Tuesday, September 27
Trump questions sound system
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Donald Trump is suggesting his microphone in the debate hall wasn't working properly.
Trump visited the media spin room after the Monday night debate and said, "They gave me a defective mic!" He said he "wonder(s), was that on purpose?"
Trump's claim about the microphone is far from the first time he has suggested that outside forces have conspired against him. He has several times warned his supporters that he believed he could lose in November because the general election would be "rigged."
Candidates offer anti-terror proposals
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton says one key to fighting terrorism in the United States is working closely with Muslims living here.
Clinton says Donald Trump has "consistently insulted Muslims abroad, Muslims at home." She says Muslim people can provide information that law enforcement may not be able to obtain anyplace else.
Both candidates were asked to explain how they would combat terrorism in the U.S.
Clinton says her plan includes an intelligence surge to obtain "every scrap of information" and to "do everything we can to vacuum up intelligence from Europe, from the Middle East."
The issue of race comes up in presidential debate
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump started his political career by claiming President Barack Obama was born outside the United States.
Clinton accused Trump of spreading a "racist lie" that our "first black president" was not an American citizen.
Clinton added, "He has a long record of engaging in racist behavior." She said the so-called "birther" issue was a lie, and "a very hurtful one."
Clinton called Obama a man of dignity and said the issue "bothered and annoyed him."
Trump responded by recalling bitter debates between Clinton and Obama during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. He said Clinton treated Obama then with "terrible disrespect."
Presidential candidates cover taxation
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Donald Trump says his tax plan may benefit the wealthy but it is also "a great thing for the middle class" because companies would invest more in building their businesses.
He says companies want to create jobs but they often move their money overseas because "taxes are so onerous."
Trump says Democrats and Republicans agree that the U.S. should cut a deal with companies to get them to bring their profits back. Yet politicians have not been able to make it happen, he says. Trump says there could be $5 trillion stuck overseas.
He says, "With a little leadership, you could get it here really quickly," adding such a development "would be beautiful."
Suspect in mall shooting charged with murder
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
Arcan Cetin made a brief appearance in Skagit County District Court on Monday. The 20-year-old was advised of the charges he faces by Judge David Svaren, who set the next hearing in the case for Oct. 26.
Bail was set at $2 million. Cetin's public defender, Keith Tyne, made no statements.
His stepfather, David Marshall, told reporters after the hearing that Cetin "has had mental health issues that we have been working on him with." He didn't provide specifics.
Cetin is suspected of opening fire in a department store's cosmetics department Friday and was arrested after a nearly 24-hour manhunt.
Complex manager says suspect upset recently
HOUSTON (AP) — Police are searching the condo of the Houston shooting suspect, who was shot and killed by police after injuring nine people.
Jason Delgado, the property manager of The Oaks at West University condo complex, confirmed that police are going through the residence belonging to the suspect, who has not been identified by authorities other than as a lawyer.
Delgado said that the suspect twice recently became upset about things at the complex.
Delgado said last week the man became upset because of water pressure problems at his home, asked for maintenance help and expressed his displeasure in an email to the management firm that implied he'd "intimidate his way to getting what he was asking for."
And in August, police were called after roofers working in the complex said he pointed an assault-style rifle at them. He says there wasn't enough evidence to move forward with charges because the suspect contended he didn't point the gun at roofers.
CHARLOTTE POLICE-FATAL SHOOTING
Rally gathers at historically black church
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An emotionally charged audience has called on Charlotte's mayor and police chief to resign during a forum to let people express opinions about the shooting death last week of a black man by a police officer.
More than 100 people jammed City Council chambers Monday to vent their frustrations with police after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.
Speakers took direct aim at Mayor Jennifer Roberts as well as Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, calling on them to resign from their respective offices. Roberts and Putney have taken criticism for their handling of the aftermath of the shooting, including the delay in the release of video showing the shooting.
After more than two hours of hearing from residents, City Council members took the floor.
"The unrest here has been decades in the making," council member Al Alston said. "Tuesday was the boiling point, and it's getting hotter."
