging passersby to remember our heroes.
  • From 12:30 - 1:00 pm Kindergarten - 2nd grade will gather on the sanctuary steps while 3rd graders along with Middle and High Schoolers will gather along Highway 280 waving banners and flags encouraging passersby to remember our heroes.

From 1:00 - 1:30 pm 4th and 5th grade students will take up the same cause."

September 10--  You're invited to observe the 14th anniversary of 9/11 Friday morning in Vidalia.  If you are unable to attend, the ceremony will be broadcast live on NewsTalk970, WVOP;  Your Favorite, 98Q and Sweet Onion Country 1017FM.



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POSTING OF THE COLORS:                         VIDALIA HIGH SCHOOL ROTC ~ THUNDERBOLT REGIMENT                                                

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:                         GIRL SCOUTS, SWEET ONION SERVICE UNIT                                                                                                                                                                           

NATIONAL ANTHEM:                                    SHANNON DURNAN COLLINS

INVOCATION:                                                  EVANGELIST CAROLYN FOSTER-BROOKS

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SPEAKER:                                                            DAVID W. DRAUGHN, Command Sergeant Major, U. S. Army (RETIRED)                   

                                                                                VHS senior army instructor, thunderbolt regiment               

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Special thanks: Program Organizer ~ Jennifer Stephens & Participants…Vidalia Communications & The Advance…Ellis’ Florist & Gift Shoppe & Lady K/Grand Lady Suites

- Senate debate on the Iran nuclear deal is ongoing.  Republicans say it's "flawed" leaving Iran with the ability to develop a nuclear weapon.  Democrats disagree saying there's no better alternative.
- Demiocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton supports the deal vowing to not allow Iran to develop a nucelar weapon.
- Republican Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, headlined a rally Wedneday in Washington D.C. protesting the U.S.'s negotiated deal with Iran. The rally, organized by the Tea Party Patriots,attracted hundreds outside the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol despite the hot weather.  Trump has reversed his position on Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for president, now saying his Canadian birthplace shouldn’t disqualify him.  Add R.E.M. to Survivor and Neil Young on the list of artists unhappy that GOP candidates used their tunes. Trump walked out to “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” at the Iran rally, and R.E.M. tweeted there’s a cease and desist order coming. R.E.M.’s an outspoken liberal band.

The House Select Committee on Benghazi has officially scheduled a deposition with for Clinton aide Bryan Pagliano for 1 PM Thursday. While this deposition had been on the committee’s schedule, Pagliano had asked the committee to excuse him from appearing. In recent days, two Senate committees investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server have told Pagliano’s attorney they would consider requesting immunity for Pagliano in exchange for his testimony. 

VOTE 2016
As part of his Rolling Stone interview, Donald Trump ripped into Republican presidential rival Carly Fiorina’s personal appearance - “Look at that face!  Would anyone vote for that?  Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!  I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really folks, come on.  Are we serious.”   Fiorina countered she was apparently getting under Trump's skin.
-  Republican Dr. Ben Carson took a shot at Trump, questioning his faith while talking to reporters in Anaheim, CA.  Carson said he doesn’t get the impression that faith is a big part of Trump’s life. 
- Strategists for Democratic hopeful Martin O'Malley are calling for more schedueld debates.

- European officials admit they're struggling with a major migrant crisis and proposing that 120,000 additional asylum seekers should be shared out between member EU nations.  Officials say the United States is prepared to increase the number of refugees it resettles by 5,000 next year.
- Denmark has suspended all rail links with Germany after police stopped hundreds of migrants at the border.  Reports of physical abuse of migrants in Hungary as tempers are flaring.

The NFL opens its season in Foxborough, MA Thursday night as the controversial Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Patriots have asked the NFL to reinstate their suspended employees at the heart of the Deflategate scandal.  NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Wednesday that the request is under review.  Also, this week, an ESPN Outside the Lines report cast light on the 2007 Spygate scandal which they contend was far more extensive than the NFL first reported as it destroyed video evidence.  But, for New England fans, Thursday night will be cause for celebration as formerly suspended quarterback Tom Brady will be back under center as the team hoists its fourth Super Bowl banner.

