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News Wrap: California’s Rocky Fire endangers thousands of homes

In our news wrap Tuesday, the largest of 27 wildfires burning in California expanded again to more than 100 square miles. Also, Sandra Bland’s family has filed a wrongful death suit, and formal efforts today began in Congress to kill the nuclear deal with Iran.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    The largest of 27 wildfires in California kept expanding today. The Rocky Fire has now spread across more than 100 square miles. It's burning some 100 miles north of San Francisco, and, so far, it's only 12 percent contained. Overnight, the blaze jumped a highway that served as a barrier. It's endangering several thousand homes, and officials have urged about 13,000 people to leave the area.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The family of a black woman who died in a Texas jail has now filed a wrongful death suit in federal court. Sandra Bland was pulled over by a white trooper for a traffic violation. Three days later, she was found hanging in her jail cell. Officials say she committed suicide.

    Today, in Austin, her mother said whatever the circumstances of Bland's death, her constitutional rights were violated.

    GENEVA REED-VEAL, Mother of Sandra Bland: I am still confident in the fact that she knew enough about Jesus that she wouldn't take herself out. I'm the first one to tell you, if the facts, the facts — I'm not talking about the fiction — if the facts show without a doubt that that was the case, I will have to be prepared to deal with that. But the bottom line is, she never should have been inside of the jail.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Bland's family wants a federal investigation of her death, plus full toxicology results from the time of her death.

    In Yemen, pro-government forces, backed by Saudi airstrikes, have gained more ground from Shiite rebels allied with Iran. New clashes erupted today outside the southern city of Aden. A day earlier, loyalist troops recaptured a strategic military base that the rebels had held since spring.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Formal efforts began today in the U.S. Congress to kill the nuclear deal with Iran. Republican Ed Royce, chairing the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced a bill to disapprove the agreement.

    Senate Republicans, including South Dakota's John Thune, promised a similar effort.

    SEN. JOHN THUNE (R), South Dakota: The president, who has up until recently said that no deal is better than a bad deal, has now all of a sudden changed his language. It's evolved now to where it's this deal or war. And I think that the American people see through that. And it's really important that we have this discussion, we have this debate.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    President Obama has promised to veto any resolution that rejects the Iran deal. He won the support today of three key Democrats, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, Barbara Boxer of California and Bill Nelson of Florida.

    SEN. BILL NELSON (D), Florida: I believe it's in the U.S. interests that Iran is not a nuclear power sponsoring terrorists. As dangerous a threat that Iran is to Israel and our allies, it would pale in comparison to the threat posed to them and to us by a nuclear-armed Iran.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again condemned the Iran deal in a Webcast to members of American Jewish groups.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Authorities in Israel have arrested the alleged head of a Jewish extremist group after a fatal arson attack. A Palestinian child died last week, when his family's home was set on fire. Israeli leaders have blamed Jewish extremists and vowed to crack down on their activities.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    American Airlines today joined United and Delta in banning the transport of big-game trophies. That follows an international uproar over the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist traveling in Zimbabwe. The airlines say they will no longer accept lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo trophies.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And on Wall Street, after some disappointing earnings reports, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 47 points to close at 17550. The Nasdaq fell about 10 points, and the S&P 500 slipped nearly five.

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