News Wrap: Massive winter storm bears down on huge part of U.S.

In our news wrap Wednesday, a massive winter storm is bearing down on a huge swath of the U.S., President Biden called Russia's decision to withdraw from the nuclear arms control treaty a "big mistake," Palestinian officials say an Israeli raid killed at least 10 and wounded over 100 others and a daughter of Malcolm X filed notice that she intends to sue the FBI, CIA and other government agencies.

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  • Geoff Bennett:

    And in the day's other headlines: A massive winter storm is bearing down on a huge swathe of the Western and Northern U.S. It's threatening historic snowfall, strong winds, and bitter cold temperatures.

    Today, it prompted the closure of hundreds of schools and the cancellation of more than 1,500 flights.

    John Yang has our report.

  • John Yang:

    Overnight in Utah, drivers faced treacherous roads and a deluge of snow on their windchills. It's part of a powerful storm system cutting across much of the continental United States.

    This morning, more than 50 million Americans were under winter weather advisories. In Minnesota, the National Guard geared up for what could be nearly two feet of snow.

    Melvin Carter, Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota: We are bracing for what is likely to be one of the largest snowstorms in Minnesota history.

  • John Yang:

    St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter warned residents to stay home and plan ahead.

  • Melvin Carter:

    Our ask to all residents is that you prepare now. That means limiting nonessential travel and working from home whenever possible. It means making sure that we have essential supplies, including food and medicine, for the week.

  • John Yang:

    The storm left its mark on California, winds ripping down trees and power lines, cutting electricity to more than 100,000 people. Some are predicting record snowfall in the Golden State, even at lower elevations.

    UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain.

  • Daniel Swain, Climate Scientist, UCLA:

    The widespread nature of the potential for sea level snow is unusual. It's almost a slam dunk there will probably be snowflakes at sea level and significant snow even up at 1,000 feet.

  • John Yang:

    As the storm presses east, snow and ice are expected to hit New England tonight.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm John Yang.

  • Geoff Bennett:

    Prosecutors in California today charged the man suspected of killing a Roman Catholic Bishop with murder. Auxiliary Bishop David O'Connell was shot to death Saturday in his home east of Los Angeles.

    The suspect, Carlos Medina, is the husband of O'Connell's housekeeper. Authorities say they're working to identify the motive. If convicted, Medina could face life in prison.

    Palestinian officials say a rare daytime Israeli army raid killed at least 10 Palestinians and wounded more than 100 others. It happened in Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank. The Israeli military said the operation targeted three suspected militants wanted in several shootings. Palestinians pulled bodies out from under a building that was reduced to rubble. It was one of the bloodiest days there in nearly a year.

    Back in this country, the U.S. Supreme Court considered a second bid this week to hold social media companies accountable for what their users post online. The case raised questions about Twitter's role in the 2017 Islamic State attack on a Turkish nightclub. Justices appeared to side with Twitter, casting doubt that the platform knowingly provided — quote — "substantial assistance" to an act of terrorism.

    A daughter of civil rights leader Malcolm X has filed notice that she intends to sue the FBI, the CIA, and other government agencies for $100 million for the wrongful death of her father. Ilyasah Shabazz says new information has come to light that alleges a conspiracy and a cover-up in her fathers assassination.

    Ilyasah Shabazz, Daughter of Malcolm X: For years, our family has fought for the truth to come to light concerning his murder. And we'd like our father to receive the justice that he deserves.

  • Geoff Bennett:

    The announcement came yesterday on the anniversary of Malcolm X's 1965 assassination.

    A preview of the new Broadway revival of the musical "Parade" about a Jewish man falsely accused of murder opened last night to antisemitic protests. The protesters held banners and harassed theatergoers outside ahead of the performance.

    In a statement, the producers of "Parade" said — quote — "If there is any remaining doubt out there about the urgency of telling this story in this moment in history, the vileness on display last night should put it to rest."

    And stocks were mixed on Wall Street today. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 84 points to close at 33045. The Nasdaq rose 15 points and the S&P 500 shed six.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": a new poll gives insights into the political headwinds the 2024 presidential contenders could face; a political dissident freed from Nicaragua discusses his country's slide toward authoritarianism; and Judy Woodruff looks at the stark political divisions across the country.

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