In a new interview Wednesday night with the attorney for former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager on the eve of his bond hearing, Andy Savage says that his client should be released on bond in alignment with all similar cases in South Carolina.  Savage says this was an on the job incident and Slager has no prior incidents, which gives him another advantage towards bond.  Savage believes the enhanced FBI video, which ABC News has obtained, illustrates the missing timeline between the time Walter Scott was pulled over and the time he was shot.    In the enhanced video, Savage describes an “aggressive physical fight” between Slager and Scott.  Slager and his family have been briefed on security plans in case he is released after the 2pm Thursday hearing.  All local law enforcement have also been briefed and are prepared to protect Slager, his family and the community, if needed.

Authorities are investigating 11 possible shootings within 10 days along an 8-mile stretch of the I-10 freeway in Phoenix. The 10th and 11th incidents were reported today, Colonel Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, told ABC News. Milstead said it's unclear whether all 11 incidents are related and also unclear whether all incidents involved bullets. Milstead classified the incidents as domestic terrorism. He called the suspect or suspects cowards who are putting innocent lives at risk.

Investigators still don't know what caused the left side engine of a British Airways Boeing 777 to burst into flames as it was speeding into its takeoff Tuesday at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport.  The pilots aborted takeoff and stopped the as passengers were shooting video from inside the plane.  27 people suffered minor injuries 

Attorneys for Kim Davis say the Kentucky Rowen County clerk plans to return to work Monday after spending several days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses in her county in response to the Supreme Court decision to allow gay marriages.    Her legal team says Davis is home spending time with her family and going through the hundreds of letters she received while she was in jail.  

53-thousand Seattle Public School students will stay home for a second dayThursday as teachers are on strike for the first time in three decades amid perceived lagging salaries.  

Apple unveiled a slew of updates at its event Thursday in San Francisco.  There were no big surprises in the announcement. Most of it had leaked out days ago. Apple revealed an updated iPhone, a refresh to its Apple TV set top streaming box, and a new bigger iPad unveiled by CEO Tim Cook.  The iPad Pro has a screen that's 78 percent bigger. It will start at 800 bucks and go up from there.

US Open tennis championships continue with the women's singles semifinal matches featuring World No. 1 and top seed Serena Williams against unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci. American Williams, 33, is two victories away from becoming tennis' first calendar-year Grand Slam winner since Steffi Graf in 1988

September 9--  South Georgia country music singer Lance Stinson joins Chester Proctor Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. "Headin' Home" on Sweet Onion Country, 1017 FM, Real Country!


Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton delivers a Wednesday morning speech in Washington signaling her position on the Iranian nuclear agreement. Republican candidates Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz will participate in a rally organized by Tea Party Patriots on the U.S. Capitol grounds in opposition to the Obama administration's proposed deal.  Four Democratic senators said Tuesday they'll back the plan which secures the President with enough Congressional support to avoid vetoing a Republican resolution of disapproval.   

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-- In an exclusive interview with ABC News' World News Tonight Anchor David Muir, Hillary Clinton says she is sorry for using a personal email account and server while Secretary of State, calling it a mistake.
-- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker refused to take a stand Tuesday on whether the U-S should accept more refugees already flooding into Europe.

Arizona's Department of Public Safety is investigating 9 incidents in the past 10 days involving projectiles hitting vehicles near or along I-10 in the Phoenix area.  Police are working with the FBI and ATF. Investigatiors say "projectile could be a bullet or something else.”

-- “The fundamental right to asylum is one of the most important European values,” the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker said earlier today during an address to the EU Parliament. “We should not forget that.” He then called on Europe to essentially stop making excuses and act.
--While Germany braces for some 800,000 asylum seekers this year, many of whom are fleeing Syria's civil war, the U.S. isn't saying if it will increase its worldwide quota for resettling refugees from 70,000.
-- The U.N. refugee agency is seeking an extra $30.5 million through the end of this year in an emergency appeal for financial help for Europe's refugee crisis.
-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Europe's refugee crisis is a result of militant Islam in the Middle East which he says sees people running from some of the worst violence since World War II.

