- OPEC agrees to limit oil output at 32.5 million barrels per day
- Testimony: GOP staff wanted Democrats off bridge authority
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The former bridge authority official testifying in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial said Wednesday that Republican Gov. Chris Christie's staff asked him to produce a list of authority employees so the Democrats could be purged.
- Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospitals as Russian-backed assault intensifies
By Ellen Francis and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian or Syrian warplanes knocked two hospitals out of service in the besieged rebel sector of Aleppo on Wednesday and ground forces intensified an assault in a battle which the United Nations said had turned the city into a slaughterhouse. Two patients died in one of the hospitals and other shelling killed six residents queueing for bread under a siege that has trapped 250,000 people with food running out. "The warplane flew over us and directly started dropping its missiles ... at around 4 a.m.," Mohammad Abu Rajab, a radiologist at the M10 hospital, the largest trauma hospital in the city's rebel-held sector, told Reuters.
- Seeking maximum lift from debate, Clinton courts millennials
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
- Kerry says TPP rejection would hurt US national security
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress on Wednesday to adopt a landmark 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade deal, arguing that rejection would badly damage U.S. credibility and national security.
- US accused of killing 22 in misdirected Somalia air strike
By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - An air strike in northern Somalia left as many as 22 soldiers dead overnight, local officials said on Wednesday, and one region said the United States had been duped into attacking its troops. Galmudug's Security Minister Osman Issa said 22 of his region's soldiers had been killed in the strike, adding that the rival neighbouring region of Puntland had requested it on the pretext that the men were al Shabaab Islamist militants. "Puntland misinformed the United States and thus our forces were bombed," he told Reuters.
- UBS in $15 mn settlement with US over derivatives sales
The Swiss private banking giant UBS has agreed to pay $15 million to settle US allegations of selling risky derivative investments to thousands of unsophisticated investors, US market regulators said Wednesday. The Securities and Exchange Commission said a US arm of the private wealth manager, UBS Financial Services Inc, had failed to train and educate its sales force adequately about the risks of complex financial products known as reverse convertible notes, which are derivatives whose values are generally based on the performance of an underlying stock. Some were retirees, according the SEC.
- Massive Texas district isn't big enough for either candidate
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A West Texas congressional district sprawls 58,000-plus square miles and two time zones, from San Antonio to just outside El Paso. Yet neither the Republican who represents it nor the Democrat trying to reclaim the seat actually lives there.
- Inquiry says MH17 shot down by missile brought into Ukraine from Russia
The missile that downed flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine was transported from Russia, a criminal inquiry revealed Wednesday, as it announced that about 100 people were being investigated for playing "an active role" in the disaster. Saying they had "irrefutable evidence" that the BUK missile system was used to blow the Malaysia Airlines plane out of the sky, investigators also for the first time pinpointed that the device was fired from a field in a part of eastern Ukraine then controlled by pro-Russia separatists. The findings of the Dutch-led probe stopped short of directly accusing Moscow of involvement in the tragedy in July 2014, and both the rebels and Russia issued fresh statements denying any responsibility.
- Protesters chant 'murder' in police shooting of black man in California
- (Reuters) - Protesters yelled "murder" and demanded a federal investigation on Wednesday after a police officer in southern California shot and killed an unarmed black man, less than two weeks after similar incidents sparked outrage in two other U.S. cities. Police did not immediately identify the victim, but local activists and friends named him as Ugandan-born Alfred Olango. El Cajon officers found Olango behind a restaurant at about 2 p.m. PDT (2100 GMT) on Tuesday and ordered him to remove his hand from his pocket.
- Officials: US to send more troops to Iraq to help with Mosul
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — 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.
- Exclusive: Redstone's NAI to call on CBS, Viacom to explore merger -sources
A merger would give Viacom, whose networks include Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and MTV, a seasoned media executive at the helm with CBS CEO Leslie Moonves at a time when its TV ratings and ad revenue have been in decline, many investors believe. Viacom shares jumped as much as 7 percent after Reuters broke the news of NAI's plans, and were trading up 1.7 percent at $36.07 in New York in early afternoon, giving the company a market value of $14.3 billion. Representatives for NAI, Viacom and CBS declined to comment.
