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Authorities: School shooter killed father before rampage
TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A teenager killed his father at their home Wednesday before going to a nearby elementary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said. The teen was apprehended within minutes of the school shooting in this rural town about 110 miles northeast of Atlanta. One of the students was shot in the leg and the other in the foot, Capt. Garland Major with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said. Both students were male. The female teacher was hit in the shoulder. Before the shooting at Townville Elementary about 1:45 p.m., the teen gunned down his 47-year-old father, Jeffrey Osborne, at their home about 2 miles from the school, authorities said.


The Latest: Grandparents of school shooter found father dead
A Greenville hospital has identified the student in critical condition after a teen opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school playground. Spokeswoman Sandy Dees says Jacob Hall remained in critical condition at the Greenville Health System Children's Hospital as of 8 p.m. Wednesday. The boy's parents, Rodger and Renae Hall, say in a statement that they appreciate the community's support, especially emergency responders who treated Jacob onsite and brought him to the hospital. Although they appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers, they ask for privacy. The hospital hopes to update Jacob's condition by 11 a.m. Thursday. Jacob was flown to Greenville after the shooting at Townville Elementary.


10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. OBAMA SUFFERS FIRST VETO OVERRIDE In a resounding rebuke to the White House, Congressional Democrats join Republicans in approving legislation giving Sept. 11 families the right to sue Saudi Arabia. 2. 3 WOUNDED IN SHOOTING AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL A teenager kills his father at their home in rural South Carolina before going to the nearby school and opening fire with a handgun, injuring two students and a teacher. 3. WHO HILLARY CLINTON HOPES CAN ATTRACT YOUTH VOTE The Democrat is turning to former primary adversary Bernie Sanders to connect with millennials.


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California officer guns down refugee in 'shooting stance'
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - The fatal police shooting of a Ugandan refugee who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance" happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived at the scene where a mentally unstable man was reportedly walking in traffic, a police spokesman said Wednesday. It took police more than an hour to respond because of other calls, El Cajon Lt. Rob Ransweiler said. Officers arrived at a parking lot next to a Mexican fast-food restaurant at about 2:10 p.m. and the man was shot about a minute later.


Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Unmoved by harsh debate reviews, a defiant Donald Trump renewed his attacks against a former Miss Universe winner on Wednesday, showing no sign of making big changes to his message or debate preparation before his second faceoff with Hillary Clinton. The outspoken Republican nominee instead pressed ahead with an aggressive strategy focused on speaking directly to his white, working-class loyalists across the Midwest. Democrat Clinton, meanwhile, pushed to improve her standing among younger voters with the help of the president, Sen. Bernie Sanders and other key allies, 48 hours after a debate performance that seemed to spark badly needed enthusiasm.


Congress rebukes Obama, overrides veto of 9/11 legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a resounding rebuke, Democrats joined with Republicans Wednesday to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency, voting overwhelmingly to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for its alleged backing of the attackers. Both the House and Senate voted decisively to reverse Obama's decision to scuttle the legislation. Democrats in both chambers abandoned the president in large numbers despite warnings from Obama and top national security officials that flaws in the bill could put U.S. interests, troops, and intelligence personnel at risk. The Senate vote was 97-1, with only Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., backing the president.


Senate passes stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika
WASHINGTON (AP) - Averting an election-year crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus. The House was poised to act on the measure before day's end. The sweeping 72-26 vote came after top congressional leaders broke through a stalemate over aid to help Flint, Michigan, address its water crisis. Democratic advocates for Flint are now satisfied with Republican assurances that money for Flint will be finalized after the election. The hybrid spending measure is the last major item on Capitol Hill's pre-election agenda and caps months of wrangling over money to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus.


Man rescued at sea was suspected in grandfather's slaying
BOSTON (AP) - A 22-year-old man rescued from a life raft after a fishing trip that left his mother missing and presumed dead had been a suspect in the still-unsolved 2013 slaying of his rich grandfather, adding to the multitude of questions swirling around him and what happened at sea. Nathan Carman was picked up by a freighter Sunday 100 miles off the Massachusetts coast after what he said was a week adrift that began when his 31-foot aluminum fishing boat inexplicably sank during a mother-and-son outing. Coast Guard officials interviewed Carman, and police searched his home in Vermont as part of an investigation into the ill-fated trip.


The Latest: Obama orders flags at half-staff for Peres
President Barack Obama has ordered all U.S. flags on federal property to be flown at half-staff in the memory of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday. Obama's order covers all federal buildings and grounds throughout the United States and its territories, as well as U.S. embassies, military bases and other facilities abroad. The order directs flags to be flown at half-staff through sunset Friday.


US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - 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 and tooth decay. Backers of the campaign say a penny-per-ounce tax is needed in San Francisco, Oakland and tiny Albany to curb consumption of sweetened cola, sports drinks and canned teas that people gulp without thinking, adding empty calories. Opponents, however, say a "grocery tax" will lead to higher prices on other goods, hurting small businesses and customers struggling to survive in one of the country's most expensive places.