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News Wrap: 200 Arrested in Iran Protests Crackdown

December 8, 2009 at 12:00 AM EDT
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In other news, more than 200 people in Iran have been arrested in a broad crackdown against opposition protesters, and a death row inmate in Ohio was executed using a method never before used on a human.
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Thanks, Judy.

Pro-government militiamen in Iran attacked anti-government protesters for a second day. They threw rocks and tear gas at several thousand university students in Tehran. More than 200 people were arrested after mass protests on Monday in the capital city and across the country. Today, Iran’s top prosecutor demanded even tougher action to crack down on protests.

Officials in India plan to charge a Chicago man with helping to plan the terror attacks in Mumbai last year. They said today they’re building the case for an indictment of David Coleman Headley. He’s already facing unrelated charges in the U.S. It’s alleged Headley scouted out the hotels and a Jewish center that were targeted in Mumbai. One hundred and sixty-six people were killed in that siege.

The first lethal injection in the United States to use a single drug was carried out in Ohio today. Kenneth Biros, 51, was executed this morning. He was convicted of murdering a woman in 1991, and scattering her body parts in Ohio and Pennsylvania. State officials said the one-drug method would be a less painful than the three-drug combination used in previous executions.

The U.S. Senate has turned back an effort to impose stiffer restrictions on abortion funding in the health care bill. The language was similar to a provision already included in the House version of the bill. For now, the Senate measure allows insurance plans to cover abortions, but not with federal funds.

This decade could turn out to be the warmest going back to 1850. That word came today from the head of the U.N. weather agency. He made those remarks at the conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark.

MICHEL JARRAUD, secretary-general, World Meteorological Organization: The decade 2000-2009 is very likely to be the warmest on record. So, in other words, this decade is going to be warmer than the 1990s, which itself were warmer than the 1980s, and so on. So, it is likely to be the warmest on — on record.

HARI SREENIVASAN: The U.N. agency said, only the U.S. and Canada have been having cooler conditions than average.

An early blizzard has moved into the U.S. Midwest, in the region’s first major storm of the season. The storm blasted Western states a day earlier. By today, at least a foot of snow was expected to blanket parts of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The arctic blasts brought winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour. Forecasters also warned, flights could be delayed or canceled from Chicago to Denver.

Hundreds of police officers turned out in Tacoma, Washington, today for a memorial service honoring four of their fallen. They were shot and killed last month at a coffee shop. Later, police in Seattle killed the suspected gunman.

Today, a procession of hundreds of police cars moved from an Air Force base down streets lined by somber crowds. The memorial service was held in the Tacoma Dome.

The U.S. government will pay American Indian tribes $3.4 billion to settle a suit over royalties. The deal ends a 13-year lawsuit brought by the tribes. They claimed the Interior Department cheated them out of billions of dollars in oil, gas and timber revenue dating back to 1887. The proposed settlement must be approved by Congress and a federal judge.

Wall Street had a down day over a new case of jitters about the global economy. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 104 points, to close just below 10286. The Nasdaq fell 16 points, to close a fraction under 2173.

Those are some of the day’s main stories. I will be back at the end of the broadcast with a look at what you will find on the new “PBS NewsHour” Web site.

But, for now, back to Jim.