After spending five nights in jail, Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis was released Tuesday by a judge's verbal order. Davis made an appearance at a Mike Huckabee rally outside the jailhouse and briefly spoke at the event, thanking her supporters.

A British Airways Boeing 777 experienced an engine failure on takeoff at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas Tuesday, federal aviation officials said, and video of the incident showed smoke and flames billowing from one wing. The passengers escaped to the runway using emergency slides and were bused to the terminal, the FAA said in a statement.  13 passengers were transported to a hospital reporting minor injuries.

Seattle Public School teachers are planning to go on strike Wednesday morning - the first day of school.

Apple makes a secret announcement Wednesday at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. It's spurring plenty of rumors as to what the company will be announcing.

The family of Freddie Gray will hold a news conference Friday concerning a multi-million-dollar settlement with the city of Baltimore over Gray's death while in police custody.

A family is suing American Airlines and an airline passenger for allegedly allowing their daughter to be sexually assaulted by the passenger on a flight from New York to Chicago. The girl, who's name and age has not been released, was an unaccompanied minor on the flight. The passenger, 57-year-old Muhammad Asif Chaudhry, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Chicago to child sexual assault charges.

United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek has resigned in connection to an internal investigation stemming from the Port Authority "Bridgegate" scandal. An earlier investigation into the scandal revealed United had created private flights from Newark Airport to a small airport in North Carolina not far from a vacation home belonging to then-New Jersey Commissioner David Samson. That flight was shuttered several days after Samson resigned from the PA. United named Oscar Munoz its new president and CEO.

Serena Williams beats here sister Venus to advance past the quarter finals at the US Open.

A new era begins on The Late Show, as Stephen Colbert takes over.  George Clooney appears as the show's first guest along with Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

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One day after attorneys for a defiant Kentucky county clerk appealed the ruling that found her in contempt of court, lawyers for Kim Davis have filed a new request -- asking the 6th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals to free Davis from jail while a lawsuit she filed against Kentucky's governor makes its way through the courts. Monday night was Davis' 5th night in jail.

A threatening call to police in Aurora, Colorado, was followed hours later by shots fired at police responding to a call. It's unclear if the call and the shots are connected, but from now on Aurora Police reportedly will patrol with at least two officers in a squad car.

--German authorities say they expect up to 800,000 applications for asylum this year. Other European countries have agreed to take some of the refugees streaming in from Syria, Iraq and North Africa. The head of the U.N.'s Geneva office says 4 million Syrian refugees will "get up and leave and come" toward Europe unless the world community steps up with money.
--Fresh clashes have erupted overnight between police and refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos, where 15,000-17,000 refugees are staying. Greek Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas said the island was “on the verge of explosion”. Coastguards and riot police armed with batons struggled to control around 2,500 people, screaming “Keep back” at the crowds as they surged towards a government-chartered ship bound for Athens.
--Hundreds of Americans have offered to take Syrian refugees into their homes. More than 1,300 people had signed the petition on the The US has so far admitted about 1,500 refugees.

Pope Francis is expected to announce reforms to the marriage annulment process Tuesday. Recent polls suggest one in four Catholics have gone through divorce and one in ten have remarried, and about a quarter of divorced Catholics say they or their former spouse sought an annulment.

The Minnesota dentist who killed the lion Cecil is going back to work. Walter Palmer insists if he had known the lion was so celebrated, he would not have killed it.

The House Rules Committee holds an afternoon hearing on a resolution disapproving the Iran deal.  Before that, former VP Dick Cheney, Senator and presidential candidate Lindsey Graham, Senator John McCain, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will all speak separately on the deal in different venues around DC.

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He hasn't said whether he'll run for president, but Vice President Joe Biden was sounding like a candidate as he marched with supporters in a Labor Day Parade in Pittsburgh.  As her poll numbers take a hit, Hillary Clinton's campaign is said to be making changes in the coming months, including no more flip jokes about her private email server. Jeb Bush will be a guest on the debut of Stephen Colbert on the The Late Show.

As kids head back to class - on college campuses - part of this year's orientation includes talking about what they're all *thinking* about.  Sex.  Schools across the country are trying to reduce the number of sexual assaults on campus.  And two states now have laws requiring a person to say "yes" before hooking up.

