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NJ TRAIN CRASH
One woman has died, and 108 other people were injured after a New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into Hoboken Terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey, around 8:45 a.m. Thursday. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash. Transit officials tell ABC News that Train 1614, which originated in Rockland County, New York, crashed through a barrier at the end of the track, plowing into a platform and causing a partial collapse of the terminal's roof. According to federal officials, the sole fatality was a woman standing on the train platform who was hit by debris from the crash. Two other people suffered life-threatening injuries, and dozens of others are being treated for minor injuries at area hospitals.

VOTE 2016
-- Hillary Clinton is still sounding off about her debate performance.Campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, the Democratic presidential nominee said her opponent Donald Trump was “unsettled” by the attendance of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban during the first presidential debate Monday.
Hillary Clinton holds campaign events in Florida Friday.
--Almost three months after the FBI declined to recommend charges be brought against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state, Trump on Thursday suggested that the Democratic candidate for president "probably" received “immunity” in the case. Trump leveled the claim at a campaign rally in New Hampshire. Donald Trump holds a rally in Michigan Friday. 
--Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Donald Trump will have to “answer some questions” about a Newsweek story reporting that a Trump-owned company allegedly violated the United States' trade embargo with Cuba in the late 1990s. “This is something they’re going to have to give a response to. I mean, it was a violation of American law, if that’s how it happened,” Rubio said on the ESPN/ABC “Capital Games” podcast.

SHIMON PERES FUNERAL
President Barack Obama will lead the U.S. delegation to Jerusalem to participate in the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres. The President will depart on September 29 and will return to Washington, D.C. following the ceremony on September 30. 

6-YEAR-OLD POLICE SHOOTING
Nearly a year after two law enforcement officers opened fire on a car in Louisiana, killing an autistic boy and wounding his father, the state judge presiding over the cases has ordered the release of the footage from the body camera that captured the tragic incident. The shooting happened during a police pursuit in the city of Marksville on Nov. 3, 2015. The video, obtained by The Associated Press, shows the chilling moment when police corner the father's car and fire on the vehicle, and the aftermath when the officers check inside the car. The driver of the car, Christopher Few, was critically wounded and ultimately survived. But his 6-year-old son, Jeremy Mardis, who was in the vehicle with him, was killed, police said.

SC ELEMENTARY SHOOTING
A 6-year-old boy is "fighting for his life" Thursday after being critically wounded in the shooting at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, according to the city's fire chief who spoke at a news conference this afternoon. Jacob Hall, a kindergarten student at Towville Elementary School, was shot in the leg by a suspected 14-year-old gunman who opened fire at the school's outdoor playground during recess on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

CA POLICE SHOOTING
Federal officials tried twice to deport Alfred Olango, a 38-year-old man who was shot by police in Southern California on Tuesday. But, his native country of Uganda refused to take him back, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Olango's history with federal immigration authorities came to light in the wake of his being killed Tuesday by an El Cajon police officer after emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from his sister saying that he was "not acting like himself." The shooting spurred protests Tuesday and Wednesday nights in El Cajon, about 16 miles northwest of San Diego.

9/11 BILL
The White House slammed Congress for questioning the effects of a bill that would allow individuals to sue foreign governments after overriding President Obama's veto of the measure, saying that lawmakers were beginning to have "buyer's remorse" and saying that "ignorance is not an excuse." Republican and Democratic representatives are now saying the measure, which will now allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for alleged involvement in the attacks, needs to be fixed. “I think what we've seen in the United States Congress is a pretty classic case of rapid onset buyer's remorse,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in Thursday's briefing. “What's true in elementary school is true in the United States Congress -- ignorance is not an excuse.”

WELLS FARGO
Just over a week after facing blistering questions in front of a Senate panel, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf went back to Capitol Hill today, where he received verbal lashings and further calls to resign from members of the House Financial Services Committee over the unauthorized accounts scandal that is engulfing his company. For over four hours, Democratic and Republican members of the committee lambasted the bank boss with heated exchanges that echoed the Senate hearing.
GONE GIRL CASE
The California man at the center of a case making national headlines pleading guilty to kidnapping--Matthew Muller, a former marine and Harvard law grad admitting to abducting Denise Huskins and threatening boyfriend Aaron Quinn last year. Police publicly accused the couple of a hoax-  a real life Gone Girl. The Vallejo Police department now saying they only dealt with the evidence they had at the time. The couple has also filed defamation lawsuit against the city of Vallejo and two police officers claiming this damaged their reputation and forced them to move.

HURRICANE MATTHEW
Forecasters in Miami say new Hurricane Matthew is heading toward the central Caribbean. The National Hurricane Center said the storm is packing top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) as of late Thursday afternoon.

WH OLYMPIC DAY 
The Olympic spirit filled the White House Thursday. President Obama and the First Lady welcomed 600 Olympians and Paralympians, celebrating Team USA's performance in Rio and the incredible show of diversity. The President saying "all races, all faiths, all traditions, all orientations, all marching together under that same proud flag." Gold medal gymnast Simone Biles came with a gift, two surfboards for the Hawaii native.

LADY GAGA SUPERBOWL
Lady Gaga is no stranger to the big game. She crushed the National Anthem this year, and next year she'll be center stage during halftime (clip) The NFL and Pepsi have announced that Super Bowl halftime show duties will go to the Grammy winner, and Oscar and Emmy nominee.

VOTE 2016
--The first presidential debate was the most watched ever. An estimated 84 million viewers tuned in...the most in nearly 40 years.
--At their first campaign rallies since the debate, Hillary Clinton says "one down, two to go." Donald Trump said Clinton "defended the terrible status quo." Asked if he would show up to the next debates, Trump said he will.  
--Clinton speaks Wednesday in Durham, New Hampshire. Trump has appearances in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Waukesha, Wisconsin.

NY/NJ BOMBS
--An ABC News Exclusive: bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami's father speaks to ABC's Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross
--The FBI releases new images of the two men seen taking the baggage holding the unexploded pressure cooker bomb allegedly planted by Ahmad Rahami in Manhattan.

SHIMON PERES
-- Israel's prime minister is remembering Shimon Peres as a "man of vision." Peres died from complications after he suffered a stroke last week. In a statement, President Obama said "the hope he gave us will burn for forever." Peres was 93.
--Israel's Foreign Ministry says a long list of world leaders will attend Shimon Peres' funeral on Friday. Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said Wednesday that President Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Prince Charles are all expected.to attend - although - there has been no confirmation from any of their press offices. Many other VIPs are expected to attend. The Pope will not be attending according to the Vatican.

WELLS FARGO
The Chairman of Wells Fargo now under investigation by his own company for millions in unauthorized accounts...and he's paying a price. CEO John Stumpf won't get paid while the company's independent investigators find out why workers created unapproved accounts and had to fire more than 5000 workers.   The chairman will also give up more than 41 million in equity options during the review.  

9/11 FAMILIES
Wednesday morning the Senate is set to vote to override the President's veto of the bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act: JASTA)

GUNS
Senators Chuck Schumer and Robert Casey, Jr., and Brady president Dan Gross will join PULSE nightclub shooting survivor Angel Colon for a press conference Wednesday morning. They'll discuss congressional inaction on gun violence, expanding lifesaving Brady background checks, and blocking known and suspected terrorists from getting guns.

CA POLICE SHOOTING
Protesters gathered in El Cajon, California after police shot and killed an unidentified black man this afternoon. Police said they received calls of a man “not acting like himself,” walking in traffic and endangering himself and motorists. Two officers approached the man and instructed him to take his hand out of his pants pocket, police said. The man did not respond to the instructions and at one point "rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance," police said. At that point, one officer discharged a taser while the other officer shot the man several times with his firearm. The man was transported to a hospital where he later died. A witness to the shooting provided police with cellphone video that police say supports their version of events. The video has not yet been released

NC POLICE SHOOTING
With tension running high in Charlotte, a suspicious package forced the evacuation

TULSA SHOOTING
A rally today in Tulsa for Terence Crutcher ... the  40-year-old black man who was fatally shot by Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby.  A separate rally in support of officer Shelby was sparsely attended.

CONGRESS
With a possible government shutdown hanging in the balance, there's drama brewing in the Senate. With a Friday midnight deadline looming, Democrats voted against a bill to keep the government funded after Friday at midnight, setting off another round of negotiations. Minority Leader Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats blocked the measure because the bill contained no money to address the lead tainted water crisis in Flint Michigan.

MH 17
An international criminal investigation team is set to release its findings on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014. The plane broke apart in midair over Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 passengers on board. In an earlier inquiry Dutch authorities concluded a Russian-made missile struck the plane, but authorities would not indicate who fired the missile. The results of the team’s criminal investigation are due Wednesday. The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, said Tuesday that after the findings are released, the countries involved will discuss the next course of action.

CA WILDFIRE
The Loma Fire burning in California's Santa Cruz Mountains has scorched 15-hundred acres since it broke out Monday afternoon. So far, the fire is five percent contained and has forced hundreds to evacuate.

SYRIA
In Syria ... the government of Bashar al Assad and his Russian allies are waging an all-out campaign to recapture Aleppo, with the most destructive bombing of the past five years. On Tuesday, activists reported at least 11 people killed in airstrikes on two districts in the rebel-held part of Aleppo. Hospitals and underground shelters are being hit by indiscriminate airstrikes ... that the U.N. said may amount to a war crime.

JOSE FERNANDEZ
A series of text messages is helping to explain what led to the speedboat crash that killed Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two friends.  The messages beg the trio not to go out on the boat.

BASEBALL PROPOSAL
A memorable marriage proposal...for more than just the happy couple. A Yankees fan proposed to his girlfriend at Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, and then...for all to see on TV and the Jumbotron...he lost the ring. After a mad search by all those around them, the ring was found.



 

VOTE 2016
--Hillary Clinton used the first presidential debate at New York's Hofstra University Monday night to launch a full frontal attack on Donald Trump, baiting him into fights over his personal finances, taxes, sexism, race relations, business dealings and personal honesty. If Clinton came looking for a fight, she found it. Her aggressive tone drew Trump in.He attacked Clinton right back, showing flashes of anger that channeled public frustration, and also the coarser side of his public persona.It made for some lively exchanges, including several that brought an edge to Trump’s tone.
- Nixon had sweat, Gore sighed and Trump sniffled.  The GOP nominee's sniffling during the debate became a huge social media trend.
--The next debate is between the vice presidential nominees on October 4th.  The next presidential debate is October 9th.  
--On September 27, 2016, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters who we could not reach otherwise.

