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News Wrap: State Department Weighs in on Korean Naval Dispute

May 26, 2010 at 12:00 AM EST
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JUDY WOODRUFF: Still to come on the “NewsHour”: more troops on the U.S.-Mexico border; the hunt for a Jamaican drug lord; new privacy tools on Facebook; and a photographer captures images of the oil spill — but, first, the other news of the day.

Here’s Hari Sreenivasan in our newsroom.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Wall Street had a late sell-off after a new slide in the euro. The Dow Jones industrial average finished below 10000 for the first time in nearly four months. It lost 69 points for the day to close at 9974. The Nasdaq fell 15 points to close below 2196.

In Seoul, South Korea, Secretary Clinton called for a global response to the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on North Korea. Clinton met with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. She said the U.S. fully supports his move to stop all trade with the North.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, U.S. secretary of state: The international, independent investigation was objective, the evidence overwhelming, the conclusion inescapable. This was an unacceptable provocation by North Korea. And the international community has a responsibility and a duty to respond.

HARI SREENIVASAN: North Korea denies it torpedoed the warship. Yesterday, it cut all ties with the South. And, today, a top North Korean general warned his country would answer any provocations with all-out war.

The space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth today for the last time. The touchdown ended a 25-year career with a perfect landing on Runway 33 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The final trip was a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. Only two more shuttle missions are scheduled, by Endeavour and Discovery, before the program ends.

Longtime TV variety host Art Linkletter died today. His family said he passed away at his home in Los Angeles. Linkletter hosted the daytime show “House Party” from 1952 to 1969. It was known for his interviews with children, later collected into the bestselling book “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

Art Linkletter was 97 years old.

Those are some of the day’s major stories — now back to Judy.