News Wrap: FBI investigated New York-area bombing suspect in 2014

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GWEN IFILL:  In the day’s other news:  New details emerged on Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in the New York and New Jersey bombings.  The New York Times reported the FBI briefly investigated Rahami in 2014, after he allegedly stabbed his brother.  At the time, his father told police that Rahami was a — quote — “terrorist,” but he later recanted, and an investigation found nothing.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Authorities in France have made eight new arrests in a deadly truck attack in July; 86 people were killed when a driver plowed through crowds of revelers in the Mediterranean city of Nice on Bastille Day, the French national holiday.  The attacker, a Tunisian, was killed by police.  The suspects arrested on Monday are French and Tunisian.

GWEN IFILL:  The United Nations has suspended all aid deliveries to Syria after an attack on a Red Crescent convoy killed at least 20 people.  It happened near the northern city of Aleppo, just hours after a cease-fire expired.  Footage today showed the charred wreckage of trucks lining the streets, and supplies, some marked with the U.N. logo, strewn about.

JENS LAERKE, UN Spokesman:  This is a very, very dark day for humanitarians in Syria, and I will say across the world, because I think there’s been a moment of shock and, frankly, disgust by this attack.

GWEN IFILL:  Russia denied claims that its warplanes attacked the convoy.  But it did say there is drone footage showing heavily armed militants traveling with the aid trucks.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  A fire roared through a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos overnight.  Thousands fled and no one was injured, but 60 percent of the camp was destroyed.  The fire broke out late Monday and was extinguished by midday today.  The camp houses several thousand migrants.  Police say the fire started after clashes between different ethnic groups.

GWEN IFILL:  Back in this country, Hillary Clinton took a day off the trail to study up for next week’s first presidential debate, while Donald Trump went back to school.

John Yang has our report.

JOHN YANG:  Donald Trump went to college today, courting the millennial vote.  At High Point University in North Carolina, he appeared to lecture Hillary Clinton about fighting terrorism.

DONALD TRUMP (R), Presidential Nominee:  Her claim that my opposition to radical Islamic terrorism is a recruiting tool.  But why?  Because I’m tough, it’s a recruiting tool?  It demonstrates a level of ignorance about the terror threat.

JOHN YANG:  It came amid more questions about the charitable Trump Foundation.  The Washington Post reported it paid more than $250,000 to settle lawsuits involving his businesses.  The Trump campaign didn’t respond.

And social media became a battleground over Donald Trump Jr.’s tweet likening Syrian refugees to a tainted bowl of Skittles.  A Clinton campaign spokesman called it disgusting, and a former Obama speechwriter tweeted a picture that had earlier gone viral, saying, this Syrian boy is “one of the millions of children you compared to a poisoned Skittle.”

Clinton made no public appearances today, but there was word she may get the vote of a former Republican president.

Politico reported that former Maryland Republican Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of the late Robert Kennedy, posted on Facebook that George H.W. Bush had told her he’s voting for Hillary.

Today, a Bush spokesman said the former president is a private citizen and his vote will be, too, private.

For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m John Yang.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Relief is on the way for five Southern states after a gasoline pipeline leak in Alabama.  Colonial Pipeline said today that it’s completed a bypass line, and it can restart the flow tomorrow.  The leak has caused many gas stations in the region to shut down pumps.  And prices have jumped more than 20 cents in some parts.

GWEN IFILL:  Twenty-one states went to federal court today to block a new overtime pay rule.  It takes effect December 1 and requires overtime for salaried workers making less than $47,500.  That’s double the current threshold.  The states say it places a heavy new burden on state budgets.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  And a slow day on Wall Street.  The Dow Jones industrial average gained nine points to close near 18130.  The Nasdaq rose six, and the S&P 500 added a fraction.

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