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Congress Overrides Obama’s Veto Of Sept. 11 Bill
 In a resounding rebuke, Democrats joined with Republicans Wednesday to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency, voting overwhelmingly to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for its alleged backing of the attackers. Both the House and Senate voted decisively to reverse Obama's decision to scuttle the legislation. Democrats in both chambers abandoned the president in large numbers despite warnings from Obama and top national security officials that flaws in the bill could put U.S. interests, troops, and intelligence personnel at risk. The Senate vote was 97-1, with only Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., backing the president. The House vote a few hours later was 348-77, with 123 Democrats rebuffing the president and voting to override. Obama said during a CNN interview that overriding his veto was a mistake that may set a "dangerous precedent." Las Vegas Sun

Miss Universe Alicia Machado Accused Of Threatening To Kill Judge In Late '90s
It turns out 1996 Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado, cited by Hillary Clinton in the first presidential debate as an example of Donald Trump's mistreatment of women, has a complicated past. Shortly after she won her crown in the late '90s, a judge in Venezuela accused Machado of threatening to kill him after he indicted her then-boyfriend for attempted murder. Machado threatened "to ruin my career as a judge and ... kill me,'' Judge Maximiliano Fuenmayor said at the time. Fox News

Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill With $1.1B For Zika Research
Averting an election-year crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus. The House was poised to act on the measure before day's end. The sweeping 72-26 vote came after top congressional leaders broke through a stalemate over aid to help Flint, Mich., address its water crisis. Democratic advocates for Flint are now satisfied with Republican assurances that money for Flint will be finalized after the election. The hybrid spending measure is the last major item on Capitol Hill's pre-election agenda and caps months of wrangling over money to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Fox News

Chelsea Clinton: Trump's Infidelity Comment A 'Distraction'
Chelsea Clinton said Donald Trump's threat to bring up her father's marital infidelities during a presidential debate is a "distraction from his inability to talk about what's actually at stake in this election." In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine published Tuesday, the former first daughter said she was unmoved by the subject, which Trump alluded to in the final moments of Monday's first presidential debate and then more directly to reporters after the event. "My reaction to that is just what my reaction has been kind of every time Trump has gone after my mom or my family, which is that it's a distraction from his inability to talk about what's actually at stake in this election and to offer concrete, comprehensive proposals," Clinton said. CNN

California, Eyeing Cosby, Ends Statute Of Limitations For Rape
California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill to end the statute of limitations for rape, a measure inspired by accusations against comedian Bill Cosby, some of which surfaced decades after alleged crimes occurred. Cosby, who built a long career on family friendly comedy, including his long-running NBC sitcom "The Cosby Show," has steadfastly denied ever assaulting anyone and has insisted that all his sexual encounters were consensual. He is charged in Pennsylvania with drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, at his home in 2004. In California, he faces a civil suit by a woman now in her 50s who alleges that Cosby plied her with alcohol and molested her in 1974 at the Playboy Mansion when she was aged 15. Philadelphia Inquirer

Tropical Storm Matthew Lashes Islands Of Eastern Caribbean
Tropical Storm Matthew lashed islands in the eastern Caribbean with heavy wind and rain Wednesday night as it gained strength and headed west into open waters. Tropical storm-force winds extended out for 185 miles (295 kilometers) as Matthew crossed through the southernmost islands of the Lesser Antilles and headed into the open Caribbean Sea. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries as businesses, airports, schools and government offices remained closed throughout the area. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told people on that island, where tropical storms have turned deadly in the past, to stay indoors as heavy rain caused flooding in some areas. Philadelphia Inquirer

Playboy Features Woman Wearing Hijab For First Time
For the first time ever, Playboy has featured a woman wearing a hijab. The magazine’s October issue includes an interview with 22-year-old journalist Noor Tagouri, who’s a reporter for online news outlet, Newsy. The accompanying photo shows a fully-clothed Tagouri wearing the traditional Muslim head scarf in front of a red, white and blue backdrop. Playboy stopped publishing nude photos earlier this year. Tagouri says the hijab has helped her create trust with her interview subjects as a reporter. She says as a Muslim woman, she knows “what it’s like to be misrepresented in the media.” NY Post

