In our news wrap Tuesday, the investigation of apparent serial bombings in Texas shifted after a package with an Austin address exploded at a FedEx shipping center outside San Antonio. Also, a 17-year-old student shot and wounded two fellow students at a Maryland high school. The shooter was fatally shot in a confrontation with a school officer.
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The investigation of apparent serial bombings in Texas shifted today. There had already been four bombings in Austin that killed two people. Overnight, a package exploded at a FedEx shipping center just outside of San Antonio. One worker suffered minor injuries, and the site was cordoned off for a painstaking all-day search.
We're still searching the packages right now to ensure that there is no other devices there. So, we're asking just people just to be patient, and if they know of something, definitely call your local FBI, your local ATF or your local police department and report it. We need the public's help right now.
The package was sent from Austin to an address in Austin. The investigation now includes more than 500 law enforcement officials.
A high school in Great Mills, Maryland is the latest to suffer a fatal shooting. A 17-year-old boy with a handgun wounded two other students today. Then, he was fatally shot in a confrontation with a deputy stationed at the school. One victim, a girl, was in critical condition. The local sheriff said it appears she previously had a relationship with the shooter.
President Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin today to congratulate him on his reelection. The White House said he didn't ask Putin about Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Mr. Trump confirmed the call as he met with the Saudi crown prince. He said a face-to-face meeting may be coming.
President Donald Trump:
We had a very good call. And I suspect that we will probably be meeting in the not-too-distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control. But we will never allow anybody to have anything even close to what we have, and also to discuss Ukraine and Syria, and North Korea, and various other things.
Republican Senator John McCain criticized the call. He said in a statement, "An American president doesn't lead the free world by congratulating dictators on sham elections."
The Senate Intelligence Committee is calling for major new efforts to block Russian meddling in the midterm elections this fall. Republicans and Democrats on the panel urged a series of measures today. They include updating election equipment and improving communications between U.S. intelligence agencies and states, among other things.
Twenty-three Russian diplomats left Britain today, expelled over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent. Vans carrying the diplomats and their families departed from the Russian Embassy in London for flights back to Moscow. The British said they are, in fact, spies. Russia has denied trying to kill Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a nerve agent, and it has, in turn, expelled 23 British diplomats.
In China, President Xi Jinping sounded warnings today to opponents at home and abroad. He told the National Congress that Chinese citizens must follow the absolute, unquestioned leadership of the Communist Party. and he told Taiwan not to formally declare independence.
President Xi Jinping:
Safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity is in the common aspiration of all sons and daughters of the Chinese nation. It's also in the fundamental interest of the Chinese nation. Any actions and tricks to split China are doomed to fail, and will face the condemnation of the people and the punishment by history.
Xi's tough talk comes days after the rubber-stamp Parliament abolished term limits, effectively allowing him to rule indefinitely.
Back in this country, new legal action involving President Trump. Former Playboy model Karen McDougal says she had an affair with Mr. Trump. Now she's suing to void a deal with The National Enquirer. She says the tabloid paid $150,000 for her story in 2016, but never ran it.
And a judge in New York ruled that Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice," may continue her defamation suit against the president. Mr. Trump has said her claim that he groped her is fiction.
A federal judge in Mississippi has temporarily blocked the state's new law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The governor signed the measure into law yesterday, and the state's sole abortion clinic quickly filed suit. Today's ruling suspends the new law until the case is decided.
On Wall Street today, stocks made back some of Monday's losses. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 116 points to close at 24727. The Nasdaq rose 20 points, and the S&P 500 added four.
Billionaire and former Commerce Secretary Peter G. Peterson died today. He worked in the Nixon Cabinet and became a leading voice for entitlement reform. He also co-founded Blackstone Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms. Pete Peterson was 91 years old.
And the last male northern white rhino has died of old age at a conservancy in Kenya. The 45-year-old animal, named Sudan, was euthanized Monday. Scientists hope his stored semen can be used in the two surviving females and save the subspecies from extinction. The rhinos had fallen prey to warring armies in their African habitat and to poachers.
Still to come on the "NewsHour", privacy concerns raised after a company collects data from 50 million unwitting Facebook users; Congress races toward another deadline to pass a spending bill; an abortion case before the Supreme Court; and much more.