WA MALL SHOOTING
20-year-old suspect Arcan Cetin has been charged with 5-counts of first-degree murder at a courthouse north of Seattle.  Authorities say they don't know why Cetin shot and killed 5-people in a Macy's store at a mall in Burlington, Washington on Friday.  Outside court, the suspect's parents spoke briefly with reports, saying that they are devastated by the accusations and that their son has struggled they say with mental health issues, and they have worked with him for some time.

HOUSTON SHOOTING
Eyewitnesses ducked for cover after police say a man armed with several weapons opened fire near a southwest Houston strip center, injuring nine people before he was shot and killed by officers.

NC POLICE SHOOTING
One by one, people in Charlotte are getting 90 seconds to address the Charlotte city council Monday night, and many are calling for the resignation of city leaders because of the turmoil over the last few days that began with the police shooting of Keith Scott.  

CONGRESS
For the first time in President Obama’s tenure, the Senate is set to override his veto of a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts.  The president vetoed the bill Friday, citing concerns that it could open the U.S. government to similar lawsuits. The White House is also concerned that the bill could tarnish the U.S. relationship with the Gulf nation. Saudi Arabia has itself spoken critically of and personally lobbied against the effort, maintaining it had no role in assisting the 9/11 terrorists.  But the bill passed with unanimous voice votes in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, meaning the veto override, set for a Senate vote Wednesday and House vote by Friday, will likely get the two-thirds majority in both chambers needed to pass.

CA WILDFIRE
Blistering heat and low humidity giving firefighters in Northern California a tough time as they continue to battle the Sawmill fire - burning about 90 miles north of San Francisco since Sunday. About 15-hundred acres have been burned so far - and officials have ordered residents from three-dozen homes in Sonoma County to evacuate. The fire is about 20-percent contained.

COLOMBIA
Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel movement signed a historic peace accord Monday evening ending a half-century of combat that caused more than 220,000 deaths and made 8 million homeless.  Underlining the importance of the deal, President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo Londono, leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, signed the 297-page agreement before a crowd of 2,500 foreign dignitaries and special guests, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. 

MIDWEST FLOODING
The flood waters continues to rise in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Emergency crews in boats were called to rescue at least one woman found clinging to a tree.  Police believe she ventured into the water on her own.  Meanwhile residents have been forced to evacuate after sandbagging their homes.  Cedar Rapids schools are closed through Wednesday.     

LOST AT SEA
The 22 year-old found lost at sea after 9 days is expected to return to port in Boston.   Officials say Nathan Carman was conscious and in good condition after being found about 100 miles south of Martha's Vineyard.  He was on a fishing trip with his mother, Linda Carman when they disappeared.  Officials say her search was suspended and will not reopen.

JOSE FERNANDEZ
Emotional moments at the Marlins game Monday night as Dee Gordon hit the first home run and appeared to run the bases crying after their star pitcher died in a boat accident.  Jose Fernandez name and number showed on the video screen at Marlins Park when his teammates took the field, preparing to play on without him.

CRIME REPORT
The FBI is out with it's annual "Crime In the United States" report for 2015.  It reveals a nearly four percent increase in violent crime, while a 2.6% decrease in property damage crimes compared to 2014.  There were 15,696 murders last year, and more than 90-thousand rapes.  The total losses in property crimes were over $14 billion, while stolen property topped $12 billion.  The news comes as many cities like Chicago and Milwaukee deal with a rise in gun violence not seen in decades.

SC CHURCH SHOOTING
Dylan Roof, the man charged with massacring nine black parishioners at a Charleston church, mostly avoided eye contact Monday with the potential jurors who could give him a death sentence if they convict him of federal charges.   About 320 potential jurors reported to the courthouse in the city's historic district on the first day of jury screening for Roof's trial on charges of hate crimes resulting in death, obstruction of religion and other offenses in the June 2015 slaying at Emanuel AME Church.   He faces 33 federal counts altogether. Prosecutors allege he had talked of starting a race war before the killings and posed for online photos with the Confederate battle flag.  

HOSPITAL INFECTIONS
New Ratings from Consumer Reports of more than 3,100 U.S hospitals suggest that hospitals are still struggling to combat the life-threatening bacterial infection known as C. diff (Clostridium difficile). Overall, roughly a third of hospitals, including 19 large teaching hospitals, received a low Rating for combating the infection. The report explores the reasons C. diff is so hard to control, including the misuse of antibiotics, overuse of heartburn drugs, and poor hygiene.   



 

VOTE 2016
A Super Bowl-sized audience is expected to tune-in for Monday night's first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.  Some 74% of Americans plan to watch the showdown at Hofstra University on New York's Long Island. The debate begins at 9 pm ET. The race has narrowed to essentially a dead heat nationally in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, raising the stakes dramatically for the first debate; although eight in 10 say it won’t change their minds.

ARNOLD PALMER
Golf legend Arnold Palmer, 87, has passed away.   Palmer won seven major championships, including four Masters titles.   Palmer was admitted to a Pittsburgh, PA, area hospital Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the last few days, according to a spokesperson for the late golfer.

WA MALL SHOOTING
Investigators say they still don't know a motive, but they are learning more about the 20-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting five people at a Macy's department store in northern Washington State on Friday night. Authorities captured Arcan Cetin Saturday evening in the town of Oak Harbor about 30 miles away. Police are looking into reports Cetin's ex-girlfriend may have worked at the Macy's, The victims range from a teenage cancer survivor to a senior citizen.  Cetin has not yet been charged, but is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

NC POLICE SHOOTING
Nightly protests have shaken the city of Charlotte since the shooting death of a black man by police last week, but Sunday's NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings managed to open without interruption. Around 100 demonstrators gathered across the street from Bank of America Stadium to keep up the pressure in the aftermath of the death of Keith Lamont Scott. Video footage released Saturday by police of the incident hasn't settled questions about whether Scott threatened authorities with a gun before he was felled by a black officer. Police Chief Kerr Putney said Saturday that Scott was "absolutely in possession of a handgun," adding that the State Bureau of Investigation continues to pursue the case. Charlotte lifted its curfew Sunday. 

JOSE FERNANDEZ
Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. The 24-year-old all star and two other men died after their boat hit a jetty off the coast of Miami beach. Fernandez – who escaped Cuba as a teenager and became an American citizen - was known for his fast-ball, infectious personality and passion for baseball.

SYRIA
Unprecedented violence in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Russia was accused Sunday of ‘barbarism’ by the United States in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The city has seen some of the worst bombing of the war in the past few days since a fragile ceasefire fell apart. The head of the UN said he was appalled by what he called the chilling military escalation in Aleppo.

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING
A deadly shooting Sunday at a Las Vegas Starbucks. Police say contrary to initial reports it was not a hostage situation. It was an argument inside Starbucks that led to shots being fired and a victim killed. Lt Dan McGrath says when the shots were fired there was panic and people in the Starbucks began running out. "We do have a person detained that we believe is the suspect.  We have one person who is deceased at Spring Valley Hospital."   He says there was a comment about the suspect having a bomb - leading to police calling in the bomb squad. 

MIDWEST FLOODING
Evacuations are underway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as floodwaters spill out of the rising Cedar River. It could be days before residents can return to their homes. About 55 miles upstream from Cedar Rapids, the river crested Saturday night in Waterloo and Cedar Falls. The National Weather Service predicts that the river will crest at 23 feet in Cedar Rapids Tuesday morning.

OBAMA 
President Obama participates in a closed press conference call with rabbis for Rosh Hashanah Monday. In the afternoon, he will deliver remarks at the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference. 

ROYALS
A royal tour has begun in Canada. Prince William and his wife Duchess Kate are visiting Vancouver. They’ve brought along their two children, George and Charlotte, along for the 8-day visit.

VIN SCULLY
Baseball's broadcasting royalty called his final home game Sunday, and what a game it was. 88 year-old Vin Scully is retiring after calling Dodgers games for 67 years. His final broadcast in Los Angeles saw the home team clinch the NL West Division title with a walk-off win against the Colorado Rockies.  Scully will make the final road trip of the season for the Dodgers in San Francisco.  That series begins on Friday.

BOX OFFICE
What’s old is new again - a remake of a western classic is the top movie in the country. "The Magnificent Seven" took the box office. The remake starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt debuted in first place, an estimated $35 million.

 

NC POLICE SHOOTING
--As hundreds of demonstrators filled the streets of Charlotte Thursday night to express their anger over Tuesday's police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, the mayor of North Carolina's most populous city signed an order for a curfew slated that went into effect at midnight. Police later said the curfew would not be enforced as long as protests are peaceful -- and that was evident, as demonstrators remained in the streets well past midnight without any police intervention.
--Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney says the footage he has reviewed of the shooting death of Keith Scott does not provide "definitive visual evidence that would confirm that a person is pointing a gun." 
--The family of Keith Scott was shown video of the police encounter.  The attorney for the Scott family says even after they got to see the video of the shooting, they still have a lot of questions. 
--GOP Congressman Robert Pittenger told ABC News' partners the BBC  that protesters in Charlotte “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.” Rep. Pittenger represents North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, which includes part of Charlotte

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump says he spoke with North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory Thursday saying: "He is doing a tremendous job under tough circumstances."  As Trump courted African-American voters in Cleveland he seemed to express support for establishing the stop and frisk policing policy on a national level.
--Hillary Clinton called the Mayor of Charlotte Jennifer Roberts and Congresswoman Alma Adams to discuss the recent shooting and protests in Charlotte, N.C., and to offer any assistance during this difficult time. Clinton emphasized the need to come together to stop the violence and restore the bonds of trust between police officers and the communities they serve. As Clinton has said before, too many Black Americans have lost their lives and too many feel that their lives are disposable.
--Hillary Clinton's runningmate Governor Tim Kaine told reporters on board a plane "we really believe in a community policing model."  The Virginia governor questioned Trump's call for stop and frisk saying it "has often been connected to racial profiling." 
--Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are proposing fundamentally different approaches to health care reform in their presidential bids, and their proposals would have dramatically different effects on the ranks of uninsured, out-of-pocket costs and the federal deficit, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund and the RAND Corporation, two non-partisan policy organizations.