A stray bullet strikes a lawyer working for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office. 43-year-old Carey Gabay is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.

A bizarre crime in Washington State.  A suspected squatter is on the run from police ... after allegedly moving into one family's home south of Seattle while they were away ... and selling off their possessions online.

It's not just another rematch between sisters Venus and Serena Williams at the US Open quarterfinals. Venus will be standing between her little sister and a calendar Grand Slam, her 22nd Grand Slam title.

Starbucks' best selling seasonal drink...the pumpkin latte...returns, with actual pumpkin...and about 300 calories.

A new era begins on The Late Show, as Stephen Colbert takes over.

Austrian officials say 14-thousand refugees have crossed the border from Hungary since Friday night ... the majority using the country as a transit stop on their way to Germany.  The Vatican will be taking in two Syrian families and Pope Francis calls on Catholic parishes across Europe to do the same.

President Obama heads to Boston to speak at the Labor Council's annual Labor Day Breakfast.President Obama will sign an executive order Monday giving 300-thousand federal contractors access to paid sick leave.

The Minnesota dentist whose killing of Cecil the lion fueled a global backlash is heading back to work. In an interview by The Associated Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune Sunday, Walter Palmer disputed some accounts of the hunt, expressed agitation at the animosity directed towards him. 

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A busy Labor Day for the presidential candidates. Hillary Clinton has appearances in Iowa. Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum are in South Carolina. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and Republicans Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham and John Kasich campaign in New Hampshire.  Vice President Biden, who says he'll decide before the end of the month whetehr he'll seek the presidency, will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a Labor Day Parade. 

Her lawyers in Kentucky say jailed Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis plans to file an appeal.  Davis will be spending her fifth day in jail Monday for contempt of court after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  Some 500 Davis supporters rallied Sunday.  Meanwhile, Republicans running for president are weighing-in.  Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee says he'd stand his ground, but Ohio Governor John Kasich says Davis works for the government not the church. 

A joint study from Harvard Business School and Stanford says when it comes to overall health and healthcare costs of employess, workplace stress is taking a bad a toll as second-hand smoke once did.  Key elements in this equation are levels of stress caused by employees not having health insurance.  But other factors include job loss, concerns over job security, work hours and shifts, when work interferes with family demands and vice-versa, low job control coupled with high job demands, and lack of a social support network among colleagues.  Researchers conclude that the workplace environments created by employer decisions can have a profound effect on the physical and mental well-being of employees, and more attention should be paid to it.  

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A Las Vegas police officer was shot in the hand during an “ambush-style” attack on Sunday afternoon.   Police say a man approached the squad car and fired at the two officers in the vehicle.  The car was stopped at a light during the attack.   Police say the suspect fired three shots were fired at the officer and no shots were fired by the police.    The suspect is in custody. 

Family, friends and police officers from across the region are expected in Fox Lake Monday for the funeral of Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz as the search continues for his killers. The 52-year old lawman was gunned down last week after he radioed that he was in foot pursuit of three suspicious men. Authorities recovered security camera video from several area homes and businesses, hoping the recordings will provide some clues about the suspects. Lt. Gliniewicz's funeral will be held at Antioch High School on Monday.

For the first time since a federal judge overturned his 4 game NFL suspension.. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke to reporters Sunday.  He thanked family, friends and the Patriots organization.. for supporting him throughout the deflategate scandal. He also expressed regret that the two Patriots equipment managers accused of conspiring with him to deflate those footballs.. have not returned to the team.

A California kayaker who was bitten by a hammerhead as he was fishing for sharks off the Malibu coast says he won't hunt them anymore and would "never use" the word attack to describe what happened to him. Dylan Marks, 29, was bitten Saturday when he was in his kayak about a mile off shore near Deer Creek Road, just south of Point Mugu. He says he caught a 10-foot hammerhead, but the shark bit his foot, which was dangling over the side of his kayak.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is investigating an annual pillow fight at the school that turned bloody and left 30 cadets injured, most of them with concussions. The school’s superintendent says appropriate action will be taken once an investigation by military police is concluded. The pillow fight is an annual tradition stretching back more than a century and is intended to build class spirit among incoming first year students known as plebes.
Serena Williams will face older sister Venus in a highly anticipated US Open quarterfinal Tuesday night in New York.  American John Isner, the 13-seed, takes on 2-seed Roger Federer Monday. 

