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News Wrap: Tropical storm Karen closes in on the Gulf coast

October 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT

JUDY WOODRUFF: In other news, the government shutdown delayed economic talks with the European Union. The U.S. trade representative had planned to go to Brussels next week for negotiations on a landmark trade deal.

And on Wall Street, stocks made up some of yesterday’s lost ground. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 76 points to close at 15,072. The Nasdaq rose 33 points to close at 38,07. For the week, the Dow lost 1 percent; the Nasdaq rose 0.7 percent.

Tropical Storm Karen churned closer to the Gulf Coast today. By this evening, it was roughly 200 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River and aiming for landfall somewhere between Grand Isle, La., and Destin, Fla. The storm could become a hurricane by the time it strikes shore some time tomorrow.

More details have emerged on the Connecticut woman who led police on a car chase through downtown Washington yesterday. Miriam Carey first tried to drive through a White House security barrier. From there, she raced to the Capitol, where police briefly cornered her, before she sped off again. She was shot to death moments later. Today, investigators said Carey was delusional, and believed the president was communicating with her. Her mother said she’d suffered from postpartum depression.

Police in Stamford, Conn., where Carey lived, searched her condo overnight.

JONATHAN FONTNEAU, Stamford, Conn. police chief: We didn’t deem to be there any danger, but we certainly took all precautionary to make sure of that. So, with that being said, we tested the air, we tested different products, we deconned ourselves coming in and coming out. We secured it with our robot, and then we went in and secured some evidence.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Carey’s 1-year-old daughter was in the car with her during the chase and shooting. She was unhurt and is now in protective custody.

An Ohio man pleaded guilty today to trying to smash his jeep into a Secret Service outpost at the White House in June. Joseph Reel rigged the vehicle and aimed it toward a guard booth. He said he hoped to use the commotion to spray-paint an anti-government slogan on the White House. No one was hurt, and Reel was quickly arrested. He faces 35 months in prison.

In Egypt, five people died today as security forces confronted thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Witnesses said riot police fired tear gas and live rounds. The skirmishes broke out during marches in several cities, including Cairo and Alexandria. Demonstrators demanded an end to the military-backed government.

Riots erupted in Kenya hours after gunmen shot and killed a Muslim cleric and three others. The deaths sent youths into the streets of Mombasa, burning tires and chanting slogans. They accused police of carrying out the shootings as retaliation for the siege at a Nairobi shopping mall that killed 67 people. A Somali Islamist group has claimed responsibility for the mall attack.

The communist general who successfully battled French forces and the U.S. in Vietnam has died. Vo Nguyen Giap was the last of Vietnam’s old guard revolutionaries. In 1954, at Dien Bien Phu, Giap effectively ended more than 70 years of French colonial rule. He went on to fight American forces, and ultimately conquered South Vietnam after the U.S. withdrew. More than a million of his own troops died in the process. Vo Nguyen Giap was 102 years old.