News Wrap: Another tropical system hits the northern Bahamas


JUDY WOODRUFF: A new tropical weather system
has hit the Northern Bahamas tonight. Forecasts call for up to four inches of rain
and winds of 30 miles an hour, complicating relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. Many are living in tents or under tarps in
badly damaged homes on Abaco and Grand Bahama, where Dorian wiped out whole communities. The new system could grow into a tropical
storm and hit Florida on Saturday. Much of Southeastern South Dakota struggled
today with widespread flooding after two days of downpours. Streets were submerged in several cities,
after some got more than seven inches of rain. Parts of Madison were under three feet of
water. The flooding also closed schools in at least
20 districts for a second day. Actress Felicity Huffman now faces 14 days
in federal prison in a college admissions scam. A federal judge in Boston sentenced her today,
and added a fine of $30,000. The former “Desperate Housewives” star admitted
paying to rig her daughter’s SAT scores. We will return to this story later in the
program. California’s largest utility company agreed
today to pay $11 billion to settle insurance claims from deadly wildfires in 2017 and 2018. Pacific Gas and Electric said today that it
has a tentative deal covering 85 percent of the claims in the Northern California fires. A federal bankruptcy court will have to approve
the deal. In France, commuter rail workers went on strike
in droves across Paris today over pension reform proposals. Paris streets were clogged with traffic jams
after 10 of 16 subway lines shut down at morning rush hour. Strikers condemned the pension changes and
complained that they will have to work longer before retiring. CECILE GERBAU, Paris Metro Employee (through
translator): They can’t take away our social benefits. I have been working for almost 25 years for
this company. I don’t want to work until I’m 70, getting
up at 4:00 in the morning. It’s very hard. So, today, we speak for all Paris metro network
workers. JUDY WOODRUFF: President Emmanuel Macron wants
to combine 42 public pension systems into one, and says the result will be greater fairness
for new retirees. A federal appeals court in New York has revived
a lawsuit involving President Trump’s hotels and businesses. The suit alleges that he is violating a constitutional
ban on accepting payments from foreign governments, when foreign officials patronize his properties. A lower court initially found that the plaintiffs
had no legal standing to sue. China made a new move today toward easing
trade tensions with the United States. Beijing announced that it will exempt American
pork and soybeans from tariff — from import tariffs — addition tariffs, that is. President Trump had already postponed a planned
U.S. tariff hike on Chinese goods. The two countries plan new talks next month. On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial
average gained 37 points to close at 27219. The Nasdaq fell 17 points, and the S&P 500
lost two. And two passings of note. Civil rights figure Juanita Abernathy has
died in Atlanta, after suffering a stroke. She joined her husband, the Reverend Ralph
Abernathy, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the front lines of the movement. Behind the scenes, she wrote the plan for
the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Juanita Abernathy was 88 years old. And rock singer and songwriter Eddie Money
died today in Los Angeles of cancer of the esophagus. He had a string of hits in the 1970s and ’80s,
including “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight.” Eddie Money was 70 years old.




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