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News Wrap: Maryland governor announces he has ‘aggressive’ cancer

In our news wrap Monday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced he has cancer of the lymph nodes. While the disease is “very advanced,” he says he plans to continue in office while receiving treatment. Also, 31 civilians were wounded in an attack on the Afghan Parliament, and the U.S. Army has reprimanded the general who oversaw the training of forces in Iraq.

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    The governor of South Carolina called today for removing the Confederate Battle Flag from the state capitol grounds. Republican Nikki Haley bowed to growing demands after a gunman killed nine people at a black church in Charleston.

    The suspect, Dylann Roof, had featured the flag in photos of himself. Today, Haley was flanked by leaders from both parties, as she reversed her previous opposition to removing the flag.

  • GOV. NIKKI HALEY (R), South Carolina:

    The murderer now locked up in Charleston said he hoped his actions would start a race war. We have an opportunity to show that not only was he wrong, but that — that just the opposite is happening.

    My hope is that, by removing a symbol that divides us, we could move forward as a state in harmony, and we can honor the nine blessed souls who are now in heaven.



    Religious and political leaders plan to rally at the state capitol tomorrow to press for the flag’s removal. But the Sons of Confederate Veterans group said it will oppose that step.

    Meanwhile, President Obama plans to deliver a eulogy at Friday’s funeral for Emanuel AME Pastor and State Senator Clementa Pinckney, who was among those murdered.


    Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced today he has cancer of the lymph nodes. He said it’s — quote — “very advanced and very aggressive,” but he plans to continue in office while undergoing chemotherapy.

    Hogan is a Republican who took office in January. He joked today that he stands a better chance of beating cancer than he did of winning office in a heavily Democratic state.


    In Afghanistan, a Taliban suicide bomber and six gunmen attacked the parliament building in Kabul. No lawmakers were hurt, but 31 civilians were wounded. A member of parliament was speaking as a large explosion rattled the building, and lawmakers rushed to exit. Police say the attackers tried to storm the place.

  • GEN. ABDUL RAHMAN RAHIMI, Kabul Police Chief (through interpretor):

    A car full of explosives hit a wall at the eastern side of the parliament and ministry of finance. Their target was to enter to the parliament house. Six armed men were trying to enter, but all of them were killed by the security forces.


    The attack came as Taliban fighters seized a district in Northern Afghanistan, the second in just two days.


    The U.S. Army has reprimanded the man who oversaw the training of Iraqi forces. Major General Dana Pittard could also be demoted. The Washington Post reports he was accused of steering a defense contract to a firm run by two of his former West Point classmates. It happened at a time when Pittard was commander in charge at Fort Bliss, Texas.


    The European Union launched a naval operation today against the traffickers who’ve been smuggling migrants across the Mediterranean. The goal is to destroy the traffickers’ boats before they can be used. More than 100,000 migrants have reached Europe this year, but hundreds more have died.


    United Nations investigators concluded today that both Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas may have committed war crimes during last summer’s war in Gaza. Over 50 days, Israel and Hamas traded thousands of airstrikes and rockets. More than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed. Israeli dead included 67 soldiers and six civilians. U.N. officials say both sides must accept responsibility.

  • MARY MCGOWAN DAVIS, United Nations:

    Accountability should be, must be a key ingredient in such a process, and we must remember that victims are not just numbers or collateral damage, that unfortunate word. They are individual people with human rights and they are entitled to effective remedies for any violations of these rights.


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded the U.N. a biased institution and rejected the report. Hamas called for prosecuting Israeli leaders, but ignored criticism of its own actions.


    Back in this country, the Senate to confirmed a new leader for the Transportation Security Administration today, the agency that handles airport security. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger was promised to close — has promised to close security gaps at airports laid bare by an internal investigation. The TSA post has been vacant since December.


    Federal prosecutors and New York City have agreed in principal on reforms that the Rikers Island jail complex. A class action suit by injured inmates had alleged wide spread brutality by guards. The reforms will include a federal monitor and thousands of video cameras.


    The number of veterans enduring long waits at VA hospitals has jumped 50 percent from a year ago. The Department of Veterans Affairs was hit by a scandal last year over false records and long wait times. A New York Times report says a surge in demand swamped efforts to fix the problem.


    And on Wall Street, stocks gained on hopes for a breakthrough in the Greek bailout talks. The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 100 points to close near 18120. The Nasdaq rose 37 points. And the S&P added 13.

  • Still to come on the “NewsHour”:

    the politics of Confederate Flags with Tamara Keith and Susan Page; roots of racial hatred in wake of the mass shooting in Charleston; Greece waits with bated breath for an emergency economic deal over debt; the Supreme Court boosts privacy and property rights in today’s decisions; why growing crops in water could help farmers during a historic drought; and the secret experiments of World War II, testing nerve gases on troops by race.

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