News Wrap: 9 Americans killed in brutal Mexican ambush


In the days other news: Three American women
and six of their children have been brutally
killed in an ambush in Northern Mexico.
They were members of a breakaway group from
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
The attack took place Monday on a dirt road
between Chihuahua and Sonora states, about
75 miles south of the U.S. border.
Amateur video showed one of their burned vehicles.
Mexican officials are investigating the possibility
that this was a case of mistaken identity,
given the number of violent confrontations
among warring drug gangs in that area.
President Trump spoke to the Mexican president
by phone today and offered unspecified U.S.
help to ensure the perpetrators face justice.
Gubernatorial and legislative elections are
taking place in four states today, and they’re
seen by many as a bellwether for 2020.
In Kentucky, Republican Governor Matt Bevin
will try to hold off Democratic Attorney General
®MDNM¯Andy Beshear.
Mississippi’s gubernatorial race pits Republican
Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves against Democratic
Attorney General Jim Hood.
And, in Virginia, Republican control of the
state legislature is up for grabs, while Democrats
in New Jersey’s state legislature are looking
to keep their supermajorities.
Iran announced plans today to violate yet
another aspect of the 2015 nuclear pact.
President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran will
start injecting uranium gas into more than
1,000 centrifuges at its Fordow nuclear facility.
That move would make Fordow an active atomic
site, rather than the research facility Iran
agreed it would be as part of the accord with
world powers.
HASSAN ROUHANI, Iranian President (through
translator): We are aware of their sensitiveness
towards the Fordow facility and those centrifuges.
At the same time, we cannot tolerate unilateral
fulfillment of our commitments and no commitment
from their side.
WILLIAM BRANGHAM: President Rouhani said the
action is reversible if Europe offers relief
from U.S. sanctions.
The U.S. withdrew from the nuclear pact last
year.
Today’s announcement came a day after Iran
said it’s running twice as many advanced centrifuges
as before.
That machinery is key to enriching nuclear
material.
Yemen’s government and separatist forces signed
a power-sharing deal today to halt months
of infighting in the country’s war-torn south.
Leaders from the pro-government coalition
and the separatist Southern Transitional Council
signed the Saudi-brokered pact during a ceremony
in Riyadh.
The deal would pave the way for a new cabinet
and allow Yemen’s exiled president to return
to his country.
In Southern Iraq today, security forces shot
and killed three anti-government demonstrators.
At least 13 people have died in protest-related
violence across the country since yesterday.
In Baghdad today, protesters massed on a bridge
to block access to key government buildings.
They occupied streets and set up barricades,
but stressed it was security forces inciting
the violence.
MAN (through translator): They are pushing
demonstrators toward violence.
The protests are peaceful.
They killed protesters last night, offended
people and pushed them toward violence.
Until the last second, our revolution is peaceful,
not aimed at violence.
Violence generates a violent reaction.
WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Iraqi security forces have
killed more than 260 anti-government protesters
since October 1.
Back in this country, a Colorado man is in
federal custody for his role in a bomb plot
that targeted a synagogue south of Denver.
Undercover FBI agents who arrested him Friday
said he espoused anti-Semitic and white supremacist
beliefs.
He appeared in federal court yesterday and
was charged with domestic terrorism.
He could face up to 20 years in prison.
We will get an inside look at the white nationalist
movement later in the program.
Jury selection began today in the criminal
trial of President Trump’s longtime confidant
Roger Stone.
He arrived at the Washington court this morning
to face charges stemming from former special
counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into
Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Stone is accused of lying to Congress, witness
tampering and obstruction of justice.
He pled not guilty to those charges in January.
If convicted on all counts, he could face
up to 20 years in prison.
Stocks finished relatively flat on Wall Street
today.
The Dow Jones industrial average gained 30
points to a new record closing high of 27492.
The Nasdaq rose a point, and the S&P 500 slipped
three.
And a passing to note.
Acclaimed novelist Ernest J. Gaines died today.
Born in segregated Louisiana, his work largely
captured black struggle and perseverance in
the pre-civil rights era South.
Gaines received the MacArthur genius grant
for his 1993 novel “A Lesson Before Dying.”
He also penned “The Autobiography of Miss
Jane Pittman” and “A Gathering of Old Men.”
Ernest Gaines was 86 years old.

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