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.

Autopsy of woman found dead in freezer amended

ATLANTA -- An exit button inside a downtown Atlanta hotel where a worker was found dead failed to work during an inspection, trapping two people who had to beat on the door to alert someone to let them out, a medical examiner found.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office has amended its autopsy for 61-year-old Carolyn Mangham to include the new details about the freezer exit button at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

The hotel's parent firm, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, has cooperated fully with investigators, Starwood spokeswoman Carrie Bloom said.

9 hurt in Houston shooting; suspect dead, was a lawyer

HOUSTON — A disgruntled lawyer who had numerous weapons randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning,

Trial begins for man accused of impersonating officer

The trial of an Iowa man accused of impersonating an officer began Thursday in state district court.

Authorities said Dameon Ross Fusilier followed an off-duty Calcasieu Parish sheriff’s deputy to her driveway on Jan. 7 in his green 2006 GMC pickup truck with strobe lights flashing and questioned her about her driving. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Fusilier then drove off after the woman got his license plate number. Later that day, Fusilier was charged with false personation.

In his opening statement, prosecutor Jacob Johnson said Fusilier “pretended to be a police officer” by equipping his vehicle with flashing lights and that he admitted pulling the woman over. “He conducted a traffic stop at her house,” he said.

Suspect sought in drive-in shooting

Lake Charles police are looking for the person who committed a drive-by shooting earlier this week.

Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said officers responded to reports of the shooting at about 3:30 a.m. Monday in the 1800 block of Rose Street.

He said a witness reported hearing five to six gun shots being fired at a residence. No one was injured, Kraus said.

LCPD: Woman charged in stabbing

A woman has been charged with attempted second-degree murder after stabbing another woman in the face, authorities said.
Lake Charles Police Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said officers responded to a call of a stabbing at about 5 p.m. Sept. 16 in the 2000 block of Winterhalter Street.
He said a woman later identified as Kimberly Denise Celestine, 38, engaged in a physical altercation, where the victim was stabbed multiple times in the upper body and face.