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President Donald Trump forcefully defended the United States and condemned North Korea and Iran in his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly, while trying to strike a cordial tone on the international alliances he had previously criticized. Trump’s speech Tuesday was an important test on the world stage, as the U.N. grapples with international crises, including North Korea’s growing nuclear program, terrorism and climate change. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” Trump said, referring to his nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake brought central Mexico to its knees on Tuesday when it toppled buildings and left at least 226 dead -- and the photos emerging of the aftermath are devastating. The natural disaster originated about 100 miles southeast of Mexico City, and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto released a video late on Tuesday urging people to stay calm as search and clean-up missions continue. As the death toll rises, on-the-ground images from Mexico tell the story of chaos, loss and resilience.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., says he is “sorry” that Jimmy Kimmel “does not understand” the new health care legislation he and Sen. Lindsey Graham are co-sponsoring after the late night host blasted their proposal and accused Cassidy of lying to him during an appearance on his show earlier this year. “More people will have coverage,” Cassidy insisted on CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday. Cassidy said there will be “billions of more dollars to provide health coverage” in states including Maine, Virginia, Florida and Missouri than exist currently under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
An Oklahoma City police officer shot and killed a deaf man who was holding a metal pipe on Tuesday night, authorities said. According to police spokesman Capt. Bo Mathews, neighbors told Sgt. Chris Barnes that 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez could not hear his commands. “He can't hear you!” – what witnesses yelled to police before an officer shot and killed a deaf man in Oklahoma City.
A mother shopping with her young son in Target was caught off guard when an elderly man gave the toddler a $20 bill -- but when he explained himself, she was reduced to tears. Alyssa Hacker, of Coweta, Oklahoma, says she was visiting the Fort Smith Target with her son Owen when the gregarious child struck up a conversation with a fellow shopper. "We were at target waiting on Grammi and we found some dinosaurs," Hacker wrote on Facebook.
A Republican lawmaker in South Dakota is coming under fire for posting a violent cartoon meme showing a car slamming into people along with the phrase “ALL LIVES SPLATTER.” Rep. Lynne DiSanto, the Republican whip in the state’s House of Representatives
General Electric plans to sell its corporate jets in a cost-cutting move amid sluggish activity in key industrial divisions, a spokesperson said Wednesday. "As we have said, we are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018," the GE spokesperson told AFP. The company plans to sell the fleet, the spokesperson said.
Maria’s Destruction Across the Caribbean Damaged homes from Hurricane Maria on the island of Dominica on Sept. 19. Nigel R. Browne—Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency/Regional Security System/Reuters The storm killed at least nine
A man has reportedly set himself on fire on the grounds of New Zealand's parliament in Wellington, two days ahead of national elections, police said on Thursday. "Ambulance are with the man currently, who's reportedly in a critical condition," New Zealand police said in a statement, adding they have no immediate information on the man's identity. Police told a Reuters witness that the parliament grounds have been closed off.
Donald Trump says the U.S. could "totally destroy" North Korea. Lawrence O'Donnell revisits a speech by Amb. Adlai Stevenson in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis and argues Trump's speech is the worst ever delivered.
People in neighborhoods across central Mexico watched as homes, businesses, and schools fell apart before their eyes during Tuesday’s catastrophic earthquake. In video posted to YouTube by the Mexican newspaper Milenio, pedestrians are seen milling outside of a building on a street corner.
The latest Senate Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and enact sweeping reforms to the American health care system has generated intense opposition from the very health care providers, patient groups and insurance companies that would be forced to adapt to the changes envisioned by the legislation. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, would undo most of the Affordable Care Act and radically refashion the Medicaid program by shrinking the budgets for federal health care programs and turning over the remaining money to states, which would have to devise their own new health care systems. The results would be millions fewer people with health coverage.
A man suspected in the shooting of a Kansas Department of Revenue employee in Wichita was under investigation by the agency and owed nearly $400,000 in sales taxes related to his construction business, according to police and records. Ricky Todd Wirths, 51, walked into the taxation side of the Wichita office on Tuesday afternoon and asked to see Cortney Holloway, a tax seizure agent, according to Wichita police officer Charley Davidson. The two men were discussing Wirths' case when Wirths pulled out a gun and shot Holloway, Davidson said at a news conference Wednesday.
