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News Wrap: Bangkok bomber suspect caught on video

In our news wrap Tuesday, authorities in Thailand have pinpointed images of a man suspected of the Bangkok bombing. Also, the EPA formally proposed cutting methane emissions from oil and gas production for the first time.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally proposed cutting methane emissions from oil and gas production today. The goal is a reduction of 40 to 45 percent by 2025 from 2012 levels. Energy companies would have to repair leaks in oil and gas wells, and capture gas that escapes during hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

    Authorities in Thailand have pinpointed a suspect in the Bangkok bombing that killed at least 22 people and wounded scores more. Now they're searching for the man seen on security video. Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News reports on the day's developments.

  • JONATHAN MILLER:

    A young man in large heavy-framed glasses, with a thick shock of dark hair, yellow T-shirt, blue knee-length shorts, plastic bag in one hand and black backpack, Thai police are now convinced that this is the Bangkok bomber. Here he is at the Erawan Shrine. You can see the size of his backpack here. It's big.

    He sits down next to the wrought-iron fence, slips off the pack and places it where he was sitting. He walks away, looking at what may be his phone and leaving the pack in position. This CCTV footage is time-stamped 18:40, exactly 15 minutes before the explosion. He's picked up on another camera. There he is. He strides out of the gate and turns left towards the Erawan Grand Hyatt Hotel.

    Two more still shots show him leaving. It's hard to tell where he might be from. Some say Caucasian or Middle Eastern. The chief of police said he could be Thai or a foreigner. We now all know what happened next. But these pictures, filmed on a mobile phone by a Chinese tourist on a walkway nearby, make for chilling viewing.

    More cause for alarm today, when another explosive device was tossed from a bridge towards a busy pier on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River. No one was hurt. The bomber appears to have missed, hitting a concrete pillar, the improvised pipe bomb bouncing harmlessly into a canal. Police divers searched the murky water below Sathorn Bridge this afternoon. This pier is also a commuter and tourist hot spot.

  • WOMAN:

    It was quite close to the one that happened last night. So, we moved across the river to try and get away from it. And then this one had just fallen into the river and explosions. And they said that no one was hurt, which is really good to know. But it's still quite unnerving to know that it's happening again.

  • JONATHAN MILLER:

    In his first televised address since last year's coup, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is the head of the military junta, said they were working to track down the perpetrators of last night's bombing, what he called Thailand's worst ever attack. There were those, he said, "seeking to destroy the country."

    The list of possible suspects is long in a country racked by political violence and insurgency. Some speculate Chinese Uighurs might be behind this. Some think jihadists. Whoever it was has left Thailand, land of the free, trapped in a contagion of fear.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    So far, there's been no claim of responsibility for either attack.

    In China, thunderstorms hampered recovery efforts at a port devastated by last week's chemical warehouse explosions. As crews monitored for contamination today, concerns rose that rain could spread the chemicals or even touch off new explosions.

  • BAO JINGLING, Tianjin Environmental Protection Bureau (through interpreter):

    If we find anything that exceeds, or even slightly exceeds, the safety standards, we have a preventative facility to make sure any cyanide pollution is up to standard. Then we will drain the water. We can also strengthen the barriers, sealing the site at the moment, to combat against any heavy rain.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The blast killed 114 people. Nearly 60 others are still missing, most of them firefighters.

    Separately, Chinese authorities have cracked down on cyber-crimes, rounding up 15,000 people on suspicion of hacking and online fraud. The Ministry of Public Security announced the arrests today, but didn't say when they were made. The six-month special operation to clean up the Internet was launched in July.

    Turkey faced new political turmoil today as it confronts Islamic State militants in Syria and Kurdish militants at home. The prime minister gave up trying to form a new government, after weeks of coalition talks failed. The ruling A.K. Party lost its majority in Parliament in June's election. Now the country may well have to hold new elections.

    Back in this country, a judge in New Mexico has ordered two police officers to stand trial for murder in the death of a homeless man. He was shot during an hours-long standoff outside Albuquerque last year. Video from an officer's helmet camera showed 38-year-old James Boyd appearing to surrender before he was shot. Authorities say he had schizophrenia. The incident sparked protests and an overhaul in policies.

    On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average lost about 34 points to close above 17510. The Nasdaq fell 32 points, and the S&P 500 slipped five.

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