In our news wrap Wednesday, a shooter attacked at a Molson Coors facility in Milwaukee where 600 people work. The city's mayor said multiple people were killed. Also, a federal appeals court in New York ruled the Trump administration can legally withhold federal funding over immigration enforcement. A lower court had said federal grants could not be kept from so-called sanctuary cities and states.
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President Trump is rejecting criticism that he's not doing enough to meet the coronavirus threat. Instead, he accused news outlets today of inciting panic. And he called a news conference to outline the administration's efforts.
Meanwhile, Senate Democrats pushed for an $8.5 billion emergency funding, more than three times what the president proposed. Lawmakers from both parties agreed on the need for action.
Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I.:
Well, I think we need to appropriate some additional resources for certain — I think this is a serious enough issue that, the president should be addressing the country and reassuring the American people what efforts are under way at the CDC and within his administration to protect the American people.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.:
Our nation has more resources than any other nation in the world to be able to address whatever threat coronavirus poses. But it's going to require bipartisan action. This is not a time for partisanship. Pathogens do not respect party lines.
Around the world today, for the first time, more new coronavirus cases were reported outside of China than inside. One was a U.S. soldier in South Korea. That is the first case among some 28,000 Americans stationed there.
Brazil also reported its first confirmed case, making it the first case in Latin America. In Italy, infections continue to rise, leading soldiers to blockade some hard-hit northern towns. But, in China, the outbreak continues to slow, and some restrictions are easing.
We will take a closer look at the situations in China, and here at home, later in the program.
A shooter attacked workers at the Molson Coors brewing company in Milwaukee today. The mayor said multiple people were killed, but there were no other details. Police and emergency crews swarmed to the site, where at least 600 people are employed. Some texted that they had taken shelter in locked rooms.
A federal appeals court in New York has ruled the Trump administration can legally withhold federal funding from states over immigration enforcement. A lower court had said federal grants may not be kept from so-called sanctuary cities and states that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities. Three other appeals courts have issued conflicting rulings.
The prime minister of India appealed for calm in New Delhi today after the city's worst sectarian violence in decades. The death toll climbed to at least 24, with nearly 200 hurt in the last three days, as Hindu mobs have attacked Muslim homes, businesses, and mosques.
More of the injured arrived at hospitals today, and armed police patrolled the streets, amid charred vehicles and burnt stores.
Satish (through translator):
The riots and arson started in the morning, and the cars that were parked here were set on fire, so people were not coming out of their houses due to fear. People living in the streets were so scared that they didn't even sleep, and most of the people are not stepping out of their homes.
The violence erupted during President Trump's visit to India this week, and grew out of protests over a new law granting citizenship for refugees of every major South Asian religion except Muslims.
In Egypt, a military funeral with full honors was held today for former President Hosni Mubarak, as the country began three days of official mourning. Mubarak's coffin, carried on a horse-drawn carriage, made its way as part of a procession through the streets of Cairo. Mubarak died yesterday, at 91, from heart and kidney problems.
Back in this country, President Trump's reelection campaign is suing The New York Times over libel over an opinion column it published last year. The piece, written by a former Times executive editor, alleged Russia helped the Trump campaign in 2016 in exchange for foreign policies that would benefit Russia. In its filing, the campaign said that The Times intentionally printed false information. The Times rejected the allegation.
And on Wall Street today, stocks tried in vein to rally after two major sell-offs. The Dow Jones industrial average ended up losing another 123 points to close at 26957. The Nasdaq eked out a gain of 15 points, but the S&P 500 slipped 11 points.
And bestselling adventure novelist Clive Cussler has died. He passed away Monday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Cussler wrote more than 80 books, including "Night Probe," "Cyclops," and "Raise the Titanic." Many of his novels featured the intrepid explorer Dirk Pitt.
Clive Cussler was 88 years old.