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News Wrap: Deadly bomb explodes at bus station in Nigerian capital’s worst terror attack

April 14, 2014 at 6:02 PM EDT
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GWEN IFILL: Wall Street got the week off to a good start, as stocks recovered ground lost in last week’s sell-off.  The Dow Jones industrial average gained 146 points to close at 16,173. The Nasdaq rose almost 23 points to close at 4,022. And the S&P 500 added nearly 15 to finish at 1,830.

A powerful bomb ripped through a bus station in Nigeria today, killing 71 people and wounding 124. The blast in Abuja was the worst terrorist attack ever in the nation’s — in the African nation’s capital. It destroyed dozens of buses and cars, and left charred, mangled metal amid the blood stains.

President Goodluck Jonathan visited the scene and blamed Boko Haram, the Islamist group that’s killed thousands in Nigeria’s Northeast.

A wildfire burned for a third day in Valparaiso, Chile, as the military moved to evacuate 700 more families. The fire, which erupted Saturday, has killed 13 people, forced thousands to flee and destroyed 2,000 homes. Firefighters worked through the night to contain flames being whipped by Pacific Ocean winds.

Today, air and ground crews tried to keep the blaze from consuming even more homes.

JAQUELIN BRAVO, Valparaiso Resident (through interpreter): It is very hard to be in a place where you grew up, played, ran, and had a good time, and shared with so many people, and today no one has anything. To be burned like this, in ruins, it’s as if a war has happened.

GWEN IFILL: The Chilean forestry agency warned it could take another 20 days to extinguish the fire.

Syria has now shipped out about two-thirds of the raw materials for chemical weapons that it admits to having. But the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said today Damascus still has a long way to go to meet a June 30 deadline. A U.N. agreement mandates that Syria’s entire chemical stockpile be destroyed by that date.

Exposes on government surveillance won Pulitzer Prizes today for The Washington Post and The Guardian in the public service category. Their stories were based on leaks by Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency worker. The Boston Globe won for breaking news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing. New York Times images of the Boston victim’s recovery took the feature photography prize. The Times also won for breaking news photos of the mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya. In the arts, Donna Tartt won the fiction prize for her novel “The Goldfinch.”

We will have more on the continuing debate over those surveillance stories later in the program.

Also ahead on the NewsHour: the widening unrest in Eastern Ukraine; a look at the deadly shootings near Kansas City; Myanmar tries to move on after years of rebellion; plus, the robot taking the search for the missing jetliner 15,000 feet under the sea.