Good Evening. Here are the latest headlines from the WNYC newsroom.
President Obama says the United States stands with Kenya against the "terrible outrage" of the terrorist attack on the mall. In his first public remarks since the attack, the president says the US is providing law enforcement assistance and all the help it can to deal with the tragedy. At least 62 people have been killed by members of the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab. Kenyan officials say security forces are in control of nearly all of the Nairobi mall. They say three of the attackers were killed in fighting today and more than ten suspects are under arrest.
Federal authorities say three men facing terrorism charges in New York City have strong ties to al-Shabab. Two of the men made brief appearances in federal court in Brooklyn. The third is due in court next week. Ali Yasin Ahmed, Madhi Hasi and Mohamed Yusuf are described as being part of an elite unit of suicide bombers. US authorities say they were captured in Africa last year while traveling to Yemen to allegedly team up with al-Shabab there. Their legal proceedings had been sealed up until now.
The Navy says a security clearance mised what it called "red flags" about the gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington, DC Navy Yard last week. Officials said Aaron Alexis' background check failed to reveal that he had shot out the tires of another person's car during a 2004 dispute in Seattle. Instead, the report said Alexis had "deflated" the tires and did not mention the use of a gun. The Navy is recommending that police reports be included with background checks.
Three small planes flew into restricted airspace over the headquarters of the United Nations in Manhattan, prompting F-16 fighter jets to swoop in and escort them to local airports. A spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command said the incidents occurred within an hour and a half. He said there appeared to be no terrorism concerns. Scores of world leaders and dignitaries are at the UN for the annual General Assembly. President Obama will address the Assembly on Tuesday.
President Obama endorsed fellow Democrat Bill de Blasio for mayor of New York City. He said de Blasio's agenda for New York "is marked by bold, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time." In 2009, Obama waited until mid-October to offer a lukewarm endorsement of Bill Thompson in his bid to thwart a third term for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Some Democrats criticized Obama, saying he should have done more for Thompson.
Clear skies and cool tonight with a low of 50 degrees. Sunny and warmer Tuesday with highs near 72..