News you should read today – October 4, 2015



hillary clontonHillary Clinton gets endorsement of National Education Association
Hillary Clinton was endorsed Saturday by the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union. With 3 million members, the NEA’s support will help Clinton in her primary bid against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has galvanized liberal Democrats and announced this week he had raised nearly as much money as Clinton during the past three months.

The National Education Association (NEA) president said they choose Clinton because she chose kids, and had kids in her heart from pre-school to graduate school. Clinton has outlined plans to bolster early childhood education by creating a universal pre-K system and boosting money for Head Start education programs. Clinton has been endorsed by eight labor unions, accounting for about 7 million members, including both of the nation’s teachers’ unions. Associated Press



france-flooding16 dead, 3 missing after huge downpours flood in France
Rainfall on an “exceptional scale” set off flash floods caused destruction along France’s southeastern Mediterranean coast late Saturday, killing at least 16 people and leaving three more missing.

As much as 180 millimeters (7 inches) of rain in a span of three hours inundated parts of the Alpes-Maritimes district late Saturday, authorities said. The area is home to famous seaside resorts such as Nice, Cannes and Antibes. French President Francois Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve were to visit the area Sunday. The prefecture said road and rail networks had been badly affected by the flooding, warning people to avoid travel.The full scale of the damage is not clear yet. CNN news



Nigeria bokoharam18 Killed in Nigeria in Suicide Bombers’ Blasts
Nigerian police and witnesses have linked two explosions late Friday outside the capital, Abuja, to a male and a female suicide bomber. The blasts in the towns of Nyanya and Kuje killed at least 18 people and wounded about 40 others.

No group has claimed responsibility, but authorities immediately linked the attacks to the homegrown extremist organization Boko Haram. Attacks have continued despite promises by President Muhammadu Buhari to crush the group. The militant group has killed more than 10,000 Nigerians since 2009 as part of a campaign to impose Islamic rule on northern Nigeria. VOA news



Merkel - germanyGermany celebrates 25 years of unity
Germany is celebrating 25 years of reunification on Saturday. October 3 is a public holiday, marking the day in 1990 when East Germany and West Germany reunited. Berlin is holding a street party Saturday at the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of German unity.

Germany’s two leaders Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck were grew up in East Germany. Merkel was a scientist in East Germany, while Gauck was a pastor and a pro-democracy activist. Last year, Germany marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Built in 1961, the wall divided the city for nearly three decades. It also separated Soviet-controlled East Germany from West Germany.The 161-kilometer barrier was designed to keep residents inside East Germany from fleeing to the West. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 is celebrated on November 9. It was a critical moment in the collapse of communism. VOA news



us flood south carolinaAt least 5 dead as rain, floods pound in US East Coast
At least five weather-related deaths have been reported as parts of the East Coast saw record-setting rain Saturday that shut down roads, waterlogged crops and showed little sign of letting up even with Hurricane Joaquin changing path.

President Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to help state and local efforts. National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Mohlin told The Post and Courier in South Carolina in his three decades of covering weather, this rainfall storm was different. The state’s Emergency Management Division said its command center was opening and running 24 hours a day for as long as the flood threat remains. Inland areas of South Carolina also were battered by rain. The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in South Carolina recorded 2.3 inches of rain Saturday. It smashed the previous record of 0.77 inches set in 1961. Fox news