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News Wrap: Ecuador bus crash kills dozens

In our news wrap Tuesday, a bus struck an oncoming vehicle at high speed and flipped southeast of Quito, Ecuador. At least 24 people were killed and 22 were injured; many of the passengers were Colombian and Venezuelan. Also, a car plowed into pedestrians in London, outside the Houses of Parliament, injuring three people.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news, an early morning bus crash in Ecuador killed at least 24 people, and injured 22. Officials said the bus struck an oncoming vehicle at high speed, and flipped. It happened southeast of the capital, Quito, in an area known as "dead man's curve". Many of the passengers were Colombian and Venezuelan.

    A car plowed into pedestrians in London today, outside the Houses of Parliament, injuring three. It was the latest such incident in the city. Police labeled it a terrorist act. The crash came during the busy morning rush hour. The driver was taken into custody, but investigators said he had refused to talk.

    Back in this country, President Trump escalated his war of words with former White House senior adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman. In her new book, she claims there is an audio recording of Mr. Trump using a racial slur. On Twitter today, the president called her a, quote, crazed, crying low life and referred to her as "that dog".

    Later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to guarantee that there is no tape of Mr. Trump using the n-word.

  • Sarah Sanders:

    I can't guarantee anything, but I can tell you that the president has addressed this question directly. I can tell you that I've never heard it.

  • Reporter:

    Just to be clear, you can't guarantee it?

  • Sarah Sanders:

    Look, I haven't been in every single room. I can tell you the president has addressed this directly. He's addressed it directly to the American people. And I can tell you what the focus and the heart of the president is, and that's on helping all Americans.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Meanwhile, the Trump campaign says it's suing Manigault Newman, accusing her of violating a non-disclosure agreement. We'll focus on that issue later in the program.

    The defense for former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort rested its case today, without calling any witnesses. Manafort faces charges of bank and tax fraud from the years before he joined the Trump campaign. Closing arguments will begin tomorrow morning.

    A scathing grand jury report in Pennsylvania today describes decades of Catholic priests sexually abusing children. The panel found that at least 1,000 children were molested by more than 300 clergy, over many years. But, it claims a conspiracy of silence extended all the way to the Vatican.

  • Josh Shapiro:

    The cover-up was sophisticated, and all the while, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover-up. These documents, from the diocese' own secret archives formed the backbone of this investigation.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    That was Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro. He and a journalist with a Catholic publication will join us after the news summary.

    Authorities in Chile raided the offices of a major Catholic church organization today. They are investigating accusations that members of the Marist Brothers religious order molested children. The raid targeted the church's episcopal conference headquarters in Santiago. It comes after Pope Francis denounced a culture of abuse and cover-up in the Chilean church.

    In Afghanistan, Taliban fighters overran a military base, killing at least 17 soldiers. They attacked the site in northern Faryab Province, and claimed dozens of soldiers surrendered. But, in the east, Afghan troops said they pushed Taliban forces back from Ghazni after a five- day battle. Hundreds have been killed, and hundreds more have fled.

    The president of Turkey called today for boycotting U.S. electronic and other goods, in a growing diplomatic dispute. Last week, the U.S. doubled tariffs on Turkish metals, because Ankara is holding an American preacher on terror charges. But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted today to members of his ruling party that Turkey will not give way.

  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan (through translator):

    We need to maintain a firm political stance. Since the economic attack we are being exposed to has nothing to do with our economic realities, there are other intentions behind this. We need to take our position accordingly. We will produce every products we are importing from abroad with foreign currency here and we will be the ones exporting these products.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The Turkish lira fell to record lows against the dollar earlier this week, over tensions with the U.S. and Erdogan's economic policies.

    Back in this country, the California wildfires have claimed another firefighter's life, the sixth one this year. A Utah firefighter died last night battling the huge Mendocino complex fire, north of San Francisco. Separately, most of Yosemite National Park reopened after fires forced it to close for nearly three weeks.

    A West Virginia Supreme Court justice announced her retirement today, after being impeached. Robin Davis is one of four justices accused of misspending more than 3 million dollars on office renovations. The state house impeached all four on Monday. Davis said she will let a special election choose her replacement.

    And on Wall Street, small company stocks and retailers led the way. The Dow Jones industrial Average gained 112 points to close near 25,300. The Nasdaq rose 51, and the S&P 500 added 18.

    Still to come on the NewsHour, hundreds of Catholic priests named in another sex abuse scandal. Can White House employees be bound by non-disclosure agreements? An impassioned look inside the opioid crisis and its hold on the nation. Plus, much more.

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