TULSA SHOOTING
Officer Betty Shelby, the Tulsa police officer who fatally shot Terence Crutcher turned herself into police early Friday and was released on a 50 thousand dollar bond. Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced a first-degree manslaughter charge against Shelby at a Thursday afternoon news conference. Crutcher, 40, was shot by Officer Shelby after his family says his SUV stalled in the middle of a north Tulsa street. Shelby's attorney said Crutcher wasn't following commands, wouldn't raise his arms and was reaching into the SUV's window when Shelby fired.  Video of the incident, however, shows Crutcher raising his arms as he walks slowly to his SUV.

MD PEPPER SPRAY
Maryland police are defending the restraining and pepper-spraying of a 15-year-old girl they said was not cooperating after a traffic accident, saying that the actions of officers involved an appropriate amount of force. The Hagerstown Police Department released bodycam videos that show officers attempting to restrain the girl and later, one officer pepper-spraying the teen as other officers attempt to close the door of the police car they have put her in.

YAHOO
Yahoo said Thursday it believes a "state-sponsored actor" stole information relating to some 500 million user accounts from its network at the end of 2014.  The stolen information, according to Yahoo, could include names, email addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers, password information, and possibly the question-answer combinations for security questions, which are often used to reset passwords.  The company also said that bank and payment card information does not appear to have been stolen in this data breach, according to the investigation so far.  The security questions, the company said, may have been stolen in encrypted or unencrypted forms.

NY/NJ BOMBS
Authorities are still unable to speak with the key suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey.   Ahmad Rahami was shot seven times, including at least once in an artery, during his gun battle with police in Linden, New Jersey.  We're told he's unconscious and intubated. 

CHICAGO
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel detailed his plan to reduce gun violence in the city. It includes police reforms and as many as a thousand new department hires; tougher gun laws; and a slew of new youth programs aimed at creating more jobs and mentors, and combating gangs.

WEINER
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan is investigating Anthony Weiner’s alleged sexting with a minor, according to two officials briefed on the case.  An inquiry was opened, although no formal complaint has been filed. Federal officials have issued a subpoena for Weiner’s cell phone records.  Federal prosecutors will not confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation, per Justice Department policy. 

MD PEPPER SPRAY
Maryland police are defending the restraining and pepper-spraying of a 15-year-old girl they said was not cooperating after a traffic accident, saying that the actions of officers involved an appropriate amount of force. The Hagerstown Police Department released bodycam videos that show officers attempting to restrain the girl and later, one officer pepper-spraying the teen as other officers attempt to close the door of the police car they have put her in.

SAMSUNG
Samsung Electronics America has announced that about half of all recalled Galaxy Note7 phones sold in the U.S. have been exchanged through Samsung’s voluntary recall. The device was called into question for its igniting batteries.  90-percent of Galaxy Note7 owners have been opting to receive the new Galaxy Note7 since the phones became widely available on Wednesday, September 21, according to a company statement.

BRAD PITT
The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services is investigating a child abuse claim involving Brad Pitt, sources told ABC News.   Officials for the Los Angeles Police Department said the department is not investigating Pitt.  Sources close to Pitt told ABC News that the actor is taking the allegations very seriously and is cooperating with the authorities. However, they added, many of the claims made against him are either exaggerated or outright fabricated.  The FBI is continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued.

NEVERMND
Nirvana's "Nevermind" turns 25 on Saturday.  The album which is considered the anthem of Generation X broke the mold for the rock music revival of the 1990s.  It also took the Northwest grunge music scene mainstream. 

NC POLICE SHOOTING
--Police in riot gear deployed tear gas as protesters in Charlotte marched and chanted late Wednesday, demanding answers in Tuesday's fatal officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, an African-American man. Authorities say Scott was carrying a weapon, but Scott's family says it was a book. Scott is the sixth person shot and killed by Charlotte Mecklenburg police this year. A statement from Scott's widow says "We have more questions than answers about Keith's death."
--Shots were fired during the protest and one protester was wounded and is in critical condition. Authorities say the shooting was carried out by another demonstrator.

TULSA SHOOTING
--The twin sister of an unarmed black man shot and killed by a white police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma... says she's heartbroken over his death. Dashcam video of the incident shows 40-year-old Terence Crutcher walking towards his S-U-V with his hands up, before he was first tasered, then shot and killed on Friday by Tulsa police.
--President Obama spoke by phone with the mayors of Charlotte and Tulsa.

NY/NJ BOMBS
Federal Investigators want to speak with two unidentified men seen on surveillance footage in the hours after Saturday night's bomb explosion in Manhattan - they're seen taking the unexploded pressure cooker bomb out of a suitcase and walking off with the suitcase - the police emphasizing they're not suspects - but they might be able to provide clues as to whether the man they have in custody - Ahmed Rahami - had any help in planning or executing the attacks.

CHICAGO
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will deliver his new, more comprehensive public safety plan for the Chicago Thursday, drawing a spotlight on his leadership amid a troubling spike in street violence and an ongoing Department of Justice investigation of his police department.

EPIPENS
Well into the night, Mylan C-E-O Heather Bresch got a grilling before Congress Wednesday for the massive price increase to EpiPens. The company hiked the cost up to as much as 600 dollars per pair before a cheaper generic could hit the market, while also giving executives large pay increases.  Lawmakers reminded Bresch of how her company successfully lobbied Congress to pass the EpiPen Bill that gave local school districts incentives to purchase the drug device. Bresch said it's a small but growing minority that's paying the higher price.

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump speaks at the Shale Insight 2016 Conference in Pittsburgh, where he’s excected to discuss his position on energy, national security, U.S. trade policy, job creation and hydraulic fracturing.
--No events for Hillary Clinton in the day ahead. Tim Kaine speaks in Reno.
--The Trump campaign’s major concern: the candidate’s limited preparation. The Clinton camp’s biggest worry: that the Republican presidential nominee will be asked softer questions than Clinton. “My biggest concern continues to be a low bar set for him on expectations,” Clinton’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri told reporters during a flight to Orlando, Florida. While Trump has boasted that he will win Monday’s debate, senior sources said he has not delved into policy or participated in mock debates

ISIS
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford will be on Capitol Hill Thursday to testify on the war on ISIS before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

PIPELINE
A 500-foot bypass pipe is allowing gasoline supplies to flow to five states that depend on it. A major leak in Alabama forced the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline Sept. 9th...and led to surging fuel prices and gas shortages in the South.

NY/NJ BOMBS
--Federal charges have been filed against New York/New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami: four criminal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction. The federal filing also includes new details: The pressure cooker bomb injured 31 people, including a woman who court records said had to have ball bearings removed from her body. Another victim was knocked unconscious while driving his car. The charging documents also confirm for the first time the second pressure cooker found four blocks from the blast site was in fact a second bomb, packed with steel nuts and ball bearings. Ahmad Rahami's fingerprints were all over it.
--Court papers also indicate Rahami planned the bombings well in advance.  It was early July when court records said he started purchasing bomb components on eBay and had them shipped to a business where he worked in Perth Amboy NJ.  On Rahami's phone the FBI said it found violent extremist content and a video of Rahami igniting an incendiary object. His journal referenced Anwar Awlaki, Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hassan and Osama bin Laden.

EPIPENS
Facing a grilling before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday: Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan Specialty, maker of EpiPens, over the now well known price spike in the device...and possible family connections that helped to push through a near monopoly.   Bresch's father is Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and her Mother, Gayle Manchin, was the head of the National Association of State Boards of Education....and it was her push to increase the number of Epi-pens in schools while in that role that is now coming under fire in advance of her daughter's testimony in front of Congress.   ABC News has obtained an advance of Bresch's testimony, in which she says the public has made “incorrect assumptions” about the company’s profits.

VOTE 2016
--A source at a reception for the Points of Light Foundation in Kennebunkport confirms that former President George H.W. Bush (Bush 41) said he would be voting for Hillary Clinton.
--The attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota continue to make waves on the campaign trail. Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's rhetoric feeds into terrorist propaganda. At a rally in Williamsburg, Virginia, Governor Mike  Pence said Trump will be stronger against terrorism. Donald Trump, referring to the New York/New Jersey bombings, asserts that second generation immigrants are "turning out to be in some cases worse than the first generation."

SPENDING/ZIKA
A vote to avert a government shutdown October 1st and fund the Zika virus battle passed a procedural hurdle in the Senate, but lawmakers have not worked out enough details on a deal for a final vote...so none is scheduled yet.

NC POLICE SHOOTING
Protesters upset over a police-involved shooting that left a man dead, scuffled with police and shutdown a major roadway in Charlotte early Wednesday. Protesters stopped traffic along I-85 and opened several tractor trailers, stealing the cargo and setting  fires on the roadway before police could restore order. Anger grew in the hours after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of police officer Brentley Vinson. Police said Scott was armed but his family denies that, saying he was carrying a book.

TULSA SHOOTING
The Justice Department is looking into the death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher ... the Tulsa man who was unarmed and next to his stalled vehicle when he was shot on Friday.  His family attorneys say video clearly shows "he didn't make any sudden movements."  Meanwhile, a lawyer for the Tulsa police officer who fired the fatal shot says Crutcher was not following Officer Betty Shelby's commands and repeatedly reached for one of his pockets ... and that Shelby believed Crutcher might have been under the influence of P-C-P.

SYRIA
The White House blames Russia for an attack on an aid convoy  Monday outside of Aleppo, Syria, while holding out hope that a cessation of hostilities can continue in the war-torn country. It's unclear who launched the attack, but the White House says Russia is responsible for halting air operations in areas where aid is being delivered.

SAMSUNG
Samsung says it's ready to begin exchanging phones for customers involved in the recall of its Galaxy Note 7.

OBAMA/UN
President Obama is set to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly....to discuss advancing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iran nuclear deal and other regional security issues. 

REFUGEES
President Obama ... is calling on the private sector to partner with the U-N ... to help combat the current refugee crisis... during the UN General Assembly Summit for Refugees and Migrants.

ALZHEIMERS (EMBARGOED TIL 9/21 8AM ET)
Alzheimer's disease is easier to treat if it's diagnosed early...and now experts are calling for more routine memory evaluations to improve treatment.  The Alzheimer's Foundation of America estimates more than 5 million Americans have the disease, but less than half are diagnosed.

