Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. U.S. Destroyer Sails Through Disputed Waters Claimed by China
A U.S. destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands built by China in disputed waters in the South China Sea on Tuesday in an open challenge to Beijing's territorial claims. The ship did not encounter any resistance, but was trailed by Chinese ships and sparked an angry response from Beijing. Read more in NEWS.
2. White House, Congress Reach Tentative Budget Deal
Congressional leaders and the White House have reached a tentative budget deal that would set government funding levels for the next two years and extend the nation's debt limit through 2017, avoiding routine talks of a government shutdown. Read more in NEWS.
3. U.S. Reacts to Report on Links Between Meat and Cancer
After the International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that research shows that processed meats cause cancer — and that red meat probably does, too — reaction wasn't quiet. The meat industry pushed back, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) rejoiced and carnivores were left wondering whether to cut out meat altogether. Read more in HEALTH.
4. Video Shows Cop Body Slamming High School Girl
A cell phone video shot inside a South Carolina high school Monday appears to show a police officer body slamming a female student and dragging her across a classroom. "There is no justification whatsoever for treating a child like this," said the ACLU. The deputy in the video, identified as Ben Fields, has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation. Read more in NEWS.
5. Family of OSU Parade Crash Suspect in Shock
Bond was set at $1 million for Adacia Chambers, the woman accused of crashing into the sidelines of OSU's homecoming parade, killing four and injuring dozens. She is being held on four counts of second-degree murder and a count of driving under the influence. Chambers' father said before her arraignment that she might have mental problems, but he doesn't think she drove into the crowd intentionally. Read more in NEWS.
6. George W. Bush Defends Brother's Ailing Campaign
President George W. Bush expressed confidence in his younger brother's drive to win his White House bid, saying Jeb Bush is a "fierce competitor." Jeb Bush's campaign has seen sinking poll numbers and campaign funding cuts in recent weeks. Read more in POLITICS.
7. American Grandfather Dies After Jerusalem Bus Attack
Richard Lakin, 76, an American grandfather of eight and former school principal, died Tuesday after being shot and stabbed in a Jerusalem bus attack on Oct. 13. He moved his family to Israel after his career as a principal at a Connecticut elementary school from 1969 to 1984. Read more in NEWS.
Nightly Spotlight: Iconic Ship May Be Days From Scrap Pile
In its heyday the SS United States was the fastest of passenger ships and entertained presidents and royalty alike — now it's just days away from the junkyard, if help isn't on the way.