News Wrap: Suspect in custody, Des Moines authorities seek motive in police killings
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HARI SREENIVASAN: In the day’s other news, investigators around Des Moines, Iowa, are looking for a motive in the ambush killings of two policemen early today.
The 46-year-old suspect, Scott Michael Greene, was arrested hours later. Authorities say both officers were sitting in their police cars when they were shot to death. The killings happened less than two miles apart.
SGT. PAUL PARIZEK, Des Moines Police Department: What we can tell by looking at the scene is that it doesn’t appear that either officer had an opportunity to interact with the suspect. It doesn’t look like there was an exchange of conversation. It doesn’t look like there was an opportunity — there definitely wasn’t an opportunity for these officers to defend themselves and respond to the attack.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Police say they believe the gunman acted alone.
JUDY WOODRUFF: South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma faced increasing public pressure to step down today. A state watchdog report found signs of corruption at top levels of the government. The report came out after Zuma abandoned efforts to block it. He also faced thousands of protesters in the streets of Pretoria demanding he resign. They pointed to a series of scandals, including spending millions in state funds on Zuma’s rural home.
FANA MOKOENA, Economic Freedom Fighters: He is under siege now even from his own quarters. The ANC is speaking out loud against him. And society, I think, has come to realize that we have come to the end of the road for him.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The corruption report also calls for a judicial inquiry into new allegations that Zuma engaged in influence-peddling.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Back in this country, the Federal Reserve finished its latest meeting with no change in short-term interest rates. Instead, policy-makers said they want to see further gains in the job market and economic activity. They hinted a rate hike could come at their next meeting in December.
JUDY WOODRUFF: On Wall Street today, election jitters and a drop in oil prices sent stocks lower again. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 77 points to close at 17959. The Nasdaq fell 48, and the S&P 500 gave up 13.
HARI SREENIVASAN: It’s do-or-die tonight for the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the World Series. Fans in both cities are hoping their teams put an end to decades of waiting. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908, and the Indians last claimed a title in 1948.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And there’s a new king in the World Series of Poker. Qui Nguyen won the tournament’s main event early today in Las Vegas, after nine hours and 364 hands. He’s a native of Vietnam, who’s applied for U.S. citizenship. He says he plans to donate a portion of his $8 million in winnings to poor families in Vietnam and to the Wounded Warrior Project.