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News Wrap: Two journalists murdered during live newscast

In our news wrap Wednesday, Virginia TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot dead by a former co-worker during an interview Wednesday morning. The gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan, shot himself after a highway chase. Also, James Holmes was formally sentenced to life in prison without parole for his deadly 2012 attack on a Colorado movie theater.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    After taking a beating for six days, Wall Street stormed back and had its best day in nearly seven years. The Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 620 points to close at 16285. The Nasdaq rose more than 190 points and the S&P 500 added more than 70.

    The market's volatility has been driven by a sweeping sell-off in China, where the main index lost another 1 percent today. We will explore the Chinese problem after the news summary.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Two TV journalists in Roanoke, Virginia, were shot dead today during a live morning newscast. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were doing an interview when a former co-worker,Vester Lee Flanagan, opened fire. He then posted his own video of the act online.

    Several hours later, after a highway chase, Flanagan ran off the road, shot himself and died at a Northern Virginia hospital. And that left investigators with a mystery.

  • BILL OVERTON, Franklin County, Virginia, Sheriff:

    Right now there has not been a motive as per se. Many of you have gotten a lot of the correspondence, e-mails that had been sent out. It's obvious that there was — this gentleman was disturbed in some way of the way things had transpired at some point in his life. It would appear things were spiraling out of control, but we're still looking into that.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A man claiming to be the gunman sent a lengthy fax to ABC News in New York. After listing grievances, he wrote that he was — quote — "a human powder keg just waiting to go boom."

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The woman being interviewed this morning was also shot. She's in stable condition. The Colorado movie theater shooter, James Holmes, was formally sentenced to life in prison without parole today. He shot and killed a dozen people and wounded 70 others during the 2012 attack. Today, Holmes, wearing a red prison jumpsuit, listened as his fate was pronounced. The life term became automatic when the jury could not agree unanimously on the death penalty.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In Afghanistan, two men dressed as Afghan security forces opened fire on NATO troops, killing two American soldiers. It happened at an army base in Helmand Province. The shooters were killed by return fire. It's the third so-called insider attack so far this year.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    There's word the mastermind of the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia has been captured nearly 20 years after the attack. Saudi reports and U.S. officials say Ahmed al-Mughassil was arrested in Lebanon and is now in Riyadh. The 1996 bombing killed 19 American troops at a U.S. military housing complex. Saudi officials blamed Shiite extremists inspired by Iran.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Hungary's border with Serbia was a picture of chaos again today amid talks of sending in the army. Desperate people mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan climbed through razor wire. A scuffle broke out at a refugee center and police used tear gas, while some lawmakers called for a hard line.

  • GABOR VONA, President, Jobbik Party (through interpreter):

    The only solution is that Hungary makes it clear for the international community, for Serbia, for the European Union that it has closed its borders and we will turn everybody back who shows up at the borders.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Meanwhile, in Germany, protesters jeered Chancellor Angela Merkel as she visited an asylum center. She condemned attacks on refugees as — quote — "shameful and repulsive."

    The president of South Sudan has signed a peace deal to end 20 months of fighting that's killed thousands and driven two million people from their homes. But Salva Kiir told regional leaders that he was signing despite serious reservations. The rebel leader already signed the agreement.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    In the U.S. presidential race, Republican Donald Trump defended his actions in a confrontation with TV journalist Jorge Ramos. The Univision host challenged Trump on his immigration plan at a news conference Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, and the candidate fired back.

  • DONALD TRUMP Republican Presidential Candidate:

    Excuse me. Sit down. You weren't called. Sit down. Sit down. Sit down.

    Go ahead.

    No, you don't. You haven't been called. Go back to Univision.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    With that, Trump's security hustled Ramos out. A short time later, he was allowed back, and the two resumed arguing.

    Today on NBC, Trump said Ramos was totally out of line.

    Ramos, speaking on ABC, said, "As a journalist, you have to take a stand."

    Civil rights leader Amelia Boynton Robinson died today, after she'd suffered a major stroke in July. She was a key organizer of the 1965 voting rights drive in Selma, Alabama, and she was beaten unconscious there by state troopers on Bloody Sunday. This year, she joined President Obama in crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march. Amelia Boynton Robinson was 104 years old.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And one of two newly-arrived giant panda cubs has died at the Washington National Zoo. The mother, Mei Xiang, gave birth to twins over the weekend, but focused her attention on the larger cub. The smaller one died this afternoon.

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