In its 2nd weekend in theaters,  "War Room" has fought its way to the top.  An estimated $9.3 million through Sunday, which is just a slight 18 percent drop from last weekend, a number that's almost unheard of.  The faith based film knocked "Straight Outta Compton" off of the top spot.


September 4-- State School Superintendent Richard Woods will visit the Vidalia Library for a Teen Town Hall event.

Teens in Toombs County and the surrounding counties are invited to our Teen Town Hall to meet Superintendent Woods and ask him their questions about education, learning, and school life.

This program will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:30pm at the Vidalia Library.

For more information, call 912-537-9283 or visit our website at

A Kentucky county official who's at the center of a same-sex marriage firestorm for refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a Supreme Court decision will appear in court Thursday.  Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will try to explain to a federal judge why she should not be held in contempt for refusing the court's order.

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The widow of the police officer killed in suburban Chicago spoke out for the first time at a vigil for her husband Wednesday night. "He was my best friend, the love of my life, my hero, for the last 26 and a half years." A memorial has also grown outside the Fox Lake police station for Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, a 32-year veteran of the force whose fatal shooting Tuesday prompted a massive manhunt for three suspected shooters. Authorities have ended the all-out manhunt for three suspects in far north suburban Fox Lake, but continue to investigate the fatal shooting.

Vice President Joe Biden discusses the Iran nucear deal with Jewsih leaders Thursday, but his visit to Florida is also creating more buzz about a 2016 presdiential run. Biden is expected to make a decision by the end of the month. 

President Obama arrives back at the White House following an overnight flight from his three-day trip to Alaska.  The President became the first sitting president to tour the Arctic Circle by concluded his trip with a speech on climate change in the Alaskan village of Kotzebue.

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-A former State Department staffer who facing subpoena from the House Select Committee on Benghazi after working on Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server plans to assert his Fifth Ammendment rights.  Democratic Committee member Rep. Elijah Cummings criticizes the politics of it telling ABC News it amounts to Republicans "insatiable desire to derail Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign at all costs."
- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said fellow Republican Jeb Bush should speak English in the United States, another comment likely to spark controversy in light of the millions of U.S. citizens who speak dozens of other languages nationwide. “I like Jeb; he’s a nice man,” the real estate mogul told Breitbart News, which has been confirmed by ABC News. “But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.” The comments also come the same day as a newly released ABC News-Washington Post poll shows that 82 percent of Hispanics have an unfavorable view of Trump. 

China will reportedly slash its military by some 300-thousand troops.  The announcement coming at a military parade in Tienanmen Square featuring some 12-thousand troops and a lot of new weaponry marking the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two.  

Asian stocks are currently rising Thursday after Wall Street rebounded rebounded Wednesday, snapping a 3-day losing streak led by gainers in tech, industrial sectors. 
While markets rallied, major markets are still well below all-time highs achieved just a few weeks ago amid China growth fears, and as investors look to clues about possibility for upcoming Fed rate hikes.

According to Fort Carson in Colorado, two Soldiers were injured in a Blackhawk helicopter accident Wednesday afternoon. Officials say the accident happened during a routine training mission on U.S. Forest Service land in Douglas County. Initial reports indicate there were four Soldiers on board.

We're awaiting a New Yor Federal Court judge's decision on whehter the NFL can uphold it's suspension and punishment against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over allegeldy deflating footballs, or whehter the punishement will be thrown out.

Orlando residents are on alert as Florida Fish and Wildlife officials search for an escaped king cobra that was reported missing from its owner Wednesday.
The privately owned non-native, venomous snake is approximately 8 feet in length and is green and yellow in color.

The holiday getaway may be more crowded on the roads. The AAA says drivers are on pace to pay the lowest Labor Day gas prices since 2004.  They say some 35-million took to the roads last year over the end of summer holiday weekend. 