Chip and Joanna Gaines have found themselves embroiled in scandal over their new Target line. The "Fixer Upper" stars announced last week that they've partnered with the mega retailer on a new home line -- Hearth & Hand with Magnolia. While Target is famously known for its limited-time collaborations, its partnership with Chip and Jo will last multiple years and the products will refresh season after season.
The United States will dispense about $32 million in humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya ethnic minority facing persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the State Department said Wednesday. “Through this support, the United States will help provide emergency shelter, food security, nutritional assistance, health assistance, psychosocial support, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihoods, social inclusion, non-food items, disaster and crisis risk reduction, restoring family links, and protection to over 400,000 displaced persons in Burma and in Bangladesh,” according to the press release.
Ryan Phillippe is facing serious domestic abuse and drug allegations from his ex-girlfriend, who is going after the actor in a bombshell new lawsuit. Model Elsie Hewitt is accusing Phillippe of abusing alcohol, illegal drugs including cocaine, ecstasy and mushrooms, and violently beating her: According to the lawsuit, Phillippe, 43, "picked Hewitt up like a doll" and threw her down a flight of stairs -- twice. In addition, "Phillippe repeatedly grabbed Hewitt, struck her, cornered her, kicked her, and aggressively pushed her to the ground," the documents read.
Watch as Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico, with commentary from locals.
Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona’s streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote that included the arrests of a dozen regional officials Wednesday and the seizure of 10 million ballot papers. The arrests — the first involving Catalan officials since the campaign to hold an independence vote began in earnest in 2011 — prompted a pro-independence coalition of Catalan political parties and civic organizations to say casting a ballot was as much about dignity as whether to break away from Spain. Regional government officials, including Catalonia’s president, so far have vowed to ignore a Constitutional Court order to suspend the Oct. 1 referendum while judges assess its legality.
When the Taser’s electrified darts struck him, Carl Bryan felt a shooting pain up his back that rattled his whole body, shaking his brain like a “peanut in a jar.” “If you were to shake that jar a hundred times as fast as you can and multiply that by a thousand,” he said. For Christa Keeton, getting shocked by Taser barbs felt like bees “crawling” through her skin. Eligio Torres Jr. likened the Taser’s electrical jolt to a “horrific electrical current just flowing through your body.” “You’re just shaking,” Torres said in court testimony.
“It’s outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated,” the hospital said, without identifying the corpsmen by name. One video posted to Snapchat shows a woman holding up a newborn and forcing it to dance to rap music like a puppet, First Coast News reported. Attorney Sean Cronin, who has filed medical malpractice lawsuits against the Naval hospital in the past, told News 4 Jax that he was left “utterly shocked” by the content.
Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) tell about their legislation during speeches and news conferences is a straightforward, seemingly innocuous one ― that they are simply transferring money and authority away from the federal government. To their colleagues in the Senate, Graham and Cassidy make a different, more nuanced pitch. With key Republicans nervous about what the bill would mean for coverage of their constituents, Graham and Cassidy are promising the vast majority of Republican states would end up with more money, not less, if the proposal becomes law.
Police in Louisiana have arrested a 23-year-old man they plan to charge with the murder of two black men and firing at a black family. Officers in Baton Rouge detained Kenneth Gleason and led him away in handcuffs. The Associated Press said they had found a copy of a speech by Adolf Hitler in the suspect’s home.
Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest of its kind, has hit a milestone value of $1 trillion, beating all expectations since its creation over 20 years ago. The fund, which reached its record value early Tuesday, has been boosted lately by a rise in stock markets and a weaker U.S. dollar, which increases the dollar value of its holdings in other currencies. The fund invests proceeds from the country's oil and gas industry to secure pensions for future generations in Norway, a country of merely 5.3 million people.
President Donald Trump’s first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday prompted a mix of praise and condemnation from U.S. politicians and world leaders. Many Democrats criticized Trump for his bombastic rhetoric against North Korea and his suggestion that he would not renew the Iranian nuclear deal.
“When I sat with Putin in meetings, he looked more like one of those guys on the subway who imperiously spreads their legs wide, encroaching on everyone else’s space, as if to say 'I take what I want' and 'I have so little respect for you that I'’m going to act as if I’m at home lounging in my bathrobe,'" the former first lady wrote in the book.