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In our news wrap Friday, the death toll from a car bombing in Bogota, Colombia, rose to 21. Dozens of others were wounded in the country's deadliest attack in 15 years. Officials said the bomber was a member of rebel group ELN. Also, Sony Music’s RCA label has parted ways with R&B star R. Kelly over allegations of sexual abuse. The singer has been accused by multiple women of predatory behavior.
The partial shutdown of the federal government is now four weeks old, but leaders in Washington are no closer to a solution.
Instead, there is more fallout from President Trump's move to bar a military flight for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a congressional delegation. They had planned to visit Afghanistan and NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Today, Pelosi accused the White House of leaking the group's alternate plans to travel by commercial flight.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.:
We had a report from Afghanistan that the president outing our trip had made the scene on the ground much more dangerous. Perhaps the president's inexperience didn't have him understand that protocol. The people around him, though, should have known, that that's very dangerous.
White House officials called Pelosi's claim outrageous, and they denied leaking anything that endangered her delegation.
Meanwhile, the president tweeted this evening that he will have a major announcement on the shutdown and border security tomorrow afternoon. This as the U.S. Senate recessed with no plans to go back into session next week.
President Trump is facing reports that he told his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. BuzzFeed news says that it involved negotiations to site a Trump hotel in Moscow. Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani flatly denied it today, but House Democrats vowed they will investigate. We will take a longer look right after the news summary.
Amid news of the shutdown and investigations, the White House has announced plans for a second summit with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. It came after a North Korean envoy visited the White House today. The summit is set for late February, but there is no official word on a location. We will have a report from foreign affairs correspondent Nick Schifrin later in the program.
The United Nations' Human Rights Office is demanding that Zimbabwe's government end a violent crackdown on fuel hike protesters. U.N. officials say that security forces are using fear and intimidation and conducting door-to-door searches at night. More than 600 people were arrested this week alone. The government has also ordered a total Internet blackout.
In Bogota, Colombia, the death toll from a car bombing rose to 21 people overnight. Dozens of others were wounded in the country's deadliest attack in 15 years. The Thursday blast targeted a police academy. Officials said today that the bomber was a member of Colombia's last remaining rebel group, known as ELN.
Back in this country, anti-abortion activists staged the 46th annual March For life in Washington. Thousands walked from the National Mall to the Supreme Court, after Vice President Pence touted the Trump administration's anti-abortion policies.
We know we still have much to do, so we urge you to stand strong, stand with that love and compassion, as you stand for life, and know that we will stand with you until that great day comes where we restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law.
President Trump addressed the crowd in a pre-recorded video message. He promised to veto any legislation that, in his words, weakens the protection of human life.
Teachers in Los Angeles staged their own mass rally today. They have been on strike for five days, demanding higher pay and new limits on charter schools. Negotiations have now resumed with city officials. Los Angeles has the country's second largest public school system, with some 640,000 students.
California has begun cleaning up after a series of storms dumped heavy rain and snow this week. Six people were killed, and more than a dozen had to be rescued from flooding rivers. The latest of those storms is sweeping across the Midwest tonight. It could wallop the Northeast with two feet of snow on Sunday.
There is word that Sony music's RCA record label has parted ways with musician R. Kelly over allegations of sexual abuse. It was widely reported today that the company cut ties with the Grammy winner. The move follows a documentary that featured multiple women accusing Kelly of abuse.
And in economic news, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than 380 other business groups urged an end to the government shutdown. They said it is doing significant damage, this as the head of the New York Federal Reserve branch said the shutdown could cut growth this quarter by up to 1 percent.
But Wall Street shot higher today on new optimism about U.S.-China trade talks. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 336 points to close at 24706. The Nasdaq rose 73 points, and the S&P 500 added 35.
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