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News Wrap: Biden backs $1,400 stimulus payments for some Americans

In our news wrap Tuesday, President Biden endorsed making $1,400 stimulus payments to Americans earning up to $75,000, WHO experts concluded COVID-19 most likely did not come from a Chinese lab, at least 5 people were shot and wounded in Minnesota, police in Myanmar cracked down on protestors, and investigators blamed a helicopter pilot for the crash that killed basketball great Kobe Bryant.

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  • Neera Tanden:

    I recognize that this role is a bipartisan role. And I know I have to earn the trust of senators across the board.

    For those concerned about my rhetoric and my language, I'm sorry and I'm sorry for any hurt that they have caused.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Also today, the Senate Environment Committee endorsed Michael Regan to be EPA administrator. His nomination now goes to the full Senate.

    Experts from the World Health Organization have concluded that COVID-19 most likely did not come from a Chinese lab. The team announced that finding today after investigating in Wuhan, where the first cases appeared.

  • Dr. Peter Ben Embarek:

    Our initial findings suggest that the introduction through an intermediary host species is the most likely pathway. The findings suggest that the laboratory incident hypothesis is extremely unlikely and — to explain the introduction of the virus into the human population.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The U.S. State Department said today that — quote — "The jury's still out" on whether China has been fully forthcoming.

    In Myanmar, police cracked down on crowds who defied a ban on protesting against last week's military coup. Authorities in the capital city and elsewhere fired water cannons and warning shots. Some of the protesters were wounded by rubber bullets.

    Search parties in Northern India looked for survivors again today after a Himalayan glacier broke apart on Sunday. It unleashed a flash flood that killed at least 32 people and left 165 missing. Rescue workers today looked through muddy valleys and cleared debris from a tunnel where three dozen workers are believed to be trapped.

    Back in this country, at least five people were shot and wounded at a health clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota, northwest of Minneapolis. Police arrested 67-year-old Gregory Paul Ulrich, a man with a record of run-ins with the law.

  • Pat Budke:

    The history that we have as a department with this individual makes it most likely that his — this incident was targeted at that facility or at someone within that facility.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Police also found what appeared to be homemade bombs. But they said this does not appear to be a case of domestic terrorism.

    Federal safety investigators blamed a helicopter pilot today for the crash that killed former basketball great Kobe Bryant. The helicopter smashed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January 2020. Bryant's 13-year-old daughter and six others, including the pilot, also died. The National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the pilot violated safety rules when he flew into heavy fog.

    On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average lost about 10 points to close at 31375. The Nasdaq rose 20 points to a new record close. The S&P 500 slipped four points.

    The Arab world scored a triumph in space today. As this animation shows, an unmanned craft from the United Arab Emirates reached orbit around Mars, after traveling for seven months. The orbiter will gather data on the planet's atmosphere. Spacecraft from the U.S. and China are also set to arrive at Mars in the next few days.

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