Michelle Obama Goes Off On Donald Trump
First Lady Michelle Obama tore into Donald Trump Wednesday, telling Hillary Clinton supporters, "We need an adult in the White House." "When making life-or-death, war-or-peace decisions, a president can't just pop off or lash out irrationally," she said on behalf of the Democratic presidential nominee at La Salle University in Philadelphia. "We need an adult in the White House. I guarantee you." Obama criticized Trump over his spreading of the birther conspiracy theory, continuing a rebuke she first made earlier this month while stumping for Clinton in Virginia. CNN

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Officials: US To Send More Troops To Iraq To Help With Mosul
The U.S. is sending 615 more troops to Iraq as the stage is set for an Iraqi-led battle to reclaim Mosul, the northern city that has been the Islamic State group's main stronghold for more than two years. The offensive, starting as soon as October, looms as a decisive moment for Iraq and for President Barack Obama's much-criticized strategy to defeat IS. "These forces will be primarily to enable Iraqi security forces and also (Kurdish) Peshmerga in the operations to isolate and collapse ISIL's control over Mosul, but also to protect and expand Iraqi security forces' gains elsewhere in Iraq," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters Wednesday. The Peshmerga are Kurdish militia fighters who are generally among the most proficient ground forces in Iraq but whose role is politically sensitive there. CNS News

Dem Rep.: Hyde Amendment Denies Women Their ‘Constitutional Right’ To Abortion
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) says the Hyde Amendment “has been denying women their constitutional right to access safe and legal abortion” and has been used to deny abortion coverage to “Native Americans and even Peace Corps volunteers.” “I rise today to call attention to the Hyde Amendment, which for too long has been denying women their constitutional right to access safe and legal abortion,” Bonamici said on the House floor Wednesday. “For the last 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has created an often insurmountable barrier for women across the country struggling to access affordable health care.” “It's long past time to do away with this harmful provision which has been expanded over the years to deny coverage to federal employees and their dependents, our military service members, Native Americans, and even Peace Corps volunteers,” She later added. CNS News

FBI Director Calls Stop And Frisk' An Important Tool When Used Right
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told a House of Representatives panel on Wednesday that the police tactic known as "stop and frisk" is an important tool when used right. Comey told the panel that police who search citizens without stating the reason should explain after the encounter why they decided to do so. The tactic has been struck down in some courts as a form of racial profiling, but Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for its return. Reuters

FDA Approves Life-Changing Diabetes Monitor
Federal regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind “artificial pancreas,” a device that can help some diabetes patients manage their disease by constantly monitoring their blood sugar and delivering insulin as needed. The device from Medtronic was approved Wednesday for patients with Type 1 diabetes, the kind usually diagnosed during childhood. About 5 percent of the nation’s 29 million Americans with diabetes have this type. Doctors said they have long awaited a device that could help patients around the clock. NY Post

Clinton Visits Iowa As Early Voting Gets Underway
Hillary Clinton is kicking off early voting in Iowa on Thursday with a major effort to boost support in the battleground state. The Democratic presidential candidate will deliver a speech in Des Moines focusing on the childcare challenges faced by middle class families, according to a campaign aide. Clinton backers also plan to host events in 10 Iowa cities on Thursday. Organizing early voting was a key piece of President Barack Obama's strategy four years ago. More than 4 in ten Iowa voters cast ballots before Election Day in 2012. Tampa Trribune

Israelis Pay Respects To Peres, Clinton Arrives In Israel
Hundreds of Israelis, among them Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, have paid their respects to Israel's ninth President Shimon Peres as his body lay in state at the country's parliament on Thursday. Peres died Wednesday from complications following a stroke. He was 93. Scores of world leaders are expected to attend Peres' state funeral in Jerusalem on Friday, including President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and French President Francois Hollande. It is expected to be the largest such gathering in Israel since the funeral of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by a Jewish nationalist in 1995. Tampa Tribune

