Latest News: Navy Yard Gunman was hearing voices, NJ Boardwalk Fire, DeBlasio leads in Poll,
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sunny skies today with highs in the lower 70s. Clear tonight with lows in the mid 50s. Here are the latest headlines from the WNYC newsroom:
- Investigators are still looking for a motive in the Washington Navy Yard shootings that killed 12 people. Officials said they've discovered the gunman was treated for mental health issues and complained of hearing voices. His mother, Cathleen Alexis, read a statement from her Brooklyn home today and said she will never know why he did what he did, apologized to the victim's families and concluded with, "My heart is broken."
- Syria is still looking to show that the chemical weapons attack last month was carried out by rebels. According to a Syrian official and a Russian diplomat who's visiting Damascus, Syria has turned over materials to Russia that are aimed at showing rebels were responsible.
- Fire officials say last week's boardwalk fire in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights, New Jersey was caused by faulty electrical wiring damaged by Sandy floodwaters and was accidental. Officials are warning other business owners to have their electrical systems checked for any corrosion or other problems.
- A new poll shows mayoral democratic candidate Bill de Blasio has a sizeable lead over Republican Joe Lhota. According to results of a NBC 4 New York-Wall Street Journal-Marist poll, 65 percent of likely voters are giving their support to de Blasio, while 22 percent picked Lhota. The poll of 930 registered voters was conducted Sunday and Monday. The margin of error for likely voters is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points. The general election is November 5th.