Top News Stories for Today – September 19, 2016
FBI questioning suspects in Manhattan bombing
On Sunday night in Brooklyn, FBI agents pulled over a “vehicle of interest in the investigation” of Saturday’s bombing in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, according to FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser, and while nobody has yet been charged with any crime, two other officials tell The Associated Press that the FBI is questioning five people from the car.
Law enforcement officials say the two bombs left in Chelsea were designed to create “maximum chaos and fatalities,” The New York Times reports. One bomb exploded, injuring 29 people, while the other did not detonate. The officials said the bombs were filled with “fragmentation materials,” including small bearings or metal BBs, and made with pressure cookers, flip phones, and Christmas lights. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said that so far, “there is no evidence of an international terrorism connection with this incident.” The 29 people injured Saturday night primarily suffered cuts and abrasions, and all have been released from the hospital.
On Monday, the New York Police Department announced that it is seeking a 28-year-old man named Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection with Saturday’s bombing in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood — one bomb exploded in a dumpster, injuring 29 people, and a second device did not detonate. The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Associated Press,
More explosive devices found in New Jersey
The FBI and police in Elizabeth, New Jersey, accidentally detonated an explosive device found in a backpack dropped in a wastebasket outside a local pub, Mayor Christian Bollwage said early Monday. The package exploded as a police robot was cutting through wires on one of about five explosive devices in the backpack, Bollwage said, adding, “Based on the loudness, I think people could have been severely hurt or injured if they had been in the vicinity.”
There were no injuries reported. New Jersey Transit and Amtrak have suspended train service in the area, and Bollwage said he hopes the trains are running in time for Monday’s morning commute. Two other bombs went off in the area over the weekend, one on the Jersey Shore, and one in New York City, which injured 29 people. It’s not clear if the bombings are related. NBC News, NJ Advance Media, The Week
The People v. O.J. Simpson, Veep win big at Emmys
Sunday was a big night for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, with Emmy Awards for stars Sarah Paulson (Outstanding Actress in a Mini-series or Movie), Courtney B. Vance (Outstanding Actor in a Mini-series or Movie), and Sterling K. Brown (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-series or Movie).
The program received 22 nominations overall, and also won for Outstanding Limited Series. Other winners at the 68th Primetime Emmys include Rami Malek (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Mr. Robot); Tatiana Maslany (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Orphan Black); Veep (Outstanding Comedy Series); Game of Thrones (Outstanding Drama Series); Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Veep, her fifth Emmy win in a row for the role); and Jeffrey Tambor (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Transparent). Game of Thrones broke a record for most Emmys won by a series — on Sunday, it earned its 38th award, beating Frasier’s record of 37. Los Angeles Times, The Week
The Emmys poke fun at Donald Trump
Donald Trump did not win an Emmy on Sunday night for most-referenced presidential candidate, but several award winners and host Jimmy Kimmel cracked jokes about Trump during the ceremony. Jeb Bush, Trump’s former rival, kicked things off with a cameo alluding to Trump’s insult-ridden campaign style, and Kimmel continued in his monologue, threatening to throw Mark Burnett, the executive producer of NBC’s Trump vehicle The Apprentice, over Trump’s wall if Trump wins in November.
Burnett, accepting an Emmy for The Voice, shot back, “Hillary Clinton called me in the last few minutes and said to personally thank Jimmy Kimmel for an extra free five minutes of ABC publicity for Donald Trump.” In 2012, Trump tweeted: “The Emmys were horrendous… the absolute worst show!” No word on if he feels differently this year. Deadline Hollywood, The Week
Annual UN meetings to start on Monday
They will meet at the annual UN General Assembly. This will be Barack Obama’s final such gathering as US president, and it also will be the last for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose decadelong tenure at the helm of the organization will end December 31.
US airstrike Kills 8 Afghan policemen
Officials in Afghanistan said Monday an American air attack has killed at least eight policemen in a volatile central province. The police personnel were guarding a security outpost on a main highway outside Tarin Kot, the provincial capital of Uruzgan, on Sunday evening, regional Highway Police Commander Samunwal Rahimullah Khan told VOA.
The Afghan commander denounced the attack and asserted there were Taliban posts in nearby areas with the white insurgent flag raised on them, “but we are unable to understand why Americans targeted our policemen.”
A US military spokesman has confirmed an airstrike was conducted in Tarin Kot on September 18, saying it targeted “individuals” firing on Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). “We don’t have any further information on who those individuals might have been or why they were attacking ANDSF forces. US, Coalition, and Afghan forces have the right to self-defense, and in this case were responding to an immediate threat,” Brigadier General Charles Cleveland told VOA. VOA
US Presidential election
Trump aides wrestle with ‘birther’ issue and alleged threats to Clinton: Donald Trump’s aides tried Sunday to bury the issues of “birtherism” and an alleged incitement to violence against Hillary Clinton, but that won’t be so easy to do less than two months before the election. While aides to Trump said he does believe that President Obama was born in the United States and was talking about gun rights rather than Clinton’s safety, Democrats said the Republican nominee continues to make statements that seem to encourage racists and extremists. “This is a pattern that has been repeated over and over again, and I think this doesn’t belong in any race, much less a race to be president of this country,” said Clinton running mate Tim Kaine on Fox News Sunday. USA Today
Trump returns fire from Robert Gates: Fomer defense secretary Robert Gates criticizes Trump for his proposal to build a wall along the southern border, for his praise of Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his lack of support for NATO. During a Saturday night rally in Colorado, Trump called Gates “an absolute clown” and “nasty guy” who “probably has a problem we don’t know about.” Trump tweets “I never met former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He knows nothing about me. But look at the results under his guidance – a total disaster!” USA Today
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