CIA Chief Opposes Bill Allowing 9/11 Suits Against Saudi Arabia
CIA Director John Brennan said on Wednesday that legislation to allow lawsuits against the government of Saudi Arabia over the Sept. 11 attacks has "grave implications" for U.S. national security. Brennan's comments in a formal statement came as the Senate prepared to hold a vote on overriding President Barack Obama's veto of the legislation. "The most damaging consequence would be for those U.S. Government officials who dutifully work overseas on behalf of our country. The principle of sovereign immunity protects U.S. officials every day, and is rooted in reciprocity," Brennan said. "If we fail to uphold this standard for other countries, we place our own nation’s officials in danger." Reuters

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What Does Donald Trump Really Think About Using Nuclear Weapons?
Donald Trump's confusing comments about nuclear weapons in Monday night's debate are not the first time during this presidential campaign that his statements have left nuclear experts wondering just what he might do if he gains access to the nuclear football. On Monday, Trump agreed with moderator Lester Holt that nuclear weapons are of paramount importance to the U.S. — but then called for more nations to join the nuclear club. He ruled out a "first strike," but then revealed not just a willingness to use nukes but also a misunderstanding of the high-stakes balancing act the nuclear superpowers have pursued for decades. MSNBC

Poll: Majority Of Voters Say Clinton Won First Presidential Debate
A majority of likely voters (52 percent) who either watched the debate or said they followed debate coverage in the news said Hillary Clinton won the first presidential debate on Monday night, according to the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Debate Reaction Poll. Just 21 percent of likely voters thought Donald Trump won the debate, and 26 percent said neither candidate won the debate. The poll was conducted online from September 26 immediately following the debate through September 27, 2016. MSNBC

FBI’s Comey Rejects Call To Reopen Clinton Email Case, Refuses To Say She’s Truthful
FBI Director James Comey said he’s not going to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, telling Congress on Wednesday that none of the recent revelations since he closed the case in July “would come near” to that trigger point. Mr. Comey did, though, dispute Mrs. Clinton’s claim that he had cleared her of lying. In July, Mrs. Clinton said Mr. Comey “said my answers were truthful.” “I did not,” Mr. Comey said flatly. He said that’s not what the FBI’s role is. Appearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Comey again found himself fielding pointed questions from Republicans about Mrs. Clinton’s secret email server, which shielded her communications from public view for six years, but also left highly classified information on a non-secure system. Washington Times

In 48 Hours, 33,771 Jews Slaughtered At Babi Yar
Seventy-five years ago Thursday the slaughter of 33,771 Jews began in a valley near Nazi-occupied Kiev. The mass executions of men, women and children at Babi Yar took place over a 48-hour period between September 29-30, 1941. They were ordered to strip, marched to the ravine and machine-gunned. It was one of the most grim atrocities of the 20th century and an early example of how Nazi Germany learned how to commit murder on an unprecedented scale. Ukraine is marking the anniversary with a weeklong memorial that was being attended by delegations from the United States and Israel including President Reuven Rivlin.  USA Today

Toxic Air Pollution Concentrated At Small Number Of Sites
To see one of the country’s largest coal-fired power plants, head northwest from this Ohio River city. Or east, because there’s another in the region. In fact, nearly every direction you go will take you to a coal plant — seven within 30 miles. Collectively they pump out millions of pounds of toxic air pollution. They throw off greenhouse gases on par with Hong Kong or Sweden. Industrial air pollution — bad for people’s health, bad for the planet — is strikingly concentrated in America among a small number of facilities like those in southwest Indiana, according to a nine-month Center for Public Integrity investigation. The Center, which merged two federal datasets to create an unprecedented picture of air emissions, found that a third of the toxic air releases in 2014 from power plants, factories and other facilities came from just 100 complexes out of more than 20,000 reporting to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A third of the greenhouse-gas emissions reported by industrial sites came from just 100, too. Some academics have a name for them: super polluters. USA Today

Senate Democrats Call For Vote On Student Loan Bill
The fall session of Congress has begun, with three Democrats using the opportunity to push, again, for a bill to provide student loan relief for those in large amounts of debt. On Wednesday, the three senators spoke to college reporters, answering questions on their proposed reforms, still held in committee. The first bill - the In the Red Act - was written by Senator Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin and Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts. It would help those with student loans to refinance them into more manageable debt and also provide more Pell grants to students. These provide free financial aid that students do not have to repay. Currently, these different goals are included in a single bill. Baldwin has stated that if there was too much opposition to a comprehensive bill, the various components could be split into stand-alone pieces of legislation. Atlanta Journal

