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In our news wrap Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that there is word of a dispute at the FBI over claims of corruption at the Clinton Foundation, stemming from secret recordings of a suspect, that some believe show financial misconduct. Also, two American soldiers were killed and four wounded while aiding Afghan special forces in the northern part of the country.
In the day's other news: There's word of a dispute inside the FBI over claims of corruption at the Clinton Foundation. The Wall Street Journal reports that it stems from secret recordings of an unnamed suspect talking about the foundation.
The report says that some agents believed the recordings showed financial misconduct. But senior officials considered the evidence hearsay and too weak to pursue.
Two American soldiers were killed today in fierce fighting in Northern Afghanistan. Four others were wounded. They'd been aiding Afghan special forces near Kunduz on a raid that killed two senior Taliban commanders. But 26 civilians also died, sparking protests against NATO airstrikes. The strikes were called in to aid the U.S. and Afghan forces.
A British court has thrown a roadblock in the path to Brexit, the move to quit the European Union. The court ruled today that the U.K. government must first have Parliament's approval before beginning the process.
Speaking outside the court, the lead claimant in the case implored the government not to appeal the ruling.
GINA MILLER, Lead Claimant:
It's now to the government what they do. And I hope that the M.P.s will do their job and actually debate this in a sober, grown-up way, because leading up to the vote, we didn't have sober, honest, rational debates. So it's now over to the politicians.
In response, Prime Minister Theresa May's government said that it will appeal the ruling. The country's Supreme Court plans to take it up in early December.
The world is far from meeting ambitious goals in the Paris agreement on climate change. The U.N. Environment Program said today in London that only faster action can limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius by 2030. That means huge additional cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
JACQUELINE MCGLADE, Chief Scientist, UN Environment Program:
The gap between where we need to be and where we are today is something equivalent to what we call gigatons of carbon; 15 of those are what's required. We need to reduce that every year. That's the same as saying we have to take all the cars off the roads of Europe every year 15 times over.
The Paris climate pact formally takes effect tomorrow, but it lacks any enforcement measures.
Back in this country, new evidence today that progress made by President Obama's health care insurance overhaul is stalling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 28.4 million Americans lacked health insurance as of July. But that was an improvement of only 200,000 from one year earlier. It's partly because fewer private insurance companies are choosing to take part, and premium costs are rising sharply.
Prosecutors in Charleston, South Carolina, began calling witnesses today in the killing of an unarmed black motorist; 50-year-old Walter Scott was shot in the back five times after running from a traffic stop in April 2015. Former police officer Michael Slager is charged with murder in the case.
Today, the prosecutor argued there's no justification for what Slager did. The defense said Scott bears the blame for resisting arrest and running away.
And, on Wall Street, stocks slipped for the eighth session in a row, reacting partly to the presidential race getting tighter. The Dow Jones industrial average lost about 29 points to close at 17930. The Nasdaq fell 47 points, and the S&P 500 dropped nine.
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