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News Wrap: Death toll in Ecuador climbs higher

In our news wrap Thursday, the death toll in Ecuador reached 577 in the wake of Saturday’s earthquake, with at least 160 still unaccounted for and more than 23,000 left homeless. Also, Volkswagen submitted a formal plan today to settle with the 482,000 U.S. customers affected by its emissions cheating scandal, though the payment amount is still to be decided.

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    Good evening. I'm Hari Sreenivasan. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff are both away.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: remembering the legendary artist known as Prince, dead at 57.

  • Also ahead:

    The campaign moves into new battleground states, and we examine the role of trade in the 2016 election.

    A ballot initiative in Washington state to create a carbon pollution tax, but some environmentalists oppose it.

  • IAN TOLLESON, Northwest Food Processors Association:

    I would not disagree with you that climate is changing, but this is a global phenomenon, and it needs a global solution. Is it fair to put on the back of Washington employers and families?


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



    In the day's other news: Aftershocks rocked Ecuador again, five days after the country's worst earthquake in decades. And the official death toll ticked steadily higher, reaching 577. More than 160 people are still missing and more than 23,000 are homeless.

    Meanwhile, President Rafael Correa announced he's raising the national sales tax and putting a one-time levy on millionaires to pay for reconstruction.

    Volkswagen formally submitted a plan today to settle with U.S. customers over its emissions cheating scandal. Under the terms, the German automaker says it will buy back the affected models or fix them, whichever the owner wants. In all, some 482,000 customers of Volkswagen's diesel-engine cars will be affected. Details, including the total amount that V.W. will pay, are still being worked out.

    Queen Elizabeth celebrated a milestone birthday today and thousands paid tribute to her across Britain.

    Tim Ewart of Independent Television News wraps up the day's celebrations.


    The band played, the sun shone, well-wishers lined the streets to offer flowers and cards. In a town heavy with royal history, Britain's 90-year-old monarch set forth to meet her people.

    Some, the real die-hards, had slept on this pavement for two nights to be in prime position. She knows these faces well, and she wasn't going to disappoint them.

  • MAN:

    Three cheers for Her Majesty!



    A statue of Victoria, the queen's great-great-grandmother, stands outside Windsor Castle. Victoria was once Britain's oldest and longest-serving monarch. But she died at 81, and Elizabeth passed the milestone of longest reign last year.

    A group of other 90-year-olds was assembled to meet the monarch. Such an age was once rare, but no longer. There are around half-a-million nonagenarians in England and Wales. The queen, though, never fails to impress.

  • WOMAN:

    I thought she looked wonderful, and I was interested in her makeup, because she looked so lovely and smooth. I was wanting to ask her what she used.



    The queen is 90, her husband nearly 95, but, for all the advancing years, the show goes on.


    Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952, after the death of her father, King George VI.

    The man who flew a mini-helicopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn a year ago this month was sentenced today. Douglas Hughes got four months in prison for piloting a gyrocopter without a license. Hughes and his craft penetrated some of the nation's most restricted airspace before landing at the Capitol. He said he was protesting big money in politics.

    Wall Street came back to earth after a three-day rally. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 113 points to close at 17982. The Nasdaq fell two points, and the S&P 500 slipped nearly 11.

    And the Olympic Flame was lit today, starting the countdown to the 2017 summer games in Rio de Janeiro. The ceremony took place at the Ancient Stadium in Olympia, Greece, where the games originated. An actress playing a high priestess lit the torch, starting it on a journey to Brazil. The Games are set to open on August 5, but they have been plagued by delays and political turmoil in Brazil.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": mourning a music icon — Prince dies at 57; a look ahead to the next primaries and the fight over trade along the campaign trail; Obama in Saudi Arabia amid tensions in the relationship between two longtime allies; and much more.

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