News Wrap: Aftershock rattles Ecuador earthquake survivors
JUDY WOODRUFF: Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.
HARI SREENIVASAN: And I'm Hari Sreenivasan.
JUDY WOODRUFF: On the "NewsHour" tonight: the road ahead after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's big wins in the New York primaries. Are the party nominations further out of reach for the rest of the candidates?
HARI SREENIVASAN: Also ahead this Thursday: a makeover for American money. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew talks about putting women on U.S. currency for the first time in over 100 years.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And how community leaders in Memphis, Tennessee, are working to break the cycle of childhood trauma which can lead to serious health consequences in adults.
ALICIA NORMAN, Principal, Perea Preschool: They are out of control, 3- and 4-year-olds. And it breaks my heart to see that a child has been broken so early in life.
HARI SREENIVASAN: All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."
HARI SREENIVASAN: In the day's other news: The strongest aftershock yet rattled earthquake survivors in Ecuador, as the confirmed death toll reached 553. The latest tremor struck some 15 miles offshore, before dawn, but there were no reports of new damage.
Meanwhile, aid continued to pour into the ravaged country. The Peruvian military also joined in to help transfer victims from the quake zones to hospitals.
JUDY WOODRUFF: There's evidence today of an apparent migrant disaster at sea in the Mediterranean. The U.N. Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration say survivors report up to 500 people drowned off Libya last week.
In Geneva today, U.N. officials said smugglers tried to put too many people into a crowded ship bound for Italy.
WILLIAM SPINDLER, UNHCR Spokesman: We understand that about 100 to 200 people left Tobruk in Libya on the way to Italy. And they were being transferred by the smugglers who were in command of their boat to a larger vessel that was already carrying hundreds of people. And while they were doing this in the middle of the sea at night, the bigger vessel went down.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The flow of migrants from Africa to Italy is increasing as the weather warms. But Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said today the European Union's deal with Turkey has sharply reduced the flow to his country.
HARI SREENIVASAN: In Afghanistan, the death toll from a Taliban attack in Kabul more than doubled overnight to 64. A suicide bomber and gunmen assaulted a government security agency yesterday nearby the presidential palace. Officials now say most of the victims were civilians, including women and children.
JUDY WOODRUFF: President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today, hoping to reassure a skeptical ally. Tensions were evident as the president arrived, and was greeted by the local governor and not King Salman. The two leaders did meet later, and offered smiles and gracious words. The Saudis have opposed the president's outreach to Iran and his approach to Syria.
HARI SREENIVASAN: The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a judgment that forces Iran to compensate victims of terror attacks. They include relatives of 241 U.S. Marines killed in a Beirut bombing in 1983. Their families will collect from nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian funds held in the U.S.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The European Union widened its antitrust battle with Google today. E.U. officials accused the tech giant of rigging the mobile applications market to benefit its own products. In Brussels, an E.U. commissioner said Google uses the Android operating system to freeze out competing apps.
MARGRETHE VESTAGER, Antitrust Commission, European Union: As a result of Google's behavior, rival search engines, mobile operating systems and Web browsers have not been able to compete on their merits, but rather been artificially excluded from certain business opportunities.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Google strongly denied the charges.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Back in this country, the tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is now a criminal case. Two state regulators and a city employee were charged and arraigned today, accused of official misconduct, tampering with evidence and other offenses. In Flint, the state attorney general said they manipulated records to make lead levels in the water appear lower.
BILL SCHUETTE, Attorney General, Michigan: They failed. They failed in their responsibilities to protect the health and safety of families of Flint. They failed Michigan families. Indeed, they failed us all, and I don't care where you live.
HARI SREENIVASAN: The attorney general also warned more charges are coming, and he said — quote — "No one is off the table."
JUDY WOODRUFF: Five former police officers in New Orleans pleaded guilty today in deadly shootings during Hurricane Katrina. The case involved the killing of two men and wounding of four others. The officers were convicted in 2011, but the verdict was set aside because of misconduct by prosecutors. This plea deal means that they will serve far less prison time than they originally faced.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Volkswagen will spend just over $1 billion to compensate U.S. customers for emissions cheating. It was widely reported today that V.W. reached an agreement in principle with federal regulators. The deal involves diesel vehicles. It's to be presented to a federal judge in San Francisco tomorrow.
JUDY WOODRUFF: On Wall Street today, a rally fizzled and stocks finished with only modest gains. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 42 points to close at 18096. The Nasdaq rose more than seven, and the S&P 500 rose one point.
HARI SREENIVASAN: And, in South Carolina, a state lawmaker has come up with a tongue-in-cheek bill on Viagra to highlight her opposition to curbs on abortion. Representative Mia McLeod says men should have to wait 24 hours before buying Viagra for a sexual encounter. She'd also require counseling on the benefits of remaining celibate.
Still to come on the "NewsHour": Donald Trump changes his tone after a big win in New York; a major redesign of American currency to include women; can you be charged with a crime for refusing a Breathalyzer test? — the Supreme Court will decide; and much more.