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Trump Campaign: Hillary Clinton An ‘Enabler’ Of Bill Clinton’s Extramarital Affairs
Donald Trump might have held back on bringing up former President Clinton’s extramarital affairs during Monday’s debate, but Mr. Trump’s deputy campaign manager on Wednesday labeled Hillary Clinton an “enabler” who attacked women. “Clearly, Mr. Trump held his tongue,” Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie said on “Fox and Friends.” “I think that if you look at Hillary Clinton’s background and if you look at her being an enabler, really, in the ‘90s and really attacking these women, it goes against everything that she now tries to spout as a candidate for president,” Mr. Bossie said. Washington Times

Donald Trump Raises $18 Million After First Presidential Debate
Donald Trump loves to take credit for big television ratings, considering himself the ratings magnet of Monday night’s debate -- and raising big bucks after the first general election face-off, CBS News’ Major Garrett reports. On Tuesday, Trump brought that television production flair to a rally in central Florida where campaign television cameras even shot a future commercial, with Trump’s private jet gliding slowly up to a jam packed hangar in Melbourne, Florida amid pseudo-presidential fanfare. “We are going to win Florida so big,” Trump told the crowd. Trump, who can’t abide losing, cited non-scientific online polls as proof that he won the debate with his rival Hillary Clinton. CBS

75,000 Could Starve To Death In Nigeria After Boko Haram
As many as 75,000 children will die over the next year in famine-like conditions created by Boko Haram if donors don't respond quickly, the U.N. Children's Fund is warning. That's far more than the 20,000 people killed in the seven-year Islamic uprising. The severity of malnutrition levels and high number of children facing death make the humanitarian crisis confronting northeastern Nigeria perhaps the worst in the world, according to Arjan de Wagt, nutrition chief for UNICEF in Nigeria. He said children already are dying but donors are not responding. Most severely malnourished children die of secondary illnesses like diarrhea and respiratory infections, de Wagt told The Associated Press. "But with famine, you actually die of hunger," and that is what is happening, he said. Severe malnutrition is being found in 20, 30 and even 50 percent of children in pockets of the region, he said. Houston Chronicle

OPEC Deal Shows Cartel's Resolve — And Desperation
OPEC's unexpected understanding to trim production shows the cartel still has the resolve — and even desperation — to try to guide energy markets higher. But don't expect triple-digit oil prices anytime soon. Ministers from the oil cartel reached a preliminary deal Wednesday in Algeria to cut production for the first time since the global financial crisis eight years ago. The size of the cut was modest — to between 32.5 million and 33 million barrels per day from just below current levels of around 33.2 million barrels per day. Though limited, the decision came as something of a surprise — expectations were that once again the regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran would create a stalemate. Oil prices shot up by around 5 percent in the wake of the cut. Houston Chronicle

‘I Guess I’m Hving An Aleppo Moment’ – Gary Johnson Can’t Name A Single World Leader
Once again, Gary Johnson has drawn a blank. Appearing on MSNBC on Wednesday night, Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for president, was repeatedly pressed by “Hardball” host Chris Matthews to name his favorite foreign leader, but couldn’t cough up a name. “I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment,” Johnson said, a nod to his notorious space-out when he appeared unfamiliar with the war-torn Syrian city. Johnson said he was grasping for the name of the former president of Mexico but was “having a brain freeze.” After a helpful hint from his vice presidential pick, Bill Weld – once nominated to be ambassador to Mexico – Johnson clarified who he was thinking of: Vicente Fox, Mexico’s president from 2000 to 2006. Charlotte Observer

Former GOP Sen. John Warner Endorses Hillary Clinton
Add another prominent Republican to the growing list of Hillary Clinton backers. Former GOP Sen. John Warner of Virginia gave his support to the Democratic party’s presidential nominee Wednesday, saying he hoped to “have a very quiet soft-spoken participation” in this year’s election. “I will, when I go into the booth cast a vote for the Clinton-Kaine ticket,” Warner said early Wednesday morning. “There’s no question about it.” Warner, a former chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former U.S. Navy, Secretary endorsed the Democratic ticket at a northern Virginia event, joining vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine. CBS