PITT/JOLIE DIVORCE
Arguably the most famous celebrity couple in the world is calling it quits.


 

NY/NJ BOMBS
--Prosecutors in Union County, New Jersey announcing the first charges against Ahmad Rahami -- the suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey. Rahami is facing attempted murder charges as a result of the shootout and wounding of two officers in Linden, New Jersey that lead to his capture. Bail set at 5.2-million dollars.
--Authorities tell ABC News Rahami is refusing to answer any questions or even given his name, as the FBI builds it case against the Afghan-born naturalized US citizen. Investigators scouring his past.
--Linden NJ Police responding to a call of a man sleeping on the steps of a bar encountered Rahami, who started "immediately shooting," says the town's mayor. Officer Angel Padilla, 14-year member of the force was shot in the midsection; a bullet or glass grazed the head of 12-year veteran officer Peter Hammer. A 3rd officer received medical attention for high blood pressure.
--Ahmad Khan Rahami was born in 1988 in Afghanistan and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, according to the FBI. He was discovered and captured in Linden, New Jersey, not far from his last known address in Elizabeth. Members of the Rahami family apparently did not get along well with the local police and sued several officers in 2011 for allegedly harassing them over purported violations related the restaurant's operation. The case was dismissed in 2012, pending the resolution of a related legal matter, according to documents.

VOTE 2016
--Republican nominee Donald Trump repeated his calls to implement police profiling to stop more attacks in the United States.  His son Donald Trump, Jr. may have taken that call too far, according to some critics.  He tweeted an image of a bowl of Skittles candy that read: "If you had a bowl of skittles and i told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful? That's our Syrian refugee problem."  A social media uproar followed saying Trump, Jr. compared refugees to Skittles.  It was the top trending topic at one point Monday night.  A Clinton spokesperson re-tweeted saying: "this is disgusting." Trump, Sr. campaigns in North Carolina Tuesday.
--After thanking law enforcement officials for Rahami’s quick apprehension, Trump bemoaned the excellent care he expects the accused culprit to receive while in custody. "Now we will give him amazing hospitalization. He will be taken care of by some of the best doctors in the world," said Trump. "And on top of all of that, he will be represented by an outstanding lawyer." Trump urged law enforcement to extract additional information from the suspect.
--Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton met with the leaders of Egypt, Japan and Ukraine in New York Monday night as the UN General Assembly has gotten underway.  Clinton's Friday taping or the "Tonight Show" also aired Monday night.
- Will a Bush vote for a Clinton?  Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the former Democratic Lt. Governor of Maryland and RFK's daughter, met with former President George H.W. Bush.  She says the former Republican president will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.  A Bush Family spokesperson says the former president plans to keep his secret vote secret. 
--The topics for the first presidential debate on September 26th have been chosen.  They will be “America’s Direction”, “Achieving Prosperity”, and “Securing America.”   The debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York lasts 90 minutes, beginning at 9pm ET. 

OBAMA/UN
President Obama speaks at the opening of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, September 20th at approximately 10am ET.  

WELLS FARGO
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, Comptroller of the Currency Tom Curry, CFPB Director Richard Cordray, and others testify Tuesday morning at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the creation of unauthorized accounts at Wells Fargo. The Senate Banking Committee wants Stumpf to explain how the bank managed to allow roughly 2 million customer accounts to be manipulated by its employees over a span of 5 years.  

TULSA SHOOTING
The Tulsa Police Department released video showing that a 40-year-old black man who was killed by a white officer Friday night had his hands up in the moments before he was shot. Dashcam video released today shows a Tulsa police officer responding to a call at 7:43 p.m. on Friday. As the squad car pulls up to the scene, a man, identified by police as Terence Crutcher, is seen walking toward a tan SUV parked in the middle of a two-lane road with his hands up as a female officer points her gun behind him. Three officers then run up to the pair. Crutcher lowers his hands and seems to reach into the vehicle, and then is seen falling to the ground.

SYRIA
A Syrian human rights group said today that at least 32 people had been killed and dozens injured in Aleppo, Syria, and its western suburbs in the hours after Syria's military declared the U.S.-Russian brokered cease-fire over.After the Syrian military blamed rebels for not observing the truce, which was in its seventh day, the United Nations said a convoy transporting aid to the hard-hit city had been attacked, with 18 of the convoy's 31 trucks initially believed to have been hit.

GAS PRICES
--A spokesman for AAA says the automobile club expects gas prices to continue inching upward as repairs are made to a pipeline that ruptured in Alabama, leading to scattered gas shortages across the South.  AAA spokesman Garrett Townsend said Monday that the organization expects gas prices to keep rising while the Colonial Pipeline is at less than full capacity.
--Crews are working around the clock outside Birmingham, Alabama to repair a ruptured gas pipeline blamed for gas outages. Alpharetta-based Colonial has acknowledged that between 252,000 gallons and 336,000 gallons of gasoline leaked from a pipeline near Helena, Alabama, since the spill was first detected Sept. 9. It's unclear when the spill actually began. According to a preliminary report, it wasn't possible to immediately pinpoint the leak, partly because highly flammable benzene and gasoline vapors hung in the air and prevented firefighters, company officials and anyone else from being near the site for more than three days.
--American drivers wasted more than $2.1 billion in the last year by using premium-grade gasoline in cars that don’t need it, according to research by AAA. Premium blends can cost around 50 cents a gallon more than regular. About 16.5 million drivers rely on premium fuel even when manufacturers don't recommend it, the new AAA study showed. "Drivers see the ‘premium’ name at the pump and may assume the fuel is better for their vehicle," John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair, said.

IMMIGRATION
Violence and poverty across Central America and beyond are driving more undocumented immigrants to make the perilous journey across Mexico and into the United States through the southern border. Through August of this year, there were a total of 369,411 apprehensions on the U.S.-Mexico border. The statistics show that more than half of those were of non-Mexicans.

EGGO RECALL
Kellogg is recalling about 10,000 cases of its Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles in 25 states because they could be contaminated with the bacteria listeria. The company says it hasn't received reports of illnesses.  The recalled waffles are 10-count packs with "Used by" dates of Nov. 21, 2017 and Nov. 22, 2017. 

JIM CARREY
Jim Carrey was sued Monday for wrongful death and drug violations, accused by his late girlfriend's husband of illegally obtaining and giving her the powerful painkillers she used to kill herself in September 2015. 

NY/NJ BOMBS
The FBI is investigating three separate bomb incidents in New York and New Jersey over the weekend. 
-- Early Monday: Two men found a backpack with five pipe bombs inside near the train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey. They are in the process of safely detonating the devices.   
-- The FBI has detained five men in Brooklyn and is questioning them in connection with Saturday's explosion in New York's Chelsea neighborhood that injured 29 people. Police Sunday night blew up the second device found blocks away, a pressure cooker with a cellphone attached. A controlled detonation took place in the Bronx; evidence to be examined at the FBI Lab in Quantico, VA.   
--No one was injured in Saturday's explosion of a device in a trash can in Seaside Park, NJ. Multiple law enforcement officials tell ABC News that investigators are exploring the possibility the two explosions in NY and NJ are linked to the same bomber or bombers. We are cautioned that this is only a line of inquiry and not a conclusion. The probes remain separate but coordinated. The FBI is investigating both blasts.
--Police promise more security, especially as heads of state gather for meetings at the UN this week. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the State Police and National Guard to deploy an additional 1,000 uniformed officers to high-profile locations across the state.

MN STABBING

--The FBI is investigating a mall stabbing spree in central Minnesota as a "potential act of terrorism."  They're looking into whether the suspect, who was shot dead by an off duty officer after injuring 9 people, had any ties to terrorism. ISIS is claiming to have inspired the attack...releasing a statement calling the man was a "soldier of the Islamic state..." and acted in "response to calls to target citizens."

-- The attacker has been identified by his father as a 22-year old college student from Somalia, who came to US with his family 15 years ago. Leaders of the Somali community in St. Cloud, Minnesota held a news conference to condemn the mall stabbing.

UN
The explosions in Manhattan and New Jersey come just as world leaders gather for UN Week, a high-level segment of the General Assembly, which kicks off Monday. President Obama arrived in New York Sunday night. The plight of refugees is the focus on day one. Heads of state hold their first-ever summit aimed at a unified plan to protect the human rights of the world's 65-million displaced people.

VOTE 2016
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Monday marks 50 days until the election, and one week to the first debate. 
--Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton weigh-in on the New York and New Jersey blasts, and the Minnesota stabbing, Clinton calling all three "apparent terrorist attacks."
--What did Trump mean when he told a Friday rally Clinton's Secret Service detail should disarm, and "let’s see what happens to her"?  says running mate Mike Pence on ABC's This Week: "What Donald Trump was saying that if Hillary Clinton didn't have all that security, she'd probably be a whole lot more supportive of the Second Amendment."
--Clinton speaks in Philly Monday; Trump holds a rally in Fort Myers, FL.

SYRIA
Syrian opposition groups claim there have been airstrikes on rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo since last week’s ceasefire went into effect. It’s the first signs that the already shaky ceasefire is unraveling in the wake of that American airstrike that killed Syrian troops.

RUSSIAN ELECTIONS
EMMYS

Early winners at the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on ABC included Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won best actress in a comedy series for "Veep," her 5th consecutive win in this category. Kate McKinnon won best supporting actress on a comedy series for her role on "Saturday Night Live."  The opening segment featured former GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush as a limo driver.

ZIKA
Florida Governor Rick Scott will visit Wynwood, where the remaining Zika zone is expected to be lifted following 45 days of no ongoing active transmission.

GAS PIPELINE
Shortages and price hikes up to 15-cents a gallon are feared for drivers in the southeast after a leak shut down a major gas supply pipeline that runs from Houston to New York.  It’s not expected to be back in full operation until later this week, and drivers in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia are expected to feel the brunt of the shortage. The pipeline provides gasoline for an estimated 50-Million people on the east coast a day.  The leak was discovered in rural Alabama on Sept. 9 and the pipeline has been shut since.

