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News Wrap: Capitol Police shooting of Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt found ‘lawful’

In our news wrap Monday, an internal investigation has cleared a U.S. Capitol Police officer who shot and killed a woman, Ashli Babbitt, on January 6th. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used his last day in office to defend himself against sexual harassment allegations. And, on Wall Street, oil prices and tech stocks helped push the broader market higher.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: There's more deadly chaos outside the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan, but, inside, the pace of evacuations is accelerating, eight days after the country's capital fell to the Taliban.

    The U.S. military flew out more than 10,000 people in the past 24 hours. It is unclear, though, whether evacuations can finish by August 31, as originally planned.

    We will get a report from Kabul after the news summary.

    Search crews across Middle Tennessee are still looking through a flooded landscape tonight. At least 22 people died in Saturday's disaster, with a dozen more still missing.

    Stephanie Sy has our report.

  • Stephanie Sy:

    Fire and police combed through wreckage and spent another day searching for possible victims and assessing the damage.

  • Kansas Klein, Business Owner:

    Houses are washed away, knocked off foundations, just totally gone.

  • Stephanie Sy:

    Some are still reported missing after the storm dumped 17 inches of rain in less than 24 hours, surpassing the state's previous single-day record by three inches.

    Some parts of the city of Waverly were almost unrecognizable.

    Governor Bill Lee toured the damage yesterday.

  • Gov. Bill Lee (R-TN):

    It is a devastating picture of loss and heartache in one of our Tennessee communities.

  • Stephanie Sy:

    Local authorities said this afternoon the next 24 hours of the search are crucial and difficult.

  • Man:

    There's still a lot of debris in and along the creek that needs to be examined. And that's a painstaking process.

  • Stephanie Sy:

    Police have not yet confirmed the names of the dead. But families say they ranged in age.

    An official confirmed to the "NewsHour" that 7-month-old twins were among the victims. A GoFundMe page said they were swept from their father's arms.

    Governor Lee said he spoke with families who described how quickly the situation turned life-threatening.

  • Gov. Bill Lee:

    They would see water in their yard and, within minutes, it was coming in their home. And then they would move to a neighbor who had a second floor, because, within — literally, within about a five or 10 minute period of time, they went from seeing floodwaters rise to not being able to escape their homes.

  • Stephanie Sy:

    Kansas Klein owns a business in Waverly.

  • Kansas Klein:

    I mean, it's a total loss. We had about six feet of water inside the restaurant. All the equipment, everything has been destroyed, flipped over, washed out.

  • Stephanie Sy:

    The rain and flooding in Tennessee are yet one more example of extreme weather's deadly consequences.

    While no single weather event can be directly linked to climate change, scientists say it's making events like this more intense and frequent.

    For the "PBS NewsHour" I'm Stephanie Sy.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Remnants of Tropical Storm Henri lingered over the Northeast and New England today, triggering flood warnings. Parts of New Jersey saw eight inches of rain after the system came ashore Sunday.

    In Monroe Township, some people had to be rescued by boat.

  • Loretta Moses, Monroe Township Resident:

    Starting from square one. I'm lucky I have friends in the community that I can stay with, but it's a disaster just trying to pull stuff out. It's crazy.

  • Question:

    How high did the water come in there?

  • Loretta Moses:

    It was feet in. It was about five feet out. And when I went to walk out to the emergency to the boat, it was up to about here on me.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Across the region, more than 130,000 customers lost power at one point.

    More than 13,000 firefighters in California worked again today to contain a dozen big wildfires. Most are in Northern California, including the Caldor Fire. Crews worked through the weekend as that fire burned largely out of control in dry, windy conditions. It has already burned nearly 700 homes.

    An internal investigation has cleared a U.S. Capitol Police officer who shot and killed a woman on January 6. Ashli Babbitt joined members of a pro-Trump mob trying to force their way into the U.S. House chamber. The investigation found that — quote — "The officer's conduct was lawful and within department policy."

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used his last day in office today to defend himself against sexual harassment allegations. The state attorney general found this month that Cuomo harassed 11 women.

    But in a recorded farewell address, the governor said that he'd been the victim of a media frenzy.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY):

    The attorney general's report was designed to be a political firecracker on an explosive topic. And it worked. There was a political and media stampede.

    But the truth will out in time.Of that, I am confident.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Cuomo leaves office just before midnight.

    Shortly after that, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will be sworn in as New York's first female governor.

    The U.S. House of Representatives is back from its August break, with majority Democrats facing a crucial week. Moderates want to vote first on a trillion-dollar infrastructure bill. Progressives want the first vote to be a budget resolution calling for $3.5 trillion for social and environmental programs.

    And on Wall Street, oil prices and tech stocks helped push the broader market higher. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 215 points to close at 35335. The Nasdaq rose 228 points. That's 1.5 percent, to a record close. The S&P 500 added 37.

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