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Obama to veto bill allowing 9/11 suits against Saudis


Obama to veto bill allowing 9/11 suits against Saudis

President Barack Obama plans to veto a bill Congress approved without objection that would allow families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, a White House spokesman said Monday. The bill would let courts waive claims to foreign sovereign immunity in cases involving terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Administration officials cited fears that foreign governments might exploit the legislation to drag American officials into court. Yet the White House's effort to stop the widely popular measure from becoming law might be short-lived: congressional leaders have suggested that they would try to override a veto, and they probably have sufficient support in both chambers to do so.


Doctor's use of his own sperm suspected

A retired Indianapolis fertility doctor said he used his own sperm around 50 times instead of donated sperm that his patients were expecting, impregnating several women decades ago — but later denied it, according to court documents. Dr. Donald Cline, 77, pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony obstruction of justice charges for misleading authorities who were investigating complaints from two of the now-adult children. Cline is accused of being the biological father of at least eight people. Two of the adults learned their mothers were his patients and that, through DNA testing, they were related to 70 of his relatives, the affidavit said.

Stafford, Va.

Accused teen 'doctor' faces new charges

A Florida teenager accused of pretending to be a doctor and stealing money from an 86-year-old patient faces new charges in Virginia. Malachi Love-Robinson was arrested Friday and charged with identity theft and other fraud offenses after he attempted to purchase a Jaguar at a car dealership, officials say. They said employees became suspicious when Love-Robinson applied for a car loan with an elderly woman as the co-signer on the loan. The woman later told deputies that she had not given Love-Robinson permission. She also told police she was unaware of recent purchases made on her credit card for two iPads.


Paris Agreement on climate is ratified

The Brazilian government on Monday ratified its participation in the Paris Agreement on climate change, a significant step by Latin America's largest emitter of greenhouse gases that could spur other countries to move forward. Brazil's ratification is significant because in order for the climate agreement to enter into force, 55 separate countries, accounting for 55 percent of global emissions, must approve it. The World Resources Institute says 27 countries have done so, representing 39 percent of those emissions (this total does not include Brazil and its 2.5 percent).


Judge regrets berating alleged rape victim

The Canadian federal judge who found himself in hot water for asking an alleged rape victim during a trial in 2014 why she couldn't keep her knees together said he now regrets those comments. Federal Court Justice Robin Camp, 64, testified in a hearing on Friday before a five-member committee that will decide whether to remove him. Camp acquitted the accused, but an appeals court overturned the decision and a retrial is set for November.

South Africa

President pays costs in spending scandal

South African President Jacob Zuma has paid the state more than $500,000 after being instructed to do so in a scandal over upgrades to his private home, his office said Monday. The country's ruling party lost control of some major metropolitan areas last month amid voter dissatisfaction over corruption allegations against the president.

Times wires