CODEINE IN COUGH SYRUP
Pediatricians now say clinicians should avoid prescribing the painkiller/cough medicine codeine to children. In a report today, they argue that because of the way codeine is metabolized in the body, it can have variable and potentially dangerous effects for children, leading to respiratory depression, even death. Codeine is currently prescribed to more than 800,000 children younger than 11 years old – more than any other opioid. A review of adverse events by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that from 1965 to 2015, there were 64 cases of severe respiratory depression and 24 codeine-related deaths in children.

ASHLAND MURDERS

The suspect in the murders and abduction in Ashland, Ohio, has a court hearing Monday morning.  Shawn Grate is being held on $1-Million bond. He did not enter a plea at his last appearance Friday.

VOTE 2016
--Back on the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton takes swings at Donald Trump, telling the Congressional Hispanic Caucus dinner in DC: "Donald Trump is running one of the most divisive campaigns of our lifetimes," and "When you hear a candidate spewing bigotry and hate, it's easy to get discouraged."
--Clinton tells ABC's Cecilia Vega. "I've always said this is going to be a tight race."
--Trump tells the Washington post he's unwilling to say whether President Obama was born in the US. “I’ll answer that question at the right time.” 
--Donald Trump says Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment comes from an "attitude of arrogance and entitlement."
--Trump lets Jimmy Fallon muss his hair...on air.

SAMSUNG
A week after federal regulators warned users of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 to stop using the phones...the Consumer Product Safety Commission is now formally recalling nearly a million of the devices...because of the potential for battery fires.

APPLE
Friday is the official release of the iPhone 7, but don't bother lining up. They're said to be sold-out on pre-orders and the wait extends into November.

NYPD SHOOTING
A law enforcement source says there's no link to terrorism in an evening rush confrontation between a man and police in Midtown Manhattan. The incident allegedly started when officers confronted the suspect trying to remove a boot from his car. That's when, police say, 32-year-old Akram Joudeh (jo-duh) -- pulled an 11-inch meat cleaver from his waistband and took off on foot. Authorities say a taser was deployed but didn't stop the suspect. An off-duty detective in plain clothes tried to apprehend Akram, and was allegedly struck in the head with the cleaver. N-Y-P-D Commissioner Bill Bratton says that's when police fired 18 shots, critically wounding Akram.   The detective is in serious condition and two other officers were injured in the incident -- all this on Bratton's last day on the job.

EDWARD SNOWDEN
Edward Snowden is no whistleblower, says a House Intelligence Committee report 2 years in the making. It finds that the vast majority of the documents he stole were military and defense secrets that had nothing to do with Americans' privacy.  The panel says he was more a "disgruntled employee who had frequent conflicts with his managers."  Snowden, who is living in Russia, is seeking a presidential pardon.

OH SHOOTING
Dozens of people held a vigil in Ohio near where police shot and killed a 13-year-old boy they say pulled a realistic BB gun from his waistband during a chase. Columbus police say Tyre King ran from officers investigating a reported armed robbery and was shot in a confrontation in an alley.

NAVY SHOOTING ANNIVERSARY
Three years ago (9/16/13), a defense contractor shot and killed 12 people at the Washington DC Navy Yard. Tighter security is in place since then.

EMMYS
The Emmys are Sunday on ABC...hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

VOTE 2016
--Hillary Clinton, hoping to put health issues behind her, is set to return to the campaign trail, with events in Greensboro, North Carolina and Washington, DC. Donald Trump questions her stamina.  At an evening rally in Canton, Ohio, Trump mentioned the room was hot and said "I don’t know folks, you think Hillary would be able to stand up here for an hour and do this?”
--Trump appears Thursday on a recorded episode of the Dr. Oz Show; Oz inspects letters Trump says outline his medical history; Trump says he'll release the results of a physical later this week. 
--Clinton released a summary of her medical records; her doctor declares Clinton "healthy and fit to serve as President," and says Clinton is recovering well from pneumonia and is "recovering well with antibiotics and rest" after she became overheated on 9/11.
--Mike Pence touts the latest state polls: "We’re up in Ohio, we’re up in Florida and we’re gonna win the keystone state come Election Day."

VOTE 2016/POLL (EMBARGOED TIL 9/15 7AM ET)
Feeling gloomy or hopeful about the country?  Depends on who you ask, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. It indicates two-thirds of Americans feel they have little or no influence over the actions of the federal government. Forty-five percent say the country’s greatness is ebbing. As many see voter fraud as commonplace. A third aren’t confident that votes in the presidential election will be counted fairly. The poll finds that each of these viewpoints corresponds with support for Donald Trump. At the same time, many Americans have a rosier outlook – and they’re a far better group for Hillary Clinton.

AFGHANISTAN CORRUPTION
A special Inspector General report calls out the government for wasting billions of US Tax dollars in Afghanistan. The report that says the price tag for rebuilding Afghanistan for just one year in - 2012 - 19 billion dollars .... was just as much the entire Afghan economy that year.   But corrupt warlords and and their militias siphoned billions of that for themselves.

SYRIA
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-Despite reports that the ceasefire in Syria is holding, humanitarian aid is not getting to areas that need it the most.
--The State Department says the Syrian cease-fire that began Monday, is holding...mostly. "We've seen violations by both sides."

OH ABDUCTION
Police released the 911 call they received from a woman Tuesday morning who was being held against her will in Ashland, Ohio. When officers arrived at the home they found the woman along with 40-year-old Shawn Michael Grate. The remains of two other people were also found. On the call, the woman can be heard breathing heavily and whispering answers to the dispatcher's questions. The woman said she was able to free herself from being tied up and called police on Grate's phone while he was asleep.

BATHROOM BILL
On the heels of the NC-Double-A announcing it would move seven championship events out of North Carolina, the Atlantic Coast Conferecen announced it is moving all neutral-site conference championship games out of the state as well, as a result of the controversial House Bill 2 law that limits the legal protection of the LGBT community. Gov. Pat McCrory says the issue will be resolved in the courts and adds "I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation’s judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging government overreach."

FL MOSQUE FIRE
Authorities in Florida credit tips from the community for an arrest in connection to a fire that damaged a mosque occasionally visited by Orlando night club shooter Omar Mateen. 32-year-old Joseph Michael Schreiber is accused of attacking the mosque on September 11th.

UNC SEX ASSAULT
UNC Linebacker Allen Anthony Artis is facing two misdemeanor charges for sexual battery and assault  ...  after fellow UNC student Delaney Robinson says he assaulted her after a night of drinking in February. Robinson is speaking out about her ordeal and says she chose to do so to stop similar cases from "being swept under the rug."

MH370
The Australian investigators have determined that an outboard flap found off the coast of east Africa on June 20 is in fact from MH370. They are analyzing it for any indication of the state of flap operation at the time of impact. This could help determine whether MH370 was gently glided onto the water or if it hit water with catastrophic force.

WADA HACKING
--WADA confirms another batch of athlete data leaked by Russian cyber hackers 'Fancy Bear' -This time the group released the confidential athlete data of 25 athletes, from eight countries, into the public domain. The targeted athletes include ten from the United States, five from Germany, five from Great Britain, one from the Czech Republic, one from Denmark, one from Poland, one from Romania, and one from Russia.
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Hackers previously disclosed some medical information of four U-S athletes including the Williams sisters and Simone Biles.

SAMSUNG
Samsung is denying suggestions that the other products are also having the battery issues that forced the recall of the Galaxy Note 7. The company says it will replace every Galaxy Note 7 phone that has been sold because it has been able to confirm there is a battery issue that could cause it ignite.

EMMYS
The Emmys are Sunday, on ABC. Last year's best actress in a drama, Viola Davis of How to Get Away With Murder, talks about winning...and maybe winning again.

VOTE 2016
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Speaking at a fundraiser in New York City, President Obama said he thinks Hillary Clinton will win in November but told donors “This shouldn't be close, but it's close.”
--Aides to Hillary Clinton tell ABC News she is recovering well from her bout with pneumonia and is expected to hit the campaign trial again on Thursday.
--The New York state attorney general is conducting a broad inquiry into Trump Foundation to make sure it properly complied with rules for charities.  A Trump spokesman calls the New York AG "a partisan hack" and says "This is nothing more than another left-wing hit job designed to distract from Crooked Hillary Clinton’s disastrous week.” 

HACKING
--The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) believes it was Russian hackers that allegedly infiltrated its computer system and leaked personal information about Americans who competed in the Rio Olympics.
--The Democratic National Committee says suspected Russian Hackers are releasing more of the organization's in-house documents. It doesn't appear to include any emails.....instead the thieves have released documents about voter and donor information.

PHOENIX OFFICERS HIT
Authorities in Phoenix, Arizona have charged 44-year-old Marc LaQuon Payne with three counts of attempted murder for allegedly ramming three police officers with his vehicle early Tuesday. No official word on a motive, though investigators suspect Payne was intoxicated.

TIM COOK
Apple CEO Tim Cook has dismissed concerns consumers might have that his company’s new wireless headphones -- dubbed AirPods -- may fall out and become easily lost.   In a wide-ranging and exclusive interview with ABC News' "Good Morning America" set to air on Wednesday, Cook told Robin Roberts that he had used the new headphones in a number of scenarios without incident, including on a treadmill and while dancing.

FL MOSQUE FIRE
Authorities in St. Lucie County, Florida say they are frustrated that only eight tips have come in relating to the arson fire at the mosque attended by Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.

TS JULIA
Tropical Storm Julia formed overnight with the center of the storm being over land, it jumped from just a tropical wave to Tropical Storm with sustained winds of 40 mph. A Tropical Storm Warning for northern Florida including Jacksonville and also southern coast of Georgia including Brunswick, GA. Julia, is not forecast to strengthen much, it will drift inland over southern GA through the next day or so. The biggest threat with Julia will be flash flooding and maybe an isolated tornado with some gusty winds. Flood Watches have been issued for the coast, from Charleston SC to the FL-GA border.

CA COLD CASE
Authorities announced arrests Tuesday in connection to the murders of two young girls nearly 43 years ago in Yuba County, California. The investigation into the murders of 12-year-old Valerie Janice Lane and 13-year-old Doris Karen Derryberry was reopened in 2014. Officials say they were able to recover D-N-A evidence from an autopsy kit matching Larry Don Patterson of Oakhurst, Oklahoma, and William Lloyd Harbour of Olivehurst, California -- both now 65-years-old.

