Official: Teacher, 1 child from shooting in good condition A hospital official says a teacher and a child brought there following a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school have both been released. AnMed Health spokeswoman Juana Slade had earlier told The Associated Press that the hospital had received one adult female and one male child, and that both were in good condition. Authorities say a female teacher and two male students were wounded in the shooting. Greenville News reported earlier Wednesday that a 6-year-old child was airlifted to Greenville Memorial and was in critical condition. Greenville Memorial spokeswoman Sandy Dees has confirmed that a child was taken to the hospital, but would not release any further information.
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.
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Saudi Arabia has ways to hit back at 9/11 lawsuit effort DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Saudi Arabia and its allies are warning that U.S. legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks will have negative repercussions. The kingdom maintains an arsenal of tools to retaliate with, including curtailing official contacts, pulling billions of dollars from the U.S. economy, and persuading its close allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council to scale back counterterrorism cooperation, investments and U.S. access to important regional air bases. "This should be clear to America and to the rest of the world: When one GCC state is targeted unfairly, the others stand around it," said Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, an Emirati Gulf specialist and professor of political science at United Arab Emirates University.
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.
Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Unmoved by harsh debate reviews, a defiant Donald Trump showed no sign Wednesday of making any big changes before his second faceoff with Hillary Clinton, pressing ahead with a 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 her debate performance that seemed to spark badly needed enthusiasm. Those closest to Trump insisted the Republican presidential nominee was satisfied with Monday night's debate, even as prominent voices within his own party called for more serious preparation next time following an opening confrontation marked by missed opportunities and missteps.
Black man shot dead in California just after police arrived EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - Police in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon shot and killed a black man a minute after arriving near a strip mall to investigate a report of a mentally unstable person walking in and out of traffic, an official said Wednesday. El Cajon Police Department spokesman Lt. Rob Ransweiler said two officers arrived at the scene at about 2:10 p.m. Tuesday. Ransweiler says the shooting happened at 2:11 p.m. He said police received the report about the mentally unstable person at 12:57 p.m. but did not immediately respond because they had other calls for service.
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.
The Latest: Obama will attend funeral for Peres The White House says President Barack Obama will lead a delegation to Jerusalem to attend Friday's funeral for former Israeli President Shimon Peres. Peres died Wednesday due to complications from a stroke. The former Israeli prime minister was 93. Obama said in a statement that Peres had changed the course of human history by expanding the "moral imagination" and forcing people to expect more from themselves. Obama was scheduled to travel to Jerusalem on Thursday. He was to go to the White House on Friday following the ceremony. The White House didn't identify other members of the U.S. delegation that will accompany Obama.
Shimon Peres witnessed Israel's history, and shaped it JERUSALEM (AP) - At every corner of Israel's tumultuous history, Shimon Peres was there. He was a young aide to the nation's founding fathers when the country declared independence in 1948, and he played a key role in turning Israel into a military power. He was part of the negotiations that sealed the first Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, garnering a Nobel Peace Prize. He was welcomed like royalty in world capitals. But only at the end of a political career stretching more than 60 years did Peres, who died Wednesday at the age of 93, finally win the widespread admiration of his own people that had eluded him for so long.