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News Wrap: First large-scale Ebola vaccine trials begin in Liberia

In our news wrap Monday, about 600 people will participate in the first large-scale Ebola vaccine trials. Tests of two potential vaccines may ultimately involve 27,000 people. Also, civilians in the embattled Donetsk province in Eastern Ukraine ran for cover as pro-Russian rebels fired rockets.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    The latest winter storm dumped fresh misery across New England today, after pounding on the Plains and Midwest. Well over a foot of snow fell in the Chicago area and around the Great Lakes region. A number of schools canceled Monday classes.

    As the storm pushed east, New York State and New England braced for the blow, with more than a foot forecast for Boston.

    Mayor Marty Walsh said plows are still clearing last week's big snow.

  • MAYOR MARTY WALSH, Boston:

    This weekend, Michael Dennehy and his team removed about 6,000 truckloads of snow off the streets of Boston.

    And as you can see, there still was a lot. Before the storm today, there was a lot of snow out there. So, it shows you how much we actually got during the blizzard. So we're going to continue that effort. After this snowstorm is cleared up, we're going to continue to try and get as much snow off the street as possible, particularly with the very cold weather.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The storm also disrupted air travel, with a combined 6,600 flights canceled since Sunday. Many of those were supposed to bring Super Bowl fans back from Arizona.

    Wall Street started the month on a high note. A gain in oil prices outweighed the news that manufacturing grew in December at its slowest pace in a year. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 196 points to close at 17361; the Nasdaq rose 41 to close at 4676; and the S&P 500 added nearly 26 points to finish near 2121.

    There was no sign of a break today in the standoff over a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants in Syria. The government of Jordan has agreed to the group's demand to release a convicted terrorist, but it said again today it needs reassurance.

  • MOHAMMED AL-MOMANI, Jordanian Government Spokesman (through interpreter):

    We demand and emphasize our demand for proof of life of the pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh. Then we can speak about further steps. We follow up around the clock, and our security organizations are following up on this case.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Fears for the pilot's safety ran even higher after a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, was beheaded over the weekend.

    In Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels pressed their offensive across multiple fronts today. Civilians ran for cover as rockets streaked across towns in the embattled province of Donetsk. Many scavenged the rubble for belongings as they prepared to evacuate from their homes.

    Meanwhile, rebel leaders announced plans to swell their ranks to 100,000 fighters.

  • ALEKSANDR ZAKHARCHENKO, Prime Minister, Donetsk People’s Republic (through interpreter):

    We will mobilize enough people to the army, because considering the situation on the fronts and what Ukraine does, we will have to mobilize people who are able to carry weapons. After today's events, it has become urgent.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Almost 2,000 people have fled the fighting in the last few days.

    The first large-scale Ebola vaccine trials began today in Liberia. About 600 volunteers are taking part in the effort, which ultimately may involve 27,000 people. They're testing two potential vaccines, one developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the other by Canadian health officials.

    It's been 800 years since rebellious barons forced an English king to accept essential rights under law. They were enshrined in the Magna Carta. And, today, the surviving copies from that summer of 1215 went on display in London.

    Sally Biddulph of Independent Television News reports.

  • SALLY BIDDULPH:

    The founding document behind our rule of law and citizens' rights, these four remaining original copies have been brought together for the first time in eight centuries, two from the British Library and one from each of the cathedrals in Salisbury and Lincoln.

  • VERY REV. JUNE OSBORNE, Dean, Salisbury Cathedral:

    It's unprecedented for Salisbury to move its Magna Carta out of the cathedral. We did it for just a little while just during the Second World War, when we put it in a quarry in Wiltshire, but you can guarantee that our copy has never left Wiltshire in 800 years.

  • SALLY BIDDULPH:

    When King John stamped the Magna Carta in Runnymede with his royal seal in 1215, little did he know it would herald parliamentary democracy.

    JULIAN HARRISON, Curator of Medieval Manuscripts, British Library: Well, the Magna Carta has this global resonance. It established for the first time that everybody was subject to the law. Nobody, not even the king, was above the law. And that's a principle which has stood the — stood time and is still valid today.

  • SALLY BIDDULPH:

    The Magna Carta manuscripts are only together on display for three days, with tickets to the event drawn from a ballot. Translated from the Latin, it means "Great Charter," and great it was, its impact still resonating down the ages.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Weeks after King John accepted the Magna Carta, the pope voided it, but its fundamental tenets were reaffirmed in succeeding documents.

    Back in this country, union workers at nine oil refineries and chemical plants were out on strike for a second day. Those are the first such walkouts since 1980, and they're affecting plants that account for about 10 percent of the nation's refining capacity. The workers are demanding higher pay, better benefits, and safer work conditions.

    And the New England Patriots celebrated their dramatic win in Super Bowl XLIX, which set a new television record with 114 million viewers. The Patriots edged the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 last night in Glendale, Arizona. It's their fourth championship in six tries since 2000. A victory parade in Boston has been delayed, though, until Wednesday, as the city digs out from its record snowfall.

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