Sanders pulls in nearly as much cash as Clinton
Bernie Sanders is offering Hillary Rodham Clinton an unexpected challenge in the race for primary campaign money this quarter: He collected nearly as much money from small donations as the Democratic front-runner has from big-dollar donors. The Vermont senator's campaign says he has raised about $26 million for his presidential campaign in the past three months. Coming mostly from small amounts given online, the sum underscores the draw of his insurgent campaign among the grass roots of the Democratic Party. Clinton's campaign said Wednesday she had taken in $28 million. Most of it came from fundraisers hosted by big donors across the country, many of them in the traditionally Democratic treasure chests of Manhattan and Hollywood. The Sanders campaign has held just seven traditional fundraisers since launching at the end of April, said spokesman Michael Briggs, compared with more than 110 for Clinton in the same period. Hours after announcing a take of $24 million, Sanders' team boosted the total by another roughly $2 million. The campaign said donations rolled in all day Wednesday, the result of tweets and emails imploring backers to give before the midnight close of the fundraising period.
Arson strikes Planned Parenthood office
A small fire that damaged a Planned Parenthood facility in Southern California apparently was ignited when someone tossed a container with a flammable liquid through a window, authorities said. Crews reported the smell of gasoline at the scene of the arson late Wednesday in Thousand Oaks, said Ventura County fire Capt. Mike Lindbery. Nobody was inside the building at the time. Surveillance cameras recorded a suspect wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a face mask. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she was grateful no one was hurt in the fire, which she linked to current criticism. "The toxic rhetoric directed at Planned Parenthood has dangerous consequences," she said. "It sends a signal that using violence to close clinics and intimidate health care professionals and women is 'okay.' It is not."
In pact, a vow to cut carbon intensity
As the last major economy, India has submitted its offer for a global climate pact, pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and boost the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030. India filed its climate action plan to the German-based U.N. climate secretariat late Thursday, the deadline for pledges ahead of a December conference in Paris, where governments are supposed to adopt a landmark deal to fight climate change.
115 scorpions going to U.S. seized at customs
Customs agents at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport have seized 115 live scorpions hidden in two shipments from Cameroon to the United States, perhaps destined for sale on the Internet. Customs officers showed off the large black scorpions of the Pandinus dictator variety, a protected species, on Thursday. The first batch of 69 scorpions was discovered Sept. 18 in 19 plastic boxes containing centipedes. Days later, customs agents intercepted 46 scorpions found in 35 plastic cups. Both were declared as samples for medical research. However, the recipient was identified as an individual in the United States who sells numerous "new animal companions" on the Internet.