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News Wrap: Egypt Extends State of Emergency as Pro-Morsi Crackdowns Continue

September 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT
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GWEN IFILL: The interim president of Egypt formally extended a national state of emergency today for another two months. The country’s prime minister first previewed the move last night on the NewsHour. The state of emergency has allowed security forces to conduct a crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

It turns out the U.S. National Security Agency routinely passes raw surveillance data to Israel containing details about American citizens. London’s Guardian newspaper reported that today, based on still more documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The story said a 2009 agreement with Israel calls for safeguarding privacy rights, but there is no legally binding enforcement mechanism.

Severe flooding in Colorado killed at least three people early today. Heavy rain sent torrents blasting down mountainsides where recent wildfires had laid the ground bare. The downpour began overnight, dumping as much as six inches of rain in Boulder County alone over a 12-hour time span and triggering emergencies. Entire roads were washed out, cutting off mountain towns, and rescuers worked to free people trapped in cars.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said it’s dangerous work.

JOE PELLE, Boulder County, Colo. sheriff: This is not your ordinary day. It’s not your ordinary disaster. And all the preparation in the world, all the want-to in the world can’t put people up those canyons while those walls of water and debris are coming down.

GWEN IFILL: Also today, fire officials in Northern California reported damage is worse than first believed in a wildfire about 150 miles north of Sacramento; 68 homes have been destroyed, with one person killed. That fire is now 65 percent contained.

Another major fire erupted today in a New Jersey town that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last year. Flames blazed across several blocks of the boardwalk in Seaside Park, after spreading from an ice cream store. Police said tar roofs and high winds fanned the fire and sent heavy smoke billowing down the beach.

Foreclosures across the U.S. were down substantially in August. The listing firm RealtyTrac says only 56,000 homes went into foreclosure. That’s the smallest number in nearly eight years. But the company said, the risk of foreclosure remains high in Florida, Nevada and Ohio.

Supporters of raising hourly pay to what they call a living wage encountered a setback today in Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed a bill that would have forced large retailers to pay employees at least $12.50 an hour. He called it a job killer. The bill centered on Wal-Mart and its plans to build new retail stores in the nation’s capital.

In business news, Twitter has confirmed it’s going public. The company announced it today in a tweet. It gave no details.

And on Wall Street, stocks gave a little ground. The Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 26 points to close at 15,300. The Nasdaq fell nine points to close below 3,716.

The Voyager 1 spacecraft is now officially going where no manmade object has gone before. NASA announced today that Voyager has traveled beyond the sun’s influence 36 years after its launch. As seen in this animation, the spacecraft actually made its exit in August of 2012, but scientists needed until now to confirm that it’s sailed into interstellar space.