- White House calls Senate override of veto of September 11 bill 'embarrassing'
The White House on Wednesday slammed the Senate's nearly unanimous vote to reject President Barack Obama's veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia's government. "This is the single most embarrassing thing this United States' Senate has done possibly since 1983," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing, referring to the last time when the chamber so overwhelmingly overrode a president's veto. Earnest said some lawmakers had only recently been informed about potential drawbacks to approving the legislation.
- U.S. threatens to end Syria work with Russia if Aleppo attack continues
By Arshad Mohammed and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States threatened on Wednesday to halt its diplomacy with Russia on Syria and it said it held Russia accountable for the use of incendiary bombs on Aleppo - a view a U.S. official said could open Moscow up to charges of war crimes. Secretary of State John Kerry conveyed the message in a call to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in which he voiced "grave concern" over the Russian-backed Syrian government's air and land assault on rebel areas of Aleppo, Syria's largest city.
- Alabama justice 'urged defiance, not compliance' on marriage
- Nuclear first strike? Trump's ambiguous debate stance
- Allardyce admits 'judgement' error as minister calls for probe
Sam Allardyce admitted an "error of judgement" on Wednesday after his career as England manager came to a humiliating end following controversial comments made to undercover reporters. "Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that," Allardyce told reporters outside his home in Bolton, northwest England. "Unfortunately it was an error of judgement on my behalf and I've paid the consequences," he added the morning after he was forced out of the England job following a mere 67 days in charge of the national side.
- Takata sells auto interiors unit as recall costs rise
Troubled air bag maker Takata Corp. of Japan is selling its automotive interior trim and seating material operation, raising cash as its inflator recall costs continue to mount. The Japanese company is ...
- Air rage incidents reported by airlines on the rise
Incidents of unruly passengers on planes are increasing, and more effective deterrents are needed to tackle the problem, a global airline trade group said Wednesday. There were 10,854 air rage incidents ...
- US stocks wobble as phone companies fall, oil prices jump
U.S. stock indexes are little changed Wednesday as dividend-paying stocks skid and health care companies take losses. Energy companies are rising as the price of oil changes course yet again and moves ...
- Deal reached to keep US government running, help Flint
Congressional leaders have broken a stalemate over money to address the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, clearing the way Wednesday for a spending bill needed to keep the government running until December. ...
- Tropical Storm Matthew forms in the Atlantic
Tropical Storm Matthew formed in the Atlantic over the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday and threatened to become a hurricane by Friday, US forecasters said. Tropical storm warnings were issued for Guadeloupe and Martinique, as well as Barbados, Dominica, St Vincent, Grenada and St Lucia. The tropical storm was located about 55 kilometers (35 miles) southeast of St Lucia, and was moving westward with maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers (60 miles) per hour, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.
- Senate overwhelmingly rejects Obama veto of Saudi September 11 bill
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama's veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, paving the way for the first veto override of his eight-year presidency. The final vote was 97-1 against the veto, a blow to Saudi Arabia, a frequent U.S. partner in the Middle East recently subject to harsh criticism in the U.S. Congress. Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid was the only senator to side with Obama.
- The Latest: First Lady calls for "adult in the White House"
- BUK: Russia's feared anti-aircraft missile system
The BUK missile system blamed for shooting down flight MH17 over east Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, is an anti-aircraft weapon whose origins date back to the Soviet era. BUK -- which means "Beech" in Russian -- first fully entered service with the Red Army in 1980, and has been exported to many countries, including North Korea and Syria. Up to six BUK missiles can be fired simultaneously from a launch vehicle -- usually either a military truck or a tank -- on targets flying on different bearings, according to the London-based Jane's defence and intelligence group.
- US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area
The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity ...
- Obama hopes to attend Peres funeral in Israel: White House
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hopes to attend the funeral of former Israeli president and statesman Shimon Peres in Israel on Friday and the White House is working on the logistics, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Wednesday. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton, writing by Jeff Mason, editing by G Crosse)
- Jennifer Lopez is back in judge's chair for dance show
- Black man shot dead by police near San Diego, probe underway
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — A black man reportedly acting erratically at a strip mall in suburban San Diego was shot and killed by police after pulling an object from his pocket, pointing it at officers and assuming a "shooting stance," authorities said.
- Senators ask Justice Department to investigate EpiPen maker
Senators are asking the Justice Department to investigate whether pharmaceutical company Mylan acted illegally when it classified its life-saving EpiPen as a generic drug and qualified for lower rebate ...