News Wrap: On Tanzania Trip, Obama Shares Hope to Shift U.S. Approach to Africa
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HARI SREENIVASAN: President Obama began the final leg of his three-country African tour in Tanzania today. It was the president’s first visit to the East African nation. He was welcomed to Dar es Salaam by crowds waving American flags. Mr. Obama said he wants to change the U.S. approach to Africa to make it a relationship based not just on aid, but on trade and partnership.
Nearly 300 local and national police have been killed in Afghanistan in one month alone. That’s according to new figures released today by the Afghan Interior Ministry. At least 618 police officers were wounded. Police forces have assumed more responsibility in securing the country as NATO-led troops hand over responsibility for combat operations.
In Texas today, the state legislature came back for another special session to finish up on a wide-ranging bill to restrict abortions. Last week, the legislation ran into a 12-hour filibuster by Democrat Wendy Davis, but Republican Gov. Rick Perry called a new session this week solely to vote on the bill. Lawmakers referred the bill to committees for public hearings, and then promptly recessed for the week. The Republican-controlled legislature has vowed to pass it quickly this time.
The Tribune Company boosted its television business with a deal to buy 19 local TV stations. The $2.7 billion deal with local TV holdings will make Tribune one of the nation’s largest commercial TV station owners. Tribune is trying to sell its newspapers to focus on broadcasting. This deal comes less than a month after another media company, Gannett, agreed to buy the Belo Corporation, nearly doubling its TV holdings.
Stocks managed modest gains on Wall Street today, due in part to upbeat reports on manufacturing and construction spending. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 65 points to close at nearly 14974. The Nasdaq rose 31 points to close at 3434.
Those are some of the day’s major stories — now back to Judy.