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News Wrap: White House warns of veto on House refugee bill

In our news wrap Wednesday, President Obama would veto a forthcoming House Republican bill to increase screening for refugees from Syria and Iraq, according to the White House. Also, Chinese President Xi Jinping reassured world leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting that China's economy remains strong, despite flagging growth.

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    In the day's other news, the White House warned this evening that President Obama will veto a House Republican bill to increase screening of refugees. House Speaker Paul Ryan had announced today that Republicans will call for admitting Syrians and Iraqis only if U.S. officials certify that they are not a security threat.

    Ryan said a vote could come tomorrow on what he called commonsense precautions.

    REP. PAUL RYAN, Speaker of the House: People understand the plight of those fleeing the Middle East, but they also want basic assurances for the safety of this country. We are a compassionate nation. We always have been and we always will be. But we also must remember that our first priority is to protect the American people.


    Some Republican presidential candidates have said Christian refugees should be given preference over Muslims.

    At a summit in the Philippines today, President Obama said such proposals are rooted in hysteria and political posturing.


    We are not well-served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic. When individuals say that we should have a religious test and that only Christians, proven Christians, should be admitted, that's offensive and contrary to American values.


    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is among those who have said Christian refugees should be given special immigration preference. He challenged the president today to debate him on the issue.

    Meanwhile, a Syrian family was diverted to Connecticut today instead of going to Indiana as planned. Resettlement groups cited the Indiana governor's move to stop refugees from seeking new homes in the Hoosier State.


    Chinese President Xi Jinping today reassured world leaders that China's economy remains strong. The country's growth rate hit a six-year low last quarter, but it was still running at an annual pace of 6.8 percent.

    Today, at the Asia-Pacific gathering in Manila, Xi promised his government will keep growth on track.

  • XI JINPING, Chinese President (through interpreter):

    Overall, the enduring positive trend of China's economic development has not changed. The characteristics of the economy being resilient, full of potential, with ample room for maneuvering have not changed. The fundamentals and conditions supporting the continuing growth of the Chinese economy have not changed.


    Xi didn't mention territorial disputes in the South China Sea, but President Obama called for Beijing to stop building manmade islands.


    Back in this country, cleanup is under way in Washington state, after a deadly storm passed through last night, killing three people. Winds that topped 100 miles an hour brought down trees around Spokane and elsewhere, while heavy tray — heavy rain, that is, triggered flooding. In all, about 350,000 homes and businesses lost power. Utilities said it could take days to be restored.


    Authorities in Minneapolis today identified two officers involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, Jamar Clark. Sunday's incident triggered demonstrations, and today police took down protesters' tent outside the entrance to a precinct station. The activists insisted they won't leave until video of the killing is released.

    Investigators say Clark fought with officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze after a domestic assault. His family disputed that account today.

  • JAVILLE BURNS, Victim’s Sister:

    Despite what you have heard, every allegation without evidence is not the truth. Everything you hear is not the truth. Everything that seems is not always what it seems. My brother was a decent person. The heart that he had, I wish some of you would have half of it. Everything that's happened to him, he didn't deserve.


    Witnesses have said Clark was handcuffed when he was shot. Police initially denied that, but now say they're still trying to determine exactly what happened.


    About 2,000 workers at seven major U.S. airports are set to go on strike tonight. Plane cleaners, baggage handlers and other employees are protesting over wages and their right to unionize. Among the targets, New York's John F. Kennedy and La Guardia Airports, Chicago's O'Hare International, and Boston's Logan International, among others.


    And this was the best day on Wall Street in a month, fueled by corporate deals and hopes for improving growth. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 247 points to close at 17737. The Nasdaq rose 89 points, and the S&P 500 added 33.

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