JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: A Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black man turned herself in early today.
Betty Shelby is charged with first-degree manslaughter. She was released after posting a $50,000 bond. Her first court appearance is next week.
Republican Donald Trump got a boost today ahead of the first presidential debate on Monday night. In a reversal, former rival Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced that he will vote for Trump after all. Writing on Facebook, Cruz said: “I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton’s camp called for increased scrutiny of Trump at the debate. A spokeswoman said — quote — “His level of lying is unprecedented in American politics.”
A federal appeals court has struck down Ohio’s process for purging voters from the rolls if they haven’t voted in at least two years. The court ruled today that the process removes people who are in fact still eligible to vote. The state’s Republican elections chief defended the process, saying that Ohio has used it for more than 20 years.
Bombs rained down on Syria’s largest city today in the fiercest aerial onslaught there yet. The heavy air attacks on Aleppo came as the Syrian government’s military launched a new offensive to retake the city with backing from Russia. Rescuers worked to dig out victims buried beneath the rubble, but they came under fire themselves.
IBRAHIM AL-HAJ, Syrian Civil Defense (through translator): We weren’t able to help them quickly because of the shelling that we were subjected to as we were pulling them from under the debris all night. I have never in my life seen such a bombardment. It is very, very intense.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The assault on Aleppo appeared to shred any remaining hope of reviving last week’s cease-fire. Still, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that he and his Russian counterpart made — quote — “a little bit of progress” in talks today.
Back in this country, a veto showdown now looms over an act of Congress permitting families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, the home of most of the hijackers. President Obama rejected the bill today, saying that it could boomerang against U.S. troops and diplomats abroad. Even so, the House and Senate may have the votes to override the veto.
And on Wall Street, stocks slumped after a new drop in oil prices. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 131 points to close at 18261. The Nasdaq fell 33, and the S&P 500 slid 12. For the week, all three indexes gained about 1 percent.
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