In our news wrap Wednesday, there were more funerals held in Pittsburgh for victims of Saturday's shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. Meanwhile, Robert Bowers was indicted on 44 federal counts. Also, President Trump today kicked off his final week of campaigning for the midterm elections. He plans to travel to eight battleground states in six days.
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A second round of funerals was held today in Pittsburgh for victims of Saturday's shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.
Melvin Wax, Irving Youngner, and Joyce Feinberg were laid to rest in separate services. They were among the 11 people shot to death in the attack. The accused shooter, Robert Bowers, was indicted today on 44 federal counts. He also faces state murder charges.
President Trump today kicked off his final week of campaigning for the midterm elections. He plans to travel to eight battleground states over six days. The president left Washington this afternoon for Florida, where he's stumping tonight for Republicans in the governor and Senate races.
President Donald Trump:
It seems that the campaign is going very well. Looks like we're doing very, very well in the Senate. A lot of seats that were not really being thought of in terms of victories a year ago now look like they could very well be victories.
I know we're doing well in the Senate, and it looks like we're doing OK in the House. We're going to have to see.
Also today, the president called again for ending automatic citizenship for those who are born in the United States.
Retiring Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan had said that an executive order cannot override the Constitution on that point. Mr. Trump replied on Twitter that Ryan should focus on holding the House GOP majority, and not on — quote — "something he knows nothing about."
And on sending active-duty to the border, the president said the Army could deploy as many as 15,000 to back up the Border Patrol.
In Pakistan, the Supreme Court today threw out the conviction and death sentence of a Christian woman who is accused of blasphemy against Islam. Asia Bibi denied insulting the Prophet Mohammed, but she had been on death row since 2010.
After today's decision, thousands of hard-line Islamists protested in Lahore and other cities. They set tires on fire and demanded that Bibi be put to death.
Soffi Rafi Jibrani (through translator):
We demand from the government and from Prime Minister Imran Khan to immediately punish the blasphemer, so that no one dares commit such a crime in the future. Until this is done, our protests will continue.
Two politicians who had tried to help Bibi have been assassinated over the years. She is now expected to leave Pakistan for her safety.
Search teams in Indonesia may have found the main body of the Lion Air jet that crashed just after takeoff Monday. They say high-tech scanners picked up what appears to be the fuselage about 100 feet deep in the Java Sea. The teams say they have also picked up signals from the flight data recorder.
Meanwhile, families of the 189 crash victims are waiting onshore, as debris is brought in.
In economic news, General Motors offered buyouts to 18,000 white-collar workers in North America, in the face of slowing sales. All told, the automaker has about 50,000 salaried workers in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Wall Street rallied for a second day on upbeat quarterly earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 241 points to close at 25115. The Nasdaq rose 144 points, and the S&P 500 added 29.
And Bostonians paid tribute today to their World Series champion Red Sox. Players rode on duck boats and showed off the World Series trophy to hundreds of thousands of fans. It's the team's fourth title in 15 years.