News Wrap: Survivor rescued from Shenzhen mudslide
JUDY WOODRUFF: Fierce storms rolled across the South and the Midwest today, but instead of snow and ice, warnings went up for tornadoes and floods. One twister struck in Mississippi, damaging homes and an airport, and a woman died in Arkansas when a tree hit her house. Officials said high winds could turn Christmas decorations into shrapnel.
Meanwhile, rain and fog caused flight delays and some cancellations across the Northeast. The unseasonably warm weather is predicted to last through Christmas.
GWEN IFILL: There has been a miraculous rescue in China, nearly three days after a devastating mudslide. It came today in Shenzhen, where the massive collapse buried part of an industrial park.
Martha Fairlie of Independent Television News reports.
MARTHA FAIRLIE: After 67 hours of searching, there are excited shouts from the rescue workers. They have found a survivor. A man buried alive for almost three days under the mud and rubble of a landslide in Shenzhen is carried out on a stretcher.
Tian Zeming, a migrant worker from Southwest China, was pulled out, still conscious, but with severe crushing injuries. A spokesman for the hospital where he is being treated said the 21-year old man is extremely weak, with severe dehydration and multiple injuries. But doctors say, after three hours of surgery, he is now stable.
An army of excavators and 4,000 rescue workers have been searching the site in Shenzhen City since a huge mountain of construction waste caused a landslide on Sunday. An industrial estate, including 14 factories and 13 low-rise buildings, was buried under 10 meters of silt. Two bodies have been found, but more than 70 people are still missing. And this rescue of one survivor has given search teams the small hope they may yet find more.
GWEN IFILL: The vice mayor of Shenzhen says, even though the critical window to find survivors has passed, rescue efforts will continue.
JUDY WOODRUFF: In Afghanistan, fresh troops arrived today in a critical southern district that's under siege by the Taliban. The militants have overrun most of Sangin, but, in Kabul, the acting defense minister said Afghan soldiers are doing their best.
MASOOM STANEKZAI, Acting Defense Minister, Afghanistan: Building an army is not the work of two years, three years or four years. It is a young army. It needs maturity, with the very reduced amount of equipment and others. But this is the bravery of our soldiers, of our men and women who are fighting there, and I think they are defending very strongly. And I am proud of them.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Meanwhile, U.S. troops outside Kabul paid tribute to six Americans killed in a Taliban attack this week. Later, the bodies were flown back to a base in Delaware.
GWEN IFILL: Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters peacefully tied up parts of Minneapolis today. They started at the Mall of America, the nation's largest, but they quickly moved outside and headed to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, where they blocked roads. The demonstrators demanded the city release video of a police — of police killing a black suspect last month.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The presidential front-runners began their Christmas breaks today, putting a war of words on hold.
On Monday, Republican Donald Trump used a vulgar term to sum up Hillary Clinton's loss in the Democratic race of 2008. Later, he defended his language, saying in a tweet — quote — "It meant got beaten badly. The media knows this, often use word in politics."
Clinton shot back late Tuesday, telling The Des Moines Register: "His bigotry, his bluster, his bullying have become his campaign."
GWEN IFILL: A Christmas rally on Wall Street extended into a third session today. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 185 points to close above 17600. The Nasdaq rose nearly 45 points. And the S&P 500 added 25.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And twins are being born in the U.S. at a record rate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in every 29 babies born last year was a twin. Meanwhile, the rate of triplets and other multiple births hit a 20-year low. And the rate of births to teenage mothers was down 60 percent from its all-time high in 1991.