What do you think? Leave a respectful comment.

News Wrap: CDC says 157 pregnant women in the U.S. have Zika virus

In our news wrap Friday, health officials reported that the number of pregnant women in the U.S. infected with Zika virus has tripled to 157, though fewer than a dozen have had miscarriages or babies born with birth defects so far. Also, the White House was put on lockdown after a uniformed Secret Service officer shot and severely wounded a man who drew a gun near the executive mansion.

Read the Full Transcript

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: Floating wreckage proves EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed in the Mediterranean, but there remain more questions than answers as to what brought down the plane.

  • Also ahead:

    Food labels are about to get a makeover. The first lady and the FDA overhaul rules to include added sugar and other changes to promote healthier eating.

  • Then:

    The candidates talk foreign policy, as worries rise about party unity. Mark Shields and David Brooks take on that and more of the week's news.

    And ahead of President Obama's trip to Vietnam, a look at how the U.S. ambassador to the country is doing away with traditional modes of diplomacy and jumping into the culture.

    TED OSIUS, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam: The fact that I show respect for Vietnamese language and culture and history, the Vietnamese people, the fact that I show that respect, that I clearly enjoy being here, I think that has helped my mission.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."

    (BREAK)

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In the day's other news: Health officials reported the number of pregnant women in the U.S. infected with the Zika virus has tripled, to 157.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it's now including all women who test positive, regardless of symptoms. So far, fewer than a dozen have had miscarriages or babies born with birth defects.

    Meanwhile, President Obama got a briefing on Zika today, and he urged Congress to get moving to provide funds.

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    Understand that this is not something where we can build a wall to prevent. Mosquitoes don't go through customs. To the extent that we're not handling this thing on the front end, we're going to have bigger problems on the back end.

    So, for those of you who are listening, tell your members of Congress, get on the job on this.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The U.S. Senate has passed a $1.1 billion bill to fight the virus. A House-passed bill totals just over half that, $622 million.

    A shooting near the White House put the executive mansion on lockdown for a time today. Federal law enforcement officials say a uniformed Secret Service officer shot a man who drew a gun. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition. President Obama wasn't at the White House at the time.

    In Iraq, Baghdad is under a curfew tonight after protesters stormed the Green Zone and security forces fired tear gas and gunshots. Dozens were wounded, with at least one person shot in the head. It was the second time in three weeks that protesters had broken into the heavily fortified zone. Meanwhile, Iraqi troops retook the western town of Rutba, allowing the main road from Amman to Baghdad to be reopened.

    Political turmoil shook Israel today and deepened divisions in the ruling Cabinet. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon abruptly resigned, removing one of the government's last moderate voices. He said he no longer trusts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his hard-line supporters.

  • MOSHE YA’ALON, Defense Minister, Israeli (through interpreter):

    In all my positions, I worked in harmony and in a serious way. But, to my great dismay, extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel and the Likud Party, and are shaking the house and threatening to hurt its inhabitants. This is not the Likud Party I joined.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Ya'alon warned that racism and violence is seeping into the Israeli army and doing it damage. Prime Minister Netanyahu said that he regretted the resignation. It's been reported that he plans to name hard-line former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as the new defense minister.

    In Turkey, the Parliament voted today to strip lawmakers of their immunity from prosecution. Pro-Kurdish legislators charged that the goal is to prosecute them for allegedly supporting outlawed Kurdish rebels. It is the latest move against political opponents of the Turkish government.

    A new president has taken office in Taiwan. Tsai Ing-wen's political party supports formal independence from China. But after a swearing-in ceremony at the presidential building in Taipei, she chose her words carefully.

  • PRESIDENT TSAI ING-WEN, Taiwan (through interpreter):

    The new government will conduct cross-strait affairs in accordance with relevant legislation. The two governing parties across the strait must set aside the baggage of history, and engage in positive dialogue, for the benefit of the people on both sides.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Tsai is the first woman to serve as president of Taiwan.

    Another wave of heavy rain added to the misery in Sri Lanka today. Flooding in the capital, Colombo, has displaced more than 185,000 people. Today, trucks plowed through the water to ferry out evacuees. Helicopters were sent in to rescue others from their rooftops. The rain also triggered mudslides this week, and hundreds of people are still missing.

    India has set a record for its hottest temperature ever, nearly 124 degrees Fahrenheit. It happened today in the western city of Phalodi, as authorities issued a severe heat alert for several states, and called in emergency water supplies.

  • MAN (through interpreter):

    Today, we are facing a very difficult situation. There is heavy traffic, and large quantities of water are being consumed from the big water tankers.

    People are drinking a lot of water, and the demand is still rising. We have to fill up this tank at least three to four times a day.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    India's heat is always worst in April, May and June, before monsoon rains bring relief. Hundreds of people have died this week, and thousands of farmers have lost their crops.

    Back in this country, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that makes it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion. Her fellow Republicans pushed through the measure yesterday. It would have been the first law of its kind in the country.

    San Francisco's police chief, Greg Suhr, has been forced out, after a series of police killings of unarmed minorities. The latest came yesterday, when officers shot dead a black woman in a stolen car. Suhr was also criticized for not acting faster against police who sent racist text messages. Deputy Chief Toney Chaplin will take over on an interim basis.

    Wall Street ended the week with a modest rally. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 65 points to close above 17500. The Nasdaq rose 57, and the S&P 500 added 12.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": revamped nutrition labels aim to kick our sugar habit; Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze this week's news; thawing relations ahead of the president's visit to Vietnam; and much more.

Listen to this Segment

The Latest