The Brief

UN-ASSEMBLY

Trump Threatens to 'Totally Destroy' North Korea

President Trump threatened North Korea with total destruction in his first speech to the United Nations, but said that the body could still prevent war. Trump said that "Rocket Man" — his nickname for Kim Jong-un — was putting his country at risk

Tropical Weather

Hurricane Maria Lashes Dominica and Eyes Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica with catastrophic winds, leaving what one official described as "widespread devastation" from the monster storm now threatening Caribbean islands already ravaged by Hurricane Irma

Senate Leadership Hold News Conferences After Weekly Policy Meeting Luncheons

GOP Eyes Last-Ditch Attempt to Repeal Obamacare

In a startling reversal of fortune over the last week, Republican lawmakers have exceeded expectations and resuscitated a new effort to dismantle and replace key strictures of the Affordable Care Act

Toys R Us Is Said To File For Bankruptcy

Toys ‘R’ Us Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Toys 'R' Us Inc, the largest U.S. toy store chain, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, the latest sign of turmoil in the retail industry caught in a vice-like grip of online shopping and discount chains

Havana

Cuba Denies Role in 'Sonic Attacks'

The Cuban government again denied any involvement in or any knowledge of a mysterious series of health incidents that have affected American diplomats in Havana. The alleged sonic attacks left diplomats blind or brain damaged

New York City Prepares For UN General Assembly

3 Congressmen Arrested Outside of Trump Tower

Democratic U.S. Reps Raul Grijalva, of Arizona; Luis Gutierrez, of Illinois; and Adriano Espaillat, of New York, were among a small group of demonstrators who sat down in the street on Fifth Avenue and refused to move

Ho Plaza looking south from atop McGraw Tower, Cornell University

Cornell University Investigating Beating of Black Student

Cornell University plans to form a task force to address what its president calls "persistent problems of bigotry and intolerance." Authorities in Ithaca say they're looking into whether last week's attack against a black student was racially motivated

President Putin attends Zapad 2017 military drills

Russian Helicopter Appears to Fire Near Bystander

The Russian military says its warships have test-fired cruise missiles during weeklong war games. During one exercise, a helicopter appeared to have accidentally fired rockets near a bystander, according to video posted by Russian news media

Belgium WWI Submarine

Explorers Find Sunken WWI Submarine With 23 Bodies

A World War I-era German submarine (commonly referred to as a U-boat) filled with 23 bodies inside was discovered in the waters off the coast of Belgium, officials said. The century-old vessel was found by researchers on the floor of the North Sea

Dylann Storm Roof

Church Shooter Can't Fire Jewish and Indian Lawyers

A federal appeals court has denied white supremacist Dylann Roof's request to replace his Jewish and Indian lawyers who are appealing his death sentence for a racist massacre in South Carolina a day after he filed it

President of France Emmanuel Macron addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 19, 2017 in New York City.

Macron: The Paris Climate Deal Is Not Up for Debate

French President Emmanuel Macron threw down the gauntlet to President Trump on the Paris climate agreement, saying the environmental accord will not be renegotiated to favor the U.S. "We will not backtrack," Macron said at the United Nations