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10 things you need to know today: September 13, 2016



1. Clinton says she had hoped pneumonia would not slow her down
Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, said Monday that the Democratic presidential nominee would release “comprehensive” medical records after she had to abruptly leave a 9/11 memorial event due to dehydration on Sunday. Clinton was diagnosed with pneumoniaon Friday. She said she did not think her illness was “that big of a deal”and had hoped to power through it. She has canceled a scheduled trip to California to rest. The incident fueled renewed speculation from conservatives, some of whom say she is too unwell to be president. Her GOP rival, Donald Trump, promised to release “very specific numbers” from his recent physical this week.

Source: Reuters, Fox News

2. Syria’s ceasefire takes effect but sporadic violence reported
A truce negotiated by the U.S. and Russia took effect in Syria at sundown Monday. The country was mostly calm, but residents of the divided city of Aleppo said that a government helicopter dropped bombs on a rebel-held neighborhood a few hours into the ceasefire, and a rebel group said it had killed four government soldiers in the southern province of Dara’a. Under the deal, the U.S. and Russia will start collaborative airstrikes against Islamist extremist fighters if the ceasefire holds for seven days.

Source: The New York Times

3. Obama to veto bill letting 9/11 victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia
President Obama is expected to veto a bill just approved by Congress to let victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia over the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The bill would let courts waive sovereign immunity claims in cases of terrorism on U.S. soil. Saudi Arabia denies any link to the 9/11 attackers, most of who were Saudis, and the White House said stripping away sovereign immunity could give other countries an excuse “to haul U.S. diplomats, U.S. service members, or even U.S. companies into courts all around the world.” Supporters of the bill say it will help victims’ families get justice.

Source: CNN

4. David Cameron resigning from Parliament to avoid becoming ‘distraction’
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday that he was stepping down from his seat in Parliament to avoid becoming a “distraction” to the government of his successor, Theresa May. Cameron resigned as prime minister after voters in a June referendum rejected his call to remain in the 28-nation European Union. Cameron said May was off to “a great start,” and he promised to support the candidate his Conservative Party picks to run to fill his vacant seat.

Source: The Associated Press, The Guardian

5. Philippines’ Duterte calls for U.S. special forces to leave
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that he wanted the dozens of U.S. special operations troops stationed on the island of Mindanao to leave the country. The U.S. has had forces there since 2002 to support government forces battling Abu Sayyaf, a militant group affiliated with al Qaeda. The U.S. once had up to 600 forces there, but since their mission formally ended in February 2015, the U.S. mission has dwindled to a few dozen. “I do not want a rift with America,” Duterte said, “but they have to go.” Obama administration officials said they had received no formal request regarding the troops’ departure.

Source: ABC News

6. NCAA moves championship events from North Carolina over bathroom law
The NCAA announced Monday that it was moving seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina this school year over the state’s House Bill 2, which prevents local governments from enacting ordinances to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The state’s Republican-led legislature passed the bill to block Charlotte city officials from letting transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to their gender identity. The NCAA said its championship events must promote an “inclusive atmosphere.” North Carolina Republican Party spokeswoman Kami Mueller called the NCAA decision “so absurd it’s almost comical.”

Source: USA Today, Reuters

7. Brown signs California rules extending overtime pay for farm workers
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Monday signed a bill expanding overtime pay to the state’s . The new law calls for phasing in overtime rules for agricultural workers starting in 2019, lowering the current 10-hour-a-day threshold to the standard eight-hour cutoff over four years. The United Farm Workers of America, which sponsored the bill, said it aimed to correct an injustice that has endured for decades. The union’s president, Arturo Rodriguez, thanked Brown and lawmakers who voted for the bill for “making a tough decision like this and changing the course of history.”

Source: Los Angeles Times

8. France charges 3 women with terror plots
French authorities charged three women with terrorism offenses on Monday days after they were detained following the discovery of a car packed with gas canisters near Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral. Police believe the 19-, 23-, and 39-year-old suspects were part of a “commando” unit acting on behalf of the Islamic State and plotting an attack at Notre Dame, and others around the city, including a Paris area train station. The two youngest defendants also were charged with plotting to kill public officials.

Source: RFI, The Associated Press

9. Orlando nightclub killer’s mosque damaged in arson attack
The Florida mosque where Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen worshipped was severely damaged in an arson attack Monday. Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub in June. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in U.S. history. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said video showed someone approach the building’s east side “just moments before a flash is seen and the fire starts.” No one was hurt in the blaze.

Source: Reuters

10. 2 gymnasts file lawsuits accusing ex-team doctor of sexual abuse
Two former gymnasts have filed lawsuits accusing former USA Gymnastics team physician Dr. Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. One of the women is an Olympic medalist. The accounts the women gaveIndyStar were similar. One of the women requested anonymity; the other, Rachael Denhollander, said Nassar became progressively more abusive over five treatments. Nassar’s lawyer, Matthew Borgula, said the doctor “emphatically” denies the allegations.

Source: IndyStar


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