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News Wrap: Florida extends voter registration deadline after system crash

In our news wrap Tuesday, Florida extended voter registration to tonight after its online system crashed Monday. The failure may have prevented thousands of people from enrolling to cast ballots. Also, Russian dissident Alexei Navalny says the Kremlin had him poisoned to head off losses in next year’s parliamentary elections. Navalny made his first video appearance since leaving a German hospital.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: The state of Florida extended voter registration until this evening, after its online system crashed on Monday. It happened hours before the original deadline, and it may have stopped thousands of people from signing up.

    Republican Governor Ron DeSantis says the system was overwhelmed.

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis:

    If 500,000 people descend at the same time, it creates a bottleneck. And that's what we see. So there were people who would go, couldn't get through, and then they would try again, and they would get through. But it obviously wasn't smooth, because you had so much traffic.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Meanwhile, top national security officials offered new assurances about the November election's integrity. In a video message, the heads of the FBI, the National Security Agency and others insisted all votes will be safeguarded. President Trump has repeatedly claimed that mail-in votes, especially, cannot be trusted.

    Hurricane Delta has grown into a potentially disastrous Category 4 storm overnight, with sustained winds at 145 miles an hour. It is bearing down on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, before swinging north to strike the U.S. Gulf Coast by Friday. On Yucatan today, heavy winds and rain battered Cancun and other resort areas. Another storm struck the region last weekend, killing six people.

    In Texas, a white police officer has been charged with murder in the killing of a Black man in Wolfe City, north of Dallas. The Texas Rangers say that Jonathan Price was shot as he walked away, after a reported fight at a convenience store. The statement says that Officer Shaun Lucas first used a stun gun on Price, and then opened fire.

    Russian dissident Alexei Navalny charged today that the Kremlin had him poisoned to head off losses in next year's parliamentary elections. Doctors have said that he tested positive for the Soviet era nerve agent Novichok.

    Today, Navalny made his first video appearance since leaving a hospital in Germany. He pointed at Russian intelligence.

  • Alexei Navalny (through translator):

    The assassins that use chemical weapons are specially trained people. It couldn't just be a rogue oligarch or corrupt official, because the combination of Novichok, people with access to it, and knowing how to use it is about five people in the intelligence service.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Meanwhile, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is a global watchdog group, confirmed that it was a nerve agent attack. Russia has denied any involvement.

    In Kyrgyzstan, elections officials today voided Sunday's parliamentary election results that favored pro-government parties. Mass protests had erupted in the capital, Bishkek, and other cities in the Central Asian state. Smoke bellowed from Bishkek's central government building this morning after protesters stormed in. Hundreds were injured in clashes with police.

    Three scientists have won this year's Nobel Prize for Physics for their work on black holes. Briton Roger Penrose, German Reinhard Genzel and American Andrea Ghez were honored today. It is believed that black holes are tied to the creation of galaxies, and that they swallow light and even time.

    But Ghez says much about them remains a mystery.

  • Andrea Ghez:

    Because they're so hard to understand is what makes them so appealing, this idea that there are objects where — that represent a breakdown of our understanding of the physical world and where you get this mixing of space and time.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Congratulations to those three.

    Ghez is just the fourth woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.

    Democrats on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee called today for curbing big tech companies. A 450-page report found Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple have abused their market dominance by charging excessive fees and extracting valuable data from users. Recommendations include forcing the firms to divest related businesses.

    Also today, Facebook announced a ban on groups that promote QAnon. That's the conspiracy theory claiming there's a child trafficking ring run by celebrities and so-called deep state officials. QAnon portrays President Trump as doing battle with the conspiracy.

    On Wall Street, a rally turned into a rout after President Trump halted stimulus talks with Democrats. The Dow Jones industrial average had been up 200 points, but ended by losing 375 points to close at 27772. The Nasdaq fell 177 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 47.

    And Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Van Halen has died, after a battle with throat cancer. He was acclaimed guitarist, and, starting in 1978, his band Van Halen scored a long list of hits, including the classic "Jump" with David Lee Roth singing.

    Eddie Van Halen was 65 years old.

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