News Wrap: Florida congresswoman indicted in fraudulent charity scandal

In our news wrap Friday, Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., and her chief of staff, were indicted on fraud charges, accused of lining their pockets with money from a fake charity that was supposed to give scholarships to poor kids. Also, a series of deadly terror attacks in Baghdad, including a car bombing that killed at least 186 people Sunday, leads to a major security shakeup.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: a deadly night in Dallas. Authorities are piecing together a sniper attack that left five police officers dead and seven wounded, ending a week filled with violence and sorrow.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Here in Dallas, emotions are still running high after the worst attack on police since 9/11. We will have the latest.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Then, I sit down with Hillary Clinton to talk the state of race and justice in the U.S.

    HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presumptive Presidential Nominee: The cuts across so many of the divides in our country, and it should send a clarion call to every single one of us. We do not want to live like this.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And it's Friday. Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze this full week of news.

    All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."

    (BREAK)

    A sitting member of the U.S. House has been indicted on fraud charges. Florida Democrat Corrine Brown and her chief of staff were charged today. The indictment says they used funds from a fraudulent charity to line their own pockets. The money was supposed to fund scholarships for poor students.

    Economic news, meanwhile, was positive. Hiring in the U.S. surged in June, after two months of subpar results. The Labor Department reports employers added a net 287,000 jobs, the most since last October. The unemployment rate rose two-tenths to 4.9 percent, as more people started looking for work.

    The jobs news helped Wall Street finish recovering from the Brexit sell-off. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 250 points to close at 18146. The Nasdaq rose nearly 80 points, and the S&P 500 added 32.

    In Iraq, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi fired Baghdad's security chief and accepted the interior minister's resignation, after a wave of Islamic State attacks. At least 186 people died Sunday in a Baghdad car bombing, and an attack last night in Balad killed 37 more at a Shiite shrine. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the shrine's entrance, allowing other attackers to push inside.

    Iraq's top Shiite cleric blamed poor security.

    AHMED AL-SAFI, Representative for Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani (through translator): At the beginning of this week, at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, ISIS targeted innocent people and killed hundreds of them. Last night, the terrorists targeted the holy shrine.

    So, if the authorities won't live up to their responsibilities and put an end to such security violations, the terrorists will continue committing crimes against the Iraqi people.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The attacks come as ISIS has been losing territory elsewhere in Iraq.

    The number of refugees seeking asylum in Germany dropped sharply in the first half of the year. Berlin says 222,000 people have registered so far. The number for all of last year topped one million.

    Since then, the Balkan nations have largely shut off overland migration, and Turkey has curbed crossing of the Aegean Sea in a deal with the European Union.

    And back in this country, the House of Representatives passed last-minute legislation to stem the surge in drug abuse deaths, and they sent it to the Senate. Nearly 50,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2014. That's the last year measured. And it's double the figure from 2000. More than half are caused by heroin and opioids.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": Hillary Clinton on the Dallas police shooting and race relations in the U.S.; NATO's largest military buildup in Europe since the end of the Cold War; and much more.

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