UNC RAPE
Hours after a University of North Carolina student came forward to say the school has done nothing about her claim that a football player raped her 6 months ago...a judge issued an arrest warrant. The warrant accuses 21-year-old junior linebacker Allen Artis of two misdemeanors. The warrant says he had sex with Delaney Robinson while she was “mentally incapacitated and physically helpless.”

CHELSEA MANNING
Serving 35 years in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for disclosing millions of classified documents to Wikileaks, Chelsea Manning was told Tuesday by the Army that she would be able to receive gender reassignment surgery.  Upon receiving the news Manning ended a hunger strike she had begun five days before to protest the Army’s slow pace of treatment for her gender dysphoria.  In a statement Manning said “This is all that I wanted — for them to let me be me."

IRAQ BOMBING
The Pentagon says a large airstrike operation involving a dozen warplanes including B-52s targeted a
a pharmaceutical complex in Mosul, Iraq that they say ISIS had turned into a chemical weapons facility... believed to be making chlorine or mustard agent that could be used on the battlefield.

SHIMON PERES
Doctors are trying to save the life of former Israeli President Shimon Peres after he suffered a major stroke.  The 93 year old statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner is considered one of the founding fathers of Israel. 

DWTS
The two "Dancing With the Stars" protesters who stormed the the dance floor just after Ryan Lochte completed his first dance have been released from jail.  Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi are due back in court on Oct. 4.

VOTE 2016
--Hillary Clinton tells CNN she didn't disclose pneumonia diagnosis immediately because she didn't "know it was going to be that big a deal"  Neither Trump nor Clinton has recently released a medical report.
--Donald Trump denounced Clinton's remark that half of his supporters belonged in "a basket of deplorables." But even as Trump defended his backers, one lashed out at protesters in the hall by appearing to punch and slap them. Trump talked through the scuffle.
--President Obama hits the campaign trail on Tuesday when he travels to Philadelphia and New York.
  

DWTS
Millions of ABC viewers watched a crazy moment on the new season premiere of Dancing With The Stars. Two anti-Ryan Lochte protesters have been arrested for trespassing as the LAPD says they crashed the dance floor after the U.S. Olympic swimmer performed Monday night. Security tackled the men to the ground and they were removed from the stage.

NFL
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem once again -- this time during the team's season opener on "Monday Night Football."   Joining Kaepernick in protest calling attention to perceived racial inequality were his teammates Erick Reid, who also knelt and Antoine Bethea and Eli Harold who raised their fists. The game also marked the return of the Los Angeles Rams.  Kenny Britt and Robert Quinn, who play for the Rams, also held up their fists.

NC BATHROOM LAW
The NCAA has chosen to relocate seven championship events to be played as part of the 2016 to 2017 season from North Carolina due to the state's controversial bathroom law, known as House Bill 2, the association announced Monday.The NCAA Board of Governors said that it made the decision Monday because the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections, according to an NCAA release.

HOT CAR TRIAL
Jury selection has begun for the trial of a Cobb County, Georgia father accused of intentionally leaving his child in a hot car. A judge moved the trial from Cobb County to Glynn County earlier this year.  Legal experts believe potential jurors on the other side of the state may not have heard about Ross Harris and the case against him.  Testimony in the trial should begin early next month.

FL MOSQUE FIRE
Authorities said a fire that broke out overnight Monday at the Fort Pierce mosque that the Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen had attended was deliberately set.  According to the St. Lucie Sheriff's Office, surveillance video shows a man park his motorcycle and approach the east side of the mosque on West Midway Road in White City just moments before a flash of fire is seen.  

JON BENET'S BROTHER
Burke Ramsey, the brother of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old beauty pageant queen found dead in her family home nearly 20 years ago, spoke for the first time Monday in an exclusive interview on "The Dr. Phil Show," explaining why he's stayed out of the public eye for so long.   "For the last 20 years, I wanted to grow up like a normal kid, which does not include going in front of TV cameras," he said.  Burke Ramsey said speaking at any point in the last two decades "seemed like it would rouse it all up again.

BLOOD PRESSURE (EMBARGOED TIL 9/13 1PM ET)
According to the CDC, about 70% of US adults age 65 or older have high blood pressure – but only about half have it under control (less than 140/90), putting them at risk of heart disease, stroke, and early death.

SEPSIS (EMBARGOED TIL 9/13 12:01AM ET)
The CDC is trying to raise awareness of  Sepsis. The condition caused by the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection impacts between 1 and 3 million people a year...and kills 15 to 30-percent of those patients.

SHARK V STUDENT
On a recent dive off the Santa Barbara, California coast, college student Tyler McQuillen took on a charging shark and won after jabbing the great white with his spear gun.  Tyler McQuillen was swimming in about ten feet of water at the time and captured the entire dramatic incident on his GoPro, attached to the spear gun. He also posted pictures of his injuries after the attack.





 

VOTE 2016
--Hours after Hillary Clinton left the 9/11 memorial ceremony feeling "overheated" and needing assistance to get in her vehicle, her doctor said she had been diagnosed with pneumonia last Friday. The Democratic presidential nominee was given antibiotics and told to modify her schedule. Her doctor said Friday's examination was to determine the cause of Clinton's persistent cough. A senior campaign aide said Clinton's California fundraising trip Monday and Tuesday has been called off.
-Donald Trump heads to Baltimore in the afternoon to speak at the National Guard Association of the United States 138th General Conference & Exhibition.  The Republican nominee later holds an evening rally in Asheville, North Carolina. 

9/11
--The U.S. marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, with victims' relatives reading their names and reflecting on a loss that still felt as immediate to them as it was indelible for the nation.
--Speaking at the Pentagon, President Obama asked Americans to "live up to the sacrifice of those heroes that we lost."
--U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said the U.S. is in a "new environment," with the nation's greatest risk from lone-wolf attacks and "self-radicalized" terrorists.  Johnson said on ABC's "This Week" that there is no credible evidence of an imminent terrorist threat to the United States -- but there are still risks.

NFL 
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raised his fist, four Miami Dolphins players knelt, and teams interlocked arms as a sign of unity on the NFL's Sunday kick-off weekend. Each week-one protest came during the playing of the national anthem at the start of their teams' games, adding to a wave of demonstrations set off during the preseason by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  Kaepernick said he started the protest over what he referred to as America's treatment of "black people and people of color."  The 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams in the later game on Monday Night Football.

OBAMA
President Obama will host House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid Monday for a meeting in the Oval Office to discuss legislative priorities and his visit to Asia.

DOSING ERRORS
85 per cent of parents have gotten the dosage wrong at least once when dispensing liquid meds to their kids, according to a study from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

CO SCHOOL BUS CRASH
A school bus driver is dead, and a number of students and coaches were taken to the hospital after a school bus crashed into a bridge support near Denver International Airport.

ZIKA
The Zika virus has been detected in a new mosquito sample taken in Miami Beach, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Friday. State officials said the new sample is from the same small Miami Beach neighborhood where three other samples tested positive for Zika on Sept. 1. Aerial insecticide spraying occurred Friday and Sunday in Miami Beach, continues there and begins in Broward County today.

JOHN HINCKLEY JR
The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is now home. John Hinckley Jr. beginning a new chapter: freed 35 years after the Reagan shooting, given unsupervised release from a psychiatric hospital. He will live with his mother inside a Virginia gated community. In July, a federal judge ruled Hinckley's no longer a danger to himself or others.

CRAZY EDDIE
His prices were insane. the real Crazy Eddie - not the pitchman - has died. Eddie Antar built up a chain of electronics stores from a single location in Brooklyn in 1969, to 43 stores from Boston to Philly. But by the late 1980s, the stores were bankrupt and Antar was sent to federal prison, convicted in a massive fraud scheme. He was 68. 

KS SHOOTING
One suspect was killed and two other people were injured in an assault and shooting outside a Shawnee, Kansas Walmart Sunday. Police said a woman left the store and was putting her infant child in a car seat when two men approached her and one struck her on the head.  Investigators said a man got out of his car to help the woman and was shot multiple times. They said another man saw what happened, got out of his car and shot one of the attackers dead. Police said the second man ran off and was captured by a police K-9. Both the woman and the first good Samaritan were hospitalized.

BOX OFFICE
 "Sully" Clint Eastwood's dramatization of the Miracle on the Hudson, soared at the box office, taking in 35.5-million dollars its opening weekend.

US OPEN
Stan Wawrinka prevails over Novak Djokovic in 4 sets to take the US Open, his third grand slam title.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PUNCH
An offensive lineman from Mount San Antonio College is accused of punching a referee on the field during Saturday night's game against Ventura College in Ventura, California.  Bernard Schirmer was immediately ejected from the community college game and, upon review of the footage, arrested on suspicion of battery. He was then taken to Ventura County jail, Sgt. Mike Pallotto of the Ventura College Police Department told the newspaper. 

September 9-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News

 

WELLS FARGO
A financial scandal at Wells Fargo ends with one of the country's biggest banks firing 53-hundred employees, getting slapped with 185-million dollars in fines, and promising refunds for affected customers. Federal regulators say Wells Fargo staff opened more than 2 million bank and credit card accounts that may have not been authorized by customers, and transferring funds to those accounts, in order to meet sales goals. The Los Angeles City attorney calls the behavior "outrageous." A Wells Fargo spokesman says the allegations "are not part of our culture."

 

NORTH KOREA
State media in North Korea say it's carried out a nuclear test to measure the strength of its nuclear war head. A 5.3 magnitude seismic event was recorded near the North's main test site. The South Korean military estimates the blast as the equivalent of about ten kilotons of TNT, a similar magnitude to the bomb at Hiroshima. If confirmed, it would be the fifth nuclear test conducted by Pyongyang

 

VOTE 2016
--Election day can't come soon enough for many...and for some...it will. Early voting ballots will be in the mail in North Carolina Friday.
--Donald Trump cuts into Hillary Clinton's lead in several key states, according to a Quinnipiac poll. Previous polling showed Hillary Clinton leading Trump by near double-digits in Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. That lead is now a statistical tie in those states and in North Carolina.
-- 24 hours after praising Vladimir Putin on US TV for being a "strong leader", Donald Trump appeared on the Kremlin funded channel RT.
--Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are locked in tight battles in four key battleground states, according to polling from Quinnipiac University released today. In Florida, Clinton and Trump each garner 47 percent. In Ohio, Trump earns 46 percent, and Clinton has fallen, by 4 percentage points in the last month, to 45 percent.

