Budget bails out city of Hartford
State lawmakers ended a four-month impasse over the budget by approving steps to close the state’s $3.5 billion deficit and provide nearly $50 million to keep the city of Hartford from collapsing into bankruptcy. The budget would give the city as much as $48 million a year, enough to cover almost all of its deficit.
Vegas killer’s brain to be studied
The brain of Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 concertgoers in Las Vegas earlier this month, will be sent next week to California’s Stanford University Medical Center. It will be examined for clues to possible neurological diseases.
Driver injures protest marchers
A motorist drove his car through marchers at an immigrant rights rally in the city of Brea, causing minor injuries for some demonstrators. The driver was arrested. Marchers urged Republican Rep. Ed Royce to support an existing temporary immigration program for citizens of several Central American countries.
Roadblock for independence
Catalonia’s separatist leader, Carles Puigdemont, said that he would place a decision on independence from Spain before the region’s parliament. The move virtually ensures that the central government will take control of the region with emergency constitutional powers.
Tillerson sees no future for Assad
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Geneva that Washington sees no future for President Bashar Assad in Syria’s government, insisting that “the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end.” Tillerson spoke after what he called a “fruitful” discussion with United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura.
Assault on Kurdish area begins
Iraqi forces backed by Iranian-allied militias began an assault to reclaim more Kurdish-held territory, advancing toward a crossing in the border region that provides the only access for U.S. military operations in northern Syria.