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News Wrap: Investigators hunt for Russian plane crash clues

In our news wrap Monday, investigators combed through the wreckage of a Sunday jetliner crash outside Moscow that killed all 71 people on board. Officials say they recovered two black boxes. Also, Also, the Senate is set to being a rare, open-ended debate on immigration, with a focus on President Trump's plan, which Democrats say is a non-starter.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day’s other news: Wall Street followed up Friday’s rally and regained more of last week’s losses. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 410 points to close at 24601. The Nasdaq rose 107 points, and the S&P 500 added 36. All three indexes are still down roughly 7 percent from the highs they reached just last month.

    The U.S. Senate is beginning a rare open-ended debate on immigration this evening. President Trump’s plan includes a pathway to citizenship for those brought to the U.S. as children without documentation. It would also restrict legal immigration and fund a border wall. Democrats say the plan is a nonstarter.

    In Russia, investigators combed through wreckage for clues today, after Sunday’s plane crash near Moscow. All 71 people on board were killed. The Russian jetliner went down in a field shortly after taking off. Officials say they have recovered two black boxes that could shed light on what happened.

  • Sergey Poletykin:

    Both flight data recorders were found and sent to be decoded by the Interstate Aviation Committee. The committee will publish the decoded transcript on its official Web site later on. We have already found over 700 fragments.

    You have seen that we have already sent away a plane carrying the first load of 453 fragments of the victims.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Investigators say they don’t yet know the cause, but they have ruled out a terror attack.

    There’s word that South Africa’s ruling party is demanding that President Jacob Zuma resign within 48 hours. That’s according to the state-run South African Broadcasting Corporation. Zuma faces a bevy of corruption allegations, but he’s denied all wrongdoing. An executive committee of the ruling African National Congress met today to decide Zuma’s fate.

    Power has been restored to parts of Puerto Rico that lost it Sunday night. An explosion and fire at an electric substation caused the outage. Officials said the northern part of the island was affected, and crews worked through the night. The U.S. territory is still struggling to restore power everywhere, five months after Hurricane Maria.

  • The National Portrait Gallery unveiled two new works today:

    formal images of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. The Obamas were there for the ceremony in Washington, alongside their painters, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald

    Mrs. Obama said she hopes the portraits will speak to future generations.

  • Michelle Obama:

    I’m also thinking of all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up and they will see an image of someone who looks like them. I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives, because I was one of those girls.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Wiley and Sherald are the first black artists to receive a presidential portrait commission from the National Gallery.

    And, finally, highlights from day three at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. More gold on slopes and skis and a little bit of history.

    Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel, a turn, in Olympic figure skating. The Canadians took the gold in the team figure skating event, while the U.S. won bronze. And American Jamie Anderson clinched gold in slope-style snowboarding. She also won at Sochi in 2014.

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