Friday, September 30
CALIFORNIA POLICE SHOOTING
Lawyer says officer provoked man before shooting
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — A lawyer for the family of an unarmed black man killed by police in California says video shows an officer provoked the man before opening fire.
Attorney Dan Gilleon says cellphone footage released by police on Friday shows what he calls "a cowboy with his gun drawn provoking a mentally disturbed person" into reacting.
Police say Alfred Olango was shot Tuesday after he pulled something from his pocket and took a shooting stance toward the officer, who shot him. It turned out Olango was holding an e-cigarette device with a barrel-like tip.
El Cajon police Chief Jeff Davis says authorities decided to make the video public after protests over the shooting became increasingly violent. There have been several rock- and bottle-throwing incidents and arrests.
Some protesters had called for release of the video.
Gilleon contends that police didn't give the family enough time to gather and see the video before a news conference.
Clinton says Trump tweets on Machado 'unhinged'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's flurry of late-night tweets targeting former Miss Universe Alicia Machado was "unhinged, even for him."
At a rally Friday in Coral Springs, Florida, Clinton questioned what kind of person gets up at 3 a.m. to send angry tweets.
Trump tweeted in the early morning hours that Machado was "disgusting" and "a con" and encouraged Americans to "check out" her non-existent sex tape.
Trump has been targeting Machado since Clinton, at Monday's debate, cited derogatory comments Trump had made about Machado after she gained weight. Clinton cited it as an example of his disrespect toward women.
Clinton says Trump's "latest twitter meltdown is unhinged, even for him." She says it underscores that Trump is "temperamentally unfit to be commander-in-chief."
Trump says tweets show him ready for 3 a.m. call
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is defending his early-morning tweets attempting to shame a former Miss Universe, saying it shows he'd be awake for a 3 a.m. call.
Trump tweeted that, "For those few people knocking me for tweeting at three o'clock in the morning, at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!"
A memorable Hillary Clinton ad in 2008 questioned whether then-rival Barack Obama was prepared to face emergencies. As a phone rang, the announcer said, "It's 3 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?"
Trump has tried to use the ad against Clinton, accusing her of being asleep when late-night calls came in during the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. Clinton says she was awake all night after the attacks.
In a series of tweets overnight, Trump criticized former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, saying the 1996 pageant winner had a "terrible" past and that Hillary Clinton's campaign showed bad judgment by portraying her as "a paragon of virtue."
A Trump campaign spokeswoman says Trump has to defend himself against attacks from the Clinton campaign and the media. During Monday's presidential debate, Clinton brought up disparaging remarks Trump had made about Machado in the past.
Trump urges supporters to monitor polling places
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is once again questioning the integrity of the U.S. voting system, encouraging his supporters to visit polling locations on Election Day to make sure everything is "on the up and up."
Trump tells his supporters at a Michigan rally to "go to your place and vote" and then "go pick some other place and go sit there with your friends and make sure it's on the up and up."
He's claiming that voting fraud is "a big, big problem in this country" but "nobody has the guts to talk about it."
Voting fraud is, in fact, very rare. But a Homeland Security Department official said Friday that hackers have targeted the voter registration systems of more than 20 states in recent months.
Trump says voter fraud "would be one hell of a way to lose."
CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP LAWSUIT
Trump: Presidential campaign could be good for his hotels
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump suggests in a newly released videotaped deposition that his presidential campaign could boost business at his hotels and increase the value of his personal brand.
A court on Friday released video of Trump's deposition in June following requests filed by news organizations. Though a transcript of Trump's testimony was previously filed publicly, his lawyers asked a Washington Superior Court judge to seal the video.
Trump's company sued Geoffrey Zakarian last year after the restaurateur withdrew from a lease to operate a high-end eatery in the newly opened Trump International Hotel in Washington hotel after the candidate characterized Mexicans as being criminals, drug dealers and rapists.
Trump testified he didn't think his widely criticized comments were "so bad" because he went on to win the Republican presidential nomination.
US official: Hackers targeted election systems of 20 states
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Homeland Security Department official says hackers have targeted the voter registration systems of more than 20 states in recent months.
The official was not authorized to speak publicly on the subject and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The FBI last month warned state officials to improve their election security after hackers targeted systems in Illinois and Arizona.
FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers this week that the agency is looking "very, very hard" at Russian hackers who may try to disrupt the U.S. election.
U.S. officials say the decentralized nature of election systems, which are run by state and local governments, and the fact that they're generally not connected to the internet, makes it hard for hackers to alter the election outcome.
Texas pulls out of federal refugee resettlement program
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has formally stopped helping the U.S. government provide aid and services to refugees, citing alleged security concerns.
Gov. Greg Abbott said last week that Texas would withdraw from the federally funded refugee resettlement program unless the state's demands for stricter refugee vetting were met.
Abbott said Friday that federal authorities didn't meet those demands, and announced Texas' withdrawal. Kansas and New Jersey already had withdrawn.
That means Texas will stop facilitating refugee services and benefits covered by federal funding, but it won't stop refugees from coming.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Friday it regrets Texas' decision but "refugees will continue to be resettled in Texas" after "extensive screenings" by federal authorities.
The White House wants the U.S. to accept 110,000 international refugees next year.
TRAIN HITS STATION
Feds seek witness accounts of deadly train crash
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Federal investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the deadly train crash in New Jersey to get in touch with them.
The New Jersey Transit train rammed into the Hoboken Terminal on Thursday morning, killing a woman on the platform and injuring more than 100 other people.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday that accounts from people who were aboard the train or standing on the platform can help them learn more about what happened.
Investigators are working to determine what caused the crash.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the only thing known so far is that the train came into the station too fast.
Judge refuses to toss Planned Parenthood suit over videos
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood over videos that purport to show employees of the organization illegally selling parts of aborted fetuses.
U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick ruled Friday that Planned Parenthood's racketeering and other claims against the Center for Medical Progress could move forward.
Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing in connection with its fetal tissue practices and says the videos were deceptively edited. It accuses the center of engaging in extensive criminal misconduct in the process of producing the videos.
A spokeswoman for the center did not immediately have comment.
Obama to Bill Clinton after Peres funeral: 'Let's go!'
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Barack Obama was left cooling his heels after attending the funeral for Israel's Shimon Peres as former President Bill Clinton chatted on the tarmac.
Video recorded at Jerusalem's airport shows Obama in the doorway of Air Force One, engines running in preparation for the return to Washington. The president is rolling up his sleeves and looks anxious to be on his way home.
At one point, Obama yells, "Bill, let's go." He claps his hands to get Clinton's attention and motions for Clinton to come aboard.
Seconds later, Obama exits the plane, stands at the top of the staircase and shouts, "Bill, let's go, I gotta get home."
Clinton then climbs the stairs. The two shake hands and pat each other's backs before stepping inside the plane.
Matthew now a powerful Category 4 hurricane
MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say hurricane hunters are finding Hurricane Matthew extremely dangerous, with 150 mph (242 kph) winds.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the Category 4 hurricane is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) north-northwest of Punta Gallinas, Colombia, and about 440 miles (710 kilometers) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. The storm is moving west-southwest at 9 mph (15 kph).
In addition to a hurricane watch for Jamaica, authorities also issued a tropical storm watch for the southwestern coast of Haiti. The tropical storm watch is in effect from Haiti's southern border with the Dominican Republic to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. A tropical storm warning remains in effect along the coast from the Colombia-Venezuela border to Riohacha.
Forecasters say Matthew is expected to turn toward the west-northwest by Saturday night and then toward the northwest on Sunday. The center says the storm's expected path over the central Caribbean is forecast to bring Matthew near Jamaica on Sunday.
NEW: 11 dead, 19 still missing in China after typhoon landslides
BEIJING (AP) — Eleven people have been confirmed dead in two landslides that followed the major typhoon that hit southeastern China several days ago.
An official statement issued Saturday says eight people have been found dead after a Wednesday landslide in Sucun village in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai. Another 19 people are still missing.
Another Wednesday landslide in Zhejiang province killed three people.
Video published by the official Xinhua News Agency shows fast flood waters carrying rocks and debris rushing down a mountain and into Sucun village. About 20 homes were buried by the landslide.
Typhoon Megi brought torrential rain and strong winds into southeastern China and Taiwan, where five people died in falls and other accidents during the storm and another three were found dead after a landslide engulfed their home.