News Wrap: Obama says ‘no connection’ between bombings and mall attack

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about last Saturday's bombing in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood in New York September 19, 2016.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTSOGF4

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JUDY WOODRUFF:  In the day’s other news:  The president said there is no connection between the bombings in New York and New Jersey and the stabbings at a Minnesota mall.  Ten people were wounded in the Saturday night incident.  The Islamic State claimed that it inspired the attacker, who was killed by an off-duty policeman.  He’s identified as Dahir Adan, a college student from Somalia.

GWEN IFILL:  The Syrian military declared today that a week-long cease-fire is over, and within hours, launched dozens of airstrikes.  The U.N. confirmed a humanitarian aid convoy was attacked, and opposition activists said it was hit by Russian or Syrian planes.

In New York, Secretary of State John Kerry refused to concede the truce is dead.

JOHN KERRY, Secretary of State:  The Russians need to control Assad, who evidently is indiscriminately bombing, including on humanitarian convoys.  So let’s wait and see.  We will collect the facts.  We need to see where we are, and then we will make a judgment.

GWEN IFILL:  Activists said the various airstrikes killed more than 30 people, including a dozen in the aid convoy.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  U.S. airstrikes may have accidentally killed at least eight police officers in Afghanistan.  An Afghan commander says it happened Sunday near Tirin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan Province.  The U.S. military confirms planes carried out an airstrike there aimed at Taliban forces.

GWEN IFILL:  In Russia, supporters of President Vladimir Putin won a landslide in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.  The United Russia bloc took three-quarters of the seats in the Lower House of Parliament.  The party will have enough votes to pass constitutional amendments on its own.  Turnout was down sharply from the last election in 2011.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Scientists now say the haze from forest fires in Indonesia may have led to the deaths of more than 100,000 people.  That is based on new analysis of mortality data.  The fires were used to clear land and burned for weeks last year.

Researchers at Harvard and Columbia universities say most of the deaths occurred in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.

GWEN IFILL:  Signs of progress today against the Zika outbreak in Miami, Florida.  Health officials dropped their warning to pregnant women to avoid the city’s Wynwood arts district.  They credited aerial spraying of the mosquitoes that transmit the virus.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  For the first time, federal prosecutors say New Jersey Governor Chris Christie knew a bridge was being closed to punish a political foe as it was happening.  The governor denies that, but the prosecutors say a witness will so testify at the trial of two Christie allies.  It opened today.  A defense lawyer called the witness — quote — “a habitual liar.”

GWEN IFILL:  And Wall Street was mostly uninspired today.  The Dow Jones industrial average lost three points to close at 18120.  The Nasdaq fell nine points, and the S&P 500 slipped a fraction of a point.

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