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News Wrap: Federal trial postponed again for Dylann Roof

In our news wrap Tuesday, a federal trial for the man accused of killing nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, has been postponed for a third time. Also, the Israeli military says troops shot and killed two more Palestinians in attempted stabbings in the West Bank.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In the day's other news, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired police Superintendent Garry McCarthy today over the killing of a black teenager.

    Video released last week showed Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by a white officer in October of 2014. Today, the mayor said the police department needs — quote — "fresh eyes and new leadership."

  • MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL, Chicago:

    Any case of excessive force or abuse of authority undermines the entire force and the trust we must build with every community in the city. Police officers are only effective if they are trusted by all Chicagoans, whoever they are and wherever they live in the city.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Meanwhile, Jason Van Dyke, the officer involved in the shooting, has been charged with first-degree murder. And late today, the Illinois state attorney general called for a federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago police. We will examine what led to today's firing later in the program.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    A federal trial has been delayed again for Dylann Roof, accused of killing nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina. A judge postponed it for the third time today, giving the defense more time to review thousands of pages of evidence. Roof faces federal charges of hate crimes and firearms violations. A trial on murder charges, in state court, is set for next July.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    More bloodshed in the Middle East today. The Israeli military says troops shot and killed two more Palestinians in attempted stabbings. Both attacks happened in the West Bank, but hours apart.

    The army didn't say how close the attackers, a man and a woman, got to their targets. Since mid-September, 19 Israelis and at least 100 Palestinians have died in the ongoing violence.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The number of refugees fleeing to Europe by sea fell last month for the first time this year. The U.N. Refugee Agency says the number was roughly 140,000, down from 220,000 in October. It cited turbulent seas and Turkish action against smugglers. But thousands have arrived on Greek islands this week alone, many of them among the most vulnerable.

  • SARAH CROWE, Spokesperson, UNICEF:

    The numbers of women and children continue to climb, which is for us, quite honestly, something of a surprise, and we can only assume that this is a sense of the desperation that families are going through. When you take your whole family with you, it means you don't have schools for your children, you don't have proper shelter, you have no sense of what lies ahead.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The U.N. estimates more than one million migrants and refugees will enter Europe this year.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Investigators in Indonesia say they have determined why an AirAsia jetliner crashed last December, killing all 162 on board. They said today that a recurring problem with the rudder control system, and miscommunication among the crew, brought the plane down. Search teams had to recover the wreckage from the Java Sea after the crash. They also found the black box flight recorders that helped explain what happened.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Back in this country, there's word the number of Americans with newly diagnosed diabetes is falling after decades of rising. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports cases fell by about one-fifth from 2008 to 2014 to 1.4 million. Experts say they're not sure what's causing the drop, but better eating habits could be a factor.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Ceremonies in Montgomery, Alabama, today marked a seminal moment in the civil rights movement. It was 60 years ago that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus and triggered a boycott. The commemorations focused on the Baptist church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the boycott.

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was among the speakers, along with Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell.

    REP. TERRI SEWELL (D), Alabama: We're here not only to celebrate 60 years, but to know that in order for us to get 60 years further down the way, we must do our part. We must do our part. You know, the price of freedom is never free. It has been paid for by the blood and tears of so many, and all of us know that we get to stand because Rosa refused to sit.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Rosa Parks died in 2005, at the age of 92.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the birth of a daughter today and a huge new charity. Zuckerberg said he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, will give away nearly all of their Facebook stock, valued at $45 billion. They will focus on fighting disease, improving education and reducing poverty.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In economic news, U.S. auto sales hit a 14-year high last month, thanks to major holiday discounts. That data, plus better economic indicators from Europe and Japan, went down well on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 168 points to close at 17888. The Nasdaq rose 47 points. And the S&P 500 added 22.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    And starting today, menus at chain restaurants in New York City will carry a warning about salt. A salt shaker emblem will note menu items that have more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium. That's the daily limit many nutritionists recommend, about one teaspoon of salt. It's the first such rule in the country.

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