The manhunt for the three suspects who fatally shot a Fox Lake County police officer Tuesday. The officer has been identified as Joseph Gliniewicz, a longtime veteran of the local police force and father of four. 

Secretary of State John Kerry will be at the National Constitution Hall in Philadelphia Wednesday to deliver what’s expected to be a major speech on the nuclear deal with Iran.

Following more bad news from China, U.S. stocks had another bad day Tuesday as investors remain jittery over a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. A report in China said manufacturing in that country fell to a three-year low last month. The Shanghai Composite Index closed down today 1.2 percent. American investors fear that an economic slowdown in China will affect U.S. exports to that nation.

The first court motions will be heard Wednesday morning in Baltimore for the six police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case.    One of the key motions the judge will hear, argues for a dismissal of charges,  another involves to have Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby removed from the case  and another whether the officers should be tried together or separately.   

As the family of a woman allegedly slain by an undocumented immigrant filed a claim Tuesday in advance of a lawsuit over her death, a fierce debate in Washington over the practice of so-called "sanctuary cities" is expected to consume Congress after members return from their summer recess. Congress has been working on legislation known as "Kate's Law," after Kate Steinle, the victim of the attack in San Francisco that made national headlines earlier this summer. It would end federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities that defy federal immigration actions.

Ahead of his visit to the US, Pope Francis announces a major decision on abortion. In a letter to priests ... the Pope says that during the upcoming Holy Year -- starting in December -- priests can formally forgive contrite Catholic women for having had abortions. 

Kentucky's Rowan County Court Clerk, Kimberly Davis, is still refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple today, including same-sex couples, despite the U-S Supreme Court's ruling against her last night, and now a motion for contempt of court has been filed against her. After same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide in late June, Davis filed a suit in federal court, arguing that she should be excused from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the basis of her "Christian faith." Since then, she has refused to hand out marriage licenses to same-sex and opposite-sex couples altogether.

President Barack Obama concludes visit to Alaska - dubbed 'The Frontlines of our Fight Against Climate Change' - to meet locals and international leaders. Agenda today incl traveling to Dillingham, where he meets local fisherman and families, before traveling to Kotzebue - making him the first ever sitting U.S. president to visit the Alaskan Arctic - where he delivers remarks at Kotzebue Middle/High School.

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--Former Vice President Dick Cheney took aim at Hillary Clinton and the email scandal that she is embroiled in and threw his support behind the current second-in-command,Joe Biden. The former Vice President encouraged Biden to run for president during an interview with Portland’s KEX radio, but declined to give their opinions on the 2016 GOP field, saying they would endorse the eventual nominee.
-- Donald Trump, apparently assuming he will secure the White House, tweeted on Monday evening that he would reverse the decision announced by President Obama to change the name of Alaska's Mount McKinley back to the traditional name Denali, saying it is an affront to the Buckeye State.
--CNN is amending their GOP debate criteria, likely allowing former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina to join the other top-tier candidates on the prime time debate stage. The news –- announced Tuesday evening –- comes after Fiorina waged a personal and public war against the network and the Republican National Committee over their previous debate rules, which served to bar her from the main event.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, saying the products put consumers at risk. The letters, which are dated Aug. 27, follow the overdose deaths last year of two young men from Ohio and Georgia


Former professional wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend more than three decades ago.

No conclusion at Monday’s NFL Deflategate hearing. The NY Federal court judge says he will release his ruling via paper statement on Tuesday or Wednesday.

A new era calls for a new logo. As Google restructures under a new holding company called Alphabet, the search giant announced today its logo is getting a slight makeover -- beginning with a new typeface called "Product Sans" which is designed to look like the fonts seen in school books.

Pope Francis participated in a virtual audience Monday with Americans from around the country during an event hosted exclusively with ABC News. The event was moderated from inside the Vatican by ABC News’ "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir, as the pontiff engaged via satellite with individuals from three different groups: students at the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago's inner city, congregants from a McAllen, Texas, church located near the U.S.-Mexico border and homeless men and women and those working with the homeless in Los Angeles.

Among the released emails from Hillary Clinton's private email server, approximately 150 have been deemed classified by the State Department. The roughly 150 emails are among 7,000 pages of new emails from Hillary Clinton's private server that the State Department has published-- part of its ongoing effort to make all of 30,000 emails public.

President Obama landed in Alaska Monday and met with Native Alaskans at a roundtable event and delivered remarks at the GLACIER conference. Tomorrow, the President will hike Exit glacier, which has receded 1.25 miles, followed by a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park-home to nearly 40 glaciers.

A gunman unloaded his entire pistol into slain Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth when he stopped at a gas station near Houston Friday, prosecutors said in court today, adding that officials found 15 shell-casings at the scene. Suspect Shannon Miles, 30, allegedly ran up to Goforth as he was filling up his tank and began firing immediately, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said Monday at Miles' court appearance.
--President Obama has Deputy Goforth's widow to express "condolences on behalf of the nation and prayers."

The Supreme Court has ruled against a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Lawyers for Rowan County clerk Kim Davis argued her religious beliefs were violated. If Davis doesn't issue licenses Tuesday, the couples suing her can have her held in contempt of court

Police hunting for the perpetrators of Thailand's deadliest bombing have arrested a second foreign suspect, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday.The male suspect was arrested in Sa Kaeo province, which is east of Bangkok on the border with Cambodia, Prayuth said. "We have arrested one more, he is not a Thai," Prayuth told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting.

The flight crew of Southwest flight 1522 from San Diego to Chicago's Midway had to divert the plane after several passengers became rowdy and refused to obey instructions. Six passengers were detained in Amarillo, Texas and 6 others in the group chose to remain in Amarillo before the plane continued to Chicago.

Hundreds of migrants have gathered outside the train station in Budapest after Hungarian officials took the unusual step of halting train service to stop migrants from arriving and more importantly leaving Austria & Germany.  

A student from George Washington University has disappeared while studying abroad in South Africa this past weekend, the school confirmed. Nicholas Upton, 19, is a junior at the school and is currently studying at a partner program in Cape Town. He has not been seen since he went swimming in the Eastern Cape Province on Sunday evening local time, GW University Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski said in a statement.

The death of a Georgia man who fell from the stands at a baseball game has been ruled an accident, officials said Monday.Gregory Murrey, of Alpharetta, Georgia, died Saturday night after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field, during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees, authorities said.

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--Neurosurgeon Ben Carson has surged into the spotlight. A new poll released Monday shows Ben Carson tied with Donald Trump for the lead in Iowa with 23 percent support, marking the first time since mid-July that an Iowa poll has shown Trump not alone in the lead.
--Bernie Sanders applied for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War, his campaign confirmed to ABC News." As a college student in the 1960s he was a pacifist," Michael Briggs, campaign spokesman added in an email. "[He] isn't now."
--The Obama administration’s decision to rename North America’s highest summit from Mount McKinley to its traditional Native American name, Denali, has divided lawmakers along geographical lines. Many lawmakers from McKinley’s home state of Ohio were furious with the announcement Sunday, while Alaskan legislators welcomed the decision, which reverts the mountain back to its original name before Congress changed it in 1917 to honor the assassinated president, William McKinley.

Guilty verdict for the man who admitted killing three people at a Jewish Center in Kansas as part of a plan to kill Jewish people--none of the victims were Jewish. A jury convicted Frazier Glenn Miller of one count capital murder, three counts of attempted murder and assault and weapons charges Monday. Frazier, a self-described white supremacist, gave jurors a Nazi salute after the verdict was read.

One policeman has been shot dead and over 100 people have been injured in Kiev after demonstrators attacked police outside Ukraine's parliament. The violence was sparked by a vote passing constitutional amendments that would give pro-Russian regions more independence. Hundreds of Ukrainian nationalists were surrounding the parliament when a man threw a grenade, there were several other small explosions as well. Police said the man has been arrested along with 30 others.

Sunday night's  MTV Video Music awards has the distinction of being the most tweeted about non-sports program since Nielsen started tracking that metric -- in 2011. 2.2-million people sent nearly 21-and-a-half million tweets about the show.

No conclusion at Monday’s NFL Deflategate hearing. The NY Federal court judge says he will release his ruling via paper statement on Tuesday or Wednesday.