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News Wrap: Barrett formally sworn in to U.S. Supreme Court

In our news wrap Tuesday, Amy Coney Barrett was formally sworn in as the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath in private, a day after Barrett’s Senate confirmation. Also, firefighters in Southern California are making scant progress against wind-blown wildfires forcing thousands to flee. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the conditions are unprecedented.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: Amy Coney Barrett was formally sworn in as the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath in private, a day after Barrett's Senate confirmation. Her first opinions could involve disputes over absentee ballot rules in key voting states like Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

    More state and local governments took actions today to corral COVID-19 infections, now averaging more than 70,000 new cases daily nationwide. Newark, New Jersey imposed new restrictions on nonessential businesses. And the governor of Illinois banned indoor dining in Chicago, effective this Friday.

    We will talk to the mayor of Chicago, who thinks that may be going too far, later in the program.

    Firefighters in Southern California are making scant progress so far against windblown wildfires that have forced thousands of people from their homes. Two fires burned dangerously close to subdivisions along the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains today.

    Governor Gavin Newsom said conditions were unprecedented.

  • Gov. Gavin Newsom:

    This time is typical the Diablo and the Santa Ana winds tend to present themselves, but we have seen some really extraordinary wind events in the last 48 hours. Those of you down in Orange County know well the extraordinary gusts that you're experiencing, and just the ongoing winds, but 88 miles per hour was recorded.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The utility company Southern California Edison says that its equipment may have sparked one of the fires.

    New Orleans is now under a hurricane warning, awaiting the storm dubbed Zeta. It blew across Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula last night and lost some of its punch. There were no reports of major damage. Forecasts call for the storm to strengthen again and possibly make landfall tomorrow night along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts.

    The city of Philadelphia is on edge tonight after police shot and killed a Black man on Monday, sparking protests. Officers say they opened fire when Walter Wallace refused to put down a knife and moved toward them. His family says the 27-year-old had mental health problems.

    We will return to this right after the news summary.

    In Pakistan, a powerful bomb blast tore through an Islamic seminary in Peshawar today, killing eight people and wounding nearly 140. In the aftermath, ambulances rushed to get survivors out.

    Other students waited outside, and some said they get no protection.

  • Zahid Khan (through translator):

    We were attending the class. Our teacher was giving us a lecture. Then, suddenly, a big blast took place. I have this complaint with the government that we don't have any proper security arrangements here. Every morning, we have to guard here at the gate for our own security.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    There was immediate no claim of responsibility, but the Pakistani Taliban condemned the attack.

    Back in this country, a federal judge today denied President Trump's plea to be removed as the defendant in a defamation case. The suit was brought by columnist E. Jean Carroll, after Mr. Trump denied allegations he raped her in the 1990s. The judge rejected the claim that, as a federal employee, the president is not subject to such legal actions.

    And on Wall Street, stocks mostly sagged again on worries about COVID-19. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 222 points to close at 27463. The Nasdaq rose 72 points, but the S&P 500 slipped 10.

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