News Wrap: Deadly heat wave continues in India

In our news wrap Wednesday, an extreme heat wave in India is predicted to go on for at least another week. More than 1,100 people have died in the past month and hospitals have been flooded with heat stroke victims. Also, the Islamic State set off a wave of suicide attacks against Iraqi army targets. At least 17 troops were killed outside Fallujah.

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    Authorities in both the U.S. and Switzerland launched corruption charges into soccer's governing body, FIFA.

    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the corruption rampant and deep-rooted, involving bribes in excess of $150 million. We will have much more on this right after this news summary.


    In Iraq, Islamic State militants orchestrated a wave of suicide attacks against Iraqi army targets today. At least 17 troops were killed outside Fallujah, where they were trying to wrest back control from the militants.

    Meanwhile, the fighting raged in a town closer to Ramadi, which was captured by Islamic State insurgents earlier this month. Iraqi forces and Sunni tribesmen forced fighters to retreat, using guns and rockets.


    A relentless heat wave in India has claimed the lives of more than 1,100 people in the past month. Most of the victims have been in the southeastern part of the country, where scorching temperatures are hovering around 113 degrees. Hospitals have been flooded with heat stroke victims, and some communities have set up distribution centers for cold drinks. Officials are warning residents to take care outside.

  • WOMAN (through interpreter):

    Our doctors and paramedic staff have been going outside and making people aware that they shouldn't work outside in the sun. They are also telling people that if they have to step out during the day, they should take precautions and use a cap or something to cover their head. They also should try and wear cotton and loose clothing.


    Forecasters anticipate the stifling heat will continue for at least another week.


    The Obama administration announced new rules today to protect the nation's drinking water. The guidelines, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, clarify which small streams and waterways will be protected under the Clean Water Act.

    They also seek to ensure that polluters will be held accountable. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy made the announcement today on the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington.

  • GINA MCCARTHY, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency:

    Rivers and lakes we love, we just can't let them get polluted. We have to pay attention to these streams and wetlands that feed into these waterways, because, if they're not clean, this will not be either. And one in three Americans get drinking water from streams and wetlands that lack clear protection, up until yesterday.


    The new rules have also triggered opposition. Farmers are concerned streams on private land will now be subject to federal oversight. And the Republican-led House and Senate are taking legislative action to block the regulations.

    Lawmakers abolished the death penalty today, overriding the Republican governor to do it. The one House legislature voted 13 to 19 get rid of capital punishment. The vote was lead by a coalition of conservatives who oppose capital punishment on fiscal grounds. It makes Nebraska the first traditionally conservative state to outlaw the death penalty since North Dakota did it in 1973.

    The Internal Revenue Service believes that Russian hackers are to blame for stealing personal tax information to more than 100,000 taxpayers. That is according to the Associated Press, citing anonymous sources. The agency said the identity thieves used sophisticated methods to get tax return information from February to mid-May.


    Data breaches are costing companies around the world more and more each year. A study by the Ponemon Institute found the average cost of a data breach is now $3.8 million. The costs include hiring experts to fix the breach, investigating the cause and putting hot lines in place for customers. Sony, J.P. Morgan Chase, Target and Home Depot all faced significant hacks over the last year-and-a-half.


    On Wall Street today, stocks recovered from a slump the day before. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 121 points to close at 18163. The Nasdaq rose more than 70 points, and the S&P 500 added 19.


    The 2016 Republican presidential field is up to seven candidates. Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum announced he too is running for president. Santorum officially entered the fray in the small town of Cabot, Pennsylvania, this afternoon.

  • Former Sen. RICK SANTORUM Republican Presidential Candidate:

    We can't sit idly by as big government politicians make it harder for our workers, and then turn around and blame them for losing jobs overseas. Working families don't need another president tied to big government or big money. And today is the day — today is the day we are going to begin to fight back.



    Santorum will kick off his campaign with stops in the early primary states of Iowa and South Carolina.

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