10 things you need to know today: September 20, 2016
Police arrest New York bombing suspect after shootout, Trump and Clinton clash on terrorism, and more
New York, New Jersey bomb suspect arrested after shootout
On Monday, police arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami — the suspect in bombings in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend — after a shootout that left Rahami and two police officers injured in Linden, New Jersey. Rahami was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Investigators identified Rahami, 28, as a suspect through fingerprints and surveillance video near the scene of the Manhattan bombing, which injured 29 people. Rahami was born in Afghanistan and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. His last known address was in Elizabeth, where five improvised explosive devices were found in a backpack near a railroad station.
Trump and Clinton clash over terrorism after bombings
Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clashed Monday after the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey. Trump called for racial profiling to catch terrorists. "If somebody looks like he's got a massive bomb on his back, we won't go up to that person ... because if he looks like he comes from that part of the world, we're not allowed to profile. Give me a break," Trump said Monday on Fox & Friends. Hillary Clinton slammed Trump, saying his rhetoric "[gives] aid and comfort to our adversaries," a phrase used in U.S. treason law. Clinton told millennial voters in Philadelphia that the attacks were a "sobering reminder that we need steady leadership in a dangerous world."
Obama praises 'outstanding police work' leading to bombing suspect's arrest
President Obama on Monday praised the "outstanding police work" that resulted in the quick arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in bombings in New York and New Jersey over the weekend. Obama also declined to speculate on what motivated the attack, calling for withholding conclusions until law enforcement officials complete their investigation. Obama said the federal government so far has found no connection between the bombings and an attack at a Minnesota mall in which 10 people were stabbed. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for that attack. Obama said the U.S. would "continue to lead the global coalition in the fight to destroy [ISIS], which is instigating a lot of people over the internet to carry out attacks."
Tulsa police chief promises 'justice' after fatal shooting of unarmed black man
Tulsa police on Monday released helicopter and dash cam video showing a white officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man, Terence Crutcher, as he stood by his stalled car. Crutcher, 40, had his hands up as he walked toward his vehicle, but officers said he was not following their commands. Officer Betty Shelby shot him, and another officer, also white, deployed his Taser. "I'm going to tell you right now, there was no gun on the suspect or in the suspect's vehicle," Police Chief Chuck Jordan said. "I want to assure our community and I want to assure all of you and people across the nation watching this: We will achieve justice."
Actor Jim Carrey faces wrongful death suit over girlfriend's suicide
Mark Burton, who was the estranged husband of actor Jim Carrey's late girlfriend Cathriona White, on Monday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the actor. White, an Irish-born makeup artist, was found dead a year ago, and the Los Angeles County coroner's office ruled that she had killed herself by overdosing on prescription drugs. Burton alleges that Carrey obtained powerful painkillers illegally, and gave them to White, who was 30, even though he knew she struggled with depression. Carrey's lawyer and publicist did not immediately return calls for comment. Carrey called the suit a "heartless attempt to exploit" him and White.
Prosecutor: Christie knew about Bridgegate closures
At the start of the Bridgegate trial, a federal prosecutor on Monday told jurors that a witness will testify that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) knew about the plan to shut down traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge as it was happening. Christie has consistently denied knowing about the alleged September 2013 plot. The lane closings paralyzed traffic for four days in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Two former Christie administration officials are on trial over the shutdown, which allegedly was intended to punish the town's Democratic mayor for refusing to endorse Christie's re-election bid.
Airstrike hits Syrian aid convoy
An airstrike hit a convoy of at least 18 trucks delivering humanitarian aid to 78,000 Syrians in a town near the divided and besieged city of Aleppo, Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday night that the airstrike was "evidently" launched by Syrian government forces. The Syrian Red Crescent said the convoy was making a routine delivery, hours after the Syrian military declared that a weeklong partial ceasefire had ended. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura called the attack, which reportedly killed 12 people, an "outrage," and another U.N. official said if the aid convoy was targeted it was a war crime. The U.N. suspended aid deliveries.
North Carolina officials clash over rescinding HB2
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican lawmakers have offered to rescind their controversial state law limiting protections from discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, but only if the city of Charlotte first rescinds a local anti-discrimination ordinance the state law was designed to block. Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said at a City Council meeting Monday night that lawmakers need to get rid of the law, House Bill 2, which has hurt the state economically as corporations, entertainers, and sports teams have taken their business elsewhere in protest. Charlotte officials "applaud the governor for recognizing the state should overturn HB2," Roberts said.
U.S. mistakenly grants citizenship to 858 immigrants facing deportation
The U.S. mistakenly granted citizenship to 858 immigrants who were facing deportation, according to a Department of Homeland Security inspector general report released on Monday. The immigrants were from countries posing national security concerns, or with histories of immigration fraud. They applied for citizenship using different names or birthdates, and the applications slipped through because their fingerprints were not included in the FBI's database. The DHS said in a statement that the mix-up "does not necessarily mean [the individuals] committed fraud," as some "may have ultimately qualified for citizenship."
George H.W. Bush reportedly plans to vote for Hillary Clinton
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend posted on Facebook on Monday that former President George H.W. Bush, a Republican, had told her that he planned to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Townsend, a former Maryland lieutenant governor and the eldest child of the late Robert F. Kennedy, posted a photo of her shaking Bush's hand with the caption, "The President told me he's voting for Hillary!!" Bush and his eldest son, former president George W. Bush, have declined to endorse Trump, but the elder Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, neither confirmed nor denied his intentions. "The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days," McGrath said.