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News Wrap: Cars crushed in deadly Florida bridge collapse

In our news wrap Thursday, a newly built pedestrian bridge collapsed in the Miami area, crushing eight vehicles. Authorities reported multiple deaths and injuries. Also, the special counsel in the Russia investigation is going after the business records of the Trump Organization, which called the reporting “old news.”

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news- A newly built pedestrian bridge collapsed over a major highway in the Miami area today. Authorities reported multiple deaths and several injuries at Florida International University. Eight vehicles were crushed when the bridge gave way and landed on the eight-lane road. Emergency crews were still at the scene this evening.

  • Paul Estopinan:

    I can assure you that our teams are still in rescue and search mode. They are still working the debris pile. We have search dogs in place. We have technical listening devices with fiberoptics. We're drilling holes into the pile to try to locate any viable patients.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The $14 million bridge was installed this past Saturday, using what was called an accelerated construction method.

    For the first time, or — yes, for the first time, the special in the Russia investigation is going after the Trump Organization's business records. The New York Times and others reported today that Robert Mueller has subpoenaed records from the president's company. The Trump Organization called it old news and said it's been turning over documents for months.

    The United States joined European leaders today in blaming Russia for poisoning a former spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter in Britain. In a joint statement, the U.S., Britain, France and Germany all said that there is — quote — "no plausible alternative explanation" for the nerve agent attack.

    At a meeting with the prime minister of Ireland, President Trump said the U.S. and Britain are talking about what to do next.

  • President Donald Trump:

    It certainly looks like the Russians were behind it, something that should never, ever happen. And we're taking it very seriously, as I think are many others.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has already expelled 23 Russian diplomats. She visited the scene of the alleged attack in Salisbury, and said Moscow must be held accountable.

    In Syria, thousands of civilians fled the rebel-enclave in Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus today. War monitors said more than 12,000 people streamed out of the area as government troops closed in and Russian airstrikes pounded the area. Today marked seven years since the uprising in Syria that led to civil war. More than half-a-million people have been killed in that time.

    President Trump went back and forth in words over Canada today on the subject of trade. It first came up at a private political fund-raiser in Saint Louis last night. In an audio recording, obtained by NBC News, the president said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrongly denied that Canada runs a trade surplus with the U.S.

    Mr. Trump said that he argued it was true, without really knowing.

  • President Donald Trump:

    I said, wrong, Justin, you do. I didn't even know. Josh, I had no idea. I just said, you're wrong. You know why? Because we're so stupid.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The president repeated his claim today on Twitter, and the White House said that he's right, if timber and energy are included. But Canadian officials said that when trade in services is also counted, the U.S. actually has a trade surplus with Canada.

    Republican leaders in the U.S. House say they will reject a banking deregulation bill that passed the GOP-led Senate last night. The chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Republican Jeb Hensarling, warned today the bill needs to go even further. The Senate measure would ease regulations on all but the very largest banks.

    Democrats are celebrating the outcome of Tuesday's special congressional election in Pennsylvania. Conor Lamb has a slender lead and has claimed victory over Republican Rick Saccone. A recount remains possible, but, today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hailed Lamb's showing in a district that President Trump carried by 20 points.

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi:

    Middle-class labor — labor played a very major role there. So this was a great victory. His personal story and his record are an important part of it. The comparison between the two candidates was drastic. He's superb, and we look forward to welcoming him here.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Lamb ran supporting, much but not all of the national Democratic agenda, and calling for Pelosi to give way to a younger generation of leaders.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a first step today to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes, making them less addictive. The regulatory process is expected to take several years. It's all part of a major anti-smoking initiative launched last summer. The goal is to cut the rate of smoking among Americans and to prevent tobacco-related deaths. About 15 percent of American adults now smoke.

    And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 115 points to close at 24,873. The Nasdaq fell 15 points, and the S&P 500 slipped two.

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