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News Wrap: LA school district, teachers reach a tentative deal

In our news wrap Tuesday, the teachers’ strike in Los Angeles may be over. After the union and the school district tentatively agreed on a deal, allowing teachers to return to work Wednesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti praised how the city “rallied around public education." Also, another American service member was killed in Afghanistan, while the death toll from Monday’s Taliban attack rose to 45.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    There is a tentative deal in the week-long teacher's strike in Los Angeles. The union and the school district reached agreement today on a new contract. Mayor Eric Garcetti said teachers will go back to work tomorrow, and he suggested something good came out of the strike.

  • Eric Garcetti:

    We have seen over the last few weeks the way that the city has rallied around public education. Quite frankly, it's been breathtaking. It's been inspiring to see. And for a city that embraced the idea that public education matters, that children matter, that teachers matter, today is a day full of good news.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    In broad terms, the new contract will boost wages, reduce classroom sizes, and add more librarians, nurses and counselors.

    Another American service member has been killed in Afghanistan. The U.S. military announced it today, but gave no details. Meanwhile, the confirmed death toll rose to 45 after Monday's Taliban attack in Wardak province. A suicide bomber rammed a military Humvee into the main building at an intelligence base. That touched off an hours-long shoot-out.

    A Russian court has ordered an American ex-Marine to stay in jail, for now, on suspicion of being a spy. Paul Whelan was detained in December. He allegedly had a flash drive containing Russian state secrets. Whelan appealed his arrest today from inside a glass cage in a Moscow courtroom. His lawyer said he had no idea he'd been given sensitive material.

    The United States turned up the heat today on Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro. He faces growing opposition at home and abroad for retaining power after a disputed election. In an online message today, Vice President Mike Pence encouraged nationwide protests, set for tomorrow in Venezuela, and he pledged support to anti-Maduro forces.

  • Mike Pence:

    Nicolas Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power. He's never won the presidency in a free and fair election. As you make your voices heard tomorrow, on behalf of the American people, we say to all the good people of Venezuela, estamos con ustedes. We are with you.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    In Caracas today, canisters of tear gas and smoldering debris lay scattered in the streets, after yesterday's failed uprising by National Guard members.

    The U.S. Justice Department has informed Canada that it still wants to extradite a Chinese tech executive. Meng Wanzhou is chief financial officer of Huawei. She was arrested in Canada last month on U.S. charges that she violated sanctions on Iran. China today demanded that Washington drop the extradition request.

    A North Carolina judge is refusing to declare Republican Mark Harris the winner in the nation's last undecided congressional race. Harris has a narrow lead, but his campaign is under investigation for alleged absentee ballot fraud. The judge ruled today that the results will not be certified until that investigation is complete.

    On Wall Street, stocks fell on worries about global growth and trade with China. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 300 points to close at 24404. The Nasdaq fell nearly 137, and the S&P 500 gave up 37.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": the Supreme Court allows President Trump's ban on transgender people in the military to begin; how the shutdown is impacting the work of the FBI; and much more.

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