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Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
September 26, 2013 1:29:21 PM PDT
So last week the new Pope says the church should back off talking about and poo-poohing gays and contraception and abortion and women not playing important roles in Catholicism.

Now, the new President of Iran comes out against nuclear weapons as a "crime against humanity," and urges other countries, including Israel, to sign the non-proliferation pact.

Are we reading Alice in Wonderland?

Who says people can't change? Funny what pressure from the flock will do, in the Pope's case. And funny what an economic embargo will do, in the case of Iran.

But I'm trying to be a positive, optimistic sort, and so I say welcome these proffers as legitimate and honest changes of position. Can't we all get along? Maybe we can.

Before a high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament, President Rouhani took the stage again at the UNGA to lay out a road map for nuclear disarmament, declaring "any use of nuclear weapons is a violation of the UN charter and a crime against humanity."

Rouhani today called for a total destruction of nuclear weapons. Hard to imagine Israel would go along, given its vulnerable position in the region. But, what if???? Imagine all the people...

Just sayin'.

We'll have the latest from the U.N. General Assembly, which is where Rouhani made his comments, tonight at 11.

And while we're talking foreign policy, the U.N. may be close to a deal to rid Syria of chemical weapons. Stay tuned. And how good was it that we didn't bomb Syria? Consider this link from the New York Times.

Turns out, the Syrian rebels are now being overrun by outside jihadists controlled by, drum roll please, Al Qaeda. Charming.

Also at 11, we're in Putnam County, where cops are looking for the man wanted for that deadly workplace shooting on Long Island yesterday. They found his car today in Cold Spring, which sparked a school lockdown in several communities. Is he in the woods? We'll have the latest.

And we're following the commuting mess that's affecting more than 125,000 daily riders of Metro North. The power outage will take weeks to fix, and that's making the commute into and out of New York City longer and more crowded.

And if you're thinking of jumping on the juicing bandwagon, our Dr. Sapna Parikh tonight has some good advice about juicing - things you should know before you take the plunge.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports, including the Yankees long-shot wild-card bid for the playoffs. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

And one behind-the-news item: A big happy birthday to our marathon-running 11 p.m. producer Jason Holder, wise beyond his years, and as nice a guy as you'll meet.

BILL RITTER

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