 

9/11
As the nation prepares to mark the 15th anniversary 9/11, the House will vote on a controversial bill related to the terrorist attacks. This week, the House is expected to vote on a bipartisan bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in US courts for any role in the plot.

 

SAMSUNG PHONES
Two weeks after debuting the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, Samsung issued a recall and suspended sales after several were found to explode while charging. On Labor Day, one family’s Jeep was destroyed after they claim their Galaxy Note 7 exploded while charging inside the car. The FAA has now released a statement on the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights. It reads, “In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.”

 

FLIGHT DIVERTED
What pilots describe as an abusive, intoxicated and "highly unpredictable" passenger forced a British Airways flight to divert to Boston's Logan airport. The jet had been on its way from London to Orlando.

 

SPACE
The latest mission to deep space is underway. The 7-year journey of the Osiris Rex spacecraft began with blastoff from Cape Canaveral...it's heading toward the Asteroid Bennu, to vacuum up dust and gravel, then fly back to earth.

 

TX SCHOOL SHOOTING
A 14-year-old female student died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting and injuring another female student inside a high school in the West Texas town of Alpine, according to the sheriff.

 

HEATWAVE
It takes three straight days of temperatures of at least 90 degrees to make it an official heat wave, and it’s possible that Washington and Philadelphia could get there this week, as fall approaches (New York and Boston might fall short).  The ABC News Weather Team says some record highs are possible along the East coast on Friday as temperatures reach the low to mid 90s, which is about 10 degrees above normal for this time of year.  

 

MARINE DEATH
Several investigations uncover a pattern of hazing at the Marine boot camp on Parris Island, South Carolina...this follows the death in March of a 20-year-old Muslim recruit, who killed himself.

 

ZIKA
Aerial spraying to combat Zika-carrying mosquitoes is set for early Friday in Miami.

 

CABLE CAR RESCUE
Dozens of people will be forced to spend the night in a number of cable cars that are stuck high up in the French Alps after rescue efforts were suspended for the evening, according to French National Police. Rescuers were working to evacuate people from several stranded cable cars in the resort area of Chamonix, authorities said.

 

NBA HALL OF FAME
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will enshrine its newest members in a ceremony Friday night in Springfield, Massachusetts. Among the inductees are Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal, Yao Ming, Sheryl Swoops and others.

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton participate separately in a "commander-in-chief" forum, hosted by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Trump said on the NBC program the VA is "almost a corrupt enterprise." Clinton says "I will not let the VA be privatized." Would Trump allow undocumented immigrants who want to serve in the military to stay in the US? "We have to vet very carefully." Clinton was pressed about her emails and her pro-Iraq War vote.
--Trump doesn't talk about the birther issue anymore, but his running mate did Wednesday, Mike Pence saying “I believe Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, I accept his birthplace, I just don’t know where he’s coming from on foreign policy and on economics and on Obamacare.”
--The candidates hit key states Thursday... Trump in Ohio again, Clinton in North Carolina and Missouri.

CHICAGO SHOOTING
Among the 3-thousand injured and 500 dead from shootings in Chicago so far this year, another individual case raises outrage. Community activists are speaking out after a 71-year-old man was shot while watering his lawn.

RUSSIA CLOSE ENCOUNTER
Another risky move by a Russian jet...getting too close to an American jet. A Russian fighter intercepting a US Navy reconnaissance plane flying over the Black Sea for almost 20 minutes.  Then coming as close as 10 feet from the American aircraft. The Pentagon says that’s too close for comfort and calls the Russian intercept of the American plane “unsafe and unprofessional.”

ZIKA
--After public outcry at a forum, Miami officials announced they will delay Thursday's scheduled aerial pesticide spraying to combat zika-carrying mosquitoes by one day...it will now start at 5 a.m. Friday.
--No agreement, but plenty of finger pointing at the Capitol on stalled efforts to fight Zika. Republican Roger Wicker saying: "Our party is saying yes to the president on Zika, and our colleagues across the isle won't take yes for an answer."

OBAMA
President Obama wrapped up his final US-ASEAN meeting in Vientiane, Laos, by holding a news conference in which he reaffirmed his opinion that Donald Trump is unqualified to be president. The president expressed confidence that the American people will make the right decision in not electing Trump this November by simply listening to the Republican nominee and evaluating his "track record or lack therof." President Obama is expected to arrive back at the White House Friday.

PHOENIX SHOOTING
Officials are investigating after a woman was shot and killed while driving on SR 51 late Wednesday. The details surrounding the shooting are unclear, but police said the woman was shot by an occupant who was traveling in another vehicle. There are at least three suspects; all described as Hispanic men who were in a white pick-up truck at the time of the shooting. The woman called 911 and dispatchers heard shots fired during the call before the call ended. Police told ABC News the shooting does not appear to be related to the serial shootings earlier this year in the Phoenix area. No motive for the shooting has been announced.

BRIDGEGATE
Jury selection begins Thursday in New Jersey, in the trial stemming from lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Prosecutors allege the closures and resulting days of heavy traffic were designed to punish the Mayor of Fort Lee for not supporting Gov. Chris Christie's re-election bid. Christie is not charged, but two of his top aides will be going on trial...and trying to defend themselves by saying the governor knew about the scheme.

SPACE
NASA will launch an Osiris Rex spacecraft aboard an Atlas Rocket from Cape Canaveral Thursday... for a mission to collect a sample from an asteroid and bring it safely back to earth.

RUSSIA
Defense Secretary Ash Carter accuses Russia of sowing seeds of global instability... and questions whether Moscow genuinely wants a viable cease-fire in Syria. In a speech at Oxford University in England, Carter said Russia has made the situation "more dangerous, more prolonged and more violent."

RYAN LOCHTE
Ryan Lochte is expected to be suspended for 10 months and will have to miss the 2017 World Swimming Championships, sources tell ABC News contributor Christine Brennan. The expected suspension comes after the 12-time Olympic medalist recently apologized for telling an "over-exaggerated" story about being held up at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the Summer Olympic Games last month

AIRPORT SECURITY
The TSA's testing of its airport security screeners is described as "incomplete and unreliable," in a draft report obtained by ABC News. The report says the TSA's undercover testing is not so undercover....because both the testers and test screeners know each other.The TSA says it's been a challenge to hire those secret screeners.  Last year TSA screeners failed to find and stop test weapons from getting through 95 percent of the time.  The report from the Government Accountability Office is to be released Wednesday.

VOTE 2016
--The first presidential debate is less than 3 weeks away. Donald Trump says he won't over prepare. Hillary Clinton says she takes nothing for granted: "I think this will be a difficult, challenging debate."
--Donald Trump is expected to unveil a plan to end the military sequester - across the board budget cuts - during a speech in Philadelphia today. In a briefing with the campaign, an aide previewed his address to the Union League, adding that Trump will begin a substantial increase in military spending, as the candidate has advocated before.
--Trump in Greenville North Carolina Tuesday night accused Clinton of "massive, massive crimes."
--For a second day, Hillary Clinton spoke with reporters on her campaign plane.
--Wednesday Clinton and Trump appear on an NBC/MSNBC commander-in-chief forum.

ZIKA
For the third time, the Senate failed to advance a bill that would have funded the government’s anti-Zika efforts. Senate Republican leaders acknowledged after the vote that, in order to pass the $1.1 billion in Zika funding, they might need to strip the bill of its most controversial provisions, namely those blocking Zika funding from some family planning organizations.

SPACE
Three crew members from the International Space Station landing back on terra firma in central Kazakhstan: American Jeff Williams, and Russians Oleg Skripchocka and Alexey Ovchinin. Williams setting a new record at 534 days in space, accumulated over four missions.

OBAMA
President Obama continued his historic visit to Laos, addressing the painful legacy of a secret war that has continued to torment the Lao people five decades after the Vietnam War. The president acknowledged that while American intervention in Laos from 1964 to 1973 was a secret in the United States, “for the people of Laos, obviously, this war was no secret”  Obama said Laotians “have continued to live under the shadow of war,” as 20,000 people have been killed or wounded by this unexploded ordnance. Obama said, delivering remarks at the Cooperative Orthotic Prosthetic Enterprise after touring the facility. “For the people of Laos, the war did not end when the bombs stopped falling.  Eighty million cluster munitions did not explode. They were spread across farmlands, jungles, villages, rivers.”

SYRIA
More than a hundred people were admitted to the hospital following a suspected chlorine gas attack on a rebel-held district of Aleppo. Activists in the city said one person died after bombs were dropped from government helicopters. Many of the victims were children. President Assad's government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons. The Syrian Civil Defence, a rescue workers' organization that operates in rebel-held areas, said government helicopters had dropped barrel bombs containing chlorine on the Sukari neighborhood in eastern Aleppo.

IMMIGRANT CHILDREN
Around 40-percent of the estimated 127-thousand foreign children who will come to the US as refugees or undocumented migrants this year, will be designated as refugees...leaving the bulk often without adequate legal representation or social services. That's according to a report by the group Child Trends.

TS NEWTON
--Hurricane Newton is now a tropical storm after hitting Baja California Tuesday with winds of 90mph. Newton is expected to cross the US boarder and move into Arizona as a Tropical Storm. If Newton touches Arizona as a Tropical Storm, it will be only the 6th time since keeping record that a storm has survived all the way to Arizona.
--Moisture from Newton has already spread into the southwest US. Flash Flood Watches are issued for Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas. Locally, 3-4” of rain is possible in the Southwest in the next 24-36 hours. Some moisture will also be carried onto the Plains and Midwest.

MN COLD CASE
A Minnesota man confessed Tuesday to abducting and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling nearly 27 years ago, recounting a crime that long haunted the state in chilling detail that included a handcuffed Jacob asking him, "What did I do wrong?" Danny Heinrich, 53, of Annandale, made the admission as he pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography charge that will likely keep him locked up for 20 years, with civil commitment possible after that, meaning he could spend the rest of his life in custody.

APPLE
What will be the big reveal at Apple's Wednesday event?  The betting is the company will show off the iPhone 7, and some other new products.

COSBY
June 5th, 2017 is the date a judge in Norristown, Pennsylvania set for Bill Cosby on charges of drugging and sexually molesting Andrea Constand at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004.

