In our news wrap Friday, two days before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. House gave final approval for 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia, although the White House has made suggestions of a veto. Also, there are new warnings from U.S. federal agencies about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone. There have been multiple incidents in which the batteries exploded, sparking fires.
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A federal judge today refused to stop construction of a hotly contested oil pipeline near a North Dakota Indian reservation. But right after that, three federal agencies asked that the pipeline builder pause the work voluntarily. The Standing Rock Sioux say that the project harms water supplies and disturbs ancient sites. And thousands of protesters are supporting their cause.
Wall Street took a beating today on fears of higher interest rates and lower oil prices. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 394 points to close at 18085. The Nasdaq fell 133 points and the S&P 500 slid 53.
The U.S. House of Representatives has given final approval to letting families of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers that day were Saudis, but Riyadh strongly objects to the bill, and the White House warns of a veto.
Still, Republican Congressman Peter King of New York and others say they're undeterred.
REP. PETER KING (R-N.Y.):
This is the most basic constitutional right. This is an obligation. It's an obligation we in the Congress have to not allow foreign lobbyists or foreign countries or anyone else to intimidate us. Justice must be done. And we want to make sure that there are no more 9/11s.
This is one more step we can take to show foreign governments they cannot step aside, they cannot walk away if something is carried out where they're sort of looking the other way making believe it's not happening.
The vote came after House members from both parties marked 9/11 on the steps of the Capitol. They paused for a moment of silence and then sang "God Bless America" in the same location where they gathered shortly after the attacks 15 years ago Sunday.
New warnings today on Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phone because the batteries can explode and spark fires. Now the Consumer Production — Protection Safety Commission is telling people to stop using the phones and turn them off. And the Federal Aviation Administration warns against bringing them on airplanes. Samsung has issued a global recall.
And a NASA probe is off on a seven-year first-of-its-kind mission to gather samples from an asteroid, and return them to Earth. A rocket launched the probe from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday evening. An hour later, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft shot out of orbit. It's heading for the asteroid Bennu to bring back about two ounces of dust.