Congress overrides president's veto of Sept. 11 legislation

WASHINGTON -- Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged backing of the attackers, handing Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency.

Both the House and Senate voted decisively to reverse Obama's decision to scuttle the legislation. Democrats in both chambers abandoned the president in large numbers despite warnings from Obama and top national security officials that flaws in the bill could put U.S. interests, troops, and intelligence personnel at risk.

Official: 2 students, 1 teacher wounded after SC elementary school shooting; teen in custody

TOWNVILLE, S.C. -- A teenager opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school Wednesday, wounding two students and a teacher before the suspect was taken into custody, a law enforcement officer said.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told the Anderson Independent Mail that authorities were responding to a death "believed to be related" to the school shooting about 1 ½ miles away.

Senators ask Justice Department to investigate EpiPen maker

WASHINGTON -- Senators are asking the Justice Department to investigate whether pharmaceutical company Mylan acted illegally when it classified its life-saving EpiPen as a generic drug and qualified for lower rebate payments to states.

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday and suggested the company may have gamed the system to divert millions of dollars from taxpayers.

Black man shot dead by police near San Diego, probe underway

EL CAJON, Calif. -- A black man reportedly acting erratically at a strip mall in suburban San Diego was shot and killed by police after pulling an object from his pocket, pointing it at officers and assuming a "shooting stance," authorities said.

One officer fired an electronic stun gun and another officer simultaneously fired his firearm several times, El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis told reporters at a news conference late Tuesday night. Davis would not say what the object was, but acknowledged it was not a weapon.

New Orleans tells court it can remove Confederate statues

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans has the right to remove Confederate monuments that are the center of a heated debate, the city's attorneys told an appeals court Wednesday, but opponents who want a delay said removing them could cause irreparable harm.

Those pushing to keep the monuments got a skeptical reception from the judges, who raised harsh questions about their chances of prevailing.

Supreme Court asked to block $1B NFL concussion settlement

PHILADELPHIA -- A second petition has been filed asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits because of how it treats current brain injuries versus future ones.

The former players who filed the petition complain that chronic traumatic encephalopathy diagnosed before the April 2015 cutoff can bring $4 million while future CTE diagnoses aren't compensated. They say that violates Supreme Court rulings that insist each subgroup in a class action settlement be treated fairly.

The petition, filed Monday, echoes earlier complaints that the lead players' lawyers in 2013 signed with the NFL a quick deal that favored their clients over thousands of others.

McNeese mailbag: you asked about the struggles of DWA and true freshmen

Hello, McNeese fans. The team won a game last week. It was ugly and, at times, an undisciplined display of football, but a win is a win. Lance Guidry’s spent most of the time since evaluating his program piece by piece and searching for consistency before the new darlings of the Southland Conference come to town. Questions for the McNeese Mailbag are accepted all week by email (crome@americanpress.com) or on Twitter (@Chandler_Rome)


Saints rally to beat Rams: Win final three sets

WESTLAKE — It has been a rough season for the St. Louis Catholic volleyball team, but things are looking up after a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Westlake on Tuesday.

St. Louis (5-9) lost the first game 25-11 but went on to win the next three 27-25, 25-23, 26-24 to end a five-match losing streak. Westlake (11-8) lost for the fourth time in five matches.

“We started the season playing some tough teams,” St. Louis head coach Elizabeth Thompson said. “All of those games have gone down to the wire like this so we have been stressing a lot on finishing games and fighting through to the end, because at the beginning of the season we did not do a good job of that.

Blazers savor first victory

By Warren Arceneaux

warceneaux@americanpress.com

It is business as usual for Lake Charles College Prep, which is back at work after picking up the first win in the young program’s history last week.

While the passing game soars, McNeese's traditionally strong rushing attack still searching for consistency

Tim Rebowe pores over McNeese’s stat sheet, where he reads “eighth in the Southland” under “rushing average.” The 132.5 yards per game rank 75th in the Football Championship Subdivision, too.