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News Wrap: Las Vegas attacker reportedly researched other cities

In our news wrap Thursday, the gunman who mowed down concertgoers in Las Vegas may have considered other targets in Chicago and Boston, according to reports. Also, a new tropical storm formed off the coast of Nicaragua and is forecasted to reach the U.S. Gulf Coast by Sunday morning. Officials in Louisiana ordered coastal evacuations in preparation for Tropical Storm Nate.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    There's word that the gunman who mowed down concert-goers in Las Vegas may have considered other targets in other cities.

    Stephen Paddock killed 58 people Sunday night, before taking his own life. Now it's widely reported that he had booked a hotel room in Chicago overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival two months ago. Other reports say he also researched hotels near Fenway Park in Boston.

    The National Rifle Association announced today it supports regulating so-called bump stocks. Investigators say the Las Vegas gunman apparently used the devices to convert semiautomatic rifles to even more lethal automatic fire. In a statement, the NRA called for a federal review.

    At the White House, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said President Trump would welcome that effort.

  • SARAH SANDERS, White House Press Secretary:

    We would like to see a clear understanding of the facts. And we'd like to see input from the victims' families, from law enforcement, from policy-makers. And we're expecting hearings and other important fact-finding efforts on that, and we want to be part of that discussion, and we're certainly open to that moving forward.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    House Speaker Paul Ryan joined a growing number of Republican leaders today, saying Congress needs to look into the issue.

    A new tropical storm has formed off Nicaragua, and it could strike the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane. Officials say the storm, dubbed Nate, is already blamed for 22 deaths in Central America. Forecasts show that it's on track to cross Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula tomorrow night and reach the U.S. mainland by Sunday morning. Officials in Louisiana today began to order coastal evacuations.

    In Puerto Rico, officials now say that power has been restored to about 9 percent of the island's customers. This is two weeks after Hurricane Maria wrecked the island. Governor Ricardo Rossello said that he hopes to see service restored to 25 percent of customers within a month.

    The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a Republican budget plan worth $4.1 trillion. It revives a plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like program and to cut Medicaid by about $1 trillion over 10 years. The vote split largely down party lines, with Republicans and Democrats arguing over whether the plan does more harm than good.

    REP. PAUL RYAN, R-Wis., Speaker of the House: This is a budget that reflects our first principles, freedom, free enterprise, a government accountable to the people it serves. It's a budget that will help grow our economy and it's a budget that will help rein in our debt. It strengthens our national defense. It supports our men and women in uniform.

  • REP. NANCY PELOSI, D-Calif., Minority Leader:

    This is a budget, their budget, that steals from the middle class, steals hundreds of billions of dollars from critical job-creating, wage-increasing investments in infrastructure, job training, and clean energy. It harms veterans. It cuts education. It abandons rural America.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The budget is intended to set the stage for the consideration of tax reform legislation. The Senate is expected to vote on a similar plan later this month.

    This was deadline day for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. They scrambled to renew their work permits and protection from being deported for another two years. Those benefits were granted under President Obama's DACA program, which President Trump is ending.

    California is now a so-called sanctuary state for undocumented immigrants. Governor Jerry Brown signed this into law today. It bars police from helping federal immigration officials or from asking about a person's immigration status. The new law takes effect January 1.

    In Iraq, government troops today recaptured one of the last towns held by Islamic State militants. ISIS fighters seized Hawija three years ago, as they rampaged across Northern Iraq. Today, Iraqi soldiers could be seen riding through the streets celebrating their victory. They'd been battling to liberate Hawija since late last month.

    This year's Nobel Prize in literature goes to British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro. The Japanese-born writer is known for works depicting British and Japanese life, including "The Remains of the Day" and "Never Let Me Go."

    In London today, he said he tries to speak to how nations remember their past and how they sometimes try to bury it.

    KAZUO ISHIGURO, Winner, Nobel Prize for Literature: I hope that these kinds of themes will actually be in some small way helpful to the climate we have at the moment, because I think we have entered a very uncertain time in the world at the moment.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Ishiguro said he was caught off-guard when he heard he had won the Nobel before he was officially notified. He said he thought at first that it was fake news.

    Republican Congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania announced today that he's resigning. The anti-abortion lawmaker admitted last month that he'd had an affair. This week came reports of text messages from Murphy's phone urging his mistress to have an abortion, when he thought that she was pregnant.

    All that infotainment tech in new cars and trucks, it turns out, is distracting drivers for dangerous periods of time. The AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety warned today that the systems are getting more complex, and taking more time to use. In the worst cases, they say, drivers were distracted an average of 40 seconds when programming GPS navigation systems or text messaging.

    On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 113 points to close at 22775. The Nasdaq rose 50, and the S&P 500 added 14.

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