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News Wrap: China’s viral pneumonia spreads to the U.S.

In our news wrap Tuesday, an outbreak of viral pneumonia in China has spread to the United States. Federal health officials confirmed a Seattle-area man, now hospitalized in good condition, brought the virus back from a trip to China, where it has killed six people. Also, North Korea is warning it no longer feels bound to refrain from testing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: An outbreak of viral pneumonia in China spread to the United States. Federal health officials confirmed a Seattle area man brought the virus back from Central China. He is now hospitalized in good condition.

    Washington State Governor Jay Inslee urged the public not to overreact.

  • Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash.:

    There isn't a risk level that would suggest people should be doing anything differently than they normally would. Like I said, this is not a moment of high anxiety. We should all do exactly what we always do, which is, this is flu season, so we wash our hands, we cover our mouths when we sneeze.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Airports in several major American cities are now screening arrivals from China.

    Meanwhile, in China, the death toll grew to six, with nearly 300 confirmed cases. In Wuhan, where the outbreak began, city workers sprayed disinfectant, and the mayor pledged to contain the virus.

    North Korea is warning that it no longer feels bound to refrain from testing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. The regime today blamed Washington for ignoring a year-end deadline to make progress on a nuclear deal and ease sanctions.

    A North Korean official at the U.N. said that his country may seek what he called a new path.

    In Iraq, fresh street battles broke out in Baghdad between protesters and police. At least two of the demonstrators were killed. Security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets, as crowds demanded the government's resignation and an end to corruption. Similar unrest flared in southern cities.

    A member of Iran's Parliament has now offered a $3 million bounty to anyone who kills President Trump. The lawmaker represents the home province of Qasem Soleimani, who was the general killed in a U.S. airstrike this month.

    But, in Geneva, the American ambassador to a Disarmament Conference dismissed the threat.

  • Robert Wood:

    It is just ridiculous, but it gives you a sense of the terrorist underpinnings of that regime.

    And that regime needs to change its behavior. Its behavior is what has got them to this point. And, again, we hope that they learned their — learned a lesson by what's happened recently.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Iran's government gave no indication today if it supports the threat on President Trump's life.

    A new caravan of migrants has been stopped along Mexico's southern border. Hundreds waded a river from Guatemala on Sunday, but Mexican troops blocked their way. Families waited there today, monitored by police in helmets and body armor. Most were sent back to their home countries.

    Back in the United States, the Democrats' 2016 presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, went after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, her former rival and now a leading 2020 contender. She told an upcoming Hulu documentary that — quote — "Nobody in Congress likes him. Nobody wants to work with him. He got nothing done."

    Clinton wouldn't say if she would campaign for Sanders if he won the nomination.

    The U.S. — or, that is, the U.S. Supreme Court has put off a new challenge to Obamacare. The justices declined today to grant a fast-track review, preventing any decision before the November election. A lower court had ruled the entire law was invalid after Congress gutted the individual insurance mandate.

    Two major auto recalls are in the works in the U.S. Toyota says that an electronic glitch may prevent air bags from deploying in 2.9 million vehicles going back to 2011. Honda wants to replace potentially dangerous air bag inflators in 2.4 million older vehicles.

    And on Wall Street, stocks fell on fears that the viral outbreak in China will hurt economic growth there. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 152 points to close at 29196. The Nasdaq fell 18 points, and the S&P 500 slipped eight.

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