News Wrap: At Least 11 Dead in Violent Cairo Clashes
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Violent clashes erupted in Cairo, Egypt, today, three weeks ahead of a presidential election. At least 11 people died, and nearly 50 others were wounded.
Apparent supporters of the ruling military attacked a group of largely Islamist anti-government protesters camped outside the defense ministry. Each side hurled firebombs and rocks.
The man whose memos justified harsh treatment of U.S. terror suspects has won a key court battle. A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled today that John Yoo has immunity against lawsuits by detainees. Yoo wrote legal opinions for the Bush Justice Department authorizing water-boarding, among other tactics. The court today dismissed a lawsuit by Jose Padilla, who claimed he was illegally tortured.
Republican Newt Gingrich is formally ending his bid for the White House. He announced today he will suspend his campaign, after winning just two states, South Carolina and Georgia. Gingrich spoke in Arlington, Va. this afternoon. He didn’t endorse Mitt Romney, the party’s presumptive nominee, but he did say this.
NEWT GINGRICH (R): I’m asked sometimes, is Mitt Romney conservative enough? And my answer is simple. Compared to Barack Obama?
You know, this is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical leftist president in American history.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Gingrich is left with a campaign debt of $4.5 million.
There was troubling news on the U.S. economy today. The payroll processor ADP reported hiring was down sharply from March. The disappointing data led to a mixed day on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 11 points to close at 13,268. The Nasdaq rose nine points to close above 3,059.
Prosecutors in Florida have charged 13 students at Florida A&M University in the hazing death of a school band member. Drum major Robert Champion was found unconscious last November on a chartered bus outside an Orlando hotel. The medical examiner said he’d been beaten and gone into shock. Eleven students will be charged with felony hazing, and each could get six years in prison. Two others face misdemeanor charges.
One of the world’s most recognizable paintings, “The Scream,” will be auctioned tonight at Sotheby’s in New York. It’s expected to fetch $80 million or more. The Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch created the iconic image in 1895. It has since become a popular symbol of anxiety. Munch painted four versions of “The Scream.” The others are in museums.
Those are some of the day’s major stories.