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News Wrap: Homeland Security investigating Secret Service incident at White House

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    The latest incident involving Secret Service agents took a new turn today. Two senior agents had allegedly been drinking when their car hit a security barricade at the White House last week. Now, The Washington Post reports, they may have disrupted a bomb investigation and driven over a suspicious package that later turned out to be a book.

    Officials said today the Homeland Security Department has opened an investigation into the incident.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Divers off the Florida Panhandle have found an Army helicopter that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 servicemen. The seven U.S. Marines and four National Guardsmen were on a special operations training mission Tuesday night. The fire chief from nearby Eglin Air Force Base says a salvage unit will try to raise the wreckage.

  • MARK GIULIANO, Fire Chief, Eglin Air Force Base:

    But, as you can see with the conditions, and we have some weather coming in later on, they're probably not going to be able to start any operation tonight. I don't know what the weather is tomorrow, but I believe we have some more weather coming tomorrow, so that may hamper the beginning of their operation.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The helicopter went down in heavy fog, after another helicopter had turned back because of the conditions.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Another Canadian National Railway train derailed overnight, the third in a week; 13 cars jumped the tracks in rural Manitoba near the town of Gregg, and one of them spilled an oil product. There's been growing concern in Canada over the — and the U.S. over oil train derailments.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In Bangladesh, at least five people were killed when a cement factory collapsed. Dozens more were feared trapped. Rescue workers in the port city of Mongla struggled to break through the mangled debris and beams throughout the day. They managed to rescue at least 40 people. Two years ago, more than 1,100 died when a garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, the country's capital.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Iran's supreme leader today rejected a warning letter from U.S. senators over nuclear negotiations. In the letter, 47 Republicans said any agreement that lacks congressional approval might be scrapped by the next U.S. president.

    In Tehran today, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei fired back that the letter shows American deceit and disintegration.

  • AYATOLLAH ALI KHAMENEI, Supreme Leader, Iran (through interpreter):

    These gentlemen, the senators, have openly announced that when the current administration is no longer in office, the deal that America is making will be null and void. This is the ultimate degree of the collapse of political ethics.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Khamenei has generally supported the nuclear talks, while expressing doubt about U.S. motives.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Tensions between Yemen and Saudi Arabia ratcheted up today. Shiite rebels who now control much of Yemen began military exercises in their home province near Saudi Arabia. The Saudis regard them as terrorists backed by Iran. Also today, rebels opened fire on Sunni protesters in Southern Yemen, killing at least one person.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The death toll from Ebola in West Africa has passed the 10,000 mark. The World Health Organization marked the milestone today, in the year-old outbreak. And there was word that an American medical worker has been infected in Sierra Leone. The National Institutes of Health said the patient will arrive at its hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The Kremlin tried today to quash rumors that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ailing. Putin is 62 years old. He has not been seen in public since March 5, and he canceled a trip to Kazakstan. But a spokesman insisted today there's nothing wrong.

    DMITRY PESKOV, Spokesman for Vladimir Putin: Well, there is absolutely no reason for any doubts about the state of his health. His health is really perfect and everything is OK with him. And he's working in accordance with his traditionally overloaded working schedule.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Meanwhile, Russia's actions in Ukraine prompted the government of Poland today to announce nationwide defense exercises.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Back in this country, Wall Street bounced back from Monday's big losses, partly on upbeat news about bank dividends. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 260 points to close near 17900. The Nasdaq rose 43 points, and the S&P 500 was up 25.

    And the Reverend Willie Barrow died at a Chicago hospital today. She was a civil rights field organizer for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the '60s and took part in the marches on Washington and in Selma, Alabama. More recently, she focused on gun violence in Chicago. Reverend Willie Barrow was 90 years old.

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