News on the go: Sept. 11

Carrie Blazina

After Syria agreed Tuesday to Russia’s proposal to give up its chemical weapons and put them under international control, President Barack Obama gave a televised address Tuesday evening. He said prior to the speech he hoped for a diplomatic solution but said the military option is still worth backing. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Congressional panel if the diplomatic option has a hope of succeeding, the threat of military action has to continue.

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New York City residents voted Tuesday in primaries for mayor, comptroller and other high offices. Two former politicians brought down by sex scandals, Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner, were running for comptroller and mayor, respectively. Polls showed a tight race for comptroller between Spitzer and his main opponent, Scott Stringer, but mayoral polls showed Weiner was in fourth place entering the primaries. Polls closed Tuesday evening, but no early results were available.

The two prison guards who had been assigned to monitor the prison unit housing Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, who died in a suicide last week, were placed on leave pending investigations into Castro’s deaths. The two guards both joined the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in 2007, and neither had ever been disciplined. Castro, who was convicted of imprisoning three women in his home and repeatedly raping and beating them, was in a protective custody unit in which he was supposed to be checked every 30 minutes.

A Court of Appeals judge Tuesday ruled Google had overstepped its bounds by listening to radio communication from inside people’s homes while photographing neighborhoods for its “Street View” maps. The search engine had enabled its camera-carrying cars to collect emails and Internet passwords over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. Google said Tuesday it was disappointed in the ruling, which will allow a lawsuit against them to proceed now that the judge ruled in the plaintiffs’ favor.

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