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News Wrap: No jail time for former CIA director Petraeus for sharing secrets with mistress

On our news wrap Thursday, a federal judge sentenced former CIA Director David Petraeus to two years probation and a $100,000 fine for giving classified material to his biographer and mistress. Also, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch, the first black woman to serve as attorney general.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The U.S. Senate Confirmed Loretta Lynch as attorney general today — 56 to 43 — after more than a five-month wait.

    Her nomination had stalled over an abortion dispute in a sex trafficking bill.

    Republicans also criticized her support for President Obama’s immigration orders limiting deportations.

    Democrats, including Chuck Schumer of New York, said she deserved better.

  • SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER, (D) New York:

    She’s just great. But. One sad note. There’s one cloud on this sunny day and that’s the long time it took to confirm her. We’ve heard about a whole lot of issues completely unrelated to her experience or qualifications. No one has assailed Loretta Lynch.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Lynch is currently the U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York.

    As attorney general, she’ll succeed Eric Holder, who’s clashed frequently with Republicans.

    Chuck Grassley — who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee — argued she won’t be the clean break that’s needed.

  • SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY, (R) Iowa:

    No one disputes that she has an impressive legal background. It was her testimony before the committee that caused many concerns for many senators, including me, after thoroughly reviewing that testimony, I concluded that she won’t lead the department in a different direction.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In the end, ten Republicans voted to confirm, including Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader.

    Lynch will be the first black woman to serve as attorney general.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    There will be no jail time for former CIA Director David Petraeus.

    A federal judge sentenced him to two years’ probation today for giving classified material to his mistress, who was also his biographer. He’ll also pay a $100 thousand dollar fine.

    The retired general made a brief statement after his court session in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS (RET)., former CIA Director:

    Today marks the end of a two-and-a-half year ordeal that resulted from mistakes that I made. As I did in the past, I apologized to those closest to me, and many others, including those with whom I was privileged to serve with in the military over the years.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Petraeus resigned his CIA post in 2012, after admitting to the affair. Before that, he’d led U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A major merger in the telecom world has crumbled. It was widely reported today that Comcast will drop its offer to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion dollars. The proposal had run into opposition from federal regulators. A formal announcement could come tomorrow.

  • GWEN IFILL:

     There’s word that North Korea may already have 20 nuclear warheads – and the ability to double its arsenal by next year.

    An account in the Wall Street Journal says Chinese nuclear experts relayed that estimate in a closed-door meeting earlier this year.

    North Korea has carried out three nuclear tests in recent years

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Leaders of the European Union agreed late today to triple the funding for rescuing migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa.

    The announcement came at an emergency session in Brussels.

    Cathy Newman of Independent Television News is there.

  • CATHY NEWMAN, ITN:

    It’s a tragedy that for just a minute silenced Europe’s usually vocal political leaders. Prime ministers and presidents bowing their heads in memory of the 1,700 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean after these same EU leaders scrapped a rescue and search operation.

    Do you think the EU has failed in its moral duty?

  • ALEXANDER STUBB, Prime Minister, Finland:

    Well I think the EU has failed in the sense that the 800 people have just died. The EU has failed in that the flow of vessels and refugees keeps flowing in. And that’s what we’re trying to do now, is to solve the problem.

  • CATHY NEWMAN:

      A cri de coeur from across the square. These more fortunate migrants say that military intervention by the west in Libya and beyond unleash chaos which is causing their compatriots to flee in the thousands. So there’s a moral obligation to help.

  • PROTESTER:

    They are the cause of all that is happening in Africa.

  • CATHY NEWMAN:

    You mean the West destabilizing…

  • PROTESTER:

    The West, and the U.S. they are the cause of what is going on in Africa.

  • CATHY NEWMAN:

    It’s too late for these victims, but the EU plan proposes what the Italian prime minister calls targeted military intervention, capturing and destroying the people trafficking.

    As part of the fight back, the Royal Navy H.S. Bulwark, already by chance in the Mediterranean, will pluck hundreds of migrants to safety. Once aboard, they have a legal right to claim asylum in Britain. Something officials are determined to circumvent. No wonder a senior British diplomat told me this is one of the great insoluble problems of our age. How to save lives without sacrificing a tough approach to immigration, demanded by many European voters.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Italy now estimates that up to 200,000 migrants will try to cross from North Africa this year.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    U.S. led air strikes in Syria have killed nearly 2,100 people since September.

    That’s according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in Britain.

    The group says more than 1900 of those killed were Islamic State fighters — the main targets of the strikes.

    Another 90 were said to be members of the Al Nusra front, linked to al-Qaeda.

    66 of the dead were identified as civilians, including 10 children.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Back in this country, the U.S. Geological Survey warned today that man-made earthquakes are on the rise — and that oil and gas drilling is to blame.

    It’s the first comprehensive look at the problem.The report cites growing seismic activity in eight southern and Midwestern states where hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — is being used intensively.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    and on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 20 points to close near 18,060.

    The NASDAQ also rose 20, finally topping its record close set 15 years ago, in the dot-com bubble.

    And the S&P 500 added 5.

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