News Wrap: House votes on reform to electoral vote count, malaria outbreaks in Pakistan

In our news wrap Wednesday, the House approved a bill to block future attempts at subverting presidential elections and close loopholes in the law, medical workers struggled to contain malaria outbreaks as mosquitoes breed in the wake of flooding in Pakistan and Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver announced he's selling both teams after allegations of racist and anti-female speech.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: New York state sued former President Trump, his three eldest children and his company, alleging business fraud. The civil lawsuit says they inflated Mr. Trump's net worth by billions of dollars by exaggerating the value of his key real estate properties.

    New York state Attorney General Letitia James announced the lawsuit in Manhattan.

  • Letitia James, New York Attorney General:

    Claiming you have money that you do not have does not amount to the art of the deal. It's the art of the steal. And there cannot be different rules for different people in this country or in this state. And former presidents are no different.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Mr. Trump called the suit a witch-hunt by a Democratic official.

    We will take a closer look later in the program.

    The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a bill to block future attempts at subverting presidential elections. It's a direct response to the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and closes loopholes in a centuries-old law. The Trump camp tried to exploit those loopholes to overturn the 2020 election results. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.

    Hurricane Fiona has grown into a Category 4 storm, with winds of 130 miles an hour. The storm slowly swirled toward Bermuda late today. It is forecast to arrive there by Thursday night or early Friday. In its wake, roughly one million homes and businesses in Puerto Rico still have no power and 1.3 million people have no running water.

    In Pakistan, medical workers struggle today to contain malaria outbreaks, as swarms of mosquitoes breed in the wake of catastrophic flooding. The disease is spreading in refugee camps, where hundreds of thousands of people face desperate conditions. In addition to sickness, many are going hungry.

  • Abdullah Mallah, Refugee (through translator):

    Our problem is food. They give us a one-kilogram packet of cooked rice every morning. I have a huge family. How is this going to feed all the men, women and children in our family?

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Pakistani officials say the floodwaters spanning hundreds of square miles won't entirely recede for up to six months.

    Back in this country, Robert Sarver, the owner of the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury pro basketball teams, announced that he is selling both franchises. It comes a week after he was suspended by the NBA over allegations of racist and anti-female speech. Sarver bought the teams in 2004.

    And on Wall Street, the latest interest rate hike pushed stocks lower. Major indexes fell 1.7 percent or more. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 522 points to close at 30183. The Nasdaq fell nearly 205 points. The S&P 500 sheds 66.

    And a new monument in Missouri now officially marks the center of the country. It was unveiled today in the small town of Hartville, east of Springfield. It signifies the geographic center of how the U.S. population is distributed. The population center is calculated every 10 years after the latest census. We will have to go take a look.

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