UNITED NATIONS-AIR POLLUTION
NEW: WHO: Excessive air pollution affects 92 percent of people
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says more than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to problems like strokes, heart disease and lung cancer.
The U.N. health agency says in a new report that 92 percent of people live in areas where air quality exceeds WHO limits, with southeast Asia, eastern Mediterranean and western Pacific regions hardest hit.
The country-by-country figures come from new satellite data as well as traditional ground measurements of pollution, mostly in cities, in about 3,000 places worldwide.
WHO says one in nine deaths worldwide is linked to indoor and outdoor pollution.
The report released Tuesday focuses on outdoor air pollution, which is estimated to kill about 3 million people per year based on 2012 figures, the most recent available.
Colombia accord signing ends with 'Ode to Peace'
CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — The signatures done and the speeches given, Colombia's ceremony for the formal signing of a historic peace accord to end a half-century of conflict is over.
Colombia's president, the commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, regional presidents, the U.N. secretary-general and U.S. secretary of state filed out as a choir sang a stirring version of "Ode to Peace."
An audience of 2,500 dressed all in white as a symbol of peace shared tears and cheers during the formal signing of the pact and the speeches that followed.
The accord was signed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo London, the top commander of the FARC guerrillas, which is the country's biggest rebel group. It was reached during four years of negotiations and still must be approved by Colombian voters in an Oct. 2 national referendum.
Kerry meets Venezuelan president amid escalating tensions
CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says he is "deeply concerned" about escalating political tensions in Venezuela as he holds his first official meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
The two met in Cartagena, Colombia, Monday, following the Colombian government's historic peace signing with FARC rebels.
Ahead of the meeting, Kerry told reporters the U.S. is "very concerned for the people of Venezuela, for the level of conflict, starvation, lack of medicine" and the humanitarian situation.
Leading opposition politicians are demanding to hold a complex recall process on whether to cut short Maduro's term before it ends in 2019.
Kerry said delays to the recall have been "problematic," and says there needs to be "a way forward that can provide a consensus that provides relief to a nation under siege."
RIGHT TO WORK-WISCONSIN-FEDERAL LAWSUIT
Federal judge refuses to block Wisconsin right-to-work law
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has refused a union's demand to block Wisconsin's right-to-work law.
The law prohibits businesses and unions from reaching agreements that require all workers, not just union members, to pay union dues. Unions have argued the law enables nonunion members to receive free representation.
Two chapters of the International Union of Operating Engineers filed a lawsuit in May alleging the law amounts to an unconstitutional taking. U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller upheld the law on Monday, citing a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding Indiana's right-to-work law.
A Dane County judge struck down the Wisconsin law in April, but a state appeals court has reinstated it while it considers state attorneys' appeal.
AMBER ALERT-INDIANA DEATHS
NEW: Children subject of Amber Alert found dead, mother arrested
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Two Indiana children who were the subject of an Amber Alert have been found dead and their mother has been arrested on murder charges.
Elkhart, Indiana, police say they believe the two children found dead on Monday afternoon were seven-year-old Liliana Hernandez and six-year-old Rene Pasztor. They had been the subject of an Amber Alert earlier in the day warning that their mother may have abducted them.
Police say their bodies were found in a car matching the description of the car in the Amber Alert.
Later Monday evening, police say their mother, twenty-nine-year-old Amber Pasztor, was arrested on two counts of murder.
Police declined to say who the children were living with when they were abducted or why she may have taken them.
NEW SAT EXAM
NEW: New SAT exam taken by nearly 1.4 M students, no scores yet
WASHINGTON (AP) — High school students don't appear to have been scared off by the newly redesigned SAT college entrance exam.
The College Board says nearly 1.4 million high schoolers took the SAT between March and June of this year. That's up about 180,000 test takers over the same period last spring.
The new test — with more of a focus on real-world vocabulary and classroom learning — debuted in March. Some college advisers were a little cautious about encouraging students to take the debut test since it had a new format and wasn't as familiar to students.
The College Board isn't releasing average score results for the new SAT until next fall when it has a full year of data on graduating seniors for the 2016-2017 school year.