September 6--  The official kickoff to this year's United Way fund drive for Toombs, Montgomery and Wheeler counties is September 15, but you can help the campaign get a kickstart by taking a simple test drive of a Ford this Saturday at Vidalia Ford on Highway 280 East. 

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United Way Executive Director Patricia Dixon says there is no pressure to buy and it will only take five to ten minutes.  She says if 300 people take a drive, Vidalia Ford will donate $8,000 to the local United Way which funds 23 community service organizations in its three-county service area.

VOTE 2016
--ABC's David Muir lands both presidential tickets in one day, conducting two exclusive interviews with Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, and separately with Donald Trump and Mike Pence. The first look will air on ABC's Good Morning America, and later on World News Tonight.
--Presidential campaigns kicked into high gear on Labor Day. Bill Clinton, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were out for Hillary Clinton. Clinton made appearances in Ohio and Illinois. Clinton and Trump were both in Ohio.
--Both candidates invited reporters to ask questions on their campaign planes.
--Trump says not much would keep him from attending all 3 debates
--Clinton suffered a couple of lengthy coughing fits Monday.
--(Embargoed til 7am ET): Michelle Obama will be hitting the campaign trail for Clinton this month.

OBAMA
--President Obama is in Laos for a summit of South Asian countries. President Obama announces that the U.S. is doubling its funding to clear bombs in Laos -- $90 million over the next three years.So his day will be ending shortly but not before he attended a luncheon with the other leaders and at the close of the luncheon, President Bounnhang invited President Obama to join in a ceremony at the end that involved traditional dancing.
--President Obama met with president of South Korea Tuesday saying the U-S will look to toughen sanctions against North Korea after recent provocative acts by Pyongyang.
--Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed regret Tuesday over his "son of a bitch" remark while referring to President Barack Obama, in a rare display of contrition by a politician whose wide arc of profanities has unabashedly targeted world figures including the pope and the U.N. chief. In a statement read out by his spokesman, Duterte said that while his "strong comments" in response to questions by a reporter "elicited concern and distress, we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the U.S. president."

CONGRESS
After a 7-week recess, Congress returns for a short pre-election session.  Lawmakers have less than a month to fund the federal government and prevent a shutdown.  Federal agencies like the CDC and the National Park Service could face closures without a stop-gap spending bill by the end of September.

PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
A major figure in the social conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly has died at age 92.  Phyllis Schlafley campaigned hard and helped make sure not enough states would ratify the Equal right's amendment to the US Constitution.

HURRICANE NEWTON
With 100mph winds, Newton is forecast to go just slightly west of the resort town, putting it right in the most dangerous part of the storm. The storm will later cross Baja California, and weaken significantly before slamming into Arizona and New Mexico with tropical rainfall. Already, flood watches have been issued for New Mexico and parks of western Texas. The storm will not move in until Wednesday. Flash flood watches will be issued later today for Arizona as well.

TROPICAL WX
Hermine still causing beach erosion and rough surf. Some areas along the east coast have extended beach closures beyond Labor Day because of continued deadly rip currents.

UK BLACK LIVES MATTER
A small group of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United Kingdome  made it onto a runway at London’s City Airport, affecting flights arriving. It started around Tuesday morning. They chained themselves together on the runway. Inbound flights are still being diverted. At least 7 people were arrested.

  • ABC News' Tom Rivers reports from the Foreign Desk in London

NURSES STRIKE
On Labor Day, about 48-hundred unionized nurses went on strike at five Allina Health hospitals in Minnesota's Twin Cities ... after the two parties failed to reach a compromise after 22 hours of negotiations. A major sticking point is health insurance coverage - the nurses oppose a new corporate health coverage with lower premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs. They are also asking for full-time security in emergency departments, violence prevention training for nurses and better nurse-to-patient ratio. Allina has called in 350 nurses to cross the picket lines ... to join 15-hundred replacement nurses.

CHEAP FLIGHTS
With the unofficial end of summer, comes airline deals. Fare Compare says some carriers are dropping prices by 10-20 percent from what they were charging for summer travel.

SYRIA
No deal reached in talks between the US and Russia toward a ceasefire in Syria to allow for humanitarian relief.  A string of bombings inside government territory is said to have killed at least 3 dozen.

ISRAELI BUILDING COLLAPSE
Some people are said to be still missing in the rubble of a collapsed multilevel parking garage in Tel Aviv. At least three people are dead at the construction site, and nearly 2 dozen others hurt.

SERENA WILLIAMS
Serena Williams makes tennis history: The world number one set a new Grand Slam record of 308 victories with a win over Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan at the US Open. She passes Roger Federer in the all-time list of matches won at the tennis majors.  Her sister Venus went is out, losing to Czech 10th seed Karolina Pliskova.

TROPICAL WX
After a deadly march through Florida and the Carolinas, Hermine is weaker but still quashing Labor Day plans. It's now a post-tropical cyclone with 70-mile-an-hour winds, a few hundred miles east of Ocean City, Maryland, and was expected to move northward. No threat of major rainfall, but dangerous rip currents, beach erosion and coastal flooding are expected from the mid-Atlantic into New England. A tropical storm warning is up for portions of southeastern New England.

LABOR DAY
President Obama shares a Labor Day message through unions and labor, civil rights, and community organizations:
The statement in part says "When workers raise their voices for a fair wage and dignity in the workplace, they sustain the story of America."

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says his position on "the wall" has never changed: "He will build that wall."
--Trump tweets " Lyin' Hillary Clinton told the FBI that she did not know the "C" markings on documents stood for CLASSIFIED. How can this be happening?"  Clinton running mate Tim Kaine says the emails show why the feds didn't prosecute.

OBAMA
President Obama will meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and participate in four sessions of the G20 Summit before ending his trip to China with a solo news conference.  The President then travels to Vientiane, Laos.

SYRIA
--"There are a couple of tough issues," says Secretary of State John Kerry, who meets again Monday in China with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, trying to reach a deal on a  ceasefire in Syria. Five years of fighting has killed as many as a half-million people, and is a major part of the global migration crisis.
--ISIS has lost all its territory in Syria along the border with Turkey, according to Turkey’s state news agency. Turkey, along with Syrian rebels, launched an operation almost two weeks ago to push ISIS back. Monitors have also reported that Syrian regime forces have once again encircled the city of Aleppo and placed it under siege.

ESCAPED MURDER SUSPECT
A murder suspect on the loose is considered armed and dangerous. A manhunt is on for 25-year-old Alonso Perez, who broke free from handcuffs and fled a North Las Vegas police station Friday. A truck he's believed to have stolen was recovered later.

OKLAHOMA QUAKE
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in Pawnee County after Saturday's 5.6 earthquake. And state officials have ordered the shutdown of 37 wastewater disposal wells near the epicenter of Saturday's quake. There are about 42-hundred of those wells in Oklahoma.

KAEPERNICK
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick couldn't make it to a church service Sunday where he was set to explain his refusal to stand for the national anthem - which he says is a protest against the way minorities are treated in America.

TROPICAL WX
--Hermine is a Tropical Storm now, with winds of 70 mph. Hermine Made landfall east of St. Marks, Florida very early this morning as a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 80 mph. This was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since 2005 Wilma. That was a category 3 hurricane. This was the first hurricane to hit the lower 48 states since Arthur in July of 2014.
--Tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued along the East Coast from Florida to the Jersey Shore. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in portions of five Florida counties. Air travel up and down the coast is expected to be impacted.
-- White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says President Obama spoke with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate aboard Air Force One about the hurricanes near Hawaii and Florida.

VOTE 2016
--Donald Trump says he's getting "tremendous reviews" on his hardline speech on immigration Wednesday night. But  some members of Trump's own Hispanic Advisory Council are now revoking their support of the Republican nominee.
--Documents leaked to the New York Times show Trump’s first campaign stop at a black church and his sit-down with a pastor this weekend will include questions submitted ahead of time, and scripted answers.
--Trump is set to receive another classified briefing from U.S. intelligence officials Friday.
--On the campaign trail in Parma, Ohio, Vice President Biden said "Hillary gets it, and Trump has not the slightest clue."

CLINTON
--After warning last week they would not be released until after the election, now the State Department says it will turn over all the detailed planning schedules from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state to The Associated Press by mid-October.
-- The FBI is still working to release to the public several documents at the heart of its decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server.

STANFORD RAPE
To be released from jail Friday:  Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman. He has served 3 months of a six-month sentence...a sentence that sparked national outrage for its brevity.

OBAMA
As he makes his way to Asia, President Obama stops on tiny Midway Island in the Pacific, to highlight his call for global action to protect the environment.  He then travels to China, for his final G20 Leaders' Summit and to hold meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping. China and the U.S. may formally join the Paris climate pact.

ZIKA
Officials in Florida's Miami-Dade County confirmed Thursday that mosquitoes have tested positive for the Zika virus. The three mosquitoes that have so far been found carrying the disease were all located in an area of Miami Beach where local transmissions have been confirmed and intense mosquito-control measures are in place.

SAMSUNG
Samsung has announced it will halt sales of its Galaxy Note 7 cellphone over reports of the batteries catching fire. The popular device had been on sale for two weeks and had received good reviews.  Customers that purchased the device will be able to exchange it in about two weeks.

DWYANE WADE
NBA star Dwyane Wade is speaking out for the first time about a controversial tweet GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump wrote following the shooting death of his cousin in Chicago. On Aug. 27, Trump tweeted, "Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!" In an exclusive interview with “GMA” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos, Wade said the tweet left him “conflicted,” adding that he didn’t want his family to be used for political gain.

KAEPERNICK
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem Thursday night and in his new position, he wasn't alone. On Sunday, Kaepernick vowed to continue sitting during the national anthem until he was satisfied with the changes made toward racial oppression in the United States. But after a roughly 90-minute discussion with Nate Boyer, the former Army Green Beret and long snapper, and safety Eric Reid at the team hotel on Thursday afternoon, Kaepernick shifted gears in an effort to be more respectful to those offended by his protest. So when the national anthem began playing Thursday night at Qualcomm Stadium, Kaepernick and Reid took a knee while Boyer stood next to them

LABOR DAY SALES
Some retailers bundle bargains...with gift cards for the Labor Day Sales period.