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News Wrap: Feds search Giuliani’s home, office in probe of Ukraine business dealings

In our news wrap Wednesday, federal agents searched the home and office of Rudy Giuliani, former president Trump's personal lawyer, as part of a probe of his business dealings in Ukraine. A North Carolina judge blocked the release of body camera video in the fatal police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. The U.S. Senate voted to restore regulations limiting methane emissions from oil and gas fields.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: The COVID crisis in India piled up huge new numbers again, passing 200,000 deaths overall.

    Ali Rogin has our report.

  • Ali Rogin:

    On Tuesday alone, India's official death toll spiked at almost 3,300, its deadliest day.

  • Manoj Garg (through translator):

    The situation is horrific, absolutely terrible. Everyone is afraid, every single person.

  • Ali Rogin:

    Outside crematoriums, ambulances now wait hours to off-load bodies. Workers hastily build new platforms to keep up with the volume.

    Amit Kaushik waited to cremate a relative.

  • Amit Kaushik:

    For cremation area, we searched two or three, but there are no spaces. And, finally, we came here. And we are waiting for the last two or three hours.

  • Ali Rogin:

    Those who can't find hospital beds suffer in the streets. Even inside ICUs, oxygen and other supplies remain scarce.

  • Dr. Aashish Chaudhry:

    I'm buying oxygen at the rate of gold. You know, it has — the situation has come to that level.

  • Ali Rogin:

    And while India hosts the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, it's running out of shots. At this vaccine center in Mumbai, hopeful recipients were turned away.

  • Pushpa Goswami (through translator):

    They are telling us that injections are not available, as vaccines have not arrived. I registered to come here three days ago.

  • Ali Rogin:

    As the situation worsened, the international community responded. On Tuesday, the first shipment of British aid arrived in New Delhi, including ventilators and oxygen tanks.

    The U.S. is now sending medical equipment and raw materials to make vaccines now. President Biden said Tuesday that doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will also be shipped.

    But Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come under fire for permitting super-spreader events like religious festivals and his own political rallies. Even as the current crisis grew, he urged against lockdowns.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi (through translator):

    Friends, in the current situation we have to save the country from another lockdown. I would also like to request states to only use lockdown as a last resort.

  • Ali Rogin:

    But in the capital city, New Delhi, the last resort has already arrived. Officials there just extended an existing lockdown until May.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Ali Rogin.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    As the crisis deepens in India, COVID-19 infections in the U.S. have fallen nearly 25 percent in the past two weeks.

    A body camera video in the fatal shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. by sheriff's deputies in North Carolina will not be made public for now. A judge in Elizabeth City blocked the release today.

    But, in Chicago, an independent board released video of the Anthony Alvarez killing. He had his back turned and appeared to drop a gun just before police shot him. We will have details later in the program.

    The U.S. Justice Department says three white men in Georgia will face federal hate crimes charges in the Ahmaud Arbery killing. Arbery was jogging in Brunswick, Georgia, last year, when the men allegedly chased and fatally shot him. They already face state murder charges.

    The U.S. Senate today voted to restore regulations aimed at limiting methane emissions from oil and gas fields. Trump era rules had rolled back the rules governing the greenhouse gas. The debate and the vote divided largely down party lines.

  • Sen. Martin Heinrich:

    As we transition toward a 100 percent clean energy future, a future without pollution, we must do all that we can to mitigate the harmful pollution caused by our current use of fossil fuels. And that's exactly what these rules are designed to do.

  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito:

    We shouldn't demonize an industry that is part of the lifeblood of our economy.

    We should celebrate the emissions reduction accomplishments and look for ways to further incentivize those. Let's focus on solutions that address our climate challenges without destroying the economic engines of growth.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, which is expected to approve it.

    Federal investigators today searched the Manhattan apartment in office of Rudy Giuliani, former President Trump's personal lawyer. It's widely reported they seized computers and cell phones in a probe of Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine. In a statement, he denied any improper lobbying.

    Iran isn't talking about a face-off with an American warship in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. Navy says the USS Firebolt fired warning shots Monday night when three Revolutionary Guard vessels came within 70 yards. It's the second incident this month involving U.S. and Iranian vessels.

    Hong Kong's legislature has approved a law that could bar people from entering or leaving, and, thereby, give mainland China even more control. It's the latest such move since the mass protests in 2019. Hong Kong's government denied today that it means to limit anyone's rights.

    Back in this country, the Federal Reserve is once again keeping its benchmark interest rate close to zero. The Central Bank today noted significant progress in the economic recovery. But Chairman Jerome Powell said that the Fed needs more evidence before changing its current policies.

  • Jerome Powell:

    So, we're hopeful that we will see along this path a way to that goal. And we believe we will. It just is a question of when. We have had one great jobs report. Its not enough. We're going to act on actual data, not on our forecast. And we're just going to need far more data. It's no more complicated than that.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Powell acknowledged that inflation has risen, but he said policy-makers believe that's only temporary.

    The Fed's news did little to encourage Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 164 points to close at 33820. The Nasdaq fell 39 points, and the S&P 500 slipped three.

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