Daily Digest: Investigations and questions

Hello, and good Tuesday morning. The attack in St. Cloud and the bombings in the New York City area are still leading the news. Here’s a look at the Digest.

1. St. Cloud Police say they haven’t uncovered evidence that links Saturday’s stabbing at the Crossroads Center Mall to the so-called Islamic State. They confirmed that the attacker was Dahir Ahmed Adan, 20, who worked as a security guard. President Obama also said the St. Cloud attack was not related to the bombs found in New York and New Jersey. (St. Cloud Times)

2. People who knew the stabbing suspect Dahir Adan say he was a good student and a quiet person. His social media posts were about sports, music and movies. He was not a regular at the Mosque. They’re struggling to reconcile what happened with the person they knew. (MinnPost)

3. DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and Republican challenger Stewart Mills met for their first and possibly only debate of the campaign in Duluth on Monday. It focused on economic issues and the middle class. The two are running in northeastern Minnesota’s 8th District in a rematch of their campaign two years ago. The debate featured a few contentious exchanges and some serious discussion of the issues. MPR News will broadcast it at noon today. (MPR News)

4. Police in New Jersey arrested a suspect in Saturday’s bombings after they say he shot at two officers and was shot himself.  Ahmad Khan Rahami was born in Afghanistan and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Authorities were still investigating possible terrorist ties Monday, but by Tuesday morning were calling the bombs a terrorist act. Friends described Rahami as someone who liked to soup up and race Honda Civics,  but they said he had changed in recent years. (New York Times)

5. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had different reactions to the bombings. From this story: Trump on Monday morning called on law enforcement to embrace increased racial and religious profiling as they sought out terrorism suspects, while Clinton said it’s “crucial that we continue to build up trust between law enforcement and Muslim-American communities.”(NPR)