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Supreme Court Asked To Block $1B NFL Concussion Settlement
A second petition has been filed asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits because of how it treats current brain injuries versus future ones. The former players who filed the petition complain that chronic traumatic encephalopathy diagnosed before the April 2015 cutoff can bring $4 million while future CTE diagnoses aren't compensated. They say that violates Supreme Court rulings that insist each subgroup in a class action settlement be treated fairly. ABC

Senators Call For Justice Department Probe Of Mylan, The EpiPen Manufacturer
Three members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a letter sent today to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, have asked the Justice Department to investigate whether EpiPen manufacturer Mylan incorrectly classified its lifesaving product to save millions of dollars in required payments to states. Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, believe Mylan may have violated the False Claims Act by classifying EpiPen as a generic drug under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program. That classification allowed the company to pay a lower percentage of its revenues back to states as rebates. ABC

OPEC Agrees to First Oil Output Cut in Eight Years
OPEC agreed to a preliminary deal that will cut production for the first time in eight years. Oil prices gained more than 6 percent as Saudi Arabia and Iran surprised traders who expected a continuation of the pump-at-will policy the group adopted in 2014. The group agreed to drop production to a range of 32.5 to 33 million barrels per day, said Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, following a meeting in Algiers. While some members of OPEC will have to cut output, Iran won’t have to freeze production, he said. Many of the details remain to be worked out and the group won’t decide on targets for each country until its next meeting at the end of November. Bloomberg

Erdogan Hints State Of EmergencCcan Be Extended To A Year
Turkey's president hinted on Thursday that the three-month state of emergency declared following the failed July 15 coup could be extended to over a year. Addressing a group of local administrators in Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed criticism over plans for Turkey to prolong the state of emergency, saying no one should determine a "calendar or roadmap" for Turkey. "Wait, be patient. Even 12 months might not be enough," Erdogan said. His comments came a day after the national security council recommended that the state of emergency — which was instituted on July 20 — should be extended for another three months. Charlotte Observer

Republicans Advise Donald Trump To Steer Away From Monica Lewinsky
“I”ve never been in favor of that, and I’m still not.” — South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds, a Republican, advising Donald Trump not to bring up Monica Lewinsky at the next presidential debate. Trump has threatened to do so, but many Republican leaders are urging him to stick to the issues. Trump, after all, has his own history of straying from his vow of faithfulness. ? “This is something that folks are starting to take notice of and talk about.” — Laura Swinford, executive director for Progress Missouri who is involved with The Missouri Right to Vote Campaign. The campaign is working to defeat a voter ID constitutional amendment on the ballot in November. She said energy is picking up around the group’s effort. Voters, she said, are starting to take notice. Kansas City Star

Tropical Storm Matthew Likely A Hurricane By Friday
Tropical Storm Matthew will likely become a hurricane by Friday as it pushes across the Caribbean Sea, posing a serious threat to vulnerable islands in a region prone to deadly flooding and mudslides. At 5 a.m. Thursday, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Matthew was located about 320 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and traveling 16 mph as it continued moving west. Sustained winds increased to 65 mph. The storm is expected to move away from the Windward Islands tonight and keep slowing down. Tropical storm force winds, which extend about 205 miles from the center of Matthew, should continue pummeling the islands as well as the southern end of the Leeward chain. The islands could also see between 4 and 8 inches of rain. Miami Herald

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California Suspends ‘Business Relationships’ With Wells Fargo
California, the nation’s largest issuer of municipal bonds, is barring Wells Fargo & Co. from underwriting state debt and handling its banking transactions after the company admitted to opening potentially millions of bogus customer accounts. The suspension, in effect immediately, will remain in place for 12 months. A "permanent severance" will occur if the bank doesn’t change its practices, State Treasurer John Chiang said Wednesday. The state also won’t add to its investments in Wells Fargo securities. Chiang already replaced Wells Fargo with Loop Capital for two muni deals totaling about $527 million that will be sold next week. Bloomberg

Seeking Maximum Lift From Debate, Clinton Courts Millennials
Hillary Clinton sought Wednesday to parlay her widely praised debate performance into stronger support from women, young Americans and other critical voter groups, while Donald Trump kept focus on the die-hard backers who have thronged his rallies this year. Two days after her first debate against Trump, Clinton was trying to extract maximum political gain from the more controversial aspects of Trump's performance. She dispatched former Virginia Sen. John Warner â?? a Republican â?? to accuse Trump of disrespecting the U.S. military while President Barack Obama hammered the billionaire over his business practices and treatment of women. Las Vegas Sun

Time Frame To Remove Clot After Stroke Longer Than Thought, Study Says
Treatment is more likely to help brain function return for stroke patients the sooner it is given, but a new study suggests doctors have more time to do so than they previously thought. If clot-removal surgery is done within 7.3 hours, patients have a good chance for full recovery of function after a stroke, about 1.3 hours more time than standard practice suggests, researchers report in the study. "Time is brain," Dr. Mayank Goyal, a professor of radiology at the University of Calgary, told ABC News. "The faster we can re-establish blood flow to brain, the higher the likelihood of the patients having a good outcome and going back to independent living." Although some patients can benefit from clot removal surgery after longer time frames, the chance for full recovery significantly drops as blood flow in the brain is blocked. UPI

Fungus Makes Mosquitoes More Likely To Catch, Spread Malaria
There may be an answer for malaria being more prevalent in some places than in others: fungus. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University identified a fungus that appears to dampen the Anopheles mosquito's immune system and increase the chance for their infection with the Plasmodium parasite that causes malaria in humans, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Mosquitoes pick up the Plasmodium parasite when they bite humans carrying it, and spread it by then biting a healthy human, infecting them. UPI

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Gate Shrine From First Temple Period Unearthed At Tel Lachish National Park
A rare gate shrine dating to the First Temple period (8th century BCE), unearthed in Tel Lachish National Park, near Mount Hebron, may prove King Hezekiah’s Biblically-recorded efforts to abolish worship in the region, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Wednesday. The excavation, conducted earlier this year by the IAA in cooperation with the Nature and Parks Authority and Jerusalem Heritage and Environmental Protection Ministry, was carried out to further the development of the historic park. The excavation, conducted earlier this year by the IAA in cooperation with the Nature and Parks Authority and Jerusalem Heritage and Environmental Protection Ministry, was carried out to further the development of the historic park. Jerusalem Post

Obama Will Travel To Jerusalem For Peres Ceremony, White House Says
US President Barack Obama will travel to Jerusalem for less than a day to participate in the funeral of Shimon Peres, a founding father of the Jewish state, the White House confirmed on Wednesday. "The president will depart on September 29 and will return to Washington, DC following the ceremony on September 30," the White House said in a statement. He will lead the American delegation, which will also include former President William Jefferson Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry. Jerusalem Post

Syria: US Tells Russia It Will End Talks If Bombing Continues
US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned his Russian counterpart that Washington will end Syria talks unless Moscow stops the bombing of Aleppo. In a phone call with Sergei Lavrov, Mr Kerry said the US held Russia responsible for the use of incendiary and bunker bombs against the city. The US state department said it was making preparations to suspend talks. Aleppo has come under heavy aerial bombardment since the end of a ceasefire a week ago. In response to Mr Kerry's phone call, the Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Evgeny Zagaynov, said the "trend" of Russia being blamed for the attacks in Syria must stop. "It's become a sort of unfortunate tradition that the majority of strikes on civilian facilities in Syria, without checking it ... is blamed on Damascus or Russia,'' he said. BBC

Blackberry Stops Designing Its Own Phones
Blackberry is to stop designing smartphones in-house after 14 years, the company has announced. Once a market leader, the company has struggled to keep pace with modern handsets produced by rivals such as Apple and Samsung. In May, the company's chief executive, John Chen, said he would know by September whether the hardware business was likely to become profitable. Now, Blackberry says it will outsource hardware development to partners. BBC

Bernie Sanders Goes To Bat For Clinton In Her Fight To Win Over Young Voters
Hillary Clinton turned to the magnetic power of Bernie Sanders on Wednesday as her battle continued to persuade younger voters to rally to her cause. For months, Sanders and Clinton were often irascible rivals, as she edged towards the Democratic nomination and he continued to inspire a movement of millennials. And on campus in the battleground state of New Hampshire, Sanders’ star power was still there for all to see as hundreds of young voters formed a line snaking across campus, which left many to make do with a spot in an overflow room as he spoke. Guardian

Internal 'Clock' Makes Some People Age Faster And Die Younger – Regardless Of Lifestyle
Scientists have found the most definitive evidence yet that some people are destined to age quicker and die younger than others - regardless of their lifestyle. The findings could explain the seemingly random and unfair way that death is sometimes dealt out, and raise the intriguing future possibility of being able to extend the natural human lifespan. “You get people who are vegan, sleep 10 hours a day, have a low-stress job, and still end up dying young,” said Steve Horvath, a biostatistician who led the research at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We’ve shown some people have a faster innate ageing rate.” Guardian

I'll Offer Britain A New EU Treaty And A Chance To Say No To Brexit, Sarkozy Promises
Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged to give Britain a chance to reverse Brexit by negotiating a new treaty for the European Union with Germany, if the former French president is re-elected in 2017. Mr Sarkozy, who is campaigning for the nomination of his centre-Right Republicans party, said the new treaty would focus on reforming the Schengen passport-free zone, restricting the European Commission's remit to a dozen prerogatives, integrating the eurozone further and halting membership talks with Turkey. In comments to business leaders in Paris, the 61-year old said he would fly to Britain if elected with a draft of new EU treaty the day after the second ballot of the presidential election to secure the support of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Telegraph

The 'Donald Trump Sandwich' Goes Global
Cafes across the world are serving a very topical lunch - the Donald Trump sandwich. On boards outside the venues, they advertise it as having "white bread, full of baloney, with Russian dressing and a small pickle". A board outside the Harlem Cafe in Belfast was retweeted by over one hundred people - but it appears the food isn't an Irish delicacy.  Searching on Twitter, you can find these Donald Trump sandwiches all over the world. Telegraph

Clinton And Trump Get Most Of Their Campaign Funds From These 250 Neighborhoods
DURING MONDAY NIGHT’S presidential candidate debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump lamented his opponent’s advertising spending. “I also noticed the very nasty commercials that you do on me in so many different ways,” he said to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, “which I don’t do on you. Maybe I’m trying to save the money.” Maybe so. Clinton is, in fact, outspending Trump on advertising. Partially that’s because she has raised a lot more money. At the end of August, according to the Federal Election Commission, the Trump campaign had raised $75 million, while Clinton’s had taken in $289.3 million. Where does the Clinton campaign’s money come from? Silicon Valley, for sure. But put Clinton’s donors on a map and you see a broader picture. The FEC, which compels political candidates to file regular reports on their fundraising and expenditures, provides data on funding by zip code in addition to tracking donations by employer and state. Wired

Ban Calls On UN Security Council For Decisive Steps To End Attacks On Hospitals, Medical Staff
Denouncing a surge in “horrific attacks” on hospitals, clinics and medical staff, most recently in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Security Council today to take decisive steps to end such obvious war crimes and hold the perpetrators accountable. “Failure to act is an affront to our shared humanity. It undermines States’ legal obligations and the multilateral system as a whole,” he told the 15-member body at the start of a debate on the protection and health care facilities caught in armed conflict, noting that nearly 600 such attacks between 2014 and 2015 killed 959 people and injured more than 1,500. UN News

Improved UN Database Spotlights Huge Global Disparities In Access To Cancer Care
A revamped global database launched today by the United Nations atomic agency highlights startling disparities across the world when it comes to access to treatment and care for cancer. “Data shows that, despite efforts to improve the situation in recent decades, a lot is still needed to provide adequate access to cancer care,” Joanna Izewska, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Dosimetry Laboratory, in charge of the database, said in a news release today. Conclusions inferred from the Directory of Radiotherapy Centres (DIRAC) show that most radiotherapy facilities are located in high-income countries and at least 36 countries do not have such radiotherapy facilities. UN News

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