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News Wrap: Kenyan Troops May Have Caused Nairobi Mall Collapse During Siege

September 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT


JUDY WOODRUFF: In other news: A United Nations-sponsored scientific group issued its strongest warnings yet on global warming. The scientists found it’s extremely likely, 95 percent certain, that human activity is the main cause of rising temperatures. They also predicted even greater increases in the years ahead. We will have more on this right after the news summary.

The death toll from an earthquake in southwestern Pakistan reached 515 today. A top official in Baluchistan province reported the new toll as he toured the region where the quake struck on Tuesday. Meanwhile, some survivors began trying to rebuild their homes, while others rummaged through the rubble to find belongings. There were also more funerals, as families buried their dead.

President Obama and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone today on Iran’s nuclear program. It was the first such contact since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.

Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council moved tonight to adopt a resolution on disposing of Syria’s chemical weapons. More on all of this later in the program.

In Kenya, new revelations emerged in the siege of a Nairobi shopping mall where at least 67 people died. A top government official conceded troops may have caused part of the mall to collapse when they fired rocket-propelled grenades. Three floors of the building fell in.

Meanwhile, the interior minister said investigators are making good progress in their probe of the attack.

JOSEPH OLE LENKU, Kenyan Interior Minister: Police are holding suspects, are holding eight suspects as they seek to unmask the face behind the terror attack. Three others were interrogated and released.

This being terrorism activity, we are operating under the antiterrorism act, which allows for a suspect to be held for longer periods before being arraigned in court.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The Somali-based group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the mall attack.

A United Airlines jetliner made an emergency landing last night in Idaho, after the captain suffered a heart attack. He died later at a hospital. The plane diverted to Boise on a flight from Houston to Seattle after the captain was stricken. He’d been at the controls, but an off-duty pilot helped land the plane. All 161 passengers were safe, and the plane later continued to Seattle.

Top White House officials traveled to Detroit today to offer $100 million dollars in federal aid to the bankrupt city. Another $200 million dollars will come from foundations and Detroit businesses. But that falls far short of the broader bailout some in the city wanted. Detroit remains at least $18 billion dollars in debt.

A state judge in New Jersey ruled today the state must legalize gay marriage as of Oct. 21. Republican Gov. Chris Christie said that he will appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.

Separately, ExxonMobil said that it will extend company benefits to legally married same-sex couples starting next week. The oil giant has 77,000 employees and retirees in the U.S.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 70 points to close at 15,258. The Nasdaq fell nearly six points to close at 3 781. For the week, the Dow lost more than one percent; the Nasdaq rose a fraction of a percent.