News Wrap: Barrage of Russian missiles kills Ukrainian civilians

In our news wrap Saturday, the Jan. 6 committee considers whether to recommend criminal charges against former President Trump, more Russian missile strikes killed civilians across Ukraine, political unrest shut down flights and railways in Peru, the Highland Park shooting suspect's father was released on bond, and Elon Musk reinstated several journalists’ Twitter accounts after suspending them.

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  • Geoff Bennett:

    Good evening. It's good to be with you. We start tonight in Ukraine where more Russian missile strikes fell all across the city today, targeting the nation's power grid and killing civilians. In central Ukraine, in the birthplace of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a one-year-old child was found in the rubble left by a Russian striker, bringing the number of dead there to four, a barrage of nearly 100 rockets have fallen since yesterday, according to Ukraine's military, including one that knocked out a power station in the South.

    President Zelenskyy says power has been restored to nearly 6 million people in just the last 24 hours. But millions more still remain in the dark without heat or running water in the freezing winter conditions.

    Political unrest in Peru following the arrest of that country's president has shut down a number of flights and railways and left many stranded tourists near the ancient city of Machu Picchu, the only way in and out is by train. Hundreds of travelers waited in long lines to try and evacuate by helicopter or contend with an hour's long hike off the mountain. The State Department advises U.S. travelers to reconsider travel to Peru given violent protests throughout that country.

    The father of the accused mass shooter at a July 4 parade outside Chicago earlier this year, was released on bond this morning. Robert Crimo, Jr. turned himself into authorities yesterday. He was charged with seven felony counts of reckless conduct for sponsoring his son's firearm application two years ago, despite signs of mental distress. Seven people were killed and dozens were wounded in that Highland Park shooting.

    Twitter CEO Elon Musk early this morning reinstated the Twitter accounts of several high-profile journalists less than 48 hours after suspending them. Musk accused the journalists who report for outlets including CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post of sharing data about the location of his private jet. Government officials and advocacy groups called the suspensions, a violation of press freedoms.

    And at the World Cup, Croatia beat Morocco today, two to one to finish in third place. Croatia, a small nation of only 4 million people has been prolific in recent World Cups, finishing as the runner up back in 2018. Morocco ends its tournament with two losses, but has captured its place in history as the first African and first Arab team to ever reach the semifinals. The World Cup Final between Argentina and France is tomorrow morning.

    And still to come on "PBS News Weekend," racial biases and medical data leading to inequities in care and one designer's take on creating toys for kids.

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