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News Wrap: Liberia lifts state of emergency

In our news wrap Thursday, Liberia’s president lifted a state of emergency that restricted citizen movement, citing progress against Ebola. More than half of the more than 5,000 people who have died from the disease have been from that country. Also, The New York Times reported that President Obama will issue an executive order on immigration, drawing fresh warnings from Republicans.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    President Obama and Republicans in Congress moved closer to confrontation today over immigration reform. There was word the president will issue an executive order as early as next week.

    The New York Times reported he plans to shield up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Many could receive work permits.

    That drew fresh warnings from the top House Republican, Speaker John Boehner.

    REP. JOHN BOEHNER, Speaker of the House: We're going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path. This is the wrong way to govern. This is exactly what the American people said on Election Day they didn't want.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The top Senate Democrat, Harry Reid, said he urged the president not to act on immigration before Congress approves spending bills to keep the government running.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Congress also moved closer to crucial votes on expanding the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. House debate began today, with the final vote expected tomorrow. The legislation would approve construction of the huge project, ultimately transporting oil from tar sands in Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. A Senate vote is set for Tuesday.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The balance of power in the new Congress will change, but the people at the very top won't. Senate Republicans today reelected Mitch McConnell as their new majority leader. And Democrats chose Harry Reid to continue, this time as minority leader. In the House, Speaker John Boehner retained his position. And next week, Democrat Nancy Pelosi is expected to be returned to her post as minority leader.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The president of Liberia lifted a state of emergency today, citing progress against Ebola. The measure was imposed earlier this month. It banned large gatherings, closed schools and markets and restricted citizens' movement. The Ebola outbreak has killed 5,100 people in West Africa, more than half of them in Liberia.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    President Obama urged Myanmar's government today not to backslide on reforms after decades of military rule. He's in the former Burma for a pair of regional summits. While there, he pressed President Thein Sein to improve treatment of minority Muslims and lift obstacles to fully free elections, but he also offered support.

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    We recognize that change is hard and it doesn't always move in a straight line. But I am optimistic about the possibilities of Myanmar. All those who are sincere in pursuing reform will always have a strong ally in the United States of America, and we look forward to working together.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Mr. Obama holds talks tomorrow with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Under Myanmar's current constitution, she is barred from running for president next year.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In Turkey, twelve nationalists were released today after being detained for an attack on three U.S. sailors in Istanbul. Footage posted to the Turkish Youth Union's Web site showed the assault yesterday. Members of the group called the sailors murderers, threw paint at them, and tried to put hoods over their heads. The suspects may yet face criminal charges.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    A doctor in India was under arrest today in the deaths of 13 women he sterilized. Doctor R.K. Gupta acknowledged conducting 83 procedures in six hours on Saturday. But he insisted he did nothing wrong, and suggested the women were given tainted medication. The sterilizations were part of a government effort to reduce India's birth rate.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Back in this country, a federal grand jury indicted a mining company executive today in a disaster that killed 29 coal miners in West Virginia. Don Blankenship was CEO at Massey Energy when the company's Upper Big Branch mine exploded in 2010. He is charged with conspiring to violate safety and health standards and to impede safety officials.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    An internal review blames a major White House security breach on a series of failures. A man jumped the fence September 19 and made it deep inside the executive mansion. A New York Times report says the review found Secret Service alarms and radios failed to work properly and an officer with an attack dog failed to react because he was in his van talking on his cell phone.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And in Washington, hundreds of federal contract workers walked off the job for one day. U.S. Capitol employees rallied for better benefits and a $15 federal minimum wage. Employees from the Smithsonian museums and the Pentagon joined in.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Wall Street managed small gains today on positive news about corporate earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 40 points to close at 17,652; the Nasdaq rose five points to close at 4,680; and the S&P 500 added a point to finish at 2,039. On the oil market, the price of crude fell below $75 a barrel, a new four-year low.

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