September 2014 Current Events: U.S. News
Here are the key events in United States news for the month of September 2014.
Serena Williams and Marin Cilic Win the U.S. Open (Sept. 7-8): Serena Williams beats close friend Caroline Wozniacki, 6–3, 6–3, to win her sixth U.S. Open women's title. The win ties her with tennis legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for 18 Grand Slam titles. The following day, Marin Cilic easily defeats Kei Nishikori in straight sets, 6–3, 6–3, 6–3, to win his first Grand Slam event.
NFL Fumbles Handling of Domestic Violence (Sept. 8): The National Football League (NFL) struggles throughout the month to deal with multiple incidents of domestic violence. TMZ releases video footage from an elevator camera that captured Baltimore Raven Ray Rice punching his fiancée, Janay Palmer, in the face. TMZ's video release renews criticism that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL's initial two game suspension of Rice had been too lenient. Many journalists and political leaders, including U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, call for Goodell to resign. (Sept. 9): During a CBS News interview, Goodell reiterates that no one in the NFL had access to the video prior to Rice's initial suspension. (Sept. 10): The Associated Press publishes a report that a copy of the video had been sent to a league official in April 2014. (Sept. 12): Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is indicted by a Texas grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. Soon after the indictment, TMZ posts photos on their website of Peterson's four-year-old son's legs with slash marks from being whipped by a switch. Mylan Inc. ends their endorsement deal with Peterson. Nike pulls Peterson's jerseys from its stores. After a second abuse claim surfaces involving Peterson and another son, the Vikings announce that Peterson is placed on the Exempt Commissioner's Permission List which requires him to stay away from all Vikings activities. (Sept. 17): Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is arrested over two aggravated assault incidents. According to the police, the two incidents involve a 27-year-old woman and their 18-month old son. The Cardinals act quickly, deactivating Dwyer the same day he is arrested. Meanwhile San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald continues to play for the 49ers after his arrest for domestic violence. (Sept. 19): Goodell holds a press conference to apologize for the way he and the league has handled the domestic violence incidents.
White House Security Breach Causes Secret Service Fallout (Sept. 19): After the first family has left the main residence, Omar Jose Gonzalez jumps the fence and runs across the North Lawn of the White House, carrying a knife. Gonzalez enters the main residence where he is apprehended by an officer. Police find more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car. It is revealed later that when Gonzalez had been arrested by Virginia police in July 2014, he had several weapons and a White House map in his possession. In the days following the breach, a House committee holds a hearing to examine how the U.S. Secret Service failed to prevent the intrusion.
U.S Attorney General Eric Holder Resigns (Sept. 25): After six years as the nation's first African American attorney general, Eric Holder is resigning. According to White House officials, Holder will remain in the position until his successor takes his place. He is the fourth-longest serving attorney general in U.S. history.