News Wrap: Manhunt for stabbing spree suspect in Canada, Juul agrees to $440M settlement

In our news wrap Tuesday, a manhunt in Canada continues for the remaining suspect in Sunday's stabbing spree that killed 10 people, electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs will pay nearly $440 million over allegations that its marketing triggered a surge in teen vaping and Liz Truss became the new prime minister in Britain today as the country faces soaring inflation and labor unrest.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    Police in Western Canada are still searching tonight for the remaining suspect in Sunday's stabbings that left 10 people dead.

    Earlier, they had a possible sighting of Myles Sanderson at the Cree First Nation Reserve, where the attacks took place. Officers surrounded a home with guns drawn and barricaded nearby roads. But, later, they said they found no sign of the fugitive. The other suspect, Sanderson's brother, was found dead on Monday.

    Electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs will pay nearly $440 million over allegations that its U.S. marketing triggered a surge in teen vaping. Today's settlement is with 33 states and Puerto Rico. It includes a number of restrictions on the company's marketing of these electronic cigarettes. Juul still faces nine lawsuits in other states and hundreds of individual suits.

    In Britain, Conservative Liz Truss became prime minister today, as the country faces soaring inflation and labor unrest. She first met with Queen Elizabeth to accept the post, and spoke later outside her Downing Street office.

  • Liz Truss, British Prime Minister:

    We shouldn't be daunted by the challenges we face. As strong as the storm may be, I am confident that together we can ride out the storm, we can rebuild our economy, and we can become the modern, brilliant Britain that I know we can be.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Truss has promised action to lower energy bills, among other things. She's due to lay out her plan on Thursday.

    South Korea's most powerful typhoon in years left the country's southern regions reeling today. The storm struck with winds of 100 miles an hour and three feet of rain, killing six people. Streets were flooded and buildings were badly damaged. Rescue crews drove through the waters, pulling people to safety, and thousands lost power.

    Back in this country, authorities in California warned of potential blackouts as a heat wave seared the state. Highs were headed for 115 degrees in some places, and utility operators said demand for electricity might be the highest ever.

    The White House says COVID-19 vaccines will remain free to the public. COVID coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha made the pledge today, despite earlier warnings that federal funding to pay for vaccinations would run out by January. Jha also touted new boosters designed to work against the Omicron variant.

  • Dr. Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator:

    Now we have a vaccine that matches the dominant strain out there.

    It is reasonable to expect, based on what we know about immunology and science of this virus, that these new vaccines will provide better protection against infection, better protection against transmission, and ongoing and better protection against serious illness.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The boosters are expected to become widely available this week.

    A judge in New Mexico today disqualified a county commissioner from holding office over the January 6 attack. Couy Griffin had been convicted of entering the U.S. Capitol grounds. The judge found that he violated the U.S. Constitution's ban on holding office for anyone who engages in insurrection. He's the first public official to lose his job over the January 6 attack.

    And, on Wall Street, stocks drifted lower again. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 173 points to close at 31145. The Nasdaq fell 86 points. The S&P 500 slipped 16.

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