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News Wrap: Former Sen. Kyl tapped for McCain’s interim seat

In our news wrap Tuesday, former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl will fill John McCain’s U.S. Senate seat in Arizona for now. Kyl says he will serve until January. Also, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are under states of emergency as the storm named Gordon comes ashore.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    And in day's other news — and there was some other news this day — former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl will fill the late John McCain's U.S. Senate seat, for now. Kyl is a Republican who retired in 2012 after three terms. He's currently helping guide Brett Kavanaugh in his effort to win Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court.

    Arizona's Republican Governor Doug Ducey made the appointment today and lauded Kyl's experience.

  • Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Ariz.:

    I wanted to pick the best possible person, regardless of politics. There is big work to be done in the United States Senate. No one in the state of Arizona has the stature of Jon Kyl. I asked, and I'm grateful that he accepted.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    McCain's term runs until 2022, but Kyl says he will serve only through January. Arizona's governor would then have to name a new interim senator until a special election in 2020.

    Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are under states of emergency tonight, as the storm named Gordon comes ashore. It drove across the Gulf of Mexico today, building toward hurricane strength. Coastal residents in Louisiana readied sandbags, while Mississippi's governor warned that even a minimal hurricane can be dangerous.

  • Gov. Phil Bryant, R-Miss.:

    We want people to take this very seriously. It's not time to be playing in the surf. It's not time to be wind-boarding. It is time to take this as a serious storm and be prepared to react to it.

  • JJudy Woodruff:

    As a precaution, the Coast Guard today closed the ports of Gulfport and Pascagoula in Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama, until the storm passes.

    A typhoon ripped through the Western coast of Japan today, the strongest to make landfall there in 25 years. More than 700 flights were canceled after the Osaka region's main airport flooded and strong winds blew a tanker ship into a bridge to the airport. The storm left at least two people dead, closed schools, and knocked out power to more than 1.6 million households.

    The United States is sounding new alarms about Syria. That comes as a government offensive against Idlib province appears imminent. It is the lone remaining rebel stronghold. The White House said today that a Syrian attack backed by Russia would be a reckless escalation. And U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned that chemical weapons could be used.

  • Nikki Haley:

    What you are seeing is the president saying to Iran, Russia and Assad, don't go there. We're not going to accept it. It's not OK.

    What you're saying from us and the fact that the Security Council wants to talk about it is, do not let a chemical weapons attack happen on the people of Idlib.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Moscow dismissed U.S. warnings, and Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes on Idlib for the first time in three weeks.

    The founder of Afghanistan's outlawed Haqqani Network has died. The Taliban announced today that Jalaluddin Haqqani passed away Monday at the age of 71. He was once a U.S. ally against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. But he later joined the Taliban. The U.S. branded his group a terror organization in 2012.

    Back in this country, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that he's not running for a third term next year. He didn't address rising criticism over gun violence, police conduct and race relations. Instead, the two-term Democratic mayor said this has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime.

  • Rahm Emanuel:

    Through thick and thin, we tried to do right by our city's future. No matter how difficult the path, we never wavered or shrunk from our responsibilities. And I will never forget the honor it has been to serve alongside you, the people of Chicago.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Rahm Emanuel had served as White House chief of staff for President Obama and before that three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency misspent more than $3.5 million on security for former chief Scott Pruitt. EPA 's inspector general reported that finding today. The office the cost included travel for Pruitt's 19 bodyguards. His predecessor had six. Pruitt left in July amid scandals over his spending and other alleged.

    Abuses and on Wall Street, Amazon briefly joined Apple as the only companies valued at $1 trillion, and then retreated below that mark later in the day. Overall, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 12 points to close at 25952. The Nasdaq fell 18 and the S&P 500 slipped four.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour", the ancient casualties of a museum fire in Brazil; Nike takes a risk by featuring Colin Kaepernick in its latest ad campaign; Billie Jean King's